Miscellaneous Lure Makers

//Miscellaneous Lure Makers

Jamison Winged Mascot Lure No 2

Jamison Winged Mascot Lure No. 2

Today I lost one of my best friends who I traveled across country to lure shows for years with. For two decades Joe and I were friends and my list of memories just as long. So many times, at the end of the nights, if neither of us sold much we would dump our lures on the bed and make huge trade piles and just swap lures. We enjoyed each others lure more than any we could usually find at the shows. Joe was a mentor to me and sometimes I thought of him as a friend, other times as a Dad. Joe wasn’t ever afraid to say what he thought and I so loved that about him. He was the first secretary to the National Lure Collectors Club in the 1970’s. Joe taught me priorities and reminded me every time we spoke of what was important and that was family and friends. I’m having a hard time trying to write with tears on my keyboard. He texted me last night telling me he needed to see me as he knew his time was coming, I replied back I could be there today, instead the phone rang today and Joe had passed. Joe was big on history, and his love of the ancillary things we collected gave us both a lot of things to talk about. You will hear me  mention Joe as #itsmystorytotell and will be my way of […]

2016-11-28T19:37:42+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Jamison Winged Mascot Lure No 2

Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

Rhodes Mechanical Frog

The Rhodes Mechanical Frog lure in the correct wooden box combines 2 different things that antique lure collectors get excited about. First off, a wood box lure, who doesn’t like just the sound of that. This antique lure box shows the printed images clearly, and shows the patent date of October 31, 1905 and a second date of July 3rd, 1906 on the end label of the box. It also give you a glimpse in the world of a 100 or century old lure marketing and cataloging with a No. 3 GWF model.

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On the front on the wood box it exclaims; Always Alive, Always Kicking, Never Tires Never Dies.

Secondly in the Combos a great antique frog lure. The Shakespeare Rhodes frog is a early 1900’s rubber frog antique lure that when the line tie is pulled the legs kick. For every good one out there there’s 10 that the legs are broke and unfortunately that’s just the nature of early rubber and fishing lures, time is not on their side. The lure itself dates to around 1909 or before. Shakespeare purchased the rights to this lure from Rhodes. The lure is 3 1/4 inches and can also be found in a cardboard gray picture box. The lure has a weighted abdomen, one forward double hook, and two rear single hooks attached via […]

2016-12-13T08:28:15+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Comments Off on Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

Fly Boy Antique Lure

Fly Boy Antique Lure

The Fly Boy Antique Lure is a neat little fishing lure out of Kansas City Missouri. The lure dates to the early 1970’s and is on what I call the cusp of being antique. I have a hard time calling it antique because we are both the same age and Id rather not like to think of my self as that, although my kids do already.

The plastic lure shown is almost 3 1/4″ in length and has an adjustable diving lip to set the retrieve depth. The lure was available in two different sizes the size shown being the smallest. It ranged in colors from Solid Yellow as shown to Perch, and Bass, Bluegill and Honey and more. The lure is always found in a clear plastic clam shell box.

Fly Boy Antique Lure Photo Gallery

 

2016-12-13T08:32:17+00:00 November 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Fly Boy Antique Lure

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad

Since today’s motif is Turkey, I found  this apropos.

This Skinner Turkey Wing Ad came from 1884. The Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett Company was a large seller of many items fishing tackle included.

GM Skinner Clayton NY

Silver Plated Oval and Kidney Pattern.

These Baits are noted for superior workmanship and piscatorial success. The fluting beautifies, stiffens and preserves the shape. Each Bait is finely plated and mounted with first quality Scarlet Ibis, and other natural color flies, on the very best Brass wire, Treble hooks and Swivels making it the best trolling Spoon Now on the Market. 

Nickled Plated – Oval Pattern Only.

These Spoons are mounted first quality feathered treble hooks and swivels and are all made with the same dies as these in Silver Plate, and will therefore be of standard size. Each Spoon will be stamped with the makers name. 

