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The History of Fishing Museum Opens in Branson, MO

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Last week, the history of fishing museum opened in Branson, MO. It is the world’s largest private collection of antique fishing lures, rods, reels, boats, motors and everything that was collected entirely by Karl and Beverly White. Tackle collecting has been Karl’s passion since he was eight. Valued in excess of $5 million, the museum has over 40,000 pieces, making it the world’s most complete tackle collection.  

Rarities such as a 1730s made Spike Reel made in Europe and sold in the US., and an Snyder Reel made by George Snyder from Paris, Kentucky.  On display is a 1859’s Haskell Fish Hook, America’s first plug-type plug style lure, as well the only Haskell found with the original box was a 10” copper lure that fetched $101,200 at auction over a decade ago. The list of unique rarities at The History of Fishing Museum goes on and on including an 1883 made Comstock Flying Helgramite and the earliest patented item on display,  an 1852 Buel Trolling Spoon that was patented in 1852.

History of Fishing Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sundays 12 noon – 6pm. Adult Admission is $17.75; Children $7.75. Groups of 15 or more are $11.00 with bus drivers and tour guides admitted free of charge. It is located at 225 N. Wildwood Drive in Branson, MO. 1.417.239.FISH.