Porter Bait Company
Daytona Beach, Florida
Porter was one of Florida's earliest lure makers. His first lures were pier baits, also known as "clothes
pin" lures, and he began making and selling them sometime
around 1920. The heavily weighted lures were used to catch many fish in
the Daytona area and just up the road at the Flagler Beach pier. Porter
made the baits at his home and at his father's garage. He sold them through
local stores, as well as to fishermen on the local piers..
Flagler Beach Municipal Pier in 1929
|In the mid 1950's Porter Bait Company moved to an upstairs store front on Daytona's Main Street. It is the building just beyond the Fernwood Hotel in this postcard view.|
|Richard Owen Porter, Sr. of Daytona Beach, Florida applied for a patent for an artificial fish bait in 1953. A patent was granted in 1955.
His lure was manufactured as the Porter Sea Hawk and the Porter Bait Company kept the lure in production into the 1990's.
|Some of Porter's early lure models had a target painted on the belly. The company stopped this practice, so you can tell an older lure from a newer one of the same model if it has a target.|
| Most, but not all, Porter baits had a model number as well as a name.
Model numbers were not designated in any particular order that I am aware of.
|The lures shown here are part of our collection. Click on the thumbnail pictures to see a larger image|
|Porter Bait Company Pier Baits|
|Porter Racketeer #70||Porter Sea Hawk #75||Porter Sea Hawk #78|
|Porter Spin-Hawk #85||Porter Bucktail Spin-Hawk #85C||Porter Bucaneer|
|Porter Batsell Killer||Porter Barnacul Bill||Porter Salty Sam|
|Lures of The Porter Bait Company|
|Porter Darter||Porter Pop-Stop #35||Porter Can Opener||Porter Smart Alec #45|
|Porter Dart-O||Porter Kid Dart-O||Porter Spindle #15||Porter Zombie #60|
|Porter Pelican||Porter Top-Spin #55||Porter Ol' Crip #80||Porter Broken Back #40|
|Porter No Name Lure||Porter Duz-Biz #50||Porter Small Duz-Biz||Porter Pirate #61|
|Porter Pirate #62||Porter Pirate With Props||Porter Stix #66||Porter Stix #67|
|Porter Scooter Pooper #10||Porter Crip #18||Porter Spin-Pop #37||Porter Shrimp with feelers|
|Porter Shrimp without feelers||Porter Flame-Ball||Porter Lure Color Codes|
|Porter Bait Company Lure Boxes|
|Porter Bait Company also used a yellow colored two-piece cardboard box that
precedes the two shown here. They later used a variety of plastic boxes for their lures.
|We are always interested in adding to this collection. Please send an email if you have any old Porter baits or boxes for sale or trade.
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