Top 10 "AS SEEN ON TV" Gimmick fishing lures of ALL TIME!

Top 10 "AS SEEN ON TV" Gimmick fishing lures of ALL TIME!

Here are the Top 10 “As Seen on TV” style Gimmick Fishing Lures of all time! Rolan Martin’s Helicoper Lure, Banjo Minnow, Alex Langer’s Flying Lure…we’ve got ’em all!

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10. Lil’ Huey

9. Johnson Budweiser Talkin’ Frog

8. Viking Electronic Lure

7. Powerpak Lure

6. Mighty Bite

5. Dance’s Eel
(Bill in the 1974 Bassmaster Classic!)

4. Heddon Big Bud

3. Roland Martin’s Helicopter Lure
(Roland on the water with the Helicopter Lure!)

(Original commercial)

2. Banjo Minnow
(Original infomercial)

1. Alex Langer’s Flying Lure
(Original infomercial)

Here at Retro Bassin’, we are all about bass fishing, vintage bass fishing lures, and old school fishing tackle. Freshwater fishing has changed a lot over the years, but we remain true to the golden era of largemouth bass fishing, when bassmasters and bass fishing heros like Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Jimmy Houston, Hank Parker, Rick Clunn and Tom Mann ruled the waters. And let’s not forget bass fishing heros like the Bass Professor Doug Hannon, Dr. Loren Hill, Johnny Morris, Bill Plummer, Don Butler, Fred C Young, Alex Langer, and many others, whom all had significant contributions to the bass fishing tackle industry. And don’t overlook grandpa’s old fishing lures! Do they still work? Each year we looked forward to the Bassmaster Classic to see who would be king of the bass fishing world and what the best bass fishing lure would be for that year. Back when you had to call an 800 number to reach Bass Pro Shops or Cabelas, and there were no such thing as Google Maps or Googan Baits. We still love discontinued and/or forgotten products and fishing gear from bait makers like Heddon, Fred Arbogast, Rebel Lures, Cotton Cordell, Pico Lures, Strike King Lures, Burke Fishing Lures, Storm Lures, Mepps, Blue Fox, Rapala, Poe’s, Creek Chub, Bomber Lures, Crème Lures, Lunker City, Bill Norman, Color-C-Lector, Culprit, Flying Lure, Fish World, Bass Pro, Whopper Stopper, and Uncle Josh. Lets not forget the antique fishing rod and fishing reel, as well as As Seen On TV gimmicks like the Instant Fisherman and Instant Fisherman 2. Each week, by either Tracker Bass Boat or fishing kayak or bank, we will hunt largemouth, smallmouth, and Guadalupe bass with retro bassin’ tackle and anything we can find from grandpa’s tackle box. Every time on the water we take a weird antique fishing lure challenge. We might even include a few tip for bass. Speaking of Bass Tracker, both Bass Tracker Heritage and Bass Tracker Classic owners will enjoy the homage we pay to their new rigs. We look forward to the upcoming 2020 Bass Tracker Classic XL, and plan to tell you all about how to rig it old school!


  1. BadassBankAngler 315 on May 26, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Perfect timing, i was looking for a banjo minnow video lol

    • Dan Lybarger on January 19, 2021 at 6:32 pm

      I will check. I may have one.

      Bank Bass’n Assassin

  2. James Wilson on May 26, 2020 at 12:47 am

    Roland was at the bar when he came up with the helicopter lure

  3. teiji osawa on May 26, 2020 at 12:48 am

    nice cap and jacket

  4. david russell on May 26, 2020 at 12:49 am


  5. ted lincoln's fishing life on May 26, 2020 at 12:57 am

    i love the dance’s eel! i had a couple of them as a kid but can’t say the bass loved them.

    also the boat that from the banjo minnow infomercial was just for sale on facebook marketplace "as seen on tv" was in the ad!

  6. PunchFishing on May 26, 2020 at 12:59 am

    This is amazing. Brilliant video.

  7. Ro Jay on May 26, 2020 at 1:00 am

    I hope you gave the flying lure a crack! I remember the infomercial, i actually enjoyed it and was intrigued, but never bought any. I’d forgotten about fishing it on a slack line though, you would have to watch that line like a hawk for hits.

  8. 🎣 FatBoy Dan's Great Outdoors 🎣 on May 26, 2020 at 1:02 am

    love them lures,

    i want the bud frog

  9. Matthew Schweiger on May 26, 2020 at 1:02 am

    So happy to see some new videos for us old school bass anglers. Love the content keep up the great work.

  10. Michael Swanger on May 26, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Roland Martin still swears by the helicopter lure he’s even making them on his YouTube channel…

    • Dan Lybarger on January 19, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      I have caught a few nice bass on them.

      Bank Bass’n Assassin

  11. RetroBassin on May 26, 2020 at 1:05 am

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  12. jimmy england on May 26, 2020 at 1:10 am

    I would like to see you fish with a dancing eel

  13. Owen Ventura on May 26, 2020 at 1:11 am

    I actually have the whole kit in the tackle box my great uncle ordered on tv with the original box it shipped in and everything

  14. carl mchale on May 26, 2020 at 1:16 am

    These are my favorite kind of videos I would like to see you do the one with the frog with the jumping legs

  15. Erick Darkman Prado on May 26, 2020 at 1:18 am

    I vote for the Flying Lure first
    Second the Helicopter lure and then the Dance eel

  16. Jeffrey Lunday on May 26, 2020 at 1:19 am

    I bought one of those Dancing Eels when they first came out. Bill Dance did a whole show on it. I caught a 5 pound bass at a private 15 acre pond in east Texas prior to going into the USAF in ’86.

  17. TNVolFisher on May 26, 2020 at 1:19 am

    Dude, the ole Flying Lure. What a classic

  18. Gizmo Carr on May 26, 2020 at 1:22 am

    When you try fishing, the Banjo Minnow rig it weed less but rig it flat side up. It makes it glide slowly to the bottom like a dying minnow. When twitched off the bottom without any weight they catch fish.

  19. Phillip Morgan on May 26, 2020 at 1:25 am
  20. Phillip Morgan on May 26, 2020 at 1:26 am

    Helicopter lure!! Roland made a video in the last few months of him fishing with it.

  21. Max Larose on May 26, 2020 at 1:29 am

    I love your channel man. Very very original.

  22. A. P on May 26, 2020 at 1:36 am

    Damn, i remember that TV commercial "flying lure" in Sweden. Must have bin like 13 years old. Think my friend actually bought it. I was dreaming about that magical lure!

  23. Aultman Outdoors on May 26, 2020 at 1:37 am

    I just started painting my own lures.I went fishing today and caught one on it

  24. blain harper on May 26, 2020 at 1:38 am

    I caught my first 4 pd bass on a Dance’s Craw…

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