I found a lure buried in the dirt bank of a local fishing pond when I was in high school. It was a Little Cleo WIGL spoon with the picture of a topless young lady (Miss Cleo?) stamped into its metal surface. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, especially as I was a teenager with a teenager’s libido.
I have kept it in my various tackle boxes ever since, never once using it, for more than 20 years. I would call it a good-luck charm, but because I never use it, I can’t say if it brings me good or bad luck.
Once I discovered the internet, I also learned more about the origin of Little Cleo. Apparently, she was a real-life performer in the 1930s in New York City. The developer of the lure was “inspired” by Cleo and stamped the likeness of the topless belly dancer on the back side of the spoon.
It may not be a fish magnet, but it’s a treasure in my lure collection.