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Swiv A Lure

Swiv A Lure

The Swiv A Lure was first introduced in 1949. Box. The Swiv A Lure was made by Lamothe – Stokes Manufacturing Company out of Detroit Michigan. The lure was a model YR-20. The lure was made in both plastic and wood over its life cycle as well as being made in Red and White and Red and Yellow. Looking Like a Legless grasshopper lure can be found in two sizes as well 3 1/4″ and 3 1/8″ in length.

In speaking with a fellow lure collector at a recent show he shared a neat story of uncovering the original patent papers and the dealer boxes and much of the stock. From what he conveyed the partnership between Lamoth & Stokes was a rocky one and never fully took off. The gentleman I spoke with said he ran into 50 gallon drums of assembled bodies, and 12 packs of dealer cases.

We have a Black & White in Box in this weeks consignments, click below to view.

Black & White Swiv a Lure in Box

If you have lures to sell or consign please contact me. 

2018-01-14T10:31:34+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart

Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart

The Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart depicts the range in colors for this collector favorite lure. The Wig L Twin was first introduced in 1939. This tenite or plastic made lure has character both above and below the water. The sheet shows the 11 standard colors and their corresponding color codes. This should provide a neat look into the lures advertising as well as provide a reference to find the correct boxes for the right lure.

 We have a Nice Frog Spot in on Consignment this week, click below to view

Jamison Wig L Twin Frog Spot

If you have lures to sell or consign, please contact me.

The W. J. Jamison Co.
5559 W. North Avenue
Chicago 39, Illinois

Wig L Twin

For You…..another Shannon prize winning fish getter! This indestructible plastic lure, molded of Tenite, has alluring full length action. Shannon Spinners in the streamlined lifelike fins make the lure a living thing from head to tail. Can be fished at any desired depth. Sinks slowly if allowed to rest; if retrieved immediately lure travels 12 to 14 inches below the surface, and ideal fishing depth. May be cast or trolled with equal success. Use it for bass, walleye and northern pike, pickerel and muskies.

1801 Yellow Perch
1802 Black and White
1803 Red and White
1804 Dace Scale
1805 Rainbow
1806 Green Scale
1807 Target Spot
1808 Black and Yellow
1809 Frog
1810 Natural Chub
1811 Gold Fish

Molded of Tenite
Non-chip finish. No. 2 Hollow Point reble Hooks. No. 2 Spoons. Popular 5/8 oz. weight.
Individually boxed $1.35

Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart Dealer Sheet

Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart

Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure

Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure

The Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure is another lure in the trio produced by the company. Based in Detroit Michigan, on Morgan Drive, this famous antique lure maker was probably more noted for it’s “Action Rod”. The company founded in the late 1940s by co-owners Lewis Adam and A. Johnson. The Slippery Slim is the most obscure of the the Kick N Kackle and the Bottom Scratcher brethren. The antique lure was made in the early 1950’s and measure 2 3/8″ in length. The Slippery Slim was jointed in construction, its head being larger then the rear section. The lure has 2 trebles to secure its catch and a smaller diving lip attached at the nose to bring the lure down to the depths of its catch.

We have a Black & White Slippery Slim in on Consignment this week and can be viewed by clicking below.
Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure
If you have lures you would like to sell or consign please contact me.

Orchard Industries Letterhead Orchard Industries Letterhead

Above is a Photo of Company Letterhead borrowed from Dr Todd’s Fishing For History Blog
The Slippery Slim lure was housed in a clear plastic hinged clam shell box. The box will have the name printed on the bottom left.The lure was only made in a few primary colors unlike its brothers, such as the “Bottom Scratcher” which can be seen on the color Chart I did a post on.

Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure Photo Gallery

2018-01-13T18:17:24+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure is the smallest of the Tango line up. The old saying is it takes 2 two Tango, well in this case it takes 6! The Rush Tango Trout Tango lure was a fly rod lure measuring 1 3/4″ in length and having a detachable small double hook. The lure meant to be cast with a medium weight rod and line. Stated on the side of the box, the maker recommends adding a small worm to the item if you must. The company had its roots in Syracuse NY around the same areas a few of the later contended lure makers were also from. The Rush Tango story and history of the company is a long convoluted mess mixing antique lure makers James Heddon, Leroy Yakeley, Fillmore Smith and JK Rush in patent warfare leading to court cases and legal interpretation. These legal issues not only would present themselves to JK Rush with the tango lure, they would also face Heddon with the Tadpolly and Welles Patent infringement. The assortment of 6 lures could be purchased direct or from purveyors such as Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett, who in 1922 offers this 6 pack for merely sum of $1.50, yes please send me a dozen.

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure was offered in a variety of solid colors such as Red, Gold, Black, Silver, and Gold. Or two tone colors such as Red and Yellow, and Red and White. The lures shown date to 1922’ish when the company Changed its name from the Union Specialty Company to the Rush Outing Company. This is when the company made its focus a more outdoor gear and camping equipment type company. This shift in priorities from fishing to camping supplies could be a reason the would sell the rights to the Horrocks Ibbotson Co from neighboring Utica New York.

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack Photo Gallery

2017-12-27T07:43:53+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Fishing Tackle Consignments

Fishing Tackle Consignments

Fishing Tackle Consignments Service. Have lures, reels, rods or sporting items to sell? Let us help you. Yes we directly buy items for our collection too, but if you’d rather enlist our help to make sure you receive current market value, let me help by selling it for you. Have a collection your need to sell, interests changes, or selling a few to buy a few more, let me help.

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Antique Tackle is my Job, Im neck deep in this hobby (Pun intended if you know me) if you’d like to read about why, the front page of this site gives insight (Teaser, Mailmen and Pitbull’s dont’ mix) and this link, well this link, was the icing on the cake. I’ve taken a few negative personal situations, and made it positive, embracing what Ive always enjoyed as a hobby and turned into my life with the help of an awesome wife, family and friends. In a strange way, this hobby, and fishing, has saved my life and got me back out of the chair and into life again.

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Yes, I sell more than just lures, reels and rods of you have other miscellaneous smalls or easily shipped items such as Duck Calls or Shell Boxes, Knives Etc

I provide some of the best Lure & Reel Photography on the Internet, Providing Clear Concise Photos and Descriptions and a bit of History with your Items.

I’m the only seller on the internet that harnesses and engages the Power of Social Media to Advertise & Reach Potential Buyers on All the Largest Platforms.

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I keep you informed at every process and stage your items are in. Proving future times for items and what time they appear, how long the will be listed and when they will close.

Best way to find out how it works, is to send me a small box of items and you will be surprised at how easy the process is for you the seller.

I take all the photos, examples of my photography can be seen on this website as well as our sister site www.Oldfishinglure.com

I handle all the upfront auction creation, descriptions, and I will help tailor a strategy and process that fits your personal needs. Simple common […]

2017-12-19T08:42:49+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Fishing Tackle Consignments

Charles Murat Mureel Lure

Charles Murat Mureel Lure

The Charles Murat Mureel lure is more than a lure, but a transcendence and a story of a man affixed and entrenched into the Surf Striper Industry. The lure was created by Charles Murat or as his friends called him, Charlie. Charlie was the owner and lifeblood of Murat’s Tackle Shop, which started around 1946. Murat’s not only sold the Mureel Lure, a self-confessed copy of a Creek Chub Giant Pikie Minnow Lure. At Murat’s, they sold boats, accessories, and probably more than anything Surf Casting and Striper Rods. By anyone’s right, Charlie Murat was a famous rod maker, and wrapper. At his shop in North Smithfield, Woodstock, Rhode Island, it was a hub of not only those looking to acquire bait and tackle, but those looking to learn and fit in with the North Shore Striper class.

In doing my research on the Mureel lure, I learned a great deal about Charlie, not just the specifics, but in listening to other people describe the man, and his life and those that rose up around him. I had written some of this article a while back if you use dog years for the time stamp, but a blink of an eye for how you view life when we self-reflect. I wrote part of this article two years ago, before my own body reviled its own dirty little secret. While now at the age of 45 the secret exposed, I have been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer which inflicts less than 2500 people a year. I like to think that I draw certain parallels with Charlie, as with my own approach to life as I move forward, determined to distance myself from the 50% mortality statistic by which Ive now been branded. How yet again in a strange way, my use of this hobby and its history, and my passion for people, lures, rods & reels have given me continued clarity and renewed focal point on what we deem important, and how we spend our time doing it.

