First we will consider whether to fish with bait (live or dead)
Lures (any artifical man-made creation including flies)
Now you will have decided there is benefit in all styles of fishing, so onto consideration of lures in detail.....more specifically ABU Lures
Mankind's lure/spinner/bait/fly/plug (s) are our attempt to deceive the fish and entice it into attacking it, either as a food source or purely out of territorial aggression.
Metal, plastic, wood, feathers or other synthetic materials are all utilized in the battle to attract a strike. More recent times has seen fishermen use smell, flavourings, taste in conjunction with artificials to increase the strike rate.
Vic McCristal the much revered Australian fisherman (ABU) , writer and futurist, and early-adopting fan of ABU
long ago wrote so simply " A lure is a lie told by a (wo) man to a fish"
Below we see the universal lures in both his and my opinion
a link to the new 60th Anniversary ABU Toby video, from German
of bisclips.tv, will appear here
attempt here over time (it
is a mammoth
work in progress) is to initially list via the
spreadsheet matrix, all lures produced under the Record or ABU
banner, some many thousands in fact.
These will be shown as a yellow striped cell some with black text labelled Need
these will follow....
Next will be Record boxed lures I own, followed by ABU boxed lures I own,
after this, colour striped cells showing Mint on Card I own, and then Must Lures that I own.
advice appreciated if you can help here
My personal collection of ABU/Record lures
This is in the process of being displayed on a Swedish flag, (this image needs constant updating due to regular additions!) with the five sections allocated to plugs, spoons, spinners, flies and perks.
It will never be complete and hopefully
being constantly added to. See
The great majority of ABU's lures are metal
spoons. Hans has shared his Waterlog
Magazine published "Confessions
of a Spoon Fetishist" here
My collection started small but now number 1000+ different ABU lures
Soon I will share my 24K Gilded Collection of ABU lures, in a french polished box from the 40's to house them
with bottom layer to hold the Gilded lures and top layer other 24K Gilded Jewellery.....worth waiting for
Continued sequential ABU lure development has occurred from 1940’s to the present.
My experience is concentratinCom the earliest to the early 1981. ie the Swedish made lures
of my favourite finds was this ABU Flax sortiment box complete
with 5 spinner and the outer cardboard slide.
I find it amazing that ABU supported the continued use of their baits by offering supplementary materials like plastic feelers for the Rakan, replacement feathered hooks, whole rubber fish bodies for Drop-fish complete with hooks, so anglers did not have to discard damaged lures. I have seen spare parts for the HiLo but I suspect these were just available to some workers at the ABU factory.
I am advised by Len Borgstrom that the "plastic" lures were sourced from both USA, UK and Sweden.
The Kynoch was strictly a UK business for s.c. harling for salmon. The Cello was made by a company in Michigan. We bought the bodies painted and then assembled them in Sweden, Rakan was a fully Swedish product. We bought the body parts from a Swedish plastic manufacturing company, just like the Hi-Lo .....
Other ancillary products included anti-kink vanes used when luring, practice casting weights as well as ABU casting leads.
ABU has released a poster celebrating 50 years of continuous lure production. We are interested here in the Swedish made lures which are illustrated on the first 4 lines of the poster.
ABU Reflex Spinner # 1 in deadly dozen!
Refurbished ABU Lures (NEW)
would like to find more types and add them here.
Attention ABU fans,
Garcia catalog images of lures from USA to date are here
I am looking for ABU lures to document and study for this site which were sold only in USA.
Any help in buying, loaning, photographing or providing information on would be greatly appreciated. Many metal lures in the old paper boxes interest me greatly.
Images from an extremely rare USA Garcia "jobbers" catalog share by Wallace is dated 1949. (slight possibility it could be 1950)
Larger more detail revealing images to be linked very soon!
My personal collection of ABU/Record lures is in the process of being displayed on a Swedish flag, with the five sections allocated to plugs, spoons, spinners, flies and perks.
It will never be complete and hopefully being constantly added to. See above.
Continued sequential development has occurred from 1940’s to the present. My experience is concentrating more on from the earliest to the early 1980’s.
you will see Garcia Hi-Lo but when my new sealed versions are
examined the only marking on ther body are "ABU Hi-LO
Sweden Patent", this is because they were made in
Sweden not USA as some think. The advertising in my mind was somewhat
metal ABU lures also did not show Sweden on the lure and was added
some years later, depending on the lure.
Even a small 12 leaf lure catalog was made in the early days to show Garcia's lures.
Interestingly, pre-amalgation, very little acknowledgement of the giant Swedish ABU firm was noted. These were in effect sold as Garcia product.
A quite definitive amount of highly detailed information on the huge variety of ABU lures courtesy of many good friends such as Mike Elsworth from the UK, Derrik from Germany , Hans from The Netherlands and Uffe from Sweden.
A passionate group of researchers and contributers to our expanding knowledge of ABU Baits/Lures all around the worth. I feel privileged that they are so unselfish and willing to share the fruits of their labour of many years in unwrapping the riddles of the development of ABU Lures.
The best discourse on Sportfishing I have ever read was written by Mr Eric Swan in the 1967 ABU Tight Lines/Napp och Nytt . See below
Worthwhile ABU lure reading by Australia's # 1 gentleman legend Vic (McSea) McCristal
I am still looking for items such as Kelly, Doublespinnaren, Svangsta spinnaren, Toby, Hogbom, Whirl or Whirler or Virveln, Tilly, Safir, Sally, ABU Spoon, Joker, Glimmy, Atom, Tommy, Hazard or Mac Dan in any size or colour (or other metal lures) are needed to continue studies as well as the plastics such as Killer, Hi-Lo (Heddon ABU Hi-Lo River Runt Spook, any colour other than RH , I need XBW, XRY, L and D for my collection. The Kynoch in T or the rakan in black are still to be found to record. Full recognition for any assistance offered will be provided on this site. My name and website is well known to many ABU reel collectors in USA, but unfortunately I do not know too many ABU lure collectors there. Looking forward to getting to know more and perhaps trade some doubles of lures too!
If you have any other 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.