The Phantom cannot die!

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The Phantom cannot die!

Post by Marrakai » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:33 pm

Ever since reading that the first recorded lure-catch of a barramundi in Australia may have been made on a Phantom lure (at the Fitzroy barrage in Queensland?) sometime in the 1800s, I was determined to track one down.
Finally found a barra-size example for the collection.
It is made by Hardy Brothers in England, and so-marked on the 'blades'.
The body is laquered purple silk, painted with trout-like red, black and gold spots.

Hope you enjoy the photos...

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Underside



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Makers mark "Hardy Bros" on the two 'blades'.



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This pic shows method of attachment of the lure-body and hooks.




Details of front hook (other side is missing unfortunately)
Hardy_Phantom_6.jpg


Details of tail hook
Hardy_Phantom_7.jpg



Is it just a coincidence that this lure is purple?!!
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Post by loomis » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:34 pm

coincidence??? Yes!

Off memory the Phantom was first created in 1930-something!

I have about 200+ old phantom comics in a box in my man-cave, so I should dig them out and find out for sure.

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Post by aussbasstony » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:56 pm

pokeystix Leigh,

the first Frew Phantom comic was published about 1940-1960 from Memory. 200+ is that all, pokeystix

sounds like a great collection though thumbsupsmilie

Who out of the old timers would know which lure was used to catch the first one , would be interesting to find out.

And the detail on that lure is awesome bowsmilie

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Post by loomis » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:01 pm

The Phantom appeared as a comic strip in newspapers before it became a comic book in its own right.

The Ghost who walks!

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Post by fishaholiclures » Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:27 pm

bloody comic buffs smckin ... we are talking the ORIGINAL PHANTOM MINNOW here, not some git prancing thru the jungle dressed like a grape lol and I reckon these DEFINATELY predate any comic strip
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William Brown's Phantom Minnows, circa 1900
William Brown is credited with inventing the Phantom Minnow in the mid-1800's. In the late 1890's, the bait incorporated Philip Geen's Patent Swivel to keep the line from twisting. They were made up until the early 1900's.

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Post by loomis » Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:00 pm

fishaholiclures wrote:bloody comic buffs smckin ... we are talking the ORIGINAL PHANTOM MINNOW here, not some git prancing thru the jungle dressed like a grape
Yer, but does that lure have a skull ring and a wolf as a pet.....NO!

nahnah nahnah

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