Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. Ltd., manufacturers of Len Thompson Lures, are excited to announce that the “World’s Largest Fishing Lure” in Lacombe, Alberta, is now Guinness World Record certified.
The former Guinness World Record holder for Largest Fishing Lure is located in West, Texas, USA with a length of 15 ft 6.72 in. Lacombe’s lure measures in at 40 ft 5.25”, nearly 25 ft longer than the previous record. To break the dimensions down even further, the spoon itself is 27.5 ft long and 9.5 ft wide. The treble hook is 14 ft long and 8 ft wide. Lacombe’s lure was painted with Len Thompson’s most popular pattern, the Yellow & Red Five of Diamonds®.
The World’s Largest Fishing Lure project was tackled in partnership and with the generous support of the Lacombe Fish and Game Association, the City of Lacombe, the Echo Lacombe Community Grant Fund, and local fabricator Comet Welding. The monument was installed in May 2019.
The world record title is held by brother/sister Brad Pallister and Jessica (Pallister) Dew – the fourth generation owners of the Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. Ltd. The record is posted on the Guinness World Records website at www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-fishing-lure.
“This project was so special to our family, community and of course, our project partners,” said Jessica Dew. “Although we knew the lure dimensions easily beat out the old record, it took months for the application to be processed. We are very excited by the official approval.”
The structure is located at the Len Thompson Pond in Lacombe, situated at the end of Len Thompson Drive and is visible from Highway 2A. A municipal facility managed by the Lacombe Fish and Game Association, the pond’s waters are stocked annually with rainbow trout providing accessible fishing opportunities for locals and visitors of all ages.
“I hope it’s going to be a big source of pride for a lot of years – hopefully decades,” Brad Pallister told reporters at the Kids Can Catch event where the lure was unveiled to the public on June 1, 2019. “If it inspires just one more person to pick up a fishing rod, take their kids out, or visit our town, we’ve done well.”
“Congratulations to the Thompson-Pallister Bait Company on a successful Guinness World Record application, and to everyone who worked hard to bring this monumental project to fruition,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “We are proud of the long-standing commitment Len Thompson Fishing Lures has made to Lacombe. Now that their flagship lure – the Five of Diamonds® – is officially the World’s Largest Fishing Lure, it will attract many more visitors to our community.”
The lure was constructed in celebration of Len Thompson Lure’s 90th anniversary in business. Len Thompson started selling his lures in Abernethy, Saskatchewan in 1929. The factory has been located in Lacombe, Alberta for sixty-one years and remains proudly family owned and operated.
For more information visit www.lenthompson/worlds-largest-lure.