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This is an information website to assist fishing tackle collectors and the public. There are many vintage lure companies from Ontario Canada. This website will help to educate and assist fishing tackle collectors to identify and value lures manufactured in the province of Ontario. My name is Patrick Daradick and over the 24 years of collecting vintage fishing lures,I have developed a love of the inventions and creativity by Ontario tackles makers.The information obtained from collecting fishing tackle and researching the history of Ontario lure makers is now documented with the help of fellow collectors and the public.For all to enjoy.

If you wish to add any information to this Ontario website your efforts will be appreciated. Feel free to browse the ontariolures site map and if any information is incorrect, please contact me. If you wish to have a lure valued or identified just e-mail me or phone Click :Contact Patrick. I will provide a complete honest evaluation of your fishing tackle. This is a non profit site provided as service to the public to use. Thanks for your visit and hope you enjoy my website on vintage fishing tackle.

Vintage Fishing Tackle and old lures wanted.Especially Ontario made fishing lures&boxes. If you would like to sell or have your vintage fishing tackle appraised for "Free" click here: Contact Patrick

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Bob Izumi's "Real Fishing" magazine has asked me to contribute articles on vintage fishing tackle. Starting with the 2009 fall issue article "80th Anniversary of Lucky Strike Bait Works" my regular column will be appear in each issue. To subscribe to magazine click "Real Fishing" for details.


Patrick Daradick


In 1854 Samuel Allcock,and Charles Laight of Redditch,England,launched this buisness with premises on King Street,Toronto Ontario Canada.In the three-quarters of a century that have since elapsed (1929) they have been variously located at the corner of Younge and Wellington,then on Bay Street,and later on King Street,until they arrived at the present Sportsmen Headquarters,230 Bay Street,next to the Toronto Stock Exchange.Sixty years ago,Mr. Westwood came to Toronto from Redditch to manage the company,eventually becoming a partner;and in 1898 the business was incorporated under it's present name Allcock,Laight&Westwood Co.

In 1919,the company was acquired by it's present directors,J.B.Kennedy and John Mossop,who had been connected with it for many years previously. Also in around the 1927 time period of this company,AL&W was manufacturing lures for the Creek Chub Bait Co. from Garrett,Indiana.AL&W actually began manufacturing their own tackle in Canada in 1925.The production of Creek Chub Baits carried right into the closing period of this company.A AL&W 1929 catalog shows 21 Creek Chub baits produced.AL&W used a different set of numbers to market the lures ,different from Creek Chub Bait sold numbers. A 1951 AL&W catalog shows the manufacturing plant and head office at 206 Parkhurst Blvd. Leaside Ontario.This is just a short history of this great Ontario fishing tackle producer..

Shown in the picture are a group of Allcock,Laight&Westwood lures and boxes.They made many styles of boxes in both cardboard and plastic.Many of their lures are high in value and very sought after by collectors.