best of the rest
6. Terminator Spinnerbaits:
Would have been higher on my list except they were actually assembled in Texas and Mexico. However, the patented wire frame was produced at a factory at Grand Lake.
Ben Johnson, a Tulsa dentist, started the company in 1997. Normark-Rapala bought it and moved it from Tulsa to Minnesota in 2007.
In 2006, Field & Stream magazine ranked the Terminator T-1 Spinnerbait No. 13 on its list of the 50 greatest lures of all time.
7. Storm Thin Fins:
The crankbait that made the company famous. It’s a national seller and others would rank it among the top five.
8. Storm Chug Bug:
One of the best top-water baits on the market, according to my friends at Fishing-Notebook.com.
9. Dixon Spinnerbaits:
Made by the late John Dixon in Bache in the 1970s and later copied by Jim Watts’ of Ardmore with his Diamondback Spinnerbaits. The spinnerbaits with the uniquely-shaped heads had a regional cult following.
10. Golden Eagle Spinnerbaits:
Made in Lawton, this is a sentimental choice. The Eagle Lure Co. was overwhelmed with orders for the lure in 1983 when Ken Cook won $100,000 in the Super BASS tournament in Florida fishing with a Golden Eagle spinnerbait.