Charlie, seemingly and unknowingly had harnessed his love of his own hobby and it’s trade and made history revolve around him, in a humble sort way. Being involved at the base of the surf casting movement he, Charlie, found himself being not only as salesman for his sundries, but as a mentor, business partner and mostly friend to many. His construction or the Mur Eel lures changing and evolving over time like most lure makers, as adjustment in diving lips and use of materials would change as fast as the surf casting community into which Charlie himself was grounded. How sometimes others in that tight nit, sometimes considered impenetrable tight-lipped community (Sounds Eerily Familiar) would not offer support to a newbie, of which he, Charlie, would freely share his knowledge. Whether he was guiding them as to where to fish or what to use, one thing is for certain, there […]

2017-12-18T20:35:57+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Charles Murat Mureel Lure

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

The Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Lure is a Series or Style B. The lure was first introduced in 1933 and was made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana, and marketed and sold under the Shur Strike name. This was a year after its larger brother the Style A was successfully brought to market. This wooden antique lure has glass eyes and two treble hooks. The fishing lure measures in just at 2 3/4″ in length.

The first lure in the gallery is a clean Red & White Color, Code 02. The Baby Slant Nose was only ever cataloged in 9 colors. Both the Style A & B Slant Nose lures would not last long in the Shur Strike antique lure line up, and would be gone in 1936.

The second lure is a Style B, Baby Slant Nose lure in Yellow and light black scale version. This color has been nick named Peanut Butter and is a very desirable color, code 01.

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:26:54+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

The Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait was first introduced around the early teens. This antique lure was made by J. A. Holzapfel in Jackson Michigan. If this fishing lure looks familiar to another makers lures, the Croaker by C.A. Wilford and Son of the same city they should be. Mr. Holzapfel and Mr. Wilford were friend and fishing partners.

This no eyed antique fishing lure is wooden in construction material, and measures 4 1/4″ inches in body length not including the hardware. The lure is not jointed and is only 1 piece in make. The lure were all hand painted and were available in the 4 1/4″ size as well as a 3 1/2″ version. The lure utilizes a very simple eye screw hook hardware to secure its three treble hooks. The lure had only a single forward facing lie tie.

The lure can be found in solid white, as shown below in the gallery as well as red, a spot frog and one more. The lure was housed in a plain text white 2 piece cardboard box should you be lucky enough to locate one.

Included in the Gallery Below is the Muskie size version of the Mushroom Bait, you can see its larger and thicker than its little brother. One thing I did notice is they didnt upgrade the hook size even though they increased the size of the antique lure.

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:30:51+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

This Wright McGill Eagle Claw History tale was taken from an excerpt from the Company in 1974. Stories like these breath life into the companies that we as collectors seek out. Being able to bring the different pieces of the puzzle to the table and recreate history with lore.

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

It Happened in the late 1920’s after Drew McGill and Stan Wright formed the Wright & McGill Co., for the tying of high grade fishing flies. Drew was on the Upper Colorado River Perusing his favorite sport, fly fishing that magnificent stream.

It all happened when he stopped to light his pipe and take a short rest.

The mornings fishing had not been as good as it could have been, for it seemed that even though the rainbows and the natives were rising, they were difficult to hook. While thinking of this and the ways that he could improve his fishing techniques, he watched the lazy circles of two large eagles. As he sat quietly enjoying this wilderness scene, one of the eagles slowly spiraled downward and landed beyond him in the top of a dead cottonwood; the tips of the birds talons lightly gripping a weathered bare limb. His thoughts turned to the penetrating power of the fish hooks he was using.

As the powerful bird took to the air, Drew took his fishing fly and holding it by the tiny leader pulled it across the leather of his fishing creel. The point scraped along the leather, but did not penetrate. Using his fishing pliers, he changed the shape of the hooks by slightly curving the point. He tried the fly again and found that, this time it would penetrate. He quickly modified several flies and was back on the stream. The results were encouraging, and he eagerly tested shapes and sizes until driven from the stream by an afternoon thunderstorm.

Returning to the factory in Denver, Drew started working to produce a fish hook design with greater penetrating power. A hook that would exert this power in the direct line of pull of the leader. Frlm this research came a fish hook that had sweeping curves and sharped points. It was forged for strength and was double offset for greater hooking quantities. The hook’s point was indirect line of pull and shaped like the talons of that mighty bird.

The Rest is History.

This design quickly swept the country, for it offered the first improvement in fish hooks in hundreds of years.

When Drew and Stan sat down to name their new product, what else could it have been except Eagle Claw? That’s How it all happened, and thats the story of a bird that built a business.

2017-11-17T14:21:07+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

Old Fighter Lure

Old Fighter Lure

This Old Fighter Lure was first made in 1950. The Old Fighter fishing lure was made by the Beaver Bait Company out of Ambridge, Pennsylvania. The plastic lure feature a distinct row of beads in the middle section of the lure on both sides. The colored beads which have small spinners in between are free to slide up and down the wire. The antique lure has a single forward line tie and two treble hooks. The front of the box reads; Spin Fin Action, Casting and Trolling for all Game Fish. This antique fishing lure is very popular with collectors and came in quite a few different colors making it fun to collect. Frog Spot is shown in the Gallery but these others are available as well
Red and White
Black Bass
Gold Shiner
Blue Shad

Old Fighter Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:35:31+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Old Fighter Lure

Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure

Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure

The Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure is said it can be compared to the Shiner Lure series in overall sales. The Cast Top came in a multitude of sizes to meet the needs of most fishermen. The two sizes shown on this page are the the Rare 3 1/2″, which fits into the family between the large and medium, and the the traditional large size measuring at 4″ in length. The rare size has two treble hooks secured with Cup Rigging to secure its catch vs the larger which has the 3T.

The Top Cast lure has the traditional screw eye forward line tie in the center of the notched and painted mouth. The Highlighted Top Cast is in a solid yellow with the olive / silver head and a large hand painted red gill mark. The other shown is in a desirable brown bass scale, and has the original correct marked manila envelope Jim Pfeffer used to house his creations with.

Rare Size Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure Photo Gallery

Large Size Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:37:18+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure

The Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure is a neat fishing lure. The lure had two distinct body evolution, the first of which was wood having 4 hooks set up very similar to the flat fish, than then moving to a plastic based body with only 2T. This curved body antique lure was first patented in 1937 and was commercially produced by the Martz Tackle Company out of the Great Motor City, Detroit Michigan. The first version of the lure made of wood, not shown, is substantially bigger the the later plastic 3 5/8″ examples below.

The lure is said to have been sold in a half dozen colors or less, three of which can be seen in the antique lure gallery below. The fist version box that houses the larger version is more of a plain non-descriptive type, with later versions employing color. The Vee Bee Box I dont believe to be correct for the lure, however that’s how it was sent to me.

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:38:06+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

The Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure is reported to have been one of his earliest lures. There are those who will argue that the Orlando shiner is the first. But what we cant argue about is the success of the Banana Lure. Fashioned in the Shape of a Banana this wooden lure has a notched mouth and painted eyes. The lures with only the black iris are said to be the earliest versions. This version of the lure had three treble hooks to secure its catch. the were secured to the lure itself using cup and screw eye hardware.

I believe there is 5 different sizes to the Banana over its life span with the Pfeffer Lure Company out of Orlando Florida. You can find some of the early lures sent or sold in these brown manila packaging envelopes. The Pfeffer Banana was offered in over a dozen different colors over its life span. The amount of colors and size and body differences and collectible options make the Banana a success with antique lure collectors as well.

