On 6 April 1852, J. T. Buel obtained the first patent that was ever issued in the United States for a fishing lure. At that time, the revolutionary of recreational fishing had already gained a lot of experience with the production of lures: when he was still a kid, he invented the Buel Spoon, which was to become world famous. Legend has it that Buel was fishing one day and accidentally dropped a spoon into the water. The big trout he wanted to fish seemed to be much more interested in the spoon than in the actual lure. So Buel hooked another spoon from his mother’s kitchen, converted it into a lure and fished the huge trout he had always wanted to catch.
CIT has developed a coin that honors his invention and replicates the unique shape of his spoon lure!