Giant devon minnows

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Giant devon minnows

Post by Davir » Wed Jan 24 2018 14:30

Anyone know who made these?, from an old sea fishing tackle box, 9 ins overall lengths for the minnows ( small minnow for comparison has a 2.5ins body )- un-named.
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Re: Giant devon minnows

Post by Nobby C » Wed Jan 24 2018 17:49

They look interesting, just need a good paint job as bright chrome isn't the only colour to be used but I guess that's down to them being sea lures.
Have you used one or any yet?

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Re: Giant devon minnows

Post by Davir » Wed Jan 24 2018 18:56

I think they are too rare to risk fishing and losing them, collector's pieces.

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Re: Giant devon minnows

Post by John Milford » Thu Jan 25 2018 20:06

Interesting lures. I've never seen them before, either 'in the flesh' or catalogued.

Is there any possibility they were homemade by a skilled metal worker? The wire forms do not look like a factory job?

PS: The other thing that makes me think they might be 'artisan' made is the bait with the multiple blades. Skillfully built, but clearly a copy of the commercially-made Allcocks 'Dazzle' bait, popular from around the 1920's.

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Re: Giant devon minnows

Post by Will Smith » Thu Jan 25 2018 23:09

Curious that the smallest chrome one actually has tail fins, perhaps to slow the spin down :scratch:
Different anyway.

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Post by John Milford » Fri Jan 26 2018 02:44

I don't think they're strictly Devon's in the modern sense - which slide up the trace - more like 'Archemedians' which spin on a fixed axis. The tail fins on the bait you mention will be slightly pitched, to compliment the spin provided by the front fins, rather than dampen it.

This is based on another old Allcock bait, the 'Paragon'.
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Re: Giant devon minnows

Post by Will Smith » Sat Jan 27 2018 20:38

That kinda make sense John, one thing is for sure you will get line twist like never before with them fella's.

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Re: Giant devon minnows

Post by Davir » Mon Jan 29 2018 10:37

Hi John, yes, I am coming round to thinking that they are one-offs, or special order, the one with tail fins is twice the weight of the others and maybe nickel plated brass. The other three seem more an aluminium alloy, all hollow, skilled work no doubt.

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Re: Giant devon minnows

Post by John Milford » Mon Jan 29 2018 22:11

This is one of my favourite 'curios' from my vintage lure collection. 11" overall, lovingly hand-made and enclosed with an amusing little note (I suspect to a son, serving overseas with the forces):

"Christmas Greetings
FINE AND FAR OFF
If you want to catch big
'uns you've got to fish
for 'em."

The stamps are King George VI and franked on 3rd September 1952:


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