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:40:48+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team

Many people are not aware of a Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team and a Antique Fishing Lure company relationship. Well its true, there is a tie in between Americas Favorite Past Times, Baseball and Fishing. Many years ago in doing my research for the Old Fishing Lure website I came across a Shakespeare Lure and Reel Company Sponsored a baseball team. There isn’t much information out there about for how long and it’s minor or major league affiliations, other than it was a sponsored team. Most people that know me know I love the weird things that go along with my collections as much as the lures themselves. While those items that come with a story elevate my interest and its place in my collection. One of the items I’ve enjoyed the most about this is 15 years ago I just happened upon this, a Shakespeare Honor Built Baseball Bat.

A recent visitor to the site stopped by and shared this awesome Shakespeare Team Baseball with me, so I thought I would add to the post and re-share the story. 

Shakespeare Baseball Shakespeare Baseball

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Bat

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team

 Cleveland Indians Worl Series Champs 1920

Cleveland Indians 1920 Cleveland Indians 1920

What else you may ask do Baseball and Antique Lures have in common, Well Me! #itsmystorytotell

Some have heard my story before, but, for those who haven’t here is a bit of my own personal family history and few pictures to go with it. With Game 7 Looming its hard for me not to think of two gentleman; Steve O’Neill, and Skeeter Webb.

Steve O’Neill my Great Grandfather (Step-In Law), was one of four brothers to play professional baseball. Steve from Scranton Pennsylvania, entered his Major League Career with the the Cleveland Naps in 1911, later to be named the Cleveland Indians. Steve Played with Cleveland from 1911 to 1923, then a short stint with Boston and on to the Yankees. He was with the Cleveland Indians when they won the 1920 World Series. The team Photo is shown above. His Baseball card Shown below is from around that same time, although this isn’t his earliest Card. Also Shown below is a Photos are Steve and one of his brothers Jim O’Neill. The Photo I enjoy the most is a picture of Babe Ruth and Steve O’Neill riding horseback in 1925 in front of the Majestic Theater.


While one would be more than content with the story if this was it alone, its not, and it ties into this years World Series even more. Steve had a long and fulfilling career playing with teams like the Indians, Red Sox and Yankees, but he also had a career in managing these teams once his catching career came to a close. In 1945 Steve managed the Detroit Tigers […]

Hi Yo Lure in Box with Papers

Hi Yo Lure

The Hi Yo lure is a lure that give a fisherman or collectors great pause. Stopping for a minute to think what in heavens were they thinking.

The antique lure is Circa 1947, this was a time when we see a increase or influx of fisherman in the US. The years following the great second war saw the American war machine shift from machines focused on death to machines focused on the betterment or enjoyment of life.

The next decade would give rise to the great generation of baby boomers, and one of the greatest housing booms we would ever see, with a nation riding high on its wartime success.  It breathed back to life the iconic and rival for the greatest american past time Baseball from its smaller war torn numbers. 1947 would again match up 2 teams that every kids dreams of, the Brooklyn Dodger against the New York Yankees.

While most importantly for baseball, and our country, it was the first time we as a nation saw a African American on a world series diamond, with the great Jackie Robinson. Jackie once said “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”  And I think as I write this almost 60 years later, if we could yet again bring forth and live those famous words we could make this a better place for all. Ill get off my soap box, as Im steering away from the antique lure but as I said in a story or article a few weeks ago, it is my story to tell.

The lure is a product of the Activated Lure Company or Barberton, Ohio. Th lure worked as a fisherman would place a small piece of dry ice under the rubber cap and would be propelled forwards by the release of gas out of the tail of the lure. The lure is 1 5/8 in length with one treble and was made in an array of cool and catchy colors. While neat in concept the practicality of it fail immensely, as what fisherman would have a block of dry ice to pick from handy, not many that I know.

Hi Yo Lure

2017-10-27T12:42:30+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Hi Yo Lure in Box with Papers

Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure

Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure

The Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure is a beauty to hold and admire. This huge big game fish wooden lure, has painted eyes, a large single red hand painted sweeping gill mark. The Shiner series lures were known far and wide, and was certainly one of, if not the lure that carried the most notoriety in Pfeffer’s Florida lure line up. The standard Shiners were available in 4 different sizes. These were in addition to the large Snook, Tarpon or Big Game sizes of the Sailfish and King Shiner rounding out the largest size available in Shiner series.

We Have a Beauty of a King Shiner in on Consignment this week, available by clicking below.
Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure
If you have lures to sell or consign, please contact me.

This lure shown is the King Shiner model and measures a whopping 4 7/8″ in length. The lure has large trebles, and uses both a front and rear prop to keep it straight during retrieval. My personal opinion the lures coolest feature of this antique lure isits 4 belly weights. The Shiner has a Solid Silver Painted body underneath all silver flitter which still is intact. The lure has obviously never been fished and would be an amazing addition to any antique lure collection, and would easily fit right into the center of a Florida themed group.

Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-27T11:41:03+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure

Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure

Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure

The Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure is another antique lure that mimics that of another fish in distress. Many of the major antique fishing lure manufactures of their day had a injured minnow type. It wouldn’t be to far of an assertion to say Jim Pfeffer saw a need in his lure line up for such a lure. Jim started his business in the late 1920’s out of his garage in Florida. Jim Pfeffer lures seem to be the Heddon of the Florida lure makers to add and assimilation. Like Heddon, most of Jim’s work was copied or imitated by other Florida antique lure makers. 

The Crippled Minnow antique wooden lure features painted eyes and unmarked floppy props both for and aft of the lure. The lure features 3 treble hooks, two on the inside portion of the lure and the third at the rear after the prop. The two body trebles were attached via inset rimless cups. The lure was a flat slab made to swim on its side and is painted in the more common Pfeffer traditional paint scheme. This version, the largest of the three sizes available, measures close to 4″ in length. There are a couple subtitle body variations such as nose size and shape to give lure collectors more to search for. However other than roughly a half dozen colors and 3 sizes the Cripple Shiner lure is limited compared to the vast array of different options with the other minnows that Jim offered.

Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2017-11-01T08:17:03+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure

Gee Wiz Frog Lure

Gee Wiz Frog Lure

The Gee Wiz Frog Lure was first introduced in 1930. This great frog was made by the All Star Bait Company, out of Chicago Illinois. This is the regular sized from measuring in at 4 3/8″ in length. The frog lure was a musky size version as well. This wood core rubber covered lure looks quite ingenious. The lure features a rolling wheel attached to the bottom to roll over obstacles. The wheel was an option when purchasing.

The string would pull making the legs give a kicking motion upon retrieval. The antique frog lure features a single hook affixed to the aft end to catch its pray. The frog is shown with the correct plain type yellow box, which proclaims: Its the Kick That Gets Em Quick.

Gee Wiz Frog Lure Photo Gallery

2017-11-01T08:19:57+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Gee Wiz Frog Lure

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

The JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure is beset upon the old saying that imitation is the nearest and dearest form of flattery. John Chandler Griner is one of those artists. Being a fisherman at heart and having a need is how many of the lure makers both old and new got a start. J.C. Griner, of Orlando Florida used all of the lures he created to catch fish, as time went on and the original versions of the lures became harder to find or too expensive, JC took matters into his own hands (Pun Intended). Most of J.C.’s creations we the decade between the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The Orlando Shiner Lure looks and acts like the more famous original. The lure has a slender slab shaped wooden body measuring in at 4″ in length. The lure has the traditional painted eyes of the original. The antique fishing lure has dual props, both fore and aft, and 3T held on by a simpler eye screw. The Orlando Shiner is painted in a Green Back, Yellow belly with flitter. The paint combination is very similar to Pfeffer’s but being hand painted it gives rise to his artistic impression of the original.

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure Photo Gallery

2017-11-01T08:17:57+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

Tight Lines Tuesday The Laguna

Tight Lines Tuesday The Laguna

by John Etchieson

Most people recognize the Lone Cypress. It is that famous tree that clings to its sea worn granite pedestal and stands proudly against the ocean winds that sweep along the famous 17-mile drive through Pebble Beach California. It may well be the most photographed tree in the world. It’s a marketing tool, a trademark, a Western icon. It is to the California coast what the Pyramids are to Egypt or the Eiffel tower is to Paris. This symbolic lone tree representing rugged individualism also captured and inspired the imagination of an artist creating a label for a fishing line spool more than 80 years ago. This particular LAGUNA brand line spool from 1936, like the tree, is also the lone surviving example known to exist today and it is presented here for all to enjoy.

