In a moment of late night EBay bidding I found myself driving down to Brighton to pick up a job lot of fishing tackle. It was quite clear that the original owner of this gear was a fanatical match angler including some nice examples of early glass fibre match rods (all painted matt black) hand-made floats and centre pin reels. Overall the gear was well looked after with plenty of improvised DIY going on, but for me the clincher on the lot was the little two tiered tackle box with aluminium shot tins, there is something about these tackle boxes I find really quite personal…
That makes two of us buying old tackle boxes, I agree they are very personal and usually gives you an insight to the previous owner. In a box from a recent late night eBay purchase I found home made plummets, a box of numbered brass tokens which I assumed were peg numbers, hand made floats, spools that were date stamped indicating that most items were purchased in the late 50’s and early 60’s. For me I see the likes of Venables, Marks and Stone sitting on the riverbank.
Nigel Brooks said:
Match fishing …that takes me back to my late teens too much tackle,needing a trolley to carry it all ,great at the time but more than pleased to be light traveller these days,and my bones agree!