Fishing lures are intended to attract fish, but there’s one in Sandestin, Fla., that’s more likely to attract humans.It stands ten and a half feet tall, weighs in at 355 pounds, and has just been declared the World’s Largest Fishing Lure by Guinness World Records.
The extra large lure was unveiled Aug. 10 at a ceremony at the Baytowne Marina in Sandestin, Fla., and was the culmination of 10 months of effort on the part of Mark Davis, who co-owns S.S. Spitfire Mercantile with his wife, Mary-Ellen, where the lure now sits waiting for customers to take a bite.
“It actually took about three-and-a-half weeks to put together,” Davis told HuffPost Weird News. “We used an awful lot of glue.”
The record-setting lure was designed by David Partridge, owner of Flat-Liner Lures, and is modeled on a lure that used to hook both freshwater redfish and saltwater bass.
“However, there aren’t any fish around here big enough for it to work,” he concedes.
Guinness judge Amanda Mochan, who officially declared the Sandestin lure the world’s largest, says that the largest fishing lure was a new record category, the minimum requirement was set at ten times the size of a standard lure.
“The Sandestin lure was a whopping 24 times the size of a regular lure, so the only remaining detail was to take the exact measurements, as this is the yardstick by which future records will be measured,” she said in a blog post on the Guinness World Records website.
Partridge said the lure will be up permanently, or until a new challenger approaches. However, if this happens, he won’t hide his head in the sand. Instead, he plans on making an even bigger lure.
“It’s a good feeling, cause you know it’s something nobody else has, but it’s going to be like ‘who’s going to come after us?’” he told WMBB.com
Although the lure is supposed to be on display, Davis admits it’s too alluring not to attempt to use it in the water.
“During the slow season this winter, I definitely plan on pulling it behind a boat. … It’s solid wood, so I don’t see any reason why it wont float,” Davis said.
Of course, to do that, he may have to finish another goal: building the world’s largest fishing pole.
“I’m thinking about it,” he confessed to HuffPost Weird News. “I’m not sure if there’s a record for that, I’ll have to research it.”
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