#TBT OLD SCHOOL MEPPS GETS A FACE LIFT
When I spend time with some of the young guns of iBass360, I realize that I am a bit old school. One of my old school favorites is the Mepps Comet in-line spinning bait. I have been saying for years that Mepps should bring this lure out with a perch bait. Well Mepps fans, here it is. Mepps and Sheldons’ Inc. is the story of two innovators. First came French engineer Andre Meulnart, the inventor of the original Mepps spinner in 1938. It did not take much testing for Meulnart to realize that he had created an effective fishing lure. What he did not realize was the revolutionary impact his spinner would have on the tackle industry. Enter Todd Sheldon. Sheldon discovered the Mepps spinner in 1951. He was the owner of a successful tackle store in downtown Antigo, Wisconsin, and on that particular day, he was having a tough time fishing the Wolf River. He knew he had to try something different, so he rummaged through his tackle box and tied on a small spinner that had been given to him by Frank Velek, a friend and WWII vet who had returned from Europe with a handful of such spinners. In no time Sheldon, had four nice trout in the creel weighing more than twelve pounds total. Todd Sheldon became an instant believer and was determined to figure out how he could begin selling these Mepps spinners. Once he started, he could not keep them on the shelf. At first, a French woman- a friend of Velek- sent whatever spinners she could find to the sport shop in exchange for nylon stockings, but the lures sold faster than she was wearing out stockings. So, Sheldon finally was able to make contact with Meulnart's factory to buy the lures. READ MORE CLICK THE LINK IN OUR BIO
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