Cox's Sporting Goods Tampa Minnows Fishing Lures

Cox's Sporting Goods "Tampa Minnows" Fishing Lures

Cox's Sporting Goods - Tampa, FL

Grover Cox is credited with being the first Floridian to make a commercially available wooden lure. His sporting goods business started out by selling bicycles. He later added his Tampa Minnows to his Tampa Tribune newspaper ads. His lures were sold out of his Sporting Goods shop in the the late 1910's through the early 1920's. In 1922 he stopped making his minnows, but continued to run his sporting goods shop. The Tampa City Directory shows the Cox's store location moved four times. From 1912 to 1915, it was located at 907 Franklin St. From 1916 to 1921, the store was located at 201 Polk St. and was at 713 Florida Ave. from 1922 to 1926. The final location was 1106 Tampa St. The Tampa Minnow ads show only the Polk Street address. Grover Cox was born in 1884 and died in 1938.

To see the Grover Cox detailed history, click on the link below.

Link to Cox Article

An Old Photo Postcard Showing Grover Cox, circa 1920

The COX'S TAMPA MINNOW & Wooden Box, circa 1920

The COX'S TAMPA MINNOW No-Chin Zaragossa Minnow, circa 1920

The COX'S TAMPA MINNOWS, circa 1920

The COX'S TAMPA MINNOW Hook Hardware


1915 & 1916 Tampa Tribune Newspaper Ads

1917 Tampa Tribune Newspaper Ad

1918 Tampa Tribune Newspaper Ad

1919 Tampa Tribune Newspaper Ad

1920 Tampa Tribune Newspaper Ad

1920 & 1921 "The Florida Fisherman" Magazine Ads

1922 Advertisement

COX'S SPORTING GOODS, 1106 Tampa St., 1927

Creek Chub Boxes w/COX'S SPORTING GOODS Labels Applied

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