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Auction hooks fishing tackle

February 07, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Item 203 up for sale Saturday at the public fishing tackle auction in Chambersburg would not be much help in catching a bass, trout or marlin.

This lure was made to tempt bigger fish into biting, fish with gold cards and checkbooks to put on the line.

Once a Chesapeake Bay buoy, the listing next to item 203 had many people in the auction house buzzing Saturday morning.

"It's kind of neat," local antique dealer Randy Negley said. "I don't know what I would do with it, but it makes for a good conversation piece."

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Listed by the auction house as the "World's Largest Fishing Bobber," auction consultant Robert Abraham Jr. said the massive metal bobber hanging in the corner of the room was perhaps the most unique piece in the collection.

Abraham said it once was part of the décor at Johnny's Bait Shop in Deep Creek Lake, Md., and after years in a private collection, the 1960s bobber made its way to Chambersburg for the sale.

Of the 368 lots up for sale Saturday, only a few were expected to lure in the big fish and big spenders, Abraham said.

Few of the 75 bidders at the sale were not anglers or collectors of unique lures and tackles. Most, such as Wes Summers of Frederick, Md., came ready to fight for the lots in the glass case at the front.

"I come to all fishing auctions," Summers said. "I'm looking for glass-eyed lures, they are the top of the line. They were made around the turn of the century. They used glass beads for eyes."

While some items were selling well, including the first of 12 glass-eye lures that went for $190, others such as the "World's Largest Fishing Bobber" failed to lure big money from bidders.

For resellers such as Negley, the lower the price, the better.

Negley said he was pleased to get the world's largest bobber for around $50 less than what it cost in the 1960s.

Kay Kohler, who co-owns Gateway Gallery Auction LLC with her husband, auctioneer John Kohler Jr. said the auction house specializes in estate and specialty sales, such as the fishing tackle sale.

It is not very often that a large collection of fishing tackle, rods, reels and more goes up for sale, Abraham said. The last one at Gateway Gallery Auction was in 2005.

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