 

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884 Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

 

2016-11-24T09:17:00+00:00 November 24th, 2016|Comments Off on Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

The Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure was first introduced in 1933. This Creek Chub lure was made in Garrett, Indiana was to be sold under the Shur Strike Lure line up. The lure is quite a unique lure and isn’t a knock of of any Creek Chub lure. The wooden glass eyed lure is a style H, and measures 3 1/2″ in length. The lure was only ever made for its short life span with glass eyes. This wide bodied lure has a sloped or slanted nose which leads to its single forward line tie. The antique lure is 5/8 oz and uses two treble hooks to secure its prey, the forward of which uses cup rig hardware, the rear is secured with screw eye. The lure would have made a great Black Bass slayer.

This antique fishing lure was originally offered in eight standard colors. This yellow and black shown below in the antique lure gallery is very hard to find, and is in a color code #4. This floater diver Shovel Nose lure is a tough lure to come by, and in the condition shown it increases its rarity.

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:38:35+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure

The Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure in first introduced around 1930. The Flapper Crab antique lure was made by The Wright and McGill Company out of Denver Colorado. The lure was available in a few different sizes. The Flapper Crab fishing lure was made from the traditional molded composition that most all its other life like type series of lures were made. The lure has its line tie on the tail portion of the lure, letting it swim or give a life like action in the water. The lure came with antenna and rubber legs. Due to age and use its hard to find these with the rubber legs fully intact.

The two different Flapper Crab lures shown below in their boxes show 2 of the different sizes available one marked 6 to other 10. The two different galleries also highlight the differences in color or shading of the Crab lure. The Box end flaps also tout its guaranteed to get the big ones.

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure Photo Gallery

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Antique Lure Photo Gallery

 

2016-11-20T10:44:37+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure

Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure

Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure

The Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure was also called the Petite Spinner model PS. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1938. Although made by Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana and marketed under the Shur Strike name this was made of good quality. This wooden lure, made with glass eyes measured 2″ in length. The lure featured both a front and rear unmarked propellers consistent with the Shur Strike Line up. The Petite Spinner having two treble hooks, the forward of which used cup style hook hardware and the rear attached to the rear screw eye.

The lure shown below in the gallery is a color code 06, and is defined as a Brown Back Scaled finish in 1933, or Shiner Scale in 1937. This paint finish was even called Dark Scale in 1936. Regardless of indecisive name one thing is clear. The Petite Spinner or Punkinseed is a quality made small underwater minnow made to fish smaller sized fresh water game fish such as black bass.

Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:42:13+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Comments Off on Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure

Keller Gets Em Lure

Keller Gets Em Lure

The Keller Gets Em Lure was first introduced in 1916. Made in Rochester, Indiana this antique fishing lure is just cresting the century old mark. This colorful wooden, antique fishing lure measures in at 3 1/4″ in length. This vintage minnow came in a painted eye and no eye version. The lure has three treble hooks to secure its catch and uses a screw in type hardware. Probably my favorite part of this antique fishing lure is its use of the external belly weight.

Often misidentified and similar to the Meyers & Spellman minnow lures from Shelby Michigan. One of the easiest ways to tell is the shape of the prop. The Keller with come with Keller stenciled on the backbone of the lure. The fishing lure uses two elongated rectangle or square with its tip bent upwards propellers on the for and aft of the antique lure. The lure can be found in a few different color variations of the swirl or sash type color scheme.

Keller Gets Em Lure Photo Gallery

2016-11-17T19:04:14+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Keller Gets Em Lure

Unner Flash Lure

Unner Flash Lure

The Unner Flash Lure was introduced around 1953. This antique wooden lure was made by the O. M. Bait Company out of Hazel Park Michigan. This no eyed lure measures 2″ in length and has two treble hooks to secure its catch. The Unner Flash has a flat downward angling diving lip that has a small-sized flasher attached at the bottom of the lip. Inset into the diving lip is the lures single forward line tie. The lure was a viable in a host of colors besides the blue Scale finish shown.

The antique fishing lure is shown housed in its correct red edged antique lure box. The Box end label is 800 while the edge exclaims, “Unner -Flash casts light reflections on Bottom of the lure. heretofore dark from its own shadow. This makes it extremely effective, try one.” The box also states the lure is effective for Bass, Wall Eyes, Northern Pike and Muskies.

