Mangrove Jack on original Bumpa-Bar

It all began 21 years ago in the small seaside town of Bowen, where local brothers Jim and Terry Rowe produced the first shimmering piece of metal that would eventually become the Bumpa-Bar we know today.

The recipe was simple. A generous slab of chrome bumper bar (the automobile variety) was cut into various shapes and sizes, holes drilled in ends, a twist or bend in the tail, and finished with split rings and a treble. This was certainly not rocket science, but these homemade beauties were braining the Bowen pelagic populations. Over time the pair discovered that 4”x1/2” rectangles were the best shape and a slight bend in the tail gave the most enticing action.

GT on Gold plated tapered Bumpa Bar

By 1984 Terry had moved onto bigger and better things and a skinny young bloke by the name of Tim Staudinger entered the scene, becoming Jim’s new mate and fishing partner. During the next few years this association led to the further development of the lure whereby two critical problems were identified. First there was the problem of rust coming from the cut mild steel, and secondly, the lures were too light making it difficult to fish deep water and fast-flowing currents. Fortunately for the pair, both these problems were solved by simply converting the lure material to marine grade stainless steel - therefore no rust and adequate weight. In 1997 Due to increased demand, lure production was streamlined with lures being punched from sheet brass and chrome or gold plated.

Nannygai on pink tape Bumpa Bar

Word spread quickly of these highly devastating lures referred to as “Bumpa-Bars”, with the pair dominating the local sportfishing scene until the late 1980’s when Tim moved to PNG. During this time Jim decided to take the lures one step further, registering the Bumpa-Bar design and commencing trade in the cottage lure industry.

Business Begins

For two years “Jim Rowes Famous Bumpa Bar Lures” were sold in various Tackle Stores around North Queensland before Jim decided to give it away and return to making the lures for personal use only. Tim Staudinger returned in the early 1990’s and purchased the Bumpa-Bar lure design from Jim, who had no further plans for the lure.
Believing that more could be achieved with the lure, Tim conducted extensive field-testing until he perfected the action of the lure by altering the placement and angle of the tail bend. A number of additional sizes were also added to the range, and once happy with the prototypes, production began. Production was labour-intensive with the cutting of lure blanks, drilling, polishing and assembly all done by hand.

Bumpa-Bars Redesigned

Although there was never any doubt surrounding the effectiveness of the original rectangular profile, the perception of the design being “too simple” prompted Tim to further experiment with the Bumpa Bar shape. Eighteen months later and hundreds of hours on the water resulted in the lure we see on tackle store shelves today, sporting a tapered head and wider tail.

In 2004 with new manufacturing techniques the lure reverted back to 316 Stainless Steel and further improvements were added in the introduction of holographic prism tape to further enhance the efficiency under different light and depth conditions.

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