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The History of Old Man Lures

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    Posted: 04 Dec 2009 at 11:25am
This Historical account of Old Man Lures was created based on discussions I have had with Bob Adams Son Jeff, in addition to other  information that Jeff kindly provided me with. Thank you Jeff for your time and effort in assisting to let us know a little more about these great Lures, and how your "Old man" and yourself made them. Clap





Bob Adams hard at work making Old man Lures
Bob Adams Hard at workBob Adams made the "Old Man" lures from approx 1987 to approx 1994 in Dundowran, a suburb of Hervey Bay Queensland.

Bob's son Jeff Adams continued production of the lures from 1995 to 1998.

The Old Man lures had a reputation as being a tough, well made lure for tough fish. An Old Man Lure held the PNG All Tackle record for a Spanish Mackeral caught on a "Mini-Donger".

Every minnow that was purchased and shipped had the "Old Man" brand written on either the bib or the belly of the lure. (some of the lures I have pictured in this article do not have the brand written on them as they came from Bob and Jeff's personal tackleboxes.)

Jeff's recollection is that the "Donger" and the "Superdonger" had the Old Man brand name written on the belly, and the smaller lures were normally written on the bib. The bibless Old Man Lures had no branding at all.







Here's the Old man Lures production line:



Some partially completed blanks of Old Man Lures:






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Here's an old price list for Old man Lures from about 1990, the prices were in dollars not pounds Smile

This is a great reference as it lists the majority of Lures made under the Old Man brand and includes length of the lures - invaluable information to help identify the models. As far as Jeff is aware the "Chop Bone" is the only Old Man Lure not listed in this price list - Only 12 "Chop Bone" Lures were ever made.




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Here's a few articles previously published relating to Old Man Lures

Fishing World - May 1990 (P43) Article on Old Man Lures:




Fishing World - Sept. 1990 (P40) Article on Old Man Lures

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The Old Man SuperDonger lures pictured below are the prototypes mentioned in this article.

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Here's a quote from Jeff that cracked me up, but gives an idea of the lures effectiveness: LOL

"I'm sending you 1 of the 3 prototypes of the Old Man Superdonger that dad built for us to take to Cato and Wreck Reef back in October 1989. It's even got gal wire eyelets as he didn't have any SS wire big enough at the time! Slightly chewed up, but you should see the other 2!"











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Fishing World - Apr. 1992 (P21) Article on Old Man Fishing Lures


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I'll be adding additional information related to Old Man Lures soon, including examples of most if not all of the models in seperate posts in the Old Man Lures section of this forum.

A Huge Thanks again goes to Jeff for assisting with getting this information together!
Cheers, Tony

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CaptainCranky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Dec 2009 at 8:22pm
Great invaluable information Tony.Thankyou to Bob and Jeff as well as yourself.
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Located additional info on OLd Man Lures published back in a 1990  Mag. Lures were $20-00 unhooked came in ten basic colour combinations and Bob would custom paint if you had a favorite colour combination at no extra charge. 
 
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Thanks John, much appreciated Thumbs Up


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Further colour range OLD MAN LURES and additional sizes
 
Fishing World  Jan 1992
 
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