Monday, January 31, 2011

My first Rapala

This was my first hard body fishing lure, a Rapala made of balsa wood, and I forgot about it...
During my last holidays in Europe I went to my Grand-Ma house, where one of my aunties lives now.
As I was there I went trough a few old fishing bags, in search of an old Mitchell reels that I did not found. But I did found a box of old Mepps spinners, and among them was quietly resting this little Rapala.

My first hard body lure.

When I say little, little it is...

It fits in an honest hand.

The tiny little thing.

This was the first and I think only Rapala I ever bought.
But it lasted pretty well, considering that I must have bought this one in 1985...

And in seeing it a big load of memories came back to me.
The youth and care free now gone, the long afternoons fishing with my buddies talking and recreating the world.
The girls that made us dream.
The future waiting for us...

And in the blink of an eye I now live on the other side of the world, still fishing, but missing the carelessness of old times gone by.
Still dreaming but mostly of peace and quiet times.

But hey, it could be worse.
Have a good day,

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I'm back!

I'm back!
Doesn't this sound like a James Brown song?
Any way, yes I am back in the land of Oz, and it feels good.
(Is this another James Brown song? It Feels Good)
Ok yes you may have understood by now that I cam back from my little escapade overseas with some of my old CDs from when I was a kid...

And while I was away I learned some more information on the Coca Cola lure from a previous post.
Well, it would rather be more exact to say that my email received the news and it was also shared on the FFF forum, and that it is upon my return that I read and learnt all these things...
So here it is for the ones interested in the topic of fishing lures.

The boss from Reidy's Lures, the company that made this very lure, wrote that he believe that the Coke promo was only for the Northern Territory of Australia, and that 5000 lures only were produced. There were 13 printing plates mades and it would take 10 printing runs which would have been an absolute nightmare and very time consuming.

He also said that even him as the boss of the company did not get one of them.
So I offered to give him the lure if he wanted it for the Reidy's archive, and lucky me he declined the offer saying that he might get one from another source, so I can keep it.

And to think that I spend some of my holidays thinking that I may have to give away this little lure...

I also have to confess that during this little trip I visited more fishing tackle shops than museums...
But to save me, the time spent in the museums was longer than the one in the tackle shops...
Maybe because you can't buy what's in the museums, so no risk of spending it all while in there, as opposed to the fishing shops...

But hey, it could be worse.
Have a good day,

P.S: And here are two little photos of a must to visit shop in Paris called: Des Poissons Si Grands, where I did a bit of shopping. Buying mostly some Mepps lures as I used to fish with them as a kid and can't find them in Darwin. I wonder how they will work up here...

More lure than I could ever use.

Ha, Paris...