Shoff Socko King Lure
The Shoff Socko King Lure is by far and away one of the cooler looking lures made in the 40’s. I’ve always enjoyed this little lure when they have come in on consignment. The lure was introduced around the late 30’s early 1940’s and falls into the North West Salmon plug family. Just like there are different niches inside most collecting hobbies, salmon plugs made by Shoff, Martin, Hansen, Schroeder and others far into a vein themselves inside the antique lure collecting world. The Socko King lure has always been one of my favorite salmon plugs with it large metal diving plane on its head it exudes toughness. The diving plane with holes allowed the fisherman to adjust its fishing depth by selecting a different hole.
Made by the Shoff Tackle Company in Kent Washington this lure has the typical salmon lure body shape, with a small hole through the body of the lure that attaches a string rig treble hook. The lure is stamped by the maker, with its size and patent applied for on the belly of the lure. The lure can be found in multiple sizes and color scheme patterns.