History of lures
18th April 2019
The relation between humans and fish is lost in the age, fish provide to us good proteins, necessary for a good and healthy diet. The first tesitmonies date back in the 1800 B.C., where the Egyptians in the Mediterranean and the Chinese in the yellow sea, began to use artificial lures. They were made of shiny plates, probably the ancestor of the modern spoon.
In the book Halieutica wrote by the greek Oppiano during the 2th century B.C. it is reported that bronze plates weren't the only artificial used; wood, bird's feathers, wool and other fabrics, particularly in red color, were used to catch fish.
During the 18th century in both England and America began the commercial manufacturing of lures, the individual craftsmen work switch to large-scale production. Those artificial baits were largely made by graven wood or kitchen spoons.
In the mid of the 19th century the number and variety of lures heve grown a lot, from these years in the tackle shop we can find many different shapes, colors and weights. Since then the market has not stopped increasing.
Nowadays the fishing equipment market value worldwide is worth hundreds of millions, a good part of this market is played by artificial lures.
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