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    Posted: 03 Aug 2010 at 5:18pm
 
Here is another FNQ lure maker who lives in Malanda.

His name is Jack Edward Ruge and most of his lures have J.E.Ruge letter stamped in the underside of the bib.

Jack is 85 years old and was a very keen Barra fisherman.

As with most early barra fisherman he found good lures expensive and hard to come by so he started to make them when he was very young.

He started to make better quality lures in 1984 and made them till 2000. Family and friends were where most of his lures went to.

  • Red Cedar and White Beech were his preferred timbers.
  • No.7 stainless steel staybrite wire was used throughout and all twisted wires at the front and back only.
  • Stainless steel type split pins were used for the belly hooks and put right through the lure and folded over into a groove on the top side for super strength.This was then sanded flat for painting.He once put a set of scales on the centre hook and pulled in a straight line downwards to 60lbs and did not budge the eyelet.
Jack played around with some different designs and sizes and never really named any of his shapes.
He cut them out with a jigsaw and a very small plane was then used to get the rough shape of the lure.
After that he used soley a spokeshave to get the lure to the sanding stage.

All sanding was done by hand. Tinsnips were used to cut the bibs out of alluminium.All painting was done with spraycans only.

I will add more info as I get it.
 
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some twisted wires as well as splitpin type in a tray.
 
Alloy Templates.
 
 
 
The stamp for the bib
 
This is what Jack used with a corresponding piece of water pipe to concave his Alloy bibs.
 
A few of Jack's shapes.
 
 
 
 
 
The Journey is the Reward


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Thank you Barry - you've done it again, what a great read, and photos to match! Clap

It looks like Jack had it down to a fine art with his templates and equipment - quality lures and completely hand carved, they look very well finished.

Classic hand carved Queensland lures, can't see too many of them! 65


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tHElures are crackers & so is jack the good looking old rooster.....ClapClapClapClapClapClapClapBig smileBig smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tooch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Aug 2010 at 4:52pm
Good Profile Barry , Youve done it again....Jack seems very spritely for his age and his lures look very collectable... How many did you get????....LOLLOLLOLLOL...Just joking.....ClapClapClapClap....Pete.
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Thanks Barry, I really ahve enjoyed reading all these 'Biographies' - They all show, there is nothing new under the sun, pretty amazing that Jack was making these 25 years ago, AND spraying them with a can Thumbs Up.

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There are more bio's to come in the future.Glad you like them.
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Fantastic piece Barry. Great to read about the makers but seeing the various bits and pieces they have developed to make their lures is very interesting
 
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second that,what a great little story about a great luremaker.those lures are beautiful,i like Jacks
stamped bibs!
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Great old school stuff!! 

Nichos Maulers Homemade timber lures....THEY CATCH FISH!

YA DONT KNOW...IF YA DONT GO...SO GET OUT THERE AND... FISH IT
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote bigi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Aug 2010 at 7:53pm
i bet we could all learn a thing or two from Jack.
what a wonderful insight
 
Tell me does he still getout and chase the barra, i hope so,
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Because of ill health Jack does not get out any more ,however his son does.
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I keep lookin at these lures there GREAT .....ClapClapClapClap
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Barry that is such a great read, I just love all this stuff you dig upThumbs Up

Fish hate me!!!

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As a new member I'm presently going over all the great posts.
Thanks Barry a true Aussie timber legend is Jack, looking forward to all this reading.Wink
Regards, Tony (Darwin, NT).
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Just read this post/ bio. What great lures and finishes, with a spray can as well...fantastic. Martin
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Great stuff Barry
they are a true collectors item with a great story behind themThumbs Up 
with the typical Aussie way of useing what we have to make what we need
some specs on the herring one would be good
 
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ClapClapJACKS aLEGEND  ClapClapregards BOB
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Spray cans ,,hey now I know that is not easy,,,another great lure maker,,,Gary
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love the name punch love the bib punch great article great lures that jack has made great read , thanks for putting that up barry, pearcey
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The bib slots in the spray painting templates is a good idea!
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Great Read Thanks
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