Now that we’ve looked at what fishing lures are, let’s now take you on a journey back through time, as we look at a brief history of fishing lures:
Paleolithic fishing? – Though there is no definitive proof of this, experts have found the remains of items such as hooks made from bones and metals, in caves. Some people believe that these hooks were used by cavemen during the Paleolithic era, to catch fish.
2000 BC – Back in 2000 BC, in parts of the world including China and Egypt, anglers would use primitive rods to catch fish. In actual fact, the Chinese were believed to be the first to create fishing lines, which they made from silk. Many anglers would use hooks on the end of these lines, with different anglers choosing different designs.
3rd century AD – The ancient Romans were also huge fans of fishing. In fact, Claudius Aelianus would document his fly fishing experiences in writing. He also wrote about how he would create his own lures, and use things such as feathers, lead, bronze, and even horsehair, to help attract the fish.
Mid 19th century – During the mid 19th century, lure fishing really took off in a big way. Because of this, fishing lures were manufactured on mass scale. The lures were very basic in design, which is why they were so successful. As manufacturers, such as Heddon and Pflueger, believed in keeping things simple.