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Anglers Choose Top 10 Fishing Innovations

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After voting from anglers across the nation, the American Sportfish Association announced Wednesday the “Top 10 Innovations” in fishing from the last 75 years.

Anything the voters thought were innovative to help them catch more fish or made a significant impact could be nominated. When the voting was completed, the results were:

1936 – the Rapala Original Floating Minnow, one of the most popular lures of all time
1947 – the Spring-Loaded Bobber, used by millions of anglers for everything from bluegills to catfish
1947 – the Mitchell 300 spinning reel
1949 – the Creme Worm, designed by Nick Creme of Akron, Ohio, after creating them on his home stove using melted rubber
1949 – the ZEBCO closed-face spincast reel
1957 – the Lowrance Fish Lo-K-Tor
1958 – DuPont Stren monofilament line
1958 – MinnKota gear-driven trolling motor, the first of its kind
1972 – Fenwick high-modulus graphite fishing rod
1976 – the Shakespeare Ugly Stik