About

Collecting, preserving, and recording the history of fishing tackle.

We are always interested in buying examples of fishing tackle for research. We also have contacts with collectors who will pay a fair price if items are not for us.

The Antique Tackle Observer was originally started as a “Fanzine” DTP (Desktop Publishing) concept in March 1994. It’s aim was to collect to vast amount of snippets of tackle collecting information that I was acquiring.

At the inception of the Magazine, the internet was in its infancy and no thought was given to a snappy internet title. A few years later it did highlight some of the problems and an attempt to change the title was abandoned.

It was one of the world’s first sites to have Java which attracted the internet “nerds” but no tackle collectors. Tackle collectors were usually involved in auctions, tackle meets and local get-togethers.

The magazine ended at issue 45 as a hard copy with hundreds of articles. It is my intention to publish as many of these articles, which are still relevant today, on this site.