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Jim Pfeffer Lures by Pat Woodall Specialties
West Palm Beach, Florida

Pat Woodall was working for a South Florida sporting goods distributor when he met Jim Pfeffer in the early 1950's. They developed a friendship that evolved into a business relationship several years later. In the mid 1950's Pfeffer authorized Pat Woodall to produce banana lures made out of plastic and to use the Pfeffer name. His company, Pat Woodall Specialties, contracted to have the lures manufacured and began selling Jim Pfeffer Plastic Banana Lures. The baits were made in two sizes and a dozen colors, in addition to silver and gold metallic finishes. Lures were packaged in several styles of cardboard boxes.

Woodall was an enthusiastic fisherman and often used his own lures. According to a 1958 story in The Palm Beach Post the only plug caster we noticed was Pat Woodall, who again proved to anyone who cared to watch, that large mackeral will whale the daylights out of the right kind of plug. Working his new all-silver No. 220 Banana Lure just beneath the surface with brisk snaps of the rod tip, Pat hauled aboard close to 40 large mackeral. A rod tip with backbone seemed to enhance the performance of the plug.

It is unclear how the original agreement between Pfeffer and Woodall evolved, but Pat Woodall also began selling wooden lures about a year later. His first wood lure was a silver metalized version of the Jim Pfeffer Orlando Shiner. He soon began selling painted vesions of the Shiner in several sizes, as well as Jim Pfeffer Cast Top, and Dilly lures. The wooden lures were usually stamped with the Jim Pfeffer name on the belly and were painted in more or less the same colors and patterns used by Pfeffer. For a period of nearly fifteen years, until Pfeffer's death in 1970, both Pat Woodall and Jim Pfeffer were making Jim Pfeffer lures out of wood. It is fairly easy to distinguish Woodall's lures from those made by Jim Pfeffer. All Pat Woodall wooden lures have spray painted gill marks. All of Jim Pfeffer's gill marks were painted by hand.

Pat Woodall's business relationship ended when Jim Pfeffer died. The business was acquired by Vic Densmore and Jim Heaberlin, who began making Jim Pfeffer lures. Pat Woodall wrote a large chapter in the Jim Pfeffer story. His lures were made of of a high quality and they are widely collected today.


The lures shown here are part of our collection. Click on the thumbnail pictures to see a larger image

Yes We Have Some Bananas Today

Jim Pfeffer Plastic Banana Lures by Pat Woodall Specialties
Pat Woodall Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure Pat Woodall Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure Pat Woodall Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure Pat Woodall Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure
Lure box paperwork shows two sizes, casting and spinning, and twelve different colors.
Pat Woodall Jim Pfeffer Banana Advertisement Pat Woodall Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure Pat Woodall Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure Pat Woodall Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure
Though this 1970 Pat Woodall advertisement says the metallic finish lure was available in silver finish only, it was also made in gold, as shown in the middle picture. Both were available in casting and spinning sizes. These lures are usually found in two different sizes of plastic top boxes. The larger box has a hard plastic top. The smaller box has a soft plastic top.

Pat Woodall Metalized Shiner
Pat Woodall Metalized Shiner Pat Woodall Metalized Shiner
Since the chrome Banana lures had sold fairly well, Pat Woodall had a limited number of wooden Orlando Shiner bodies chrome plated also. The metalized finish did not hold up particularly well and the lures found today often look more like the one on the right than the one on the left.

Wooden Jim Pfeffer lures made by Pat Woodall were packaged in cardboard boxes with a graphic of an Orlando Shiner lure and text that read Jim Pfeffer Famous Shiner Lures. Some boxes are two-piece cardboard, and others had a soft plastic top. Pat Woodall Shiner Box

  Wooden Jim Pfeffer Lures Made by Pat Woodall  
Jim Pfeffer Shiner by Pat Woodall Jim Pfeffer Shiner by Pat Woodall Jim Pfeffer Shiner by Pat Woodall Jim Pfeffer Cast Top by Pat Woodall
Pat Woodall made wooden Jim Pfeffer lures including sinking and floating models of the
Jim Pfeffer Orlando Shiner in several sizes, The Dilly, and the Jim Pfeffer Cast Top.

Pat Woodall Stamp

Though most Pat Woodall wooden lures were stamped with the Jim Pfeffer name, it is fairly easy to distinguish them from lures made by Jim Pfeffer. All Pat Woodall wooden lures have spray painted gill marks as shown in both of these pictures. All of Jim Pfeffer's gill marks were painted by hand.

Pat Woodall Gill Marks


We are always interested in adding to this collection. Please send an email if you have any old Pat Woodall baits for sale or trade.
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