Another ever growing collection comprises found fishing lures found at the Falls of the Ohio State Park. Most of the ones I’ve found are battered. Fisherman lose these in the rocks and trees.
After the hooks dissolve away, the lures come loose and are free to ride the river. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve come across so far. Over the years, I have used some as elements in my sculptures.
Last two images are details of the lures showing some of the variety in forms and colors. Aside from natural baits (minnows, shad, worms, etc…) and soft jigs, these are examples of lures used on the Ohio River. Most of these float initially and dive once they are reeled in. Depth depends on the lure and speed of retrieval. The good lures that I find I put with my own fishing tackle.