Questions or comments may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-10-17T06:43:56+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday The Laguna

Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure

Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure

The Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure was introduced in the 1950’s. The Lamprey Lure and Tackle Company made its home in Chicago like many other great lure companies. The companies lure portfolio was a pretty small one though making this large version and smaller baby version of the Terror. This plastic slab type lure has large bulbous eyes reset back towards the midpoint of the antique lure. The lure made of a single piece of molded tenite/plastic has a diving lip just below its head and forward line tie to break the water.

The Terror lure had two trebles secured with a simple screw eye rig. The larger version as shown below measures roughly 3 3/8″ in length. The lure had a patent applied for but I don’t believe they were in business very long based on the frequency of which theses neat little miscellaneous lures show up. The lure touted to be successful for all game fish, from Muskie and Pike, to Walleye and Trout. This unique lure has with its its correct Box and Insert Paperwork making it the complete package.

Lamprey Lure and Tackle Company

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Barracuda Blooper Lure

Barracuda Blooper Lure

The Barracuda Blooper Lure was made by The Florida Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company, Barracuda Brand and was found in the 1940’s. The wooden lure was a series number 88 in the Barracuda brand line up. The lure can be found in an array of color scheme finishes besides the rainbow color pattern shown. The wooden lure is 4 1″2″ inches in length taking a standard popper lure type shape. The antique lure has a line tie in the recessed mouth or front of the lure. The lure has two trailing treble hooks one secured with a rimless cup the other attached with the screw in loop at the rear of the lure. The lure shown in the photo gallery below is shown with the earlier correctly stamped on the end model box, and can be found in a plastic topped one later on as well. 

Barracuda Blooper Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:33:31+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Barracuda Blooper Lure

Springfield Novelty Reel Lure

Springfield Novelty Reel Lure

The Springfield Novelty Reel Lure was first introduced around 1932. If the antique lure looks familiar, it should. Its strangely similar to the other barber pole lure the Charmer lure. Both companies just happened to be from Springfield Missouri 2  decades apart. Well, to muddy the water a bit, Adolph Kunz partner to Stanley Myers in the Springfield Novelty lure company was an employee of the Charmer Minnow Company some 20 years earlier. So when no direct conclusion can be drawn we can certainly imply the reason they look so much like a half a Charmer lure is because of said association.

The Reel Lure is a shorter lure at just 2″ in length with a forward weighted keel sinker just behind the front line tie. The no eyed wooden lure had a treble hook hanging from the front line tie as well as a treble hook right behind the rear prop to secure its catch when caught. The lure was available in a few different colors and colored stripe versions. The Patent Number for the reel lure was 1,931,932 and was granted in 1933.


Springfield Novelty Reel Lure Photo Gallery

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Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

The Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure was first introduced to the Florida lure market around 1950. As Jim continued to expand, create and sell his successful creations. Having been in business by this point for over two decades he creates a lure very similar to that of the Orlando Shiner line. The large Dilly lure shown is made of wood and measures around 4″ in length. The lure can be found with Jim’s name stenciled on the belly.

The Pfeffer Dilly can be found in and outstanding amount of colors, over 50! Just keeping track of all those variations when inventorying or ordering would prove a feat in and of itself. This alone makes it a super lure to collect as with the different size, color, and hardware variants, one can spend many many years building out this antique lure collection. The Dilly like the other Pfeffer antique lures came only with painted eyes. The lure had two trebles one belly and one rear trailing, both using the typical screw eye and cup rig hook hardware. The lure has belly weights to get it down to the depths where it provides a vibrating type action to entice its catch.

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:36:16+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

The Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure comes from a company whose lure history dates back into the early 1920’s. The Dunks Chipmunk lure lands on the opposite side of the time line dating to the late 1930’s early 1940’s. We’ve seen many lure makers over time try to mimic that what nature creates. Be it insects, bugs and smaller creatures, fishermen throughout time have tried to match the hatch, for a fly rod term. The Dunks line of the swim a lure series was that as well, from insects to creatures Mr. Dunkelberger after the merger with Carters created this series line up.

The Chipmunk is a multi segmented wooden lure measuring in at around 5″ in length. The antique lure has painted eyes and two trebles to secure its catch. The lure is crudely painted to match the colors of a typical northern chipmunk, probably more to catch a fisherman buying lures than the muskie or great northern pike it was intended for. The lure has a large diving plane or lip that can be adjusted by the fisherman to swim or dive depending on its placement. The whole series of 11 lures in the swim a lure line up had this feature. I dont think Ive ever seen a complete collection of these, and if you have one I would live to see them. Even just singles inside this line up as they don’t come around too often.

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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Shur Strike Crab Lure

Shur Strike Crab Lure

This Shur Strike Crab Lure was first introduced around 1938. This Shur Strike minnow was made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana and given a series model, CR. This wooden, antique minnow measures 2 3/4″ in length, and can be found in both Glass & Tack eyes. The lure bears striking similarities to the Heddon Crab Wiggler with it’s own flash and flare.

The lure was produced a rear line tie and the traditional rounded diving lip. This antique lure has trailing feelers/antenna to mimic crawdad series. This antique Shur Strike uses two screw eyes to secure the two treble hooks the lure has. The Lure is painted in a series 18 Color, which is a beautiful Silver Flash, an coincides with the same Silver Flash Creek Chub used. This has always been one of my favorite Shur Strike Lures

Shur Strike Crab Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:40:38+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Crab Lure

Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

The Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200 series lure is the Bass Size offering. Fred Rinehart of Newark Ohio, began producing this middle size version around 1940, three years after he (technically) started his business. The Bass size Jinx would be produced for over two decades, or 22 years to be more precise. This plastic made lure measures just 2 1/4″ in length and two trebles for securing the fish. The lure was originally made for dual purpose. By adjusting the screw in the diving lip you could turn it from a lure that swims to deep depths and the other way to produce a mode top water oriented lure.

There are a few different version of boxes you can find them paired with from the early Blue and white to the later red & yellow, and sandwiched in the middle is the more recognized tri-color, fish jumping flavor. The Rinehart Jinx can be a fun one to collect as they came in a sizable host of various colors, and not only will the colors differ from each other, but lures similar in color may vary by the location or which factory produced it. As you peel back the layers of the Rinehart Jinx you learn of the 3 different distinctive eras which had different molds and processes. The Jinx can provide many years of enjoyment collecting it with the box and paper and color differences and usually are a little more wallet friendly for the cost conscoiuus.

Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

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Shur Strike Plunker Lure

Shur Strike Plunker Lure

The Shur Strike Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1938. This antique fishing lure made by Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana was labeled under the Shur Strike lure line up. The wooden fishing lure was a copy of the famous Creek Chub lure, and was actually fashioned like the early humpback Creek Chub versions. The antique fishing lure is wooden and measure in at 3″ and weighs a 1/2 oz. The Plunker lure utilizes the cup rig to secure its center treble and uses the screw eye to secure the rear trailing treble hook. This vintage Shur Strike lure was a top water fished lure with glass eyes and a single forward line tie which was inset into its concave mouth.

This Shur Strike Plunker is in frog spot finish which was available in its introductory year 1938 then reappeared in 1941. Frog spot is a desirable color even though it was one of the original 9 standard finishes on this antique lure. This Shur Strike was assigned a model PL for Plunker.

Shur Strike Plunker Lure Photo Gallery

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Goo Goo Eyes Lure

Goo Goo Eyes Lure

The Goo Goo Eyes Lure is another one of those lures from the golden age of Striper fishing in New England. Leo Cooper of Stamford Connecticut who’s creation born from his passion of fishing for striper, turned his personal creations into a business sometime between 1956 and 1958. These surf casting lures came in a few shapes and size albeit all with the tell tale large bulbous eyes.

