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Paula Steger

Looking For Antique Fishing Lure

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Paula Steger

Looking for a particular antique weedless fish hook. My husband’s grandfather invented it and my husband still has the prototype. He would love to have one to add to it that was sold to the public. It will have Steger Jaw Locker and a patent number stamped on it. It was primarily used for Muskies in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. Here is an excerpt from a book about antique lures:

 

Excerpt from The Encyclopedia of Old Fishing Lures:
In 1936, Werner H. Steger developed the STEGER HOOK (later renamed his JAW LOCKER), a weedless device designed to be fished with live bait or pork rind. The Chicago man received Patent No. 2,123,378 on July 19, 1938, for his spring-activated double hook. The 2-1/8” spoon hook was designed to resemble a frog, and the front “safety pin” type spring was also the line tie. When a fish struck the lure, the two body members would collapse, throwing both hooks outward to engage the fish. Felix Supply distributed the Steger Hook for several years. The Steger Hook was very similar to the Felix lure developed in the early 1930’s that I described at the beginning of this story.

 

I’m also attaching a couple of pictures of it.

jaw locker 1.jpg

jaw locker 2.jpg

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