American "Sportmaster" casting spoons

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American "Sportmaster" casting spoons

Post by diemai » Tue May 11, 2010 4:54 pm

Hi , folks ,

Found these on last Sunday's fleamarket as well , priced 1 Euro(1.44 AUSD) .

Never came across this "Sportsmaster" brand before , these seem to be older(I assume at least maybe 20 years) due to the low price printed on the card .

The spoons are stamped from quite a thick material , but I never managed to do a magnet test on them to find out , whether they are made of steel or other corrosion-free material .

The spoons also have a marking on the reverse side , but I was unable to read it , as I am yet unwilling to open the pack !

Probably someone in here could tell more about these ?
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Re: American "Sportmaster" casting spoons

Post by Mully » Wed May 12, 2010 12:00 am

lures were made mid/late 60's mate and supposedly made of tin thats alll i know and were quite expensive for their time

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Re: American "Sportmaster" casting spoons

Post by diemai » Thu May 20, 2010 2:09 am

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Thanks for further info , mate , ..........still never unpacked them lol !

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Re: American "Sportmaster" casting spoons

Post by rivermandave » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:42 am

I believe this company was doing "knock-offs". The 1st lure in the package is a dead ringer for a Thomas Buoyant

http://www.cabelas.com/casting-trolling ... poon.shtml

Attached is a pic of a display card I have of the company cww
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Re: American "Sportmaster" casting spoons

Post by diemai » Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:50 pm

@ rivermandave

..........they're really looking like some kinda "cheapies" , ...it's true , ........but particulary the "Thomas Buoyant" is a very old spoon design , it was quite common over here as well decades ago , .....and I don't really know about who was first with that typical spoon design .

Some DAM's and others of this shape to be seen in these threads :

http://www.lureandmore.com/viewtopic.ph ... ker#p46625

http://www.lureandmore.com/viewtopic.ph ... ker#p34732

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Re: American "Sportmaster" casting spoons

Post by rivermandave » Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:23 am

All I can tell you about Thomas is that they were 1st in business in 1948.

And all their website has at the moment is the current catalog

http://www.thomaslures.com/

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Re: American "Sportmaster" casting spoons

Post by diemai » Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:08 pm

@ rivermandave

Thanks for that catalog link , ....gotta browse thru it tonite after work when I'd have more time than in the mornings .

I am almost 100% certain , that the first European versions of this spoon date prior to 1948 , ........by 1949 in Germany the production started again after the entire country was in debris after the war , and I don't think that by that time they've newly designed the "Augenblinker"("Thomas Buoyant" lookalike) , must have already been existing before the war .

Here's a German collectors page displaying some early post-war West German spoons :

http://rodreellure.com/tkalweit//index. ... temid=1%5D

Here are some more later ones from the communist part of Germany , the German Democratic Republic , ....dating back to 1950's/1960's .

http://tkalweit.altes-angelgeraet.de/in ... &Itemid=29

Probably the " Augenblinker" was taken to America by US troops returning from Europe after 1945 and the design then thrown on the local US market named "Thomas Buoyant" (just a shot in the dark lol )?

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Re: American "Sportmaster" casting spoons

Post by rivermandave » Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:24 am

Thanks for the links clapclap

And you are probably right about the GI thing smckin lol

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Re: American "Sportmaster" casting spoons

Post by MXB » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:58 am

Russell Lewis in 'Classic Fishing lures' suggests a connection with Weber Tackle making 'Sportsmaster' products for a wholesaler.
I have seen Sporstmaster stuff too. Weber at the height of production in the 1950's was one of the largest producers of terminal tackle, spinners, spoons and the fly production was the biggest in USA. The sportsmaster line incuded Dylite plastic poppers the same as Weber and later lots of metal spoons etc like you show Dieter. Quality is good compared with modern metal cheapies!! Not sure how accurate this is but this comes from a 2005 publication.

I also have some smaller Thomas fly spoons and a few others that are definitely vintage

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Re: American "Sportmaster" casting spoons

Post by diemai » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:25 pm

@ MXB

Roger , ....thanks for enlightening the dark a bit , ........good info thumbsupsmilie !

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