Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Largest Fishing Lure in the World

Australian fishermen know that bigger ain't necessarily better (although don't try and convince a Barra fisherman), but yet again, our American fishing cousins don't seem to have got the memo.

This week the Guiness Book of Records officially recognised the World's Biggest Fishing Lure, measuring in at 10 feet, 10 inches long, plus a two-foot metal treble hook at the bottom and weighing more than 355 pounds, this big lure is located at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, in Destin Florida (USA, of course!).

Mark Davis and a team of nine took more than 10 months to plan and build the giant lure - which is 24 times larger than its base design, a 5 ½ inch fishing lure made by local legend David Partridge, owner of Flatliner Lures.  Davis was inspired to create the World's Largest Fishing Lure by his wife, Mary Ellen and her family who were some of the original settlers in the Destin area in the late 1800's and who have always been involved in the fishing industry.

While it might not be reeling in giant fish anytime soon, The World's Largest Fishing Lure will be on permanent display at SS Spitfire Mercantile at Sandestin and is expected to attract plenty of admirers.

We'd like to see the rod that could caste this one!

The big lure's home, Destin Florida, has a long history of recreational fishing. It has been named the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" and is known internationally for the splendor of the Choctawhatchee Bay and its quick access to deep water. Destin is the home of the Fishing Rodeo each October and the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, hosted by Sandestin each June, is ranked one of the top 10 billfish tournaments in the world.

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