These eyes were actually said to have been found by Cooper’s friend who was a pilot, Art Glowka, on a trip to Hong Kong. This tool and die maker turned inventor would also Call these Jac-Pot lures. In 1967 the state record for striped Bass at 73 pounds would be caught by Charles Cinto, thus propelling Coopers sales alongside the ensuing media and word of mouth tsunami shared among fisherman and boat captains alike. The lure is shown in it’s correct box marked for a Blue Eel,  #50JT and I believe is either the first or the second style of the 4 different eye variations used on this antique fishing lure.

Leo Cooper Goo Goo Eyes Lure Gallery


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Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Here is a great Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card assortment. These rare cards are seldom seen especially in this new old stock condition. The item dates to the turn of the century or a few years after. The lures and flies are carefully tied on the reverse of the card.

Joe Pepper’s

Big Four


Are Sure Winners

A Great Killer for Wall Eye, Pike and Bass,

Troll Slow and Deep

2017-09-02T13:34:13+00:00 August 26th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Kurz Buck Skin Lure

Kurz Buck Skin Lure

The Kurz Buck Skin Lure is over 100 years old. Given that it is a piece of folded rawhide it looks pretty darn good for being over the century mark. The Kurz Bros. Co. were based in Chicago, Illinois @1369-89 North Branch Street.and during a time in the mid teens where lure inventors experienced making lures our of everything from glass to metal it would only be logical the someone would choose raw hide.

The Kurz Buck skin lure is essentially a folded piece of rawhide. The lure claims that when fished it has a lifelike softness. The antique lure was made in three different sizes, two of which are shown below. The lure was painted in three different finishes as well, Silver , Gold (Shown Below) & Brown (Shown Below). The Buck Skin Lure uses a steel rivet to hold the pieces together, and small weight inserted between the two layers on the bottom. The lure has a single upwardly turned fixed hook midway on the top portion of the lure.

Kurz Buck Skin Paperwork Kurz Buck Skin Paperwork

Kurz Buck Skin Bait

Embodying an Entirely New Principle in Artificial Bait

Real Skin

Strong, Raw calf or buckskin, treated under a special formula, so that it will soften in cold water to produce the effect and touch of a living fish – that is the idea behind Kurz Buck Skin Bait.

Fish Like Shape and Color

Every line of the typical living bait is reproduced and the resulting shape is artistically painted by hand to simulate natural color.

Animated Motion

By a Scientific balance arrangement, Kurz Buck Skin Baits ride with a never failing natural motion. Further, they clear themselves of all weeds and other obstructions amazingly effecting catches in fertile spots where other popular baits fail to function.


In every action and appearance like live bait, Kurz Buck Skin baits are equally effective, but, never dying nor loosing thier animation, they are in that way far superior to Natural Bait. Kurz Buck Skin Baits can be used over and over again any number of times with no deterioration whatsoever.

See Important Note and Prices on Reverse Side

Dealers Everywhere

Kurz Bros. Co.

1369-89 North Branch Street

Chicago, USA                      Patent Applied For  

Kurz Buck Skin Paperwork Kurz Buck Skin Paperwork


No. 40 – Buck Skin Minnow Price $0.85

For Bass, Pike, Etc.

4/0 Hollow Point Sproat Hook – Length 3 1/2in. Weight 3/4oz

No. 6 – Junior Buck Skin Minnow Price $0.60

For FLy Rod Casting – Bass, Trout Crappie, etc

No. 6 Hollow Point Sproat Hook – Length 1 7/8in. Weight 1/12oz

Made in the Following color combinations:

2017-09-02T13:35:15+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Kurz Buck Skin Lure

Dam Mouse Antique Lure

Dam Mouse Antique Lure

The Dam Mouse Antique Lure is a neat little lure. Dam a German fishing tackle company has been around since the late 1800’s in some form. Widely popular with European collectors Dam can kind of be equated to our Abbey and Imbrie. More notably known for their version of spinning reels in America they also made or imported and sold lures as well. Yes they had original products but the also took other products and made them their own by either changing certain features, or painting them in their own fishes. T

This first DAM mouse lure is an example of that. The lure is a Heddon mouse, where by items such as the lip has been changed as well as surface hardware added. The wooden mouse, has beaded eyes, screwed in leather ears and a leather rope inserted for the tail. This antique mouse lure uses two double hooks to secure its catch when caught. The second DAM Mouse lure seems to mimic in construction the Heddon flocked or F4000 series mouse. The same notable differences being the screw in ears and most notably its smaller size. 

Dam Mouse Antique Lure Photo Gallery


2017-09-02T13:55:05+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Dam Mouse Antique Lure

Snook Minnow Lure

Snook Minnow Lure

The Snook Minnow Lure is a creation of Bob Ousley. Bob, a technician for Sears whose job eventually would transplant him from Tennessee to Florida had many hobbies. A man whose who careers and hobbies intersected and involved the use of his hands. To be handy in trades and his endeavors from stock cars, to motor cycles to spear fishing and collecting tropical fish would ultimately lead him to the Snook. While many were and still are lured (Pun Intended) to the sea via the magical and mystical properties and tales of the Tarpon, Bob would become enchanted with the Snook.

The Snook is a fish whose habitat extends from the Coast of Georgia, Florida, throughout the Gulf and even on down to the Brazilian coast line. The Snook itself does not prefer the coastline, it finds solace in the estuaries, inland tributaries, coastal ponds and Island Networks. The Snook is said to have an uncanny ability to detect abnormalities in its environment and will use such environmental factors from things such as the waters salinity to decide where it will make its habitat.

Bob would become enamored with the snook and fishing for it, like many other lure makers created his lure to fit a need. He wanted a lure that when fished would run 3-5″ under the water and run true. In 1965 he created his first Snook Minnow Lure. Bob’s familiarity with the snook would be evident in his creation of three different sized lures. The Snook is a predator who eating habits are in direct correlation with its own size. As the snook grows, so does its prey. Bob’s snook minnow not only filled his need, but when his friends and fishing partners would come to see it, they wanted to fish with Bob’s Snook as well. The demand for Bobs Snook would outweigh Bob’s ultimate ambition to become a large quanity lure maker.

The lure itself would gain another name as well as Bob a new Partner in 1969, George Turner, the Snook Minnow would transform the Snook to the Magician. The lure can be found in many variations, from the early versions having glass eyes to later painted eye. The Snook Minnow can range in size from 2 3/4″ to 4 3/8″ and the Magician relatively the same but with small differences. It can be found with cup hardware and simple wired though hardware. There are roughly a half dozen different colors of flavors you can collect. While commercializing the Bob O Tackle Co., would open new outlets of distribution for the Snook/Magician, it would never reach the same numbers as some of the other large Florida Lure makers such as Pfeffer, or Robinson or Eger.

Bob’s story does not end with the Snook minnow, should you like to read or learn more. Bill Stuarts books “Florida Lures and Their Makers” is available for purchase, by contacting Bill Stuart […]

2017-09-02T13:58:50+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Snook Minnow Lure

Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog

Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection

We have a historic Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection in on Consignment, and available for sale over the next couple weeks. Over 40 Messinger Frog’s, no 2 exactly the same a life collection of a fellow NFLCC club member. We’ve been given an opportunity to not only help sell it, but to photograph it, and share the story and works of a legendary fly tier. I will add to this original post over the next few weeks and re-post as the items are photographed, roughly once a week so by the end the collection will be view-able on this one page.

Messinger is said to have begun tying Flies as early as 1910. Jim Dean Writes “He certainly had no inkling that his passionate love of fly fishing and deer hair frogs he’d been tying since 1910 would soon lead him to his life’s work.Nor would he have guessed his innovative bugs would influence the style of every deer hair frog pattern that followed”

Joe Messinger Jr tells us in a American Angler article

…”When my dad returned home to West Virginia from the US Army after World War I, he began working on a artificial Deer Hair Frog. He originated the technique he used to tie the frog and it resulted in a very effective imitation of the real thing. Although the lure became popular with anglers through out this country and beyond, the technique that he created for tying the frog and other deer hair patterns to follow, remained a mystery to most tyers. Even those who have carefully dissected the lure in attempts to discover my fathers tying technique have been frustrated in trier efforts.”

