The Most Expensive Fishing Lure Money Can Buy

It’s a warm summer day. You’re on your boat, eyes closed, at peace. You’ve got your rod in its mount. Suddenly, something hits! It takes off. You quickly figure out which rod, grab it, pull… The hook sets! Then the fight starts. You realize you know this fish. You’ve fought it before.

This is the beast. The monster. The bane of your existence, the creature from the murky depths you’ve battled time and again only for it to escape over and over. But not this time! You got him. He breaks water.Then you wake up. So close! Even in your dreams you can’t beat him.

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? I mean, haven’t we? It’s not just me? We’re desperate to finally catch that “One That Gets Away.” So we try to think of new ideas. Maybe something new and fancy would work.

As I searched, I became curious. Most of these what I found, while sounding like they’d be a great help to me, were way outside my wallet range. But what was the most expensive fishing lure? Here some of the results of my search.

The Practical Options

MEGABASS I-SLIDE 262T OIKAWA

Megabass I-Slide 262T (Via amazon.com)

While in my sudden burst of curiosity-driven searching, I decided to think practically. How much, exactly, would be the absolute upper limit I would consider spending on a lure? Considering the risk of losing it, I was hesitant to say more than $10 or $15.

But in the interest of science - or, more accurately, looking at expensive things - I decided to pretend I have more money than sense. So I chose $100. In my search, I came upon a very interesting list over at Field and Stream.

The most expensive fishing lure on that list is the $476 Roman Made which made my wallet actually tremble in fear. It was way, way out of the question. But! There were two options that worked a bit better, and that I would actually be likely to use.

Sitting at $95 is the Megabass I-Slide 262T. A lot of people know Megabass, eventhough they’re actually a Japanese company. They make quality lures that catch a lot of fish. The I-Slide, specifically, is a favorite for many due to the size and weight.

The other I liked was the “W” Glide from PH Custom Lures. Available for $90, custom made, handcrafted, Wesley Strader even made a video to show off how good it is.


The Impractical Manufacturer

Okay, now that using decent sense is out of the way, let’s get really crazy. Using that same list from Field and Stream, we find Roman Made. The Japanese are apparently really big into American game fishing, because the company was started by Toshinori Takeyama.​

The queen of all Roman Made is the Mother Triple. Handcrafted by Takeyama, triple-segmented, it’s designed to look more lifelike than any other lure you’ve ever seen. Considering the $436 price tag, it might just be partly alive. The thing is a work of art.

That doesn’t mean the rest of the products aren’t impressive. The original Mother and the Custom model are a main part of what made the company so well-known, and for good reason. The product line runs the range of $150 for the basics, and $435 for the Mother.


Definition of Nonsensical

Roman Made are expensive, yes. But they’re actually designed to be used, they’re a product of one man’s passion for the sport that he loves. The price reflects that love and the effort, the heart, the soul, the meaning he pours into the crafting of each piece.​

But this… This is just ridiculous. Enter the Vermeil, a 1¼ x �/�₆” lure, featuring a ⅝” hook, both of which are made of 24K gold poured over sterling silver. You read that right. A fishing lure. Made of silver. Covered in pure gold. For the low price of $600. Moving on.


Let’s Go Antiquing

Okay, I’m going to just come out and say it: I really, really enjoy antique and second-hand stores.You find all sorts of neat things, sometimes even tackle. Or maybe you’re going through your dad’s or grandpa’s or someone else’s old things and find something similar.​

There’s something special about those old lures. You look them over, imagine the stories they could tell. Then you wonder if it’s worth anything. There are some! But likely not those. The value is in the age and the scarcity of the lures. It’s like finding treasure.

A great example is the Chautauqua Minnow made by Krantz & Smith in 1908. It was terrible at catching fish. Since no one was buying them, production was stopped almost immediately. Because the batch was so small, they’re valued at around $12,000.

Another true rarity is arguably the first wooden lure ever developed, the Comstock Flying Hellgrammite. Made of wood, glass, and bits of copper, it’s also valued at $12,000. There was also a knockoff version, made by rival manufacturer Pflueger, that’s worth $10,000.​

But the most coveted, rare, and sought after lure in the world is the 1853 copper Giant Haskell Minnow. In 2003 one was sold at auction for an astonishing $101,200! That’s 168 Vermeils! There are others, of course, listed at Wide Open Spaces. Just in case.


Seriously? The Lure That Can’t Get Wet

Yes. The most expensive fishing lure... cannot get wet. Indeed, MacDaddy's Million Dollar Lure is exactly what it sounds like. It is a lure designed and made specifically for the purpose of being expensive and shiny and shiny and expensive. Boy does it deliver!

Measuring a solid foot long, weighing in at three pounds of 14K gold and platinum, covered in 4,573 diamonds and rubies, over 100 carates of diamonds total, it is just… I don’t know the right words for it. But it is certainly a thing that exists.

It was in the water, in a bay in Cabo San Lucas. As per an insurance policy, it was only allowed in the water for 30 minutes, with very specific rules as to the rig and even the boat itself. Truly a wonderful experience, I’m sure.

Wrap-Up

So what did I discover in my quest? Well, we can break it down pretty easily.​

The most expensive fishing lure for practical use is the Megabass I-Slide 262T. It’s a good lure, very popular, and one that I’d likely use myself if I had enough money to spend on such things.

On a more artistic level is the Mother Triple by Roman Made. I’d be more likely to put one on a stand and sit it in front of my Hemingway and Melville than actually fish with it.

The most expensive fishing lure for people that just want to burn money is the Vermeil.

The antique lure market is full of valuable lures that most of us would likely auction rather than buy, but many go for $10,000 and higher.

Finally, the most expensive fishing lure for those most likely to be overthrown during a peasant revolt is the Mac Daddy Million Dollar Lure.​

I hope you enjoyed this list! Feel free to leave us a comment, let us know what you liked, as some questions, add any lures of note we may have missed. Be sure to tell your friends if they like lures and/or good writing and/or looking at pictures of shiny things!​

Megan Ann
 

I’m Megan Ann, mama to 2 and wife to James F. Core. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. I try to write useful and informative articles to help you as much as I can with my knowledge. Thank you for reading.

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