Porter Bait Company Lures – Daytona Beach, FL

The Porter Bait Company lures were first introduced when Dick Porter made his first lead-headed pier baits in about 1920. In the 1940’s, he expanded his lure line to include traditional looking wooden lures. The Pop-Stop, Darter and Shrimp are a few of the lure names. The older Porter lures have a bull’s eye on the belly as a distinguishing characteristic. The first boxes are yellow, then black and then with a clear cellophane window. Porter is probably best well known for his clothes pin type pier bait lures. The Sea Hawk Pier bait was probably Porter’s most popular lure. He received a Design Patent for the “Sea Hawk” lure design on January 11, 1955. Porter Bait Company lures are considered to be made by one of the great Central Florida Lure Makers.


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The PORTER POP-STOP Lure, circa 1945

The PORTER POP-STOP Lure, circa 1945

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1955 patent

The RICHARD PORTER 1955 Lure Design Patent