Paul Manon started the Angler’s Bait Company in the 1930’s and in 1934 lived in Tampa sharing a tackle business with Bernard F. Borchardt. Paul was making his lures when he saw an article with a photo in the Orlando newspaper of a Ed Brown and Merlin Mitchell the owner of a tackle shop with a nice catch of Bass. With this Manon contacted Ed Brown and asked if he would field test several baits that he made. Ed was happy to test them and when returning to see how the baits worked, Ed said they worked fine but told Paul he had a bait that could out fish the baits he had tested for him. Paul asked Ed Brown if he could see the bait and wanted to take it with him and make several to add to his line of baits. Ed Brown was ok with that but asked that he not steal the design. Several days later, Paul Manon returned and asked if he could use the photo and article from the Orlando paper to feature Ed’s bait and several of his own. Ed agreed and this time days later Paul returned with a brochure that had several baits, a P.D.Q and the Angle Minnow.
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Sometime between 1935 and 1936, in a court case with the deposition of Jim Pfeffer, Manon showed Jim the Angle Minnow and another bait wanting Jim to add one of his baits and package them as a trio, also telling Pfeffer he had a contract with Sears and Roebuck to sell all the baits he made through them. The Sears contract was to buy the baits featured from the brochure. Other baits include The Seahopper, The Pretty Damn Quick 7, The Pendulum No # 2000, The Angle Minnow, and The Fingerling.
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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.