Rob writes a weekly outdoors column and covers energy, environmental and nuclear issues (and lots of other topics) for the metro section. He has been an avid angler and hunter ever since he realized he had neither the aptitude nor the desire to take up golf. He has been a full-time journalist for 28 years, including 11 years as bureau chief in Columbia County. Before joining The Chronicle, he worked at newspapers in Columbia, S.C., and West Palm Beach, Fla. He has edited or authored three reference books on antique fishing tackle; and his freelance work has appeared in Field & Stream, Gray’s Sporting Journal and Georgia Outdoor News. He lives in Evans.
Posted February 4, 2010 09:07 am

You've heard nominations for Best Picture. What about Best Antique Fishing Lure?

This is the time of year when everyone is buzzing about the Academy Awards. It's also the dormant period that begins after hunting season and persists until spring fishing gets cranked up.

For me, it's a great time to enjoy indoor hobbies associated with the outdoors. My favorite one revolves around my passion for antique fishing lures.

This week, I've sent along a photo gallery of some of my favorite "Fishing Lure Superlatives" to my friends up at Field & Stream magazine, which I have read and enjoyed since childhood.

With the permission (in fact encouragement) of my editors here at The Augusta Chronicle, I am sharing the link for you to enjoy:

http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/fishing/bass-fishing/2010/02/30-superlative-antique-fishing-lures-collector-rob-pavey

You might see a few old favorites here, or you might be surprised at the ingenuity and workmanship that went into the lures our grandfathers and great-grandfathers willingly hurled at largemouths and walleye and trout.

As always, we appreciate your readership, and welcome your feedback.