UnnderFlash Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:45:13+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Unner Flash Lure

Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure

Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure

The Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure was introduced in the early 1930’s. The antique fishing lure was given a series code IM. Unlike the Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana Injured Minnows, the Shur Strike antique fishing lure was produced with two treble hooks. The lure hooks used a standard type of cup rigging. This wooden, painted tack eyed, antique injured minnow measures 3 3/4″ in length. As far as propellers the antique lure was produced with only dual unmarked floppy props just like its more expensive cousin.

The Lure is painted in a 09 Color, which is a beautiful Green Scale. The lure not only shows well, its difficult to find in this color and condition. The lure having no belly weight to utilize its natural buoyancy.  It was fashioned just like its more expensive, best selling, Swims On Sides or SOS niche product.

Shur Strike Injured Minnow Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:45:51+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure

Nifty Minne Minnow Tube

Nifty Minne Lure Minnow Tube

The Nifty Minne lure, Circa 1913 falls into the minnow tube lure category. I’ve always spelled the name of this antique lure wrong for years Ill admit it. Minnow lure constraint devices vary from tubes to cages to hooks and pins to hold in place the pray to provide the prey fish in theory the utmost realistic view of a bait fish lure, itself. They were made of materials ranging from leather, to wire to plastic and to glass. Each medium having their own setback or weak point. Take for instance the Detroit Minnow Tube lure, a favorite among antique lure collectors. This Detroit minnow tube lure was made of glass, great for viewing, horrible in practice, especially on the rocks or even in a tackle box, glass is never a good thing.

Joseph Ness of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1913 created what he thought would be an excellent contribution and improvement for a minnow tube, and used a celluloid center.  The lure had 5 trailing treble hooks akin to most underwater casting minnow lures and marked front props. The lure came in whats called a picture box, showing a rendering of the antique lure. The lure itself never really took off as far as bass or musky fisherman were concerned, I’m guessing due to the unstable celluloid after it had faced hot and cold environments would crack and break as well. In saying that this lure was never popular with fisherman, […]

2016-11-08T10:57:20+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Nifty Minne Minnow Tube

Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV

Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV

This a great Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV. CDV or Carte De Viste is a photography format or medium like we a few have discussed before with Samuel Tisdale the Black bass Man. The Carte De Viste CDV was invented and patented by France by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854. This medium of smallish sized card would be supplanted or followed by “cabinet cards”, in the early 1870’s as the popular or medium of choice.

As I’ve stated before a Fisherman or Fishing scenes are considered difficult to find. Usually the subjects of the early photos were of some importance, and or elevated social status. Being able to afford a true Rod, Reel, Creel and Fishing outfit was not generally widespread.

In this great pose we see our subject Sam Wallace presenting with all the needed items for a great day on the water or stream. If anyone is able to ID the Rod or especially the reel I would be great-full for the help. If you have any photos youd be willing to let me use and share with the readers please contact me. I would love to add some more period images to the site and would be more than happy to give full credit for the submission.

Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV

2016-11-03T11:55:51+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV

Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure

Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure

The Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure is part of a series of lures created in the late 1930’s, around 1938. Abbey and Imbrie in some form or fashion has been in business since around the 1830’s as the Andrew Clerk Company. Early in 1930 Abbey and Imbrie was bought by the Horrocks Ibbotson Company. Most people don’t realize they never made lure but had other makers provide this jobber or outsourced service.

The Go Getter series was series of different shaped lures from a Minnow to a Wobbler to a Crawdad to a frog. The lure shown below is painted in a great looking frog color. This wooden tack eyed lure measures 2 1/2″ in length. The lure has a small round diving lip just under the chin of the antique lure. There is a single forward line tie at the front of the lure for retrieval.  The antique lure has two treble hooks, one at the mid line and one at the rear flat part of the tail. Both utilizing the screw eye rig to keep them in place.

The lure was available in a series of shading and different color, such as a crab color. If you look in the third photo in the gallery from the top down view its not just frog spot but the paint detail is actually made down to even painting the legs of the frog on the […]

2016-12-13T09:07:45+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure

Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure

Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure

The Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure was first introduced in 1950. Orchard Industries of Detroit, Michigan made a small handful of Antique lures in the 1950. With a name that invokes a smile and is catchy it’s hard not to like this small lure. While it’s intent is to make you think the lure with its diving lip gets down to where the fish are its hard not think the obvious. The antique lure measures 2 3/8″ in length. The lure in shape is very similar to the Heddon Hedd Hunter lure. The lure has a smallish diving lip that has its single forward line tie built in. The lure features two treble hooks the rear of which can be found dressed with multicolored hair.

