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Hey Mates,

If you have Plucky baits with/without packaging (European or American) please share images in this thread! Plucky very likely has been cast by many fishermen with Mitchell reels.

Above is a very early Charles Garcia ad in a local newspaper (Jun-30-1951).

Garcia offered a small assortment of lures every year. There were 2 of these lures that Garcia placed an advertising emphasis on. The Plucky was one. A few years ago, when I perused fishing magazines from the 1950s, I realized that. Recently, when I searched a newspaper archive, I saw that as well.

May-10-1950, Garcia submitted a trademark application for Plucky (see below). I take this as an indication Garcia was anticipating substantial sales of the Plucky in the US.

1952, Garcia appears to have done a major advertising campaign in local newspapers (see images below – not all examples have been included).

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Thanks to Liondor, we have learned:
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The Plucky is a lure produced by the manufacturer Rublex, 44 rue Liancourt PARIS XIV (photo 1). The lure of this manufacturer were first marketed by Ets Pezon & Michel (picture3) and by Mitchell in the early 1970s as a result of the acquisition in 1969 of Rublex by Mitchell (photo 4). To my knowledge, only one lure Rublex has indicated Mitchell, TRUITEX (1981).

See: MITCHELL LURES?

Roger Bocchino (Paris, France) invented the Plucky.

French patent:
Feb-17-1943 application
Jan-27-1954 award

US patent:
Mar-16-1948 application
May-13-1952 award
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Below are excerpts from the 1953 Charles Garcia Catalog describing features of Plucky to fishermen.
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Hello John,
Just a picture of some pf my Plucky
The others are in a showcase handing on a wall and the picture is not clear thought the glass
Two different packages with notice.
Note that on many Plucky, the dorsal fin has been cut, why, i do not
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PS : Also attached a picture pf a CAP Rublex locker

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Best picture of Plucky

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Laroupane,

The ’53 Garcia Catalog (above) does suggest to “trim off ⅓ of the rubber wobbling disk under the front portion of the lure” to decrease drag (when needed) and increase wiggle. However, Garcia does not say anything about trimming off the dorsal fin (which you have observed).

I might guess 2 reasons for trimming the dorsal fin. It’s possible that made it easier for fish with small mouths (trout, zander) to take the lure in deeper, making a positive hook set more likely. Or, no dorsal might increase left/right wobble (although it’s hard to imagine it would be enough to make a difference to fish - unless it enabled wobbling at a lower retrieve speed).

Thank you for sharing your images.

That’s a very cool CAP Rublex display tray/case. You do have some of the nicest items!

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Laroupane,

I have now seen a couple of images of Plucky sans dorsal fin in a sealed package - so they were manufactured that way. The Plucky were on what we call a bubble or blister card. The Garcia black card with red-wedge logo. The red-wedge Garcia logo means 1960 or later.

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Hello John,

Thank you for your information.

Attached is a photo of the Mitchell 1971 catalog, when Rublex was distributed by Mitchell.

The Plucky do not have a dorsal fin. I will search on my ads the time of change with or without a dorsal fin.

I will do in the morning photos of all lures Rublex catalog 1971, it is 6.30 AM and I have to go in flea market !!!
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Lures Rublex distributed by Mitchell in 1971

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:sEm_oops: Thanks for posting pictures of Plucky's. Sorry I took so long to reply.

Below is a picture of my Plucky. Note that all have dorsal fins.
Also is a picture of a Wobbler. I included this because it appears to have a modified head of a Plucky. The spoon is corroded but says Wobbler Made in France.

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Mates,
I used a better magnifying glass and discovered that I spelled Wobler wrong. Should have one b. The ad above tipped me off!

