The history of Florida lure makers is rich with individuals and small companies, and larger companies, that were involved in lure making. These small cottage industries sprang up all over Florida in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The popularity of bass fishing in the area with the locals and with the northern visitors created the demand for these lures. Often these lures were sold off the front porch of the maker or out of the trunk of his car. Their apparent workmanship and folk art quality make them highly prized among collectors today. Names like Ammie Lee, Barracuda, Eger, Robinson, Pfeffer, Flood, Bender, Garland, Superstrike, Earl Gresh and Roane are a few of the larger and well know companies from Florida. The oldest wooden lure made in Florida were by Grover Cox and sold at his Cox’s Sporting Goods store in Tampa. Lures made by these early makers are of value and sought by collectors today.
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