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Matt

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Great article- Not sure this is the Oceanic Leaping Lena???  The article is from 1939 and mentions that the gentleman makes his own lures.  Hmmm....

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Matt, that's a very interesting article you found. I wonder if the doctor took up wood working as a hobby? This might be a neat challenge for our resident "super snooper" Wendy, to see if she can find out more about this plug maker. Cool! 

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I'm trying to find my pages from Vol III but from what I remember there is no given name found to this date on the maker of the Leaping Lena only where it came from . That being the Oceanic Tackle shop. I will try to find more information myself and post later . I did find Preston Roundtree made a Tarpon bait that looks like a Leaping Lena and also a Pier bait that looks like some I have in the tackle shop and I consider as unknowns for now. Some of Prestons baits were considered Tarpon Killers. 

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Guys-  I have found a number of articles in So. FL papers that confirm Ralph Miller as the inventor and that extoll the virtues of the Leaping Lena.  Here is an article on the top 18 lure in SW FL:

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Scott-  I have a Rountree tarpon (see one of the photos on my page) and a Rountree bass plug.  The tarpon bait looks like a wood, hand-painted MirrOLure and I am sure it was a killer.
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Here is another article:

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Ralph Miller was my grandfather. As a child I worked in his workshop: Oceanic Tackle 240 SW 17th Ct. in Miami. I used to help hand him the wood from which he would make the lures.
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