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Wonderful Wonder Lures

Post by Marrakai » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:45 pm

What?!! No Wonder Lure posts?!!

Looks like we just take them for granted.....

In my formative youth, the Wonder Wobbler was a great stand-by, ever ready to take on just about any salt-water fishing situation, and the smaller sizes were not bad in the sweet-water either if clear of snags and weed.

Hard to imagine how it could have been improved upon, then along came the Wonder Surf-rider!

Like many of us here, I murdered more than my fair share of flathead, tailor, doggie-mackerel, goldies etc (even barra!) with this pair of chrome wobblers.

So, a toast to the Wonder Wobbler and Surf-Rider, arguably the best pair of Australian metals ever made! Image

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Re: Wonderful Wonder Lures

Post by Mully » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:57 pm

nice lures thumbsupsmilie i also have some but forgot to post them plus i have many i havent photographed

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Re: Wonderful Wonder Lures

Post by Marrakai » Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:40 pm

Mully:
Just saw your July Wonder Wobbler post in the <Metal Spoons/Spinners/Slices/Wobblers> forum! Oh well...

I have a few others too, a copper Red-Eye, some Super-Dupers, Hot-Shot spinners, and the Wonder spoons of course. Also their copy of the Hardy 'Imp' IIRC.
Will dig them out too.
Did they make the Hot-Zot, or was that someone else? Maybe the Sparky was a Hot-Zot copy, memory at fault.

Also, did J.M.Gillies make (commission) them, or just distribute them?
The contribution of this company to Australian lure fishing during the post-war vacuum cannot be overstated.
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Re: Wonderful Wonder Lures

Post by Marrakai » Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:28 pm

Looks like J.M.Gillies was just the distributor.
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This 'good oil' from Schultzie's column in the latest "Barra, Bass & Bream" magazine:

Wonder Lures were made by John Nowak Snr, a US serviceman who married a local girl and settled in Melbourne after the war.
The Nowak family still makes metal lures, now on the Gold Coast under the Javelin Lure Co. brand.
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Re: Wonderful Wonder Lures

Post by laz » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:12 pm

Haven't seen a Wonder Flash so here's mine.The spoon is 1& 3/4 inches long not including the trebles .Found it in an old tackle box jammed under a large boulder when the local dam level dropped to about 16% a few years back now .The split rings and trebles have been replaced .
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Re: Wonderful Wonder Lures

Post by diemai » Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:13 pm

@ Marrakai

Very interesting catalog copy and write up(also your initial post) !

Apart from the "Wonder Wobbler" I am familiar to all the lure shapes shown there ,..... looks like this ceratin Mr. Novak produced lure models in Australia ,that he was familiar to from the US ????

I can see a "Hofschneider" , a "Daredevle" and a "Mepps" there(though these ones first came out in Europe about the early 1950's or late 1940's) .

I am not sure about the origin of the "Super Duper" , but I have seen such lures in an early 2000's catalog by US mailorder "BassProShops" , also named the same way , .........can't remember the producer , though !

Very uncertain about the "Wonder Wobbler" ,....... but I guess , that I have seen a lure like that in a US lure collector's book before , but I can't recall for sure !

Thanks for posting , ...........greetz , diemai howdy
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Re: Wonderful Wonder Lures

Post by laz » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:54 pm

Diemai Luhr-Jensen makes the Super Duper Lures.

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Re: Wonderful Wonder Lures

Post by laz » Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:30 pm

[quote="bullrout22"]Laz

Thanks for showing us that one I can't remember it

Does any one know how many different lure's they brought out ???

bullrout i wouldn't have a clue how many different lures they brought out but here is the names of a couple not mention so far . The Wonder Whizz this a trolling drone type lure , Wonder Minnow,The Wonder Spoon ( looks like a Toby copy ) ,Wonder Bar Spoon ( its spinner not a spoon ) pictures of these lures can be found in Roger Hungerford's book How to Fish With Lures. catch ya

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Re: Wonderful Wonder Lures

Post by diemai » Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:39 pm

@ laz

Thanks again , mate , ........I also made a few knock-offs after the pictures in that catalog , but haven't fished these yet(after many years not still) -duh -duh .

greetz , diemai howdy
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Re: Wonderful Wonder Lures

Post by brolly » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:25 pm

I found a couple of these Wonder Froggy's in the shed,i guess they're part of the Wonder Family
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