Press Release

from OWAA member Bill Blauser
A new subject that deals with an historical aspect of fishing in the United States has just come to light. It is contained in a book entitled Spring-Loaded Fishhooks, Traps and Lures. The book deals with the evolution of mechanical fishhooks and metal traps meant to capture and/or kill fish, including one interesting lure, which shot a bullet!

The majority of these devises were patented and manufactured in some quantities, several dating back to before the Civil War.
      ‘Big Emmitt’ Scott and his ‘Sure-Catch Device’ 32 S&W caliber.  
While some of these inventions had but a single additional hook to strike the fish, others had multiple striking hooks.  
Pre-civil war spring hook shown set, sprung and enlarged.    
  Fish trap in set and sprung position  
Some fish traps as the one shown here were designed to have jaws with multiple teeth protruding from them.    

Fish trap with 61 teeth in set position.

Spring-loaded fishing lures are also covered in this book. These lures were mainly designed to have hooks concealed in their bodies, which would only expand outward when struck by a fish. In this construction these lures would be practically weedless.
Spring-loaded fish lure in set and sprung positions.

OWAA member and co-author of this new book Bill Blauser was a guest on several outdoor radio and television talk shows in the past few months, all of which were received with enthusiasm. The hosts agreed the subject and book, as well as Bill’s animated commentary, made a great show. All outdoorsmen, whether avid fishers or not, are fascinated by this book.

Member and talk show host Dan Armitage in Ohio, whose radio show Mr. Blauser was a guest on, said to use his name as a reference anytime.

More information about this book is available by going to

Autographed copies of this book can be ordered on

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