Florida Fishing Tackle Mfg Co – St. Petersburg, FL

Florida Fishing Tackle Mfg Co (Barracuda Brand) was founded by Jack Reynolds and first offered stock in his new company in 1928.  They started out making bamboo rods and then made fishing lures from the early 1930’s up until the 1970’s. He incorporated the company in 1933. The beautiful graphics on the Barracuda box was copyrighted in 1934. This long period of manufacture gave us a wide range of lure designs and level of quality. The earliest Barracuda lures were high quality and had glass eyes. Later versions had painted eyes. Perhaps the most interesting of the Barracuda lures was the one named “Torpecuda”. The first version of the lure had glass eyes and a feather for a dorsal fin. Florida Fishing Tackle Mfg Co lures are considered to be one of the great Tampa Bay area lure makers.

Jack Reynolds entered into a agreement with Porter Dalton in the mid 1950’s to make the Dalton Special. The first Dalton Specials are marked Tampa, Fla. They were later marked St. Pete, Fla. Newer ones are marked Clearwater, Fla. The lure was made for a long time and is still popular today.


florida fishing tackle mfg

Florida Fishing Tackle BARRACUDA Lures

florida fishing tackle mfg

BARRACUDA Glass Eyed Lures

florida fishing tackle mfg

BARRACUDA Glass Eyed and Blue-Green Pattern Lures

florida fishing tackle mfg

The #50 TORPECUDA Glass Eye Lures, circa 1940

The #50 TORPECUDA Glass Eye Lures, circa 1940

florida fishing tackle mfg

The #60 TORPECUDA Painted Eye Lures, circa 1950’s

florida fishing tackle mfg

The #40 BARRACUDA Lures, circa 1940

florida fishing tackle mfg

The #30 BARRACUDA Lure, circa 1940

florida fishing tackle mfg

The #60 TORPECUDA Glass Eye Lure, circa 1940

The TORPAHU Lure, circa 1940

florida fishing tackle mfg

The #10 TIPSY CUDA & #40 TWITCHIN’ CUDA Lures, circa 1940

florida fishing tackle mfg

The POPEYE FROG Lure, circa 1940’s

florida fishing tackle mfg

The #77 KINGCUDA (SILVER KING) Lures, 6 1/2″, circa 1950’s

The #20 REYHU TROLL Lures, circa 1940

The FLORIDA SHINER Lures, circa 1940

The CONVICT 9999 Lure, circa 1940

florida fishing tackle mfg

The #88 BLOOPER Lure in Blue Boy (BB) Color, circa 1940’s

florida fishing tackle mfg

SPARK-A-WIGGLE, SPARK-A-MIDGET and SUPER DEEPER

florida fishing tackle mfg

Dalton Specials

Dalton Specials


Photos of Porter Dalton, Circa 1940’s

factory

The Original FFTMC Barracuda Factory at 2100 – 1st Avenue South in St. Petersburg Today

reynolds

Carl E. Reynolds – Florida Fishing Tackle Secretary-Treasurer and Traveling Salesman

catalog

Early Barracuda Brand Lure Box Insert Catalog

Later Barracuda Brand Lure Box Insert Catalogs

Florida Fishing Tackle Co. 1939 and 1940 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Ads

dalton

Dalton Special 1956 Magazine Ad


Another Great Antique Vintage Fishing Tackle Link:

https://luresnreels.com