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A very rare lure from the 1870s and a 4in double-ventilated Allcock Aerial are the highlights of a major tackle auction this weekend. The Mullock’s sale on Saturday at Ludlow racecourse, Shropshire, UK, features more than 760 fishing-related lots, but that 2.5in lure is likely to command the highest price. It was made by C Edkin and has a hollow glass body filled with silver foil strips. Edkin lures are very rarely seen, and it is believed that the English-made bait came in three sizes. The Aerial reel, a model 7950 type 7, was only made between 1923 and 1934, and what makes it special is the large number of holes (drilled to make it lighter). Double-ventilated models are among the rarest of all Aerial reels. The sale includes a wide range of items, from modern and antique rods and reels to creels, cased fish and books. You can bid online, and view the catalogue here.

Keith Elliott
Keith Elliott
Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I’m Founder and former Chairman of the Masher Trust.

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