Florida Fishing Tackle Mfg. Co. Barracuda Fishing Lures

Florida Fishing Tackle Mfg. Co. Barracuda Fishing Lures

Florida Fishing Tackle Barracuda Lures

Florida Fishing Tackle Mfg. Co. - St. Petersburg, FL

Florida Fishing Tackle Mfg. Co. (Barracuda Brand) was founded by Jack Reynolds and first offered stock in his new company in 1928.  They started out making bamboo rods and then made fishing lures from the early 1930's up until the 1970's. He incorporated the company in 1933. The beautiful graphics on the Barracuda box was copyrighted in 1934. This long period of manufacture gave us a wide range of lure designs and level of quality. The earliest Barracuda lures were high quality and had glass eyes. Later versions had painted eyes.

Reynolds entered into a agreement with Porter Dalton in the mid 1950's to make the Dalton Special. The first Dalton Specials are marked Tampa, Fla. They were later marked St. Pete, Fla. Newer ones are marked Clearwater, Fla. The lure was made for a long time and is still popular today.



Florida Fishing Tackle BARRACUDA Lures

Florida Fishing Tackle BARRACUDA Lures


Florida Fishing Tackle BARRACUDA Lures

BARRACUDA Lures


BARRACUDA Glass Eyed and Blue-Green Pattern Lures

BARRACUDA Glass Eyed and Blue-Green Pattern Lures


The No 30 BARRACUDA Lure circa 1940

The #30 BARRACUDA Lure, circa 1940


The No 40 BARRACUDA Lure circa 1940

The #40 BARRACUDA Lures, circa 1940


The No 50 TORPECUDA Glass Eye Lures circa 1940

The #50 TORPECUDA Glass Eye Lures, circa 1940


The No 50 TORPECUDA Glass Eye Lure circa 1940

The #50 TORPECUDA Glass Eye Lure, circa 1940


The No 50 TORPECUDA Glass Eye Lure circa 1940

The #50 TORPECUDA Glass Eye Lure, circa 1940


The No 60 TORPECUDA Glass Eye Lure circa 1940

The #60 TORPECUDA Glass Eye Lure, circa 1940


The No 60 TORPECUDA Painted Eye Lures circa 1950

The #60 TORPECUDA Painted Eye Lures, circa 1950's


The TORPAHU Lure circa 1940 1 The TORPAHU Lure circa 1940 2

The TORPAHU Lure, circa 1940


The POPEYE FROG Lure circa 1940

The POPEYE FROG Lure, circa 1940's


The No 10 TIPSY CUDA and No 40 TWITCHIN CUDA Lures circa 1940

The #10 TIPSY CUDA & #40 TWITCHIN' CUDA Lures, circa 1940


The No 77 KINGCUDA SILVER KING Lures circa 1950

The #77 KINGCUDA (SILVER KING) Lures, 6 1/2", circa 1950's


The No 20 REYHU TROLL Lure circa 1940

The #20 REYHU TROLL Lure, circa 1940


The No 20 REYHU TROLL Lures 1 The No 20 REYHU TROLL Lures 2

The #20 REYHU TROLL Lures, circa 1940


The FLORIDA SHINER Lures 1 The FLORIDA SHINER Lures 2

The FLORIDA SHINER Lures, circa 1940


The CONVICT 9999 Lure 1 The CONVICT 9999 Lure 2

The CONVICT 9999 Lure, circa 1940


The #88 BLOOPER Lure in Blue Boy BB Color

The #88 BLOOPER Lure in Blue Boy (BB) Color, circa 1940's


SPARK-A-WIGGLE SPARK-A-MIDGET and SUPER DEEPER Lures

SPARK-A-WIGGLE, SPARK-A-MIDGET and SUPER DEEPER Lures


Dalton Specials

Dalton Specials


Dalton Specials 1 Dalton Specials 2

Dalton Specials


Photos of Porter Dalton Circa 1940 1 Photos of Porter Dalton Circa 1940 2

Photos of Porter Dalton, Circa 1940's


The Original Barracuda Factory at 2100 - 1st Ave South in St Pete Today

The Original Barracuda Factory at 2100 - 1st Ave. South in St. Pete Today


Carl E Reynolds - Florida Fishing Tackle Secretary-Treasurer and Traveling Salesman

Carl E. Reynolds - Florida Fishing Tackle Secretary-Treasurer and Traveling Salesman


Early Barracuda Brand Lure Box Insert Catalog

Early Barracuda Brand Lure Box Insert Catalog


Later Barracuda Brand Lure Box Insert Catalog

Later Barracuda Brand Lure Box Insert Catalog


Later Barracuda Brand Lure Box Insert Catalog 1 Later Barracuda Brand Lure Box Insert Catalog 2

Later Barracuda Brand Lure Box Insert Catalog


Florida Fishing Tackle Co Letterhead

Florida Fishing Tackle Co. Letterhead


February 12 1928 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Article

February 12, 1928 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Article


November 24 1929 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Article

November 24, 1929 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Article


August 14 1930 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Article

August 14, 1930 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Article


June 18 1931 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Ad

June 18, 1931 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Ad


Florida Fishing Tackle Co 1939 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Ad

Florida Fishing Tackle Co. 1939 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Ad


>Florida Fishing Tackle Co 1940 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Ad

Florida Fishing Tackle Co. 1940 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Ad


Florida Fishing Tackle Co 1940 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Ad

Florida Fishing Tackle Co. 1940 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Ad


Florida Fishing Tackle Co 1956 Florida Wildlife and Salt Water Sportsman Ads 1 Florida Fishing Tackle Co 1956 Florida Wildlife and Salt Water Sportsman Ads 2

Florida Fishing Tackle Co. 1956 Florida Wildlife & Salt Water Sportsman Ads


JACK REYNOLDS Featured in Karl Grismers 1948 Book - The Story of St. Petersburg 1 JACK REYNOLDS Featured in Karl Grismers 1948 Book - The Story of St. Petersburg 2

JACK REYNOLDS Featured in Karl Grismer's 1948 Book "The Story of St. Petersburg"


Link to other Florida Fishing Tackle Mfg. site is given below

Link to State of Florida archive photo of Barracuda Display - ca. 1950


To see the May 1948 Florida Wildlife Magazine Article about Florida Fishing Tackle Co., click on the link below.

Link to Florida Wildlife 1948 Article


To see the December 1954 Trucking Magazine Article about Florida Fishing Tackle Co., click on the link below.

Link to Trucking 1954 Article


To see the St. Petersburg 1960 Article about Florida Fishing Tackle Co., click on the link below.

Link to St. Petersburg 1960 Article



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