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    Posted: 20 Aug 2020 at 8:02pm
Recently I had the good fortune to be able to add a few Bushy Lures to my collection. These lures are individually hand carved in very limited numbers by Kaj (Bushy) Busch. Bushy's near legendary reputation as a gun angler means that these lures come with a pedigree for fish catching ability that would be hard to match anywhere in Australia.

The Trout lures range in length from 52mm to 70mm and were first made in Jan 2009.

The Barra lures have a body length of 130mm and to date have been produced using four spectacular paint schemes.

My goal now is to try to locate a few of Bushy's other desirable models that are lurking out there.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote colsel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Aug 2020 at 4:53pm
Following on from my recent good fortune of locating a few of Bushy's lures I have been trying to seek out any additional details that I could find, but have discovered that there seems to be very little information documented anywhere. With that in mind I searched the internet and social media sites and came up with the following selection of photos to begin to piece together the odd snippets that I did discover. It would be good to see what others could add to this starting point.

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These are great looking, bugger really knows his craft. The photos with the backdrop are perfect. Are these Aussie or USA? honestly hard to tell look like a genuine blend of both.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote colsel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Aug 2020 at 4:55am
As mentioned, there are very few details out there relating to Bushy's lures but I can confirm that they are 100% dinky-di Aussie, from the South Coast of NSW.

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Col, always liked Bushy when he was on Rex Hunt's show, of the three he seemed the most genuine.
Would like to add just one of his timbers to my Aussie Timber Wall, if you know where to acquire I'd appreciate a contact. Any model will suit, love the knife, that's seen plenty of use.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ArdentAngler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Aug 2020 at 2:57pm
True Aussie's eh? Couldn't tell, man that is a great blend of classic and contemporary. Heck I would have wagered these had a touch of Finnish in em. Gorgeous, simple, and extremely aesthetic. 

Well you guys once again dominate the handmade lure field yet again, no surprise. I was going to say is there nothing an Aussie can't do? Suddenly remember an old post on here about Darwin awards, not a single Australian denizen on the list...So, yes! there is and it's a ruddy good thing to be proud of!

Col, I may second that if you are ever down for a trade these really caught my eye,
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I was watching Bushy and Rex hunt on the tv in the 90´ties 
Remember he used a little rod. Think he called it "the black death"
Sure some great Lures he is making today Smile
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Awesome pics! Didn't know Bushy made lures.
 Some cracking lures that's for sure.
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For anyone interested in acquiring some of Bushy's lures I note that a pair of his hand carved "Boney Bream" were listed for auction on Ebay earlier tonight. These Barra lures have a length of 115mm.
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What a legend Bushy is and his lures look awesome! 

Thank you for sharing with us Col, love em ClapCool
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Nice looking lures .
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I know Bushy well. He lives in Pambula, where I used to live. Been fishing with him a couple of times and that's a real education.  I've given him some of my lures, over the years.

I've caught a few Bonito on his saltwater flies, but never been freshwater fishing with him.

The man is a true fishing legend.

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Recently, Bushy has been working on developing a new version of his much touted "Bony Bream" lures. The original version was specifically designed with extra large Barramundi in mind and built up a cult-like following due to their phenomenal success in this regard. This time around Bushy has made the lures slightly smaller(115mm) in an attempt to make them a more versatile option capable of targeting multiple species. Bushy only ever produces small runs of his lures and judging by the prices achieved for the couple that he auctioned off last week there will be stiff competition if you would like to secure a "Baby Boney".








Next, here are a couple of additional Bushy related photos that I came across since my last post and thought worthy of adding to this record.






Finally, did you happen to notice the abbreviated model name "H.G." on the set of Barra Lures that Bushy sold recently? There is quite a good story as to how these lures got their name and I was wondering if anyone would be interested to Hazard a Guess as to what these initials might stand for.

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these baby boneys are along the same lines as the old STIFFY which was a great barra lure .bushy   had something to do with them too , I think. I have one. . . .mick
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Hi Mick,
When you say that "you think that you have one", I trust that you're referring to one of the lures . I tend to get the same reaction myself when I look at Bushy's spectacular lures.

Below are some photos of a couple of Bushy's Bass lures that I meant to add in as well yesterday, but forgot about. I'll throw them in now for good luck!

Have a good one,
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Originally posted by colsel colsel wrote:

Hi Mick,
When you say that "you think that you have one", I trust that you're referring to one of the lures . I tend to get the same reaction myself when I look at Bushy's spectacular lures.

Below are some photos of a couple of Bushy's Bass lures that I meant to add in as well yesterday, but forgot about. I'll throw them in now for good luck!

Have a good one,
Col


at my age I wish I had one . . . .mick
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Well, it's been a week and judging by the deafening silence I can assume that either nobody has a clue as to what the H.G. on Bushy's Barra lures stands for, or that nobody cares. So, to answer my own question and for the sake of the record, I will disclose that the H.G. stands for HOLY GRAIL. This name arose when one frustrated angler complained to Bushy that it would be easier to locate the Holy Grail than to get hold of one of these lures.

But, unlike the "real" Holy Grail I can let you in on another little secret that a set of these Barra lures, as well as a couple of Bushy's Baby Boney lures, are currently available for sale on Ebay. At this stage the only bid that I could see was from some punter called Indiana J.

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It's a real shame the stiffy range went out of production.
A few of the models were just "on trend" so were competing with a million similar options (ie. The bream popper) and probably didn't get pushed hard enough. The quality was up there and they were priced at basically 2 for 1 vs popular options.
But the bony bream was really something. 
Nobody had glide/swim baits on the shelves. And the bony confused a lot of people. But people who knew, really knew. And a small number of people caught a very large number of fish on them.
Just as they started to catch on, the range was out of production. 
Now everyone wants a glide bait, and buys a custom rod to throw it! 
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