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Smith Jigs

Post by Marrakai » Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:18 pm

Now who in their right mind would collect these bloody things?!! Image

Based on the ancient Polynesian whale-bone jigs, these unsophisticated yet highly effective trolling lures were the mainstay of the commercial mackerel fishery in this counrty prior to the arrival of the Huntington Drone. I dragged a transluscent pink one for literally hundreds of sea-miles off the North Queensland coast during the 1970s and never went without a feed of fish.

Pictured (left to right) are a Halco Smith's Jig 6-inch; Halco Smith's Jig 5-inch; original Smith Jig 5-inch; Kilwell 4-inch; original Smith Jig 3-inch; Halco Tuna.


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Halco still make this lure today, in four sizes (3, 4, 5, and 6 inch) and four colours (red, pink, white, and chrome-silver).

Not as glamourous as collecting Aussie timbers, but an interesting piece of our fishing heritage just the same! Image
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