The lure comes in a clear plastic clam shell type box. The lures name and Orchard Industries as well as a photo of a jumping bass  imprinted on the top half of the box as shown in the photos. The Bottom Scratcher came in a wide variety of colors, making it a fun and bank account friendly lure to collect. Not all antique fishing lures need to be worth 100’s to enjoy and collect and Orchard Industries provides us with a few.

Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T09:08:56+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure

Chippewa Minnow Lure

Chippewa Minnow Lure

The Chippewa Minnow Lure was part of a lure first patented in 1910. The second part of this antique fishing lure was patented in 1911. Both shown below in the antique fishing lure patent galleries. The Immell Bait Bait Company, of Blair Wisconsin was the creation of Omer Immell born of Blair in 1872. Omer, like many of the early antique lure manufactures, was very resourceful, enterprising, and who’s lure creations came after or alongside the success of other industries or endeavors. Omer a successful Candy and Life Insurance salesman spent many a year traveling around the area prior to his fishing lure accomplishments. His history has been discussed in a previous article here: Omer Immell Inventor of the Chippewa Lure

Chippewa Minnow Lure Patent 974493

Chippewa Lure Patent 990984

Chippewa Lure Advertisement 

Chippewa Lure Ad Field and Stream February 1913 Chippewa Lure Ad Field and Stream February 1913

This version of the Chippewa is the Bass Size and measures 3″. The Chippewa antique fishing lure at its basics is a glass eyed fish shaped minnow minus the tail that was shown in the original patent. The center concave cavity of the lure is missing and in its place is a rotating metal spiral ribbon. The ribbon is pinned into place and if you read the patents, its intent is to […]

2016-10-30T11:36:00+00:00 October 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Chippewa Minnow Lure

Bite Em Water Mole Lure

Bite Em Water Mole Lure

The Bite Em Water Mole Lure was first introduced in 1920. The Bite Em Bait Company out of Fort Wayne, Indiana has two versions. The one shown below in the gallery is a type II with a slanted face where as the type I is rounded. This no eyed wooden antique fishing lure measures three inches in length. The lure features a single forward line tie just below where the slant reaches its apex. The lures bowling pin type shape holds the lure’s two treble hooks. The forward hook employs the use of a screw hook similar to the Heddon L Rig  minus the cup to hold its treble, and the rear is secured with a screw eye.

Covering the bottom section of the rear half of the lure is a fixed oblong shaped flasher. The Water Mole lure was housed inside a picture box which used a photo of the lure in its design. The box exclaims “The Nickle Plated Spoon on the Tail makes the Bait Active and Very Attractive. Skitters, Wiggles, and Wobbles on the Surface.”  They use the ability to change the front hook out with a double hook to be able to help with its weedless properties.

The Bite Em Water Mole lure can be found in a assorted selection of colors. They used a more plain or primary color palate for its color options. The Water Mole was offered in a smaller […]

2017-02-22T19:25:09+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Bite Em Water Mole Lure

Clark Goofy Gus Lure

Clark Goofy Gus Lure

The Clark Goofy Gus Lure was first introduced around 1948. The lure made by the C.A. Clark Bait Company, Springfield, Missouri was given a model series 2600. This top water fished wooden lure measures 3 1/8″ in length. The antique fishing lure has both a front and rear unmarked propellers, however it can be found with just a front. The lure has a unique shape having both a pointed or tapered front as well as rear end with its center waist being as thin as its end.

The Goofy Gus antique lure features two treble hooks one attached via screw eye towards the front center of the lure, the rear sitting behind the back prop. The lure has its name stenciled usually on the back half of the lure and features small black glass bead eyes. The Goofy Gus was made in a series of different colors from the plain to scale or shore finishes. While made around the same time frame as the Clark Water Scout the Goofy Gus lure is more difficult to find when comparing it to the production numbers of the Waters Scout.

Clark Goofy Gus Lure Photo Gallery

2016-10-25T11:14:43+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Comments Off on Clark Goofy Gus Lