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Heddon Commando

Post by Marrakai » Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:20 pm

Anyone got a better example of the Heddon Commando to show?
This one has been living in my daughter's tackle-box for the last 15 years and is sadly the worse for wear.
The lovely fine gold single-hook it came with has regrettably not survived.

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This would be one of the few early soft-plastics I guess, most of the early soft-bodies like the Flopy, Plucky, Vivif minnow, etc, were rubber I believe.
I bought this one new in Townsville some time in the late 1970s IIRC. Probably from Lounds: they ended up with most of my expendable currency in those days.... Image
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Re: Heddon Commando

Post by fishaholiclures » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:49 pm

Marrakai,
The Model 2020 Commando was introduced in 1968 in 6 colours, yours lookslike either BKS Blk & Silver or BLS Blue & Silver. It was made from a soft vinyl material.
ANd while it might qualify as an early soft plastic, the earliest 'soft plastic' lure would be some listed in a Shakespeare catalogue in the early 1900's. These were soft insect type 'flies'.
True mass produced soft plastics weren't a reality until 1949, when Nick Creme started production of soft plastic worm baits, and the rest as they say is mere history lol.

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Re: Heddon Commando

Post by Marrakai » Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:00 pm

Thanks for the heads-up on soft-plastics, Brad.

I guess we were shielded somewhat from the American 'artificial worm' phenomenon until relatively recent times.

At least, if you lived in medieval (sorry, I meant rural) Queensland 30 to 50 years ago! Image
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Re: Heddon Commando

Post by rivermandave » Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:27 am

Here's the most of mine yay
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Re: Heddon Commando

Post by fishaholiclures » Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:12 pm

Truely Awesome set there Dave, that will have Marrakai salivating big time lol
I would venture that the Commando was one of the first RTF (ready to fish) soft plastics, althought the Vivif minnows would predate them by a few years. What sort of action do they have???

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Re: Heddon Commando

Post by Marrakai » Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:25 pm

Very nice collection there, RMD. Salivating indeed!
Endless variation on the basic colours it seems.

Brad: The lure had a lazy wobble, and the tail-fins are helical so the whole tail-shaft was supposed to spin but I could never actually verify this happening in the water. Should take it out to the back-yard pool and check it out under lights. Will report back if it gets a swim...!
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Re: Heddon Commando

Post by rivermandave » Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:53 pm

I've never fished them. I was lucky to catch these on that E auction site crazysmilie

I do have a couple of them in boxes too $$$$$

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