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Hi Mates,

Here are a few of my Pluckys. All of mine except the newest one (top in photo) have dorsal fins. I don't think any of these have trimmed wobbling discs. The colors remain quite vivid but it seem the "air chamber" in the top of the lure has collapsed in all but the newest one.
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Hello,

Here is the picture of my Plucky in a showcase without the window.
All have the dorsal fin.
Also attached the complete picture of the showcase, we can see many Rublex
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Hello,
I first looked at my ABDE fishery magazines from the 1950s to the 1970s, the last ad for the Plucky with dorsal fin is September 1959, the first with the Plucky without this fin in March 1969.

What is surprising is that between these two dates there is no advertising for the Plucky or the Floppy, while on each issue of ABDE there is at least one advertisement for the other lures Rublex.

I will look on my other journals if it's the same.
It should be noted that during this period it was Pezon & Michel, who was the distributor of Rublex. Mitchell bought Rublex in 1969, the year that corresponds to the new appearance of Plucky: coincidence or not?
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Laropane, I think NOT. Looks like Mitchell was trying to light a fire under sales of Plucky's. Interesting the way Plucky's evolved without the dorsal fin.
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Hello

Attached are three advertisements from 1958, 1969 and 1971

On the first of September 1958 (and not 1959 as in my previous message), the Plucky has the fin and the distributor is Pezon & Michel.
All advertisements for Rublex have the same distributor until FEBRUARY 1969.

On the second photo of MARS 1969, Pezon and Michel is no longer indicated as distributor and the Plucky has no fins

On the third photo of February 1971 the Rublex advertisement indicates Mitchell as distributor.

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Randy and Chris,

Thanks for images of your Plucky's.


Laroupane,

Thanks for showing your showcase, catalog pages, and advertisements. Thanks especially for working out the timeline of Plucky.


Mates,

From what I can tell Garcia no longer cataloged the Plucky from 1960 on.

Whether they were not selling it in 1960 or after may be another matter. This because of the observation of Plucky on black cards with the red-wedge logo. The red-wedge did not appear in catalogs until 1960 and the trademark registration first use in commerce is given as Nov-1960 (advertising/catalogs don’t count for that date; it must be transport or sale of product).

I am unclear when Garcia made the transition from selling lures as 12 mounted on a dealer/tripod card or as individually boxed to the bubble/blister card (aka peg card because it has a hole to hang on a peg). Does someone know? The 1961 Trade Catalog still shows dealer cards and boxes, as well as describing 12 lures to a card.

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Hello mates,

Here a picture from a 1973 Albatros/Balzer/Arca dealer catalog
with Mitchell lures

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Hey Dries,

Thanks. It's always nice to see content from Albatros/Balzer/Arca.


Hey Mates,

OK, I missed something earlier. Garcia brought back the Plucky (sans dorsal fin) in 1965 to 1968. See scans below. During that time they also brought back (from the late 1950s) the Flopy, but called it Lippy then.

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Just an example to show what the Garcia peg card looked like (although not with Plucky, rather Lippy).
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Hello,
Here are some photos of my Flopy.
On the first three different Flopy notices.

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Laroupane,

Thank you for your images of Flopy.


Mates,

The Flopy was new to the US in 1957. See images below from the Charles Garcia 1957 Trade Catalog.

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Roger Bocchino also invented and patented the Flopy.

France
Feb-17-1953 application
Oct-11-1954 grant

US
Feb-12-1954 application
Jul-24-1956 grant
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Hello John,

In France, the Flopy was announced on the catalog Pezon & Michel 1954.
He is in advertising on the journal ABDE fishery January 1955 (photo attached)

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Christian
PS: translation of the text "The Great Revelation 1955"


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Christian,

Thank you for giving us Flopy history in France.


Mates,

I believe it is not unreasonable to say we have gathered good information on the history of the Plucky and Flopy lures in this thread.

Should we continue in this thread with more discussion Rublex lures, such as spinners?

Rublex had really interesting/appealing graphics (artwork), at least to me, on the covers of their cases/boxes of 12 (see below).

In terms of fish catching, their inline spinners, such as Veltic, had ribbed brass bodies creating multipath (multiple) reflections of sound from the spinner blade – a feature I really like.

John
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