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Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:38 pm
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:26 pm
Schultzy, I found one today in one of my old tackle boxes that looks just like that (Taipan) - wouldn't have known what it was if I hadn't seen your post, thank you.
The bib on mine seems slightly thinner though, and appears to be hand-cut?
I got this one amongst a bunch of other lures Vic Hislop (shark hunter) was selling in a garage sale, apparantly he used them in a documentary fishing up in Darwin years back (need to dig up the others and have a look now!)
I'll post a pic once I can find the charger for my Camera's battery (been looking for a few days grrr)
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:41 pm
That Taipan example is an early pattern, the small round eyes and broadly-oval hand-cut bib are the indicators.
The Taipan has been continuously evolving, like most home-industry lures I guess. The bib became slimmer at its junction with the lure-body, and is now molded.
The eyes became larger, and now they have a stupid aggro frown (since we seem to have inherited the need for 'kick ass' attitude from the you-know-whos).
My family and I use Taipans routinely for barra, however we prefer the early pattern by far: the action started immediately on retrieve, and the rattle was more effective too.
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:24 pm
Here's a pic of mine - the fish obviously like them, I better get some decent split rings and trebles on it - I think the Lenthalls and Monduran barra will love it too.
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:24 pm
For your interest, gentlemen:
Here is the evolution of the Taipan bib: early oval-cut bib at left, 'improved' narrower version centre, and current molded bib on the right.
The oval bib was the best IMHO, and the current molded bib has the words "Reidy's" and "+1.5" or similar (difficult to photograph).
Here is a pictorial evolution of the Taipan eye:
original small round eye at top, an early variant second from top, larger 'improved' eye second from bottom, and current 'aggro' eye at the bottom (literally and
Hope this is of some use.