We’re anglers, boaters, and marine enthusiasts here. As much as we’d like to attribute our lucky fishing streaks to our rugged sexiness, sometimes — just sometimes — we have to admit that it takes more than just charisma to catch fish. It takes some good tools of the trade: fishing gear.
There have been some great fishing gear inventions over the years. High-quality fishing gear, including accessories, electronics, lines, lures, reels, and rods. But there are a few products that have stood the test of time. Through great design and functionality, the following fishing gear has remained well-used and well-loved.
Here’s the Top Ten Fishing Gear Over the Last 75 Years list, in chronological order.
1. Original Rapala Floater Minnow (1936). This hard-body lure is one of the most successful and widely used lures in fishing gear history. It is still the “go to” lure of many of today’s bass and trout anglers.
2. Nibble, Nabber Springloaded Bobber (1947). This red and white bobber replaced the cork as an indicator of a strike. In those days, many anglers fished with live bait and the bobber made suspending them at a desired depth simpler and easier.
3. Mitchell 3000 (1949). This was the first commercially successful spinning reel and is one of the most common reels used today. Costing $18.95 in the 1950s, that was a good sum of money and out of reach for many. But it was the best spinning reel on the fishing gear market. It was a tough workhorse of a reel.
4. Crème Plastic Worm (1949). It changed the sport forever as the first, and still famous, long-lasting artificial worm that both looked and felt real.
5. Zero Bomb Company Closed Face Spincast Reel (1949). Costing only $3 or $4, it made fishing easy and affordable to everyone. They have greatly improved since they were first made and are currently manufactured by ZEBCO Brands.
6. Lowrance Fish Lo-k-Tor (1957). The Little Green Box introduced anglers to the use of sonar in locating individual fish.
7. DuPont Stren Monofilament Line (1958). Improved the durability, affordability, and casting ability of fishing line while reducing its visibility to fish.
8. Minn Kota Trolling Motor (1958). This was the first electric gear-driven trolling motor that gave anglers the ability to quietly maneuver and position their boats. Originally manufactured by Minn Kota, it is now manufactured by Johnson Outdoors.
9. Fenwick High Modulus Graphite Rod (1972). Its super-sensitive carbon (graphite) fibers revolutionized the method of making fishing rods and how anglers fished. They also make excellent fiberglass rods.
10. The Shakespeare Ugly Stick (1976). With its special construction, it created an affordable, unbreakable and dynamic fishing rod still in use today. This one is still one of our favorites.
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