Sometimes we get something into vintagefishingtackle.co.uk that completely epitomise the whole essence of fishing – fishing lures made for survival! It’s about cheating fish – and it all points back to the early man who depended largely on catching fish for the survival of his family. Making a lure that could do so is a powerful and essential craft that has been honed and passed down through generation – a process that still is ongoing among anglers worldwide.
These two lures were made by an Inuit angler on the North East coast of Greenland. They date back to the 19th century and were given to a Danish polar explorer more than 100 years ago.
The lures are typical for the Greenland and Inuit anglers who target fish such as cod or halibut. The lures are made from bones (probably reindeer or walrus) and the main body has been shaped out of talc rock. They are tied together with strips of hide or perhaps thin tendons, the hooks are bird bone (possibly Arctic Grousse or gulls) and the leaders are also made from hide or tendon.
They appear to be unused. One of the hooks has either come loose over time or it may never have been fitted.