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From Salty69 who cannot yet post pics so I am his Pimp againLOL
 

Attached is a photo of one of the very first lures I ever made and the 145kg Stripy it nailed.

 

The lure is a Raglan Express and was at best pretty rough - vinyl skirts and all!!

 

But it just goes to show that if you put any lure in the water in the right place and the right time etc you are in with a chance.

 
Typical big Naki StripeyClap

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Bumping old thread.

Have come across a couple of original tropic lighting lures I don’t need that I bought with some others.

Gifted by craig arfman to previouse owner and   are even skirted Old school vinyl.

One is a tube, unsure of the other model maybe someone can shed some light.


If anyone is interested looking for $60 each.

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As you said, the blue is a Super Tube. The green looks like a smaller version of the Raglan Express. There were about three head sizes in that shape.
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Awesome intel thanks for that.

Why about these ones, no tropic lightning name but from the same lure roll, any familiar head shapes are They tropic lightning?

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Yup they look like Taranaki Plungers. There were about 3 sizes in that shape also.

Craig was quite random how he branded them.

Some were marked with Tropic Lightning brand on the top of the insert and lure name on the bottom. Others just had the brand name and some had no identifying markings.

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ClapClapAgreed great lure heads...who has them now Dave?
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Here's a few more originals.

From the bottom 3 Polaris, then a Taranaki Plunger, a Super Tube, a Raglan Express and the top lure is branded as a Large Swimmer.

Theres a a group of lures finishing on TM in an hour or so and I'm pretty sure there another original in that lot.

Kevin S on here also has a good collection of originals. Pity Craig dissapeared in the manner he did. I'm sure he could tell a few interesting stories. I guess they will now never be told.

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Very interesting thank you. Those two are slightly different sizes so could be two Taranaki plungers in different configuration.

The gentleman I got the kites from was a member of the New Plymouth game fishing club.

Story goes craig broke down and was given a tow back in. As a thank you a box of lures were passed on.
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Also to note those two Taranaki plungers Have a few nice bill rashes on them, certainly must do the damage.
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Craig caught many fish on his lures out of NP. Long time members of the club there used to talk about Craigs exploits. I understand there were also a number of 'issues" that lead to Craig losing interest and heading back to the US. On line media tells a fairly sad story of what happen subsequently.

Anyway getting back to the lures. The Polaris and Raglan Express always seemed to be the most talked about/popular/successful head shapes.

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Originally posted by Catchelot Catchelot wrote:

ClapClapAgreed great lure heads...who has them now Dave?

That would be me, and these should be heading to my collection tomorrow.  I know some of the story of Harry Craig Arfman, if anyone can fill in the gaps I'd love to hear from you.  He died in 2015, so won't be saying much himself.
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You guys should make some moulds of the heads - since they aint around anymore.
Here is my version of a lure with wings - in foreground. I call him the 'winged warrior'
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They are still around, here are the original moulds made by Craig Arfman back in the day.
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I should mention, the two bottom left are not original Arfman lures.
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Oh wow. Goldmine then.
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i didnt see the Tropic Lightning lures on TM , did they sell ?  wouldnt mind some of the ones i dont have the head shapes for ..... have a collection with some originals and wanting to run a spread from New Plymouth this season ...... just started to work out positions
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