This week in our ongoing vintage tackle contest we have a lure sent in by Tim Keenan. Tim’s grandfather gave him this Pflueger Musky Globe when he was cleaning out his garage, and told Tim he and an old friend actually used it to stick a few muskies back in the day. Given the pristine condition of the lure, if that’s true, it couldn’t have been too many muskies. I don’t see any teeth marks.
Plueger is such a well-known brand that’s been around forever, I didn’t think Dr. Todd Larson of the The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog would have any trouble providing a history lesson on this monster topwater. Dr. Todd says:
“The Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Akron, Ohio, makers of Pflueger fishing tackle, was one of the most iconic American tackle companies. Founded in 1881, although they eventually sold over 5,000 different tackle items, they began as a lure manufacturer and continued making plugs throughout their long history. Your lure is one of Pflueger’s all-time best sellers–the Globe. According to noted rotary head topwater lure collector Terry Oxley, the Globe was first introduced in 1911, was made in three sizes and in a number of standard colors (your is Yellow Enamel – Gold Spots). You rarely find any vintage lure in as pristine condition as your circa-1940 Musky Globe; even the green “Canoe” box is in outstanding condition. Since the lure is in mint condition, with original box and papers, I’d value it at $100-$150. To view the Globe as pictured in Pflueger catalogs spanning four decades, click here.”
Big money winner, Tim! Nice find. Thanks for sending in the photo and enjoy the Berkley Digital Tournament Scale that’s headed to your mailbox. Maybe you can hang a muskie on it this season.
If you’ve already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven’t and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to email@example.com, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a Berkley Digital Tournament Scale (left, $40).