Old Tackle

Heddon lures like this are just a portion of the tackle that will be on display at the Lake Guntersville State Park lodge when the National Fishing Lures Collectors Club holds its spring show there during the Bassmaster Classic March 6-8.

The Bassmaster Classic will be held on Guntersville Lake March 6-8.

To coincide with the Classic, the National Fishing Lures Collectors Club (NFLCC) will have a a spring show in the Grand Ballroom at Lake Guntersville State Park. At last count, there were to be 88 tables filled with antique fishing tackle, much of it for sale or for trade, according to organizer Jimmy Pettis.

"People collect all kinds of things," Pettis said. "You will see all kinds of old fishing tackle, dating from about 1900 forward."

He said a show of this type is a great place for someone just wanting to get started in collecting old tackle, as there will be some items that can be bought for as little as $5 to $10. 

Brand name lures expected to be there include Bagley, Bomber, Heddon, Rebel, Creek Chub , Storm, Big Os, as well as all sorts of collectible rods and reels.

Visitors can bring their own old tackle for free appraisal and review.

Pettis is hoping people will attend the Classic blastoff at Civitan Park early in the morning, then head for the antique tackle show at the State Park afterwards. 

Show hours will be 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, March 6, and 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 7.  

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