…”The method developed by my dad to tie the body is unique and is nothing like the more common hair spinning or stacking methods you may be familiar with. Spinning hair onto a hook allows radial color separation but does not permit lateral separation, while stacking allows lateral color separation.

…”My fathers technique allows lateral as well as radial color separation and produces a fly with exceptional durability”

Messinger Meadow Frog Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Photo Gallery

Messinger Bucktail Popper Frog Fly

Messinger Fly Collection Gallery

2017-09-02T14:04:18+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|1 Comment

Aqua Sport Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure

Aqua Sport Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure

This Aqua Sport Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure was a neat novelty of its time. As I had noted in the article about the Glop Lure Storm began with the two Brothers Gary and William in 1964. After 1968 brother Richard also joined the company. It wasn’t until 1970 the the Storm Lure Company founded another name to sell novelty baits under. That name, Aqua Sport, and had a PO box in Noble Oklahoma, not very far from Norman where they started. Aqua Sport would also be short lived and its name would be changed 5 years later in 1975 to the Tubby Tackle Company. Little did the brothers know that they were laying the foundation for their small Oklahoma based business that would someday be bought out by the world wide giant of fishing tackle Rapala.

The Aqua Sport Diving Doodle Bug antique fishing lure, a novelty lure like we have seen before that used bubbles for propulsion or attractants. Many are familiar with the the Bubble Sally, Bubble Minnie, Bleeder antique lures that uses insert able pills for one reason or another. The lure was made of Plastic and had a trailing rubber skirt that would use pills as the fisherman reeled the lure in as an attractant. The tail portion of the lure would unscrew allowing you to insert a tablet. These lures like the Glop weren’t destined to set any antique lure sales records and soon would disappear as would the Aqua Sport company.

Shown below is a neat salesman or store display that they used to show the lure in action, not many of these buckets exist.

Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure Store Display Tester

Aqua Sport Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure


2017-08-09T12:38:00+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Aqua Sport Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure

Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure

Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure

The Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure is the smallest of the three sizes of Cripples produced by Jim Pfeffer. Jim Pfeffer, Florida Lure maker who history begins in Rome Ny would not make his way to Orlando until 1925, at the age of 1939. As far as Florida lure makers its hard to tell the story without Jim Pfeffer. His artistic impression, his artistic influence with other lure makers, his distribution model, his honor to hold to a promise being put above potential profits. Bill Stuart has dozens of pages of information about Jim, a person some refer to as the James Heddon of Florida lures.

The Spin Cripple is a lure that is just what its name conveys. It definitely didn’t have the resources allocated to the line development as say the Banana or the Orlando Shiner. But its also produced in the mid 1930’s when other giant lure companies we having a windfall on the success of “Injured Minnow” & “SOS” style lures. But much said to Pfeffer’s style and distribution, he dint ramp things up to sell across the country, he kept his agreements in place, even reportedly having turned down and sent back a check for $1200 to Abbey & Imbrie who wanted to buy 100 assorted baits.

The Spin Cripple is a small wooden antique lure, only measuring 2 3/4″ in length and weighing in at 4/10th of an ounce.  The wooden lure was made in a flt style with upturned sides to allow the antique lure to lay and fish on its side. The lure has the lure dual props both fore and aft, it had only room for 2 Trebles or 2T, the rigging a countersunk screw eye without tradition cups. The lure had no belly weight allowing the lure to float and fish from the top of the water . Laying on its side like an injured slab or fish. Stuart states on page 72 of Florida Lure Makers and Their Lures, the Cripple Series are “Scarce in the larger size and extremely rare in the other sizes”. The lure is in the standard Bass Scale color Dark Green Back with Yellow Belly.

Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure Photo Gallery

2017-09-02T14:05:34+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure

Miss Golddigger Lure

Miss Golddigger Lure

The Miss Golddigger Lure was the invention of Jodell White. Jodell was a simple man, who grew up during the depression. As we have seen before the countries economic woes would supplant many families, including the White’s. Jodell’s family was forced to move around during his early years as many families would experience a consolidation of the family structure to maintain and survive. Jodell growing up on the move, would find himself like so many others of that era part of the great American wartime machine. He would find his mate and his enlistment early on in the 1940’s. After his enlistment and marriage would both come to an end Jodell, like in his early years would find employment and his life around his family.

It was during this period of his life, Jodell would also find fishing lures as an expression of his artistry. Bill Stuart writes in Vol. III of his historical works “Florida Lure Makers and Their Lures” (If you don’t have this series YOU NEED to find and buy them, the information included is a life’s work)  that the base configuration or Golddigger primary material was a type of plastic or acrylic used for making denture base’s. This plastic material would be poured into the mold, with it materials that would provide for some of the oddities that create the lures look. Almost so that I would say that not too many lures would turn our alike in the early years.

The Miss Golddigger, a plastic lure measures 2 3/8 in length as two smaller sized trebles affixed to the body via screw eye. The lure has painted eyes and a small diving lip. The lure can be found in two different type structures, the first a more flexible plastic, and the second the more common rigidity most lures would come to be. This was done by interfering and interjecting midway in the cooling of process of the Golddigger lure itself. The lure can be found in a few different colors with different materials inserted to provide different looks.

Jodell never patented his creation, and when life like so many times for Jodell took a turn and a new location, he sold the Golddigger to Humdinger an Ocala based lure maker. There are at least 3 differnt types of boxes for the Golddigger, a 2 Piece cardboard box, which is its earliest, then would come a box where Humding would use a simple label to cover up and provide its information shown in the gallery below. The Miss Golddigger antique fishing lure is not an easy one to come by so can provide years of collecting to amass them in any number.

Miss Golddigger Photo Gallery

2017-09-02T14:07:02+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Miss Golddigger Lure

Four Tees Dolphin Lure

Four Tees Dolphin Lure

This lure is a Four Tees Dolphin lure. This antique fishing lure was made by William of Bill Bales from Tampa Florida in the early 1930’s. Like many lure makers lore begins with a pocket knife and necessity, we hear the same of William’s. As with many Americans in the throws of the great depression, having the luxury and stability of a job and a paycheck was supplanted by the country’s economic woes. The commonplace of structure and the normality and mundane securities  for even this Electro-lux  salesman would change. Had it not been for this, William and his bride, may have never made the journey from Ohio to Tampa. Had it not been for these unfortunate circumstance, it would certainly have changed his place at the table of history as a Florida lure maker.

His home like so many other craftsman, would grow to become the production epicenter. Out of the back of his shop at 705 East Broad Street a dream was turned into reality. This company was not without its debtor’s, for to take his operation from a pocket knife to ban saw would never have happened the way it did, had it not been for his then friend & financier Mr. Leach, and his $150 loan. This loan would carry grave consequences that later on would rattle and change the foundation of not only their friendship, but of the Four Tee’s Bait Company.

The Four Tees name stands for “The Topper That Tops”. The Four Tees is made of wood in the fashion of a Dolphin and has a notched mouth. The Dolphin is said to have been first lure in production, our no eyed example below is an early one, the larger of the 2 measuring in around 3 3/4″in length. The smaller of this series being called the Baby Dolphin. The antique Florida lure has 3 treble hooks attached via simple eye screw rigging. You notice that odd staple inserted over the belly rig, this was to keep the lures hooks from tangling during casting. Positioned right above the mouth is the single forward line tie. The lure was first made with no eyes, then later would be equipped with painted eyes, both examples can be seen in the gallery below. The lure is marked or stenciled in red with its name on the underside of the lure.

The lure first would come housed in a wooden box, that was left over inventory from another maker, would transition to a 2Pc Cardboard Box and finally would become housed in a plastic topped non-descript cardboard bottom box that was stenciled on the top plastic with the name of the lure maker on it.

Four Tees Dolphin Lure Photo Gallery

2017-09-02T14:08:46+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Four Tees Dolphin Lure

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

The Bagley Bass N Shad Lures were first introduced in 1984 and 1985 respectively. Made by the Bagley Bait Company which draws its roots from Winter Haven Florida in a sense. I say that because Jim Bagley Had purchased his first Company in 1954 from “The Dean Brothers” in Georgia. The lures were given the model D92 as a designation and were offered in a standard version and a Deep Dive versions that is credited to famous fisherman Bill Dance. Its said these deep divers ran at a depth of 12 feet.

