Antique tackle connection

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Bernie Schultz

Bernie Schultz

Bernie Schultz is an eight-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, illustrator, writer and antique tackle collector. Follow his career on the Bassmaster Elite Series and get advice from this longtime pro here on Pro-spective.

One of my favorite "web-side" hangouts is a place called Joe's — Joe's Old Lures to be exact.

It's a relatively quiet place and easy to miss. But for those of us who love and appreciate vintage fishing tackle, Joe's is like a second home. It's the online place to meet with others who share our interests and to see old and obscure fishing tackle, especially lures — more than you can count!

Even if you're not a collector, chances are good you'll find Joe's has something you're looking for. Say you're after that hard-to-find Storm Wiggle Wart or Bagley square-bill, or some other obscure item to fish with — Joe's message board is a great place to begin your search. Each day you'll find fresh new listings of items for sale or trade — some old, some not so old.

Anyone, as long as they abide by the rules, can post messages there for others to read. And there's no fuss with registration requirements or access fees. It's free and easy.

Joe's Bulletin Board is also a great place to ask questions. Almost hourly you'll find someone seeking information on a certain lure, rod, reel or other type of fishing collectible. They want to know more about its origins, who made it, its rarity and/or value. And they usually get the answers they're looking for. In fact, the amount of information available through Joe's board is nothing short of remarkable. There are some very sharp people there — people willing to share their knowledge and expertise whenever asked.

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