I am attempting here to create (with the help of others), the greatest collection of images and information about Record ABU Boxed Set lures ever collected together and freely available for all to learn from. Obviously image copyright for alternative publishing purposes always remains with the owners.
Whilst out of historical context, the advice given in these two Tight Lines pages from the 70's are very relevant and well worth reading.
The purpose was to put similar sized proven lures into an easy to buy collection , targeting a particular group of fish and/or fishing category such as ABU 3 fishing .
The first I have
noticed were produced in 1953 utilizing a clear see through
cylinder with shake out blades for the ABU Variant and Tandem
Sets were originally always in clear plastic compartmentalized boxes with see-through lids.
Later clear containers with red or blue coloured lids identified the content type.
The number of compartments varied from 3, 4, 5, 6 up to 13 compartments.
Eventually plastic boxes were released in an empty form to allow anglers to select their own MUST sets of ABU lures.
Next cardboard packaging was made containing a number of conventionally boxed lures.
Later the boxes, were to become cardboard backing with blown bubble tops covering the lures.
My experience tells me that occasionally identical lures but varying in colour were sometime marketed, but generally different lures targeting the same group of fish or Fishing ABU (1, 2, 3 or 4) were the norm for marketing.
I have never seen a staggered set of different size lures of identical name in a kit.
I have never seen a range of the larger size plugs in a kit.
Many of these images will look the same but for the true enthusiast of ABU lures, you will, with discerning observation, detect a reason for EVERY scanned page image being different in some aspect.
If you have any other boxed set lures, that are un-needed or doubles in your collection and are available for swapping or a reasonable fee, I would be very pleased to hear from you.
Personal Box Sets/Must Lures
To appear soon here
Historically as recorded in Catalogues (currently up to 1969)
Apologies, as I do not have 56, 57, 58 English Tight Lines, but I'm sure we can glean the necessary information from the Swedish N&N. Photographs from you collection and your experience most welcome.
They very first lure Pack that I have been able to see was the 1953 Spinnar ABU Variant containing 4 different coloured blades in a plastic cylinder. essentially it was only one lure with multiple spinning blades that were interchangeable. Lose the lure body and you needed another set. Later multiple body spinner packs with multiple blafdes became available.
1953 N&N 1954 N&N
1959 Tight Lines, The first TL that I own to scan from.
1962 Tight Lines
1966 Tight Lines
1967 Tight Lines
1968 Tight Lines
1969 Tight Lines
1970 Tight Lines
1971 Tight Lines
1972 Tight Lines
1973 Tight Lines
1975 Tight Lines
1976 Tight Lines
1977 Tight Lines
1978 Tight Lines
1979 Tight Lines
1981 Tight Lines
Much later and to be continued.....
Please feel your input, help , criticism is very welcome and I look forward to expanding with network of Record ABU lure collectors and appreciators.
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