The colors of the lures are Fluorescent Green Head With Chrome Body Code FGRC and Fluorescent Yellow With Chrome Body.

These Bagley Lures have taken off over the last few years in popularity and desirability, as they should. Jim Bagley got his start in the Pork Rind business in the 1950s. The lures would come later in the year 1960 as Jim came out with a line of a half a dozen lures. The lures still to this day are sought not only by collectors but professional fisherman alike.

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

2017-08-07T08:06:37+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

Shur Strike Pike Lure

Shur Strike Pike Lure

This version Shur Strike Pike Lure was first introduced around 1933 – 1936. This antique lure creation a extension of the Creek Chub Bait Company under the Shur Strike name. The Pike was essentially a similar design of the Creek Chub Pikie minnow that had gained worldwide popularity by this point. The lure was given the P designation for the model. The lure was made of wood and measures approximately 4 1/4″ and weighs in at 3/4 oz. The lure had 2 trebles the forward being held in with cup rig and the rear a screw eye hanger. The lures diving lip was inserted into the lure that held the lures single line tie, just forward of the lures glass eyes. 

The Lure is in of my favorite Shur Strike colors, color code 10, Green Gar. The example in the gallery below shows just how pretty this lure color can be. The Green Gar color was only used for one year on the Shur Strike Minnow making it quite tough to come by. The Green Gar is similar but distinctly different from the Shur Strike Green Scale.

The lure comes housed in its equally hard to find early Green,Yellow and Black Box. The Box besides being stamped correctly on the end bears the NRA stamp. For those unfamiliar, the National Industrial Recovery Act (NRA) was a law passed by the United States Congress in 1933 to authorize the President to regulate industry in an attempt to raise prices after severe deflation and stimulate economic recovery. This combo is certainly a neat to any vintage or antique fishing lure collection.

Creek Chub Shur Strike Pike Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-25T07:23:24+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Pike Lure

Trenton Surface Doodler Lure

Trenton Surface Doodler Lure

The Trenton Surface Doodler Lure was introduced around 1946. From the same company that brought us the Mad Mouse we have highlighted before, The Trenton Manufacturing Company, Located in Trenton Ohio. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 2 5/8″ in length. The lure seems to take it shape from crossing a Heddon Crazy Crawler and a Arbogast jitterbug lure.

The lure has a single forward line tie attached to it’s tapering “V” Shaped hull face giving way to its rounded body. The lure has two fixed aluminum wings extending out horizontally to its body which would create a surface popping motion when retrieved. The Surface Doodler has two treble hooks to secure its catch, one about mid line on the bottom of the lure secured with a surface hardware, the second trailing the fishing lure. The lure can be found in different colors and has its name stenciled on its back.

A change was made in 1949, the naming of the Surface Doodler was transitioned to the Gurgle Head. I’m unsure as to why the change was initiated, maybe for patent or commercial reasons. You’ll find the later ones marked Gurglehead on the back such as the black example below.

Trenton Surface Doodler Lure Photo Gallery


2017-07-25T07:26:49+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Trenton Surface Doodler Lure

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure Heart Shaped Spoon

This is an early Charles Hibbard Antique Lure. Charles A Hibbard of Grand Rapids Michigan was one of the pre 1900’s antique lure makers. This heart shaped spinner or spoon bears the stamp Hibbard, Pat March 25, 84. Hibbard became part of the L.S. Hill Company in 1879 and may have gone on his own not long after.

Both Hill and Hibbard lures featured patents that used or were center around a way to keep the spinner or spoon blade away from the shaft of the lure upon retrieval. The heart shaped spinner employs the use of his patented device. The Patent was number 295,758 and was granted on March 25th 1884.  You can find a few variations of Hibbard’s spoons, some that look like the typical L.S. Hill willow leaf, another in the shape of a fish and this one. Any that you find are not a common by any means.

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-29T08:45:06+00:00 June 29th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Charles Hibbard Antique Lure

Clewell Snakerbait Lure

Clewell Snakerbait Lure

The Clewell Snakerbait Lure was first introduced in 1926. Robert L Clewell from Canton, Ohio came up with this strange looking antique fishing lure that is very sought after by antique lure collectors. This painted early form of plastic or rubber wound or built onto a wire harness, in the shapes of a snake, or an earth worm measures 4 1/4″ in length. The antique lure features three standard removable or detachable hooks was well as a suspended weight that acts as a keel to prevent line twist upon retrieval. The Snakerbait was available in only three different colors, the red shown in the gallery and a green color and brown.

The Snakerbait shown below comes with its equally tough to find Orange and black border box. The box states “Snake Em Out With a Snakerbait”. Exclaiming, “For bass, pike or any game fish that will eat eel or a night crawler or that will fight a snake, the natural fish enemy. Reel Slowly. Give the fish a chance to wollup it”. It calls the weighted keel a “Roller Bearing Swivel”. The end flap of the lure box read that it’s a number 4. I assume that it’s for the burnt red-ish orange color.

Mr. Clewell also patented a Jointed head Snakerbait antique fishing lure, however non has ever been found to my knowledge. However, a picture of the patent for the Jointed Snakerbait can be seen in the Patent gallery below. Mr. Clewell also created the Big Mouth Min Lure, a Frogerbait and a few fly fishing lures. Robert was a one man show working out of his house to create and sell his antique fishing lures. Its written he was only in business less than a decade exiting around 1934.

 This actual Snakerbait Lure,  Box and Bait combo came out of Mr. Clewell’s estate with a group that had been in a safe deposit box for decades, thus explaining it’s wonderful condition and lack of box fading. It’s a wonderful honor as a lure collector to own a piece of history like this and to share the story and history of Robert Clewell and his Snakerbait.

Clewell Snakerbait Lure Photo Gallery

Clewell Snakerbait Lure Patent Gallery

2017-06-28T16:45:54+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Clewell Snakerbait Lure

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

The Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1924. This antique fishing lure was fashioned by Charles W. Lane of Madrid, New York. Charles Lane a prominent resident of Madrid was known locally as a fine clock maker and jeweler. The Wag-tail wobbler lure was hand painted in shades of green, silver and brown with scale marks running along the sides to mimic natural scaling. This painted eye lure measures close to 2 3/4″ in length.

The Wagtail featured a scooped front lip over the mouth where the single forward line tie is. The bait was used to entice medium size game fish such as large mouth bass and pike. Its often found with a leader already attached to the line tie. The antique lure features a hinged rear metal tail and two belly hooks secured with a cup rig style hardware to secure its prey. This lure can be found with a few different hardware, color, and body variations.

Charles Lane had already had a successful venture with the Lanes Automatic Minnow and the Lane’s Harness prior to the production of the Wagtail Wobbler antique lure. I’ve often wondered if the books didn’t have the wrong information about the Wagtail Wobbler, and its date of production being almost a dozen years after the Automatic Minnow.

Madrid New York, is a small far north town built upon the Grass River. The Grass River like so many others in Upstate NY receives its water or is a feeder from the mighty St Lawrence.  The area boasted a population of around 1200-1600 in the early part of the 20th century when Charles Lane made his residence. Like many who made the North Country as its sometimes referred to, the primary occupations were logging and farming. Akin to the early fishing lure industry all were dependent on the waterway. The Grass River gave birth to a healthy population of Small Mouth Bass, Pike, Walleye, and the North Country’s prize, Muskellunge.

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-25T10:09:21+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

The Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure was first introduced in 1929. This antique fishing lure invented by Harry Kimmich of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Harry (John) Kimmich was not a lure inventor full-time. He owned a tire shop downtown, the “Kimmich Tire Shop.” We see this with a lot of miscellaneous lure makers, while it was in their heart and in their work, it just was hard to make a long time income out of it. Such is the story of many artisans and was also of the Kimmich mouse, as it wouldn’t be around very long, less than a decade.

