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Porter Bait Company
Daytona Beach, Florida

Richard 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..

Porter was secretary-treasurer of Dixie Bait Company in the 1930's before opening Porter Bait Company in the 1940's. The company continued into the 1990's, with various family members taking over operations after Richard Porter died. Porter made dozens of different lure models in many beautiful colors. The Porter catalog of baits is large enough that an entire web site could easily be devoted to it. We will show an example of most of the Porter baits in some of the colors offered.


Flagler Beach Pier
Flagler Beach Municipal Pier in 1929

Porter Baits

Richard Porter sold many of his pier baits
to fishermen on the nearby Flagler Beach pier.

Early Porter pier baits
Early Porter Pier Baits


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. Daytona Main Street

Porter Seahawk Patent 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.

Porter Sea Hawk

Porter Sea Hawk


Porter Target  Porter Target 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 Bait Company Racketeer Porter Seahawk #75 Porter Seahawk #78
Porter Racketeer #70 Porter Sea Hawk #75 Porter Sea Hawk #78
Porter Spin-Hawk #85 Porter Bucktail Spin-Hawk #85C Porter Bucaneer
Porter Spin-Hawk #85 Porter Bucktail Spin-Hawk #85C Porter Bucaneer
Porter Batsell Killer Porter Barnacul Bill Porter Salty Sam
Porter Batsell Killer Porter Barnacul Bill Porter Salty Sam

  Lures of The Porter Bait Company  
Porter Darter Porter Pop-Stop Porter Bottle Opener Porter Smart Alec
Porter Darter Porter Pop-Stop #35 Porter Can Opener Porter Smart Alec #45
Porter Dart-O Porter Kid Dart-O Porter Spindle Porter Zombie
Porter Dart-O Porter Kid Dart-O Porter Spindle #15 Porter Zombie #60
Porter Pelican Porter Top-Spin Porter Ol' Crip Porter Broken Back
Porter Pelican Porter Top-Spin #55 Porter Ol' Crip #80 Porter Broken Back #40
Porter No Name Lure Porter Duz-Biz Porter Small Duz-Biz Porter Pirate #61
Porter No Name Lure Porter Duz-Biz #50 Porter Small Duz-Biz Porter Pirate #61
Porter Pirate #62 Porter Stix with props Porter Stix #66 Porter Stix #67
Porter Pirate #62 Porter Pirate With Props Porter Stix #66 Porter Stix #67
Porter Scooter Pooper #10 Porter Crip #18 Porter #37 Spin-Pop Porter Shrimp with feelers
Porter Scooter Pooper #10 Porter Crip #18 Porter Spin-Pop #37 Porter Shrimp with feelers
Porter Shrimp without feelers Porter Flame Ball Porter Bait Company Lure Colors
Porter Shrimp without feelers Porter Flame-Ball   Porter Lure Color Codes

Porter Bait Company Lure Boxes
Porter Bait Company Lure Box Porter Bait Company Lure Box
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.
Visit my page about Antique Florida Lures to see other lure makers from Florida.

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