• Gregory lure sets £2800 record

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    A Windsor Bee lure made by the Birmingham jeweller James Gregory set a record for the bait when it sold for £2800 (excluding 17% buyers’ commission) at Mullock’s auction today (November 10). The 3in nickel on brass lure, made in the latter part of the 19th century, has a seven-section body with twin amber glass eyes and was stamped Gregory. (Not all his baits are marked). The rarest of the Gregory baits, it lacked its trebles but still proved a winner because of its unusual finish. Other highlights at the sale included an 1862 winch by Thomas Aldred of Oxford St, London, that went for £1200; a 3.5in Malloch sidecaster, £1400; a 3in Malloch patent Sun and Planet ebonite and brass salmon reel, £1000, and a collection of nine mint Abu Ambassadeur gold-plated reels in a display cabinet that made £2600. View the results here.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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