The Kimmich Special Mouse lure has a wooden head and beaded glass eyes. The back half of the lure was a stacked or died hair as shown with both examples. There was even a version of the mouse that was a hairless wooden mouse lure. The lure had one treble hook attached at the center of the body using a screw eye hanger and the rear hanging from the rear of the bait.  The Kimmich Mouse had a forward line tie and a diving lip.

The Kimmich examples below are both shown in their respective boxes. The lure and box combos are accompanied by the corresponding paperwork stating the feature function and benefits of use of the Kimmich Special Mouse. On one long end flap the box states, “A Mouse Bucktail Bait with real Motion. The Big Fellows Just Cant Pass It Up.” On the opposite end it states, “The Bait The Old Timers Have Been Waiting For.”

Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure Photo Gallery

Kimmich Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-23T07:12:13+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

Its hard to find a antique lure more identifiable than the Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure. Having two locations then fits with the two names you will find associated with Bite-Em Lures. The lures can be found with both spellings of the word Bate & Bate. The first location for the Company was in Warsaw, Indiana and coincides with the 1917 time frame. The other more popular address found is of course the Ft. Wayne, Indiana location circa 1920. The Bite-Em Bait at first glance looks some what simplistic until one holds and examines the lure more.

The Bite Em Bait lure made its appearance around 1917, is made of wood and is a solid one piece construction. Void of any eyes this conical shaped lure is larger at the front and tapering to just a bit bigger the the wire holding it at its slimmest point. The wooden portion of the lure measures roughly 2 7/8″. The widest portion or front face of the lure is not flat or sloping as most antique fishing lures are. The face of the lure is what I would call spiral in shape, and instead of using a propeller uses the groves in it’s face to displace the water and rotate on its shaft.

The wooden plug rests or should I say rotates on a thin wire pin inserted into the hollow center of the lure. Both the front and the rear portions of the insert are connected via a simple wire apparatus or armature. This thin wire travels from the front to the rear of the lure and even is designed to act as its hook hardware. While simple in nature it really is complex in its workings both in design and strength. The wire even using a series of loops to create the forward line tie.

The Bite Em Bait, or Bite Em Bait, whichever you prefer can be found painted using enameled Reds, Whites, Blacks, and Golds. The lures are painted on the axis or in fashion and conducive to the rotation of the lure.

Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:44:38+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure

Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure

This is a Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler lure. This a product was made by Leo Wise out of Detroit, Michigan. This antique Leo Wise Lure is a multi segmented fishing lure measuring 4 5/8″ in length. The composition is wood, with the a typical Wise fine Splatter enamel paint finish. The lure has two trailing treble hooks. Both being attached the the rear of the lure by wire loop eyelets that screw into the bait. Off the front segment of the lure is a half painted trailing spinner attached just under the diagonal flat face cut of the Wobbler.

The line tie itself is mounted inset into the front face of the lure as well. The lure has a stationary spinner for the lack of better word an aft keel on the back to improve its wobbling motion. Wise, best know for his mice and frog antique lures is a sought after lure maker should you come across his products. The lure came with a non descriptive box that I was never able to verify if it was or wasn’t original to the antique Leo Wise Wobbler Lure.

Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-15T13:17:54+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure

AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure

AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure

The AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure is one I dont see very often in Oklahoma. This wooden antique fishing lure has made quite a journey beginning in Canada. The lure was created – invented and patented by August W. Saarimaa. This unique lure dates to the early 1940’s along with its brethren the Muskie Head. Its is written the August began his lure making in Lansing, Ontario. The unique looking wooden lure uses a deep diving lip that is inserted into the mouth of the bait that then flanges outward making almost a 1/4″ rounded wing until it is even with the eyes. This I would think was thought of as a to stabilize the antique fishing lure as it makes its dive.

The Fish Hawk lure uses the strength of the metal diving lip by directly attaching two of its three treble hooks. The rear hook uses a simple screw eye to attach to the rear of the bait. The antique fishing lure continues its construction with the use of Nail Tack eyes, the lure can be found with painted eyes as well. The Fish-Hawk was produced in a host of colors advertising 10 finishes such as:

1 – Silver Flash
2 – Brown Pike
3 – Perch Scale Black Stripe
4 – Yellow Perch Scale
5 – Red & White
6 – Orange & Black
7 – Yellow & Red
8 – Herring Scale (Shown Below)
9 – Yellow with Red Ribs
10 – Yellow & Black

The Fish-Hawk Antique Lure was advertised to have been made in a 4 different sizes including a fly rod or fly fishing size. The smallest size would use only the two side hooks and absent the rear. August would go on to produce a half dozen other lures such as the Sarde, the Dabble, Giant Pikie, Jointed Pikie. Somewhere in his lure making process the company was moved to Willowdale, Ontario. August and his lures slowly faded from the fishing industry leaving us some wonderful antique lures to collect including its Fish Hawk.

AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:47:02+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

The Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow is certainly a beauty to behold. It has all the qualities of a classic fishing lure. This wooden antique lure was produced in two different models a 3″, 3 Hook and a 4″ 5 Hook minnow. I was reading a 1904 issue of National Sportsman today and I ran across an add in the back of the magazine for one.

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

All the record catches in Kalamazoo lakes and rivers were made with this minnow in the 1903 season. Hooks guaranteed not to tangle. Fred D. Rhodes, 116 Bush Street Kalamazoo, Michigan

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Ad Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Ad


“Collector Bill Sonnet dug up this great ad from the 1903 Kalamazoo City Directory”

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Fred D. Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Lure Patent Papers

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Patent Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Patent

SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 777,488, dated December 13, 1904. Application filed Nove ber 2, 1903. Serial No. 179,521. (No model.)

T0 at whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRED D. Rnonns, a citizen of the United States, residing at the city of Kalamazoo, county of Kalamazoo, State of Michigan, have invented certain new and use ‘ful Improvements in Fish Baits 0r Lures, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to improvements in fish baits or lures.

The objects of this invention are, first, to provide an improved fish bait or lure which is adapted for use as a surface or as a casting bait and also as a deep-water or as a trolling bait; second, to provide an improved fish bait or lure which may be readily adjusted to regulate the depth at which the same shall run in the water; third, to provide an improved fish bait or lure adapted to’maintain its proper upright position in the water; fourth, to provide, in a fish bait or lure, an improved means of securing the hooks in position.

Further objects and objects relating to structural details will definitely appear from the detailed description to follow.

ll accomplish the objects of my invention by the devices and means described in the following specification.

The invention is clearly defined, and pointed out in the claims.

A structure embodying the features of my invention is clearly illustrated in the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, in which— Figure 1 is a side elevation view of my improved fish bait or lure. Fig. 2 is a detail transverse sectional view taken on a line corresponding to line 2 2 of Fig. 1 looking in the direction of the little arrows at the ends of the […]

2017-06-17T14:05:00+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

Neon Mickey Antique Fishing Lure

Neon Mickey Antique Fishing Lure

The Neon Mickey Antique Fishing Lure was first introduced in 1955. This novelty type lure was born by the Neon Mickey Company out of Oregon. This plastic fishing lure measures 4″ in length and was available in a few primary colors. The purpose or guise of the Neon Mickey was that when the lure moved it would cause a reaction with the Mercury and Gas inside and make the lure glow. The lure is shaped like most of the traditional style salmon plugs and has two treble hooks to secure its prey.

The lure comes in a plastic clam shell type box that has written on the sides, “Neon Mickey Lights as it Swims”

The paperwork exclaims:

The Deeper it goes the Brighter is Glows!
The Neon Mickey lure was designed for casting or Trolling. It can be used for salt or freshwater fishing. Not just another plug the Neon Mickey actually lights as it swims. To see it light up take it into a dark room and shake. For best results in trolling place the sinker from 3 to 6 feet from the nose of the plug. Depending on weight of sinker depth and trolling speed. Nylon mono-filament is preferred to steel leader. No weights are required for shallow trolling. For casting it is a natural as it floats and pops. This plug is a fish getter if properly used. If you are a moocher or still fisherman or fish under ice don’t fail to try our Amazing Glowbug.

Neon Mickey Antique Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:58:16+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Neon Mickey Antique Fishing Lure

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