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Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:48 am 
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Around 3 years ago I came upon this neat set of 4 Nep-Tuna trolling lures on eBay and I wanted them bad as I collect cradle reels and rods. So the bidding began and I came out 2nd high bidder !@#%^%$# About that same time I met a now good friend of mine Doug who is a member of both ORCA and Alan Tani's board. We met through the internet as we had similar interests in vintage big game fishing gear and other antique collectibles. My girlfriend and I have visited Doug and his wife a couple times now once for a meet and greet and another time for deer hunting down in Maryland.

In talking on the phone with Doug one day I found out that it was him who had out bid me on those Nep-Tuna trolling lures and we both laughed on how much money he could have saved had we known we were the only two bidders !!! By the way they came from another ORCA member from Hawaii.

Well while on a visit Doug said I could pick one of the lures to bring home as a gift and I picked the only jointed lure in the bunch ! Well he cussed me for it but it came home to Massachusetts with me !!!

So yesterday my girlfriend gave me a present and as I opened it up I was thinking to myself "did she get me some Striper plugs as they were wrapped in ziplock bags" but to my surprise it was the rest of the set of Nep-Tuna trolling lures I had bid on a few years prior !! She had remembered how much I wanted them and Doug knowing my love for Nep-Tuna cradles, rods, and anything else they made figured that I was the one who should own them so he sold them to Brenda !!!

My best Christmas present !!! John Taylor

PS Has any one out there every seen others similar or maybe know what company might have made them for Nep-Tuna ?? Both Doug and I think possibly Seven Strand ??? Any info would be great.

















Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:06 pm 
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beautiful! I remember those! Nice of Doug to free them up....congrats and enjoy, John!


Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:03 pm 
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Very glad you ended up with them, John, although I think it wasn't that long ago lol. Doug's a great guy. Recall seeing another set of Neptuna lures along the way that i didnt get but don't remember much else. I sold another set of knuckleheads and they were from Sevenstrand but made of more nylon type material. Those seemed to be wood?


Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:11 pm 
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Brian F. wrote:Very glad you ended up with them, John, although I think it wasn't that long ago lol. Doug's a great guy. Recall seeing another set of Neptuna lures along the way that i didnt get but don't remember much else. I sold another set of knuckleheads and they were from Sevenstrand but made of more nylon type material. Those seemed to be wood?


Hi Brian !
Yeah it might have been two years not quite sure. I posted same thing on Alan Tani's board and found some info on who made the lures. Check it out !! I am glad to have them. Would you mind sharing how or where you got them ? Thanks ! John Taylor

http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=23805.0


Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:26 pm 
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Great, John, the paint job does look like Martin, now that you compare them. I missed the name on that one completely. Sorry, I don't recall where I got them exactly but looks like eBay from my records. I recall I had done an article for a local fishing magazine that was about knucklehead lures that a guy here patented in the 1950s and then sold to Sevenstrand. So when I saw the Nep-Tunas, I picked them up because they were reel-related.

Happy New Year to you, John!


Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:28 pm 
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Brian F. wrote:Great, John, the paint job does look like Martin, now that you compare them. I missed the name on that one completely. Sorry, I don't recall where I got them exactly but looks like eBay from my records. I recall I had done an article for a local fishing magazine that was about knucklehead lures that a guy here patented in the 1950s and then sold to Sevenstrand. So when I saw the Nep-Tunas, I picked them up because they were reel-related.


Thanks Brian !! Happy New Year !


Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:42 am 
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That’s a great Christmas story!

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Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:20 pm 
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Very cool lures John, congratulations. Doug is a great guy for sure.


Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:58 pm 
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Doug's a true gentleman collector, for sure! And good on Brenda for following up with Doug and getting those lures for you! That woman is a saint. Please tell me you are not going to display the lures in her kitchen!!


Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:53 am 
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What's wrong with fishing gear in the kitchen ? It keeps my deer heads company ! She is a good girl and puts up with a lot. Thanks all for complements ! Also thanks Doug for letting the Nep-Tuna lures go. John Taylor


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