was an avid fisherman and spent many days fishing the waters of South Florida,
particularly Lake Arbuckle, which was the site of an annual family vacation.
He came up with an idea for a wooden fishing lure and used his machine tool
skills to fabricate the specialized equipment necessary to produce it. In
1948 Rainey decided to lease space in one of those buildings across the
street so he could begin manufacturing Rainey's Secret fishing lures. He
bought hooks, spinners, and other hardware from Herter's and went to work
making lures in his off time. He had four or five off duty sailors working
with him to make lures on their days off. Rainey would carry boxes of finished
lures to tackle stores in the Miami area and leave them for sale. He also
gave away many lures to fishermen he met along the way. Business was good.
Rainey applied for a patent on his lure in 1948. By the time the patent
was granted four years later, a serious drought had occurred in south Florida.
Many of the lakes in the area simply dried up. Lure sales pretty much dried
up too. Rainey decided it was time to sell the production rights to his
lure. Family members do not recall who the buyer was. Rainey's Secret lure
appears in Carl F. Luckey's book as a Shakespeare product, but it is not
clear that they were the buyer or that they ever manufactured any Rainey's
Secret lures. Family members do recall that the buyer made a decision that
they could not produce the lures efficiently and returned the rights to
Rainey, who apparently did not make any more baits.
||The patent drawing from Perry Rainey's 1948 application is shown here. Some Rainey's Secret lures have Rainey's Secret Pat. Pend. stenciled on the back.