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Re: Attack Lure's

Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 7:35 am
by Lure-Nut
rob wrote: G'day Fizza, your exactly right !!!! It was about 1990 , J.B was making them from timber , and had been doing so for a few years. He made his own Dye-set ( with the help of an old engineer ) and started making them in two (2) piece plastic. They were glued together, not Ultra-sonic-welded. He made them for a while like that , and then sold it to Dam Mcgrath ( John called him "Dooog" ). After a short period of time , Dan started calling them "Attack-Lures".
The timber ones in the photo are definately J.B.'s creations. Bodies were made on the copy-lathe he build for himself. He also built many metal presses to knock out bibs for the Baby merlin, shallow bennett merlin, and deep bennett Merlin. Very clever bloke !!! Great Lures.
Rob

Great information, thanks ..... Q. so is it possible to tell the difference between JB's glued v DM's ultrasonic versions ???


Cheers

Rob

Re: Attack Lure's

Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 10:54 am
by Fizza
Robbie Reel Nut,
I've just had a bit of a look through a few of mine. You can see a line in the early glued JB lures both top and bottom. I would think they were welded prior to the DM takeover {around 1995} & therefore basically impossible to distuingish between JB & DM lures unless in original packaging. JB lures came in a small plastic zip lock bas with a sticker on them, so did early DM lures at 1st.

Your rainbow trout patterns aren't the 1st series of RT's which may make them a little rarer being timber. {Please don't quote me on that}

Here's some RT patterns in both timber and plastic. Top 3 are 1st series with slight variation, 4th lure came next, 5th & 7th {variations} lure after that with 6th lure being the last RT pattern painted by JB.

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When it comes to trout fishing I firmly believe that Baby Merlins/Attacks are a single standout lure above virtually everything else ever produced & especially in the pattern below which shows both old & new styles. John sent me the two top lures along with two Deep Merlins when he 1st started producing the new style. These may be the only two of this style in this pattern, not 100% sure about that though. John thought the pattern was rather ordinary as it wasn't a big seller yet it was & still is a Trout magnet. Redfin also hit it like it's going out of fashion.

That's my trivia for the day lol lol

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Re: Attack Lure's

Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 5:54 pm
by Falky
Fiz clapclap clapclap
more great information mate thumbsupsmilie

Re: Attack Lure's

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:42 am
by Bazza
G'Day All, Just wondering if any Dan MGrath attack lures can be put in a time period by the packaging. I have come accross a little stash of 14 while cleaning out the shed. All are in little ziplock bags stapled onto an orangish card with blue border. If they can be put into a rough timeline by packaging, then I'll post a pic or two up. I don't remember when I purchased these ones, but would have been back in the 90's some time. Also wondering if they are collectable. I know you can still purchase them in stores, but the packaging may make em collectable. Any help is good help!!

Thank You in advance. Bazza.