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Heddon Zara-Spook with added dive lip

Heddon Zara-Spook with added dive lip

At around midday today, whilst the tide was out I did a quick check over the wall to see if any tackle had been washed up on the last tide. With most of the coarse fishing fraternity out this week casting their last baits for a few weeks there is a good chance that lost floats and lures will end up being washed down the Thames from the feeding tributaries, many finding their way to the shore between Mortlake and Small Profit Dock.

Vintage Heddon Zara -Spook Lure

Vintage Heddon Zara -Spook Lure

Today the only item found was a vintage Heddon Zara-Spook yellow lure, still an effective lure after some 75 years, well since 1894.

Heddon lure found on the Thames

Heddon lure found on the Thames

Without question this wasn’t a recent loss as both sets of trebles had rusted away and what seems to be a modification of a dive lip had also perished in the brackish water, however still usable and will be used later in the year for a spot of Pike fishing or possibly used as a surface lure for bass off the South Coast.

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