The fishing tackle industry was transformed in 1938 when Andre Meulnart, a French engineer, developed the Mepps spinner. However, it took anglers over a decade to discover the successful fishing lure.
In 1951, Todd Sheldon, a Wisconsin tackle store owner, was spending the day fishing on Wisconsin's Wolf River. The fish weren't attracted to his initial bait and Sheldon decided to try a lure that had been given to him by a WWII soldier named Frank Velek who had been stationed in Europe just a few years earlier.
This fateful decision changed the destiny of the Mepps Company along with Sheldon's small tackle store. The lure that he tied onto his fishing line was a small classic Mepps Anglia and after two more hours of fishing, he had reeled in four trout with each fish weighing in at over 12 pounds. His personal success that day encouraged him to stock the lures in his tackle store. During the 1950s, Sheldon bought the Mepps Company, which currently manufactures lures in Wisconsin and France.
Anglers can recognize this famous lure from the stainless steel shaft that is the strength behind this fish enticing device. The shaft is built from Sandvic stainless steel, which is manufactured in Sweden and is often the material chosen to make quality hand saw blades used by construction workers. Additional features of the Anglia lure include a curved oval blade, hook and whirligig body. Fisherman can purchase this classic lure with blades that are polished brass, painted epoxy and copper along with gold or silver plating.
The reason behind the Anglia's effectiveness is the combination of movement and vibration caused by the blade revolving around the base. This action creates a visual flash as it pulsates through the water making it irresistible to fish.
The lure is brightly colored with its adornment of brass or plastic beads, which are added to further catch the attention of fish. Additionally, the hooks add sparkle and when they are constructed to include hand-tied squirrel or buck tail, they are dyed in colors that fish will notice like gleaming white, yellow, brown and grey.
Mepps spinners gained the addition of squirrel tail in the early part of 1960. Todd had spent a day on Sheldon-Wolf River catching his limit of good-sized trout when he met a young boy fishing with a Mepps lure. Todd saw that the boy's fish bundle included much larger fish than his own and noticed that the boy had changed the lure to include a small clump of squirrel tail. Sheldon decided to add this embellishment to a line of Mepps lures along with buck tail.
The Mepps Company uses solid brass for the blades and bases of the brand's spinners and spoons. Additionally, bronze is used for the hooks. These materials were chosen to prevent deterioration. Moreover, the company uses stainless steel for its saltwater lures because fishing in these waters will cause destruction to bronze.
Mepps has included several unique features to their fishing lures including the addition of strike attractor tubes. This device is constructed with "Edge-Glo" tubing, which causes an extra glitter when sunlight hits it adding attraction to the lure. Also, Mepps spinners are built with a folded clevis made out of solid brass. This patented feature is vital to the longevity of a spinner because it's built to withstand additional bending, which prevents the device from working properly.
Collectors of vintage lures can find Mepps comet minnow spinners from France, which are sold in a variety of colors such as orange and classic silver along with a combination of colors like red and white or black and white. Furthermore, angling experts can still locate classic French spinners that are made out of copper and gold.
The Mepps Musky Killer is another unique vintage lure. Collectors will appreciate the three and a half inch size along with the silver blade. Furthermore, the gold and red bodied Musky Killer lure includes a buck tail to increase its temptation to fish.
Anglers who appreciate antique fishing lures will be interested in the Mepps Comet number two spinner. This lure was made in France with a two inch long minnow, which will encourage large fish to bite. Additionally, two treble hooks will increase water movement and attract more attention from big fish.
The Mepps Syclops is a vintage spoon that was manufactured in the Wisconsin plant and devoted lure collectors should consider adding this classic item to their tackle box.
Fishermen who prefer to reel in bass, salmon or walleye will be interested in the antique Mepps Comet number three spinner. Additionally, the Mepps Lusox lures are distinctive pieces that were constructed in silver with red print along with gold, which features orange lettering. These styles were built with brass beads and are still a usable fishing lure.
Collectors who choose to troll a lake for their fish will enjoy the antique Mepps Ultra Lite spinner. Moreover, the Mepps Black Fury or Bass killer will complete any lure collection.
The rare Mepps Spinner Bait is a miniscule 1/8 ounce edition. Collectors of fishing lures will be pleased with the gold blades, white head and skirt. Upon its initial release, this model of spinner was considered the "Woo Daves spinner bait of choice." Woo Daves is a professional bass fisherman who stars in a number of television shows that are filmed to teach fishing techniques.
Collectors of angling equipment may be interested in an original Mepps tackle box or a Trouter Killer plastic storage kit, which will keep their vintage lures safe.
Vintage Mepps fishing lures are a sound investment that can be added to an angler's antique collection or put to work catching numerous breeds of large sized fish.