Daniels Deceivers

Billy A. Daniels – Born in Brownsville, FL – June 19, 1938

Daniels History

Billy grew up in this little town south of Tampa near Arcadia and after high school worked for the telephone company for 25 years. The Peace River is much like the Little Manatee River, running out to the Gulf of Mexico and like the Little Manatee which I have fished many times you never know what you will catch being the water is brackish. Brackish water is half salt and half fresh. I have caught both Snook and Bass in the same water.

Billy Daniels lived near the Peace River and fished it all of his life where sometime in the mid 1980’s was making his own lures because all his favorite lures were no longer available. The two tall pictures are of a brochure he had made up for his lures.

Most of Billy’s lures were made from Cedar and had large plastic Teddy Bear eyes. His painting of his lures were done with air brush and paint masks.

Snook Deceiver #403

Deceiver #2003

Daniels Darter

Packaging was a simple zip lock bag with the brochure and card and later a bag with the card for each lure model.

Much of the information on this page was obtained by utilizing the information provided by Doug Brace, Bill Stuart, and Russell Riddle in “Florida Lure Makers and Their Lures” (Currently out of print). The information we have provided is only a portion of the story.  If interested in purchasing this book, please reach out to other collectors in our forum to inquire about availability.

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