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Alluring attractions: Here are the top 10 most popular fishing lures ever made in Oklahoma

by Ed Godfrey Modified: March 14, 2010 at 12:31 am •  Published: March 14, 2010

photo - S.O.B.- Small Okie Bug. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
S.O.B.- Small Okie Bug. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
The Small Okiebug Spinnerbait or S.O.B.
This small spinnerbait was used by Okiebug’s founder, Don Butler of Tulsa, to win the 1972 Bassmaster Classic.

The headline in the Nashville, Tenn., newspaper the next morning read "S.O.B. Wins Bassmaster Classic.”

After that, every bass fisherman in Oklahoma wanted a S.O.B., or small Okiebug.

Legend has it Johnny Morris drove a U-haul from Springfield, Mo., to Tulsa and bought $10,000 worth of Okiebug tackle to start a store in Missouri called Bass Pro Shops.

5. Lead Babies Slabs
Founded in Cordell in 1989 by Dale Montgomery, Oklahoma and Texas anglers catch hybrids, walleye, stripers and white bass with Lead Babies Slabs.

Connie Slaughterback bought the business in 1999, six months before Montgomery’s death.

Lead Babies Slabs are even used by striper fishermen on the Atlantic coast and lake trout anglers in Canada.

The 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

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.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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