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Bender & Flynn Fishing Tackle Mfg Company
Pinellas Park, Florida

Albert Bender and his friend E.C. Flynn were making fishing lures in Pinellas Park, Florida in the mid 1940's. They called their company The Bender and Flynn Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company. The partnership lasted only a couple of years before Flynn left and the Bender Fishing Tackle Company was formed. Some of the collaborative work of Bender and Flynn, as well as that of Bender alone, is seen here.

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

  Bender & Flynn Darters  
Bender & Flynn Darter Bender & Flynn Darter Bender & Flynn Darter Bender & Flynn Darter
Bender & Flynn made darters in some very unique paint patterns
Bender & Flynn Darter Bender & Flynn Darter Bender & Flynn Darter Bender & Flynn Darter
They also made jointed and straight darters in more traditional paint patterns

Bender & Flynn Salesman Sample Lures were sometimes supplied to stores with no hooks attached. This lure is as found in an old North Carolina hardware store.There were several more in different colors. Notice that the tag tied to the rear hook hanger has the lure model and color code. It is likely that this was a saleman's sample and not intended for sale.

One of my favorite Bender baits is the tarpon size model of the Bender Potbelly. The body shape is similar to the smaller Bender Potbelly lure, but much larger. At 5 1/2" in length, this would be a Potbelly lure on steroids. This lure has also been found in a red and white paint pattern as well as a spotted yellow pattern. Bender Unknown Lure

  Bender & Flynn Boxes  
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The first Bender & Flynn box says
Bender & Flynn on the top and
Bender & Flynn Fishing Tackle Mfg Co
on the side panels
The second Bender & Flynn box says
B & F on the top and
Bender Fishing Tackle Mfg Co
on the side panels
The last box was cardboard with a
plastic top. It was printed
Bender Fishing Tackle Co.
on the side panels.

A twelve pack dealer carton of Bender baits.
Individual lures are in plastic top cardboard boxes.
Bender Bait Company Shipping Carton

Bender Fishing Tackle Company Lures
Bender Fishing Tackle Potbelly Bender Fishing Tackle Potbelly Bender Fishing Tackle Smarty Bender Fishing Tackle Zaragossa Type
Bender Potbelly
Large Size
Bender Potbelly
Small Size
Bender Smarty
Bender Zaragossa Type

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