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Maverick Lures

Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:36 pm
by Marrakai
Well I finally got around to cleaning up the Maverick Sidewinder I had covered with Flectrolite tape in the 1970s:
I was a bit of a vandal in my mis-spent youth! Image
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What an incredible colour! It has survived because my blue and white ones saw most of the action!

I had posted on the Marvellous Mavericks before (in the "Jigging Lures..." forum), but probably should have been here.
They are indeed vintage Australian lures, and like the WKs and Irons, played an important role in the jigging and hi-speed spinning scene in the 1970s.

Re: Maverick Lures

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:26 am
by Marrakai
The Maverick family grows!

Picked up a few additions recently-
from the top:
Diamond Head 88g; Death Adder 200g; Taipan 3 1/4 oz; Taipan 65g; Sidewinder 70g; Rattler 60g.
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At 200 grams that Death Adder is a very serious spinner, large and heavy!
The big Taipan by contrast is equally large but made from a much lighter alloy and weighs only 92 grams.

Can anyone add more Mavericks to this line-up? Perhaps an advert or catalogue from the period?
I don't remember seeing them advertised anywhere during the 1970s or 80s, but presume they must have been listed somewhere.


Both these lures are Maverick Taipans, but vastly different patterns.
Presumably the 3 1/4 oz pre-dates the 65 gram model.
I'm wondering why the pattern changed so much, without adding a new snake-name to the line-up.
Can't help noticing the similarity between the earlier-pattern Taipan (Rattler too, for that matter) and the Gospel Irons :
Is there a story here?

Re: Maverick Lures

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:56 pm
by fishaholiclures
I think the only relationship is the effectiveness of that solid spoon shape, such shapes flutter and jiggle all over which is why so many jigging lures use it, IE Halco & Smith Tuna jigs and I am sure many others as well. If it works well keep on developing the shapes as well as weight distribution to get differing actions. The same basic shape is behind every spoon lure as well, just the hollow is...well hollow lol

The Japanese Knife jigs are the same, at a glance they all look similar but small nuances in shape and weight change the whole action...something the copiers often fail to realise lol


Re: Maverick Lures

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:08 pm
by Marrakai
Just added another lure to the line-up:- THE MUTHA OF ALL MAVERICKS!!

Check out this "Boa 2", almost 8 1/2 inches long and weighing 7 ounces!
Must have been God's Maverick I reckon....

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Now to find a suitably imposing treble and ring to restore this old stager to its former glory. Image