Honest Appraisals on Fishing Tackle
Looking for MN Tackle and Company History
Retired Lures
email me
Tell a friend about this page
Lure of the Month
February 2023
Each month, I feature fishing tackle on my website that I find interesting.  If you have a lure that you would like to see featured or have any comments on the lures I have already featured, please let me know.  I would like to hear from you!
Joe Pepper was a true innovator, inventor, and sportsman in the world or lure manufacturing. He starting selling lures commercially around 1900 and had many variations of his baits. Many of his wooden baits are not hard to find and are very sought after by collectors.

The Roman Spider is a classic bait made by Pepper. It features a notched head and a vibrant color design. It also has string legs attached to its large round body in order to imitate a bug more in the water.

There are many versions of this lure. Some thinner, some fatter. Some are 1 ½ inches long while others are nearly 5 inches long. Some had a notched head, others a flat head. Not to mention the large amount of color schemes. It seems that Joe Pepper had a basic design he followed, but no 100% set pattern.

I found this bait in an old tackle box quite a few years ago. The paint in heavily chipped, but I still enjoy this bait and the history that it can share. And, at 100+ years old, I bet it could tell a lot of stories if it could speak.

Roman Spider
Joe E. Pepper
Rome, NY

Images and other materials contained on this web site are the property of retiredlures.com 
and may not be reproduced or used on other web sites or for personal use without our written permission.
Welcome to my Retired Lures Website!

This site features antique and vintage fishing lures as well as some other bits of information.

If you have information you wish to share, especially on the history of MN tackle companies, please contact me. 
email me
email me
Add this page to your favorites.
********Latest News********

I recently updated the Lure Of The Month Archives page and added the year 2022.  Check it out in case you missed a month!

 Check out my Youtube videos here:  Youtube Lure Videos

Side View ^^

                                              Top View >>