Lacombe residents attempt to reel in world record for oversized fishing lure
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Lacombe residents attempt to reel in world record for oversized fishing lure

Thompson-Pallister Bait Company President Brad Pallister unveils their completed oversized fishing lure on May 24 in Lacombe. (Tricia Kindleman/CBC) Residents of Lacombe, Alta. are hoping to catch the record for the world’s largest fishing lure. The 28-foot tall lure and its accompanying 14-foot tall hook are a replica of the classic Len Thompson Five of Diamonds design. The fishing product is made in Lacombe by Thompson-Pallister Bait Company. The oversized monument was built to celebrate the company’s 90th year of business. The company’s president Brad Pallister says they have sold more than 55-million Five of Diamonds lures since the company launched in 1929. Brad Pallister (second from right) is joined by Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks Jason Nixon (left), Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins (second from left) and Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasy (right). (Tricia Kindleman/CBC) Pallister’s great-grandfather Len Thompson began selling his "fishing spoon" design as a part-time business in 1929 before opening up a factory in Abernathy, Sask. in 1945. In 1959, the company relocated to Lacombe where they continue to operate as a family-run business. At the unveiling on Friday, Pallister told the crowd the hook and lure were made in Lacombe after businesses in Red […]

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