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Portrait- John Ellis

Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:10 pm
by Marrakai
Found this pic of John Ellis with one of his Stumpjumper lures-
published in the November 1992 edition of 'Modern fishing' magazine,
on the occasion of his introduction of the replaceable plastic bib.

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The entire one-page article is reproduced below.

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Interestingly, that edition of the magazine also featured a cover photo of Eddie Lancaster with nice cod and prominent Stumpjumper, and the first feature article on page 6, 'Cod Quest' by Steve Starling, also contains pictures of timber Stumpies amongst a spread of his favourite cod lures.

Re: Portrait- John Ellis

Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:57 pm
by diemai
@ Marrakai

Very interesting article , ........though I can't quite agree with it's contents .

Must have been roughly around 10 years ago , that they sold these lures over here as well(do not see them anymore nowadays), so I've bought one , because I was curious on this seemingly clever way of switching the bibs .

That lure came with three or four different bibs , ......can't remember to have cast it for not even one time , I've tried to change the bibs for first testing , two of them cracked up , ........since my "Stumpy" rests in one of my storage boxes down the basement .

I've found out , that there must be a certain "twist" about it to switch the lips without having them snapped , ..........maybe it even has to do with the colder climate here in Europe rendering the plastic bibs somewhat more brittle , ....who knows ?

I remember to have used pliers to pull them out , as the fitting was so snug and firm that it was impossible to get out the bibs with just my hands .

Not really much convinced about these lures !

Thanks for posting , ..........greetz , diemai howdy

Re: Portrait- John Ellis

Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:28 pm
by simon bruce
@ diemai

I've never used a stumpjumper so was intrigued when I got my first one about the bib and started to have a look at how the interchange works but when it got to the stage that I was having to apply force I decided not to pursue it as I would probably have got to the breaking bibs stage too which would probably be a bit hard to take.

I haven't used one for fishing but I suspect that its more about the shape of the lure and I think there will be a number of members here who would vouch for their success when used on australian natives.

However the real interest in local collectors at the moment is certainly with the original timber versions which I think came with a fixed bib.


these old articles are gems, clapclap keep them coming


Re: Portrait- John Ellis

Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:07 pm
by Capt.Seaweed
Marrakai, another gem, keep em coming. I'd like to read that full article on Eric Moller, I remember the pics you posted up after your visit to Bransfords.
Wonder if Keith Graham knows where the complete artical is buried? Thanks for these.
Regards, Tony (Wulagi, NT).

Re: Portrait- John Ellis

Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:17 pm
by Mully
your finding some great stuff mate im running about making them all sticky so they stay at the top of their sections for us al to benefit thanks again mate appreciate your efforts bowsmilie

Re: Portrait- John Ellis

Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:15 am
by diemai
@ simon bruce

Surely I don't have any doubt about their catching abilities ,.......back then they were first introduced over here in an angling magazine displaying a couple of pictures of local pike with "Stumpy's" between their jaws ,....... I'm just not that convinced about that bib-switching construction .

At least you´ve been wiser than I was facing difficulties about pulling the bib out lol !

greetz , diemai howdy

Re: Portrait- John Ellis

Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:33 am
by Mully
the bib system is quite affective i think in all my life only one faulty bib has been lost and it was my own fault for using it when i knew it was loose and sloppy apart from that none have failed me..They are fiddly to change but when you become used to the locking system it is much easier

Re: Portrait- John Ellis

Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:35 am
by ocd1688
no problems with fishing results especially after the introduction of internal rattles.
the pink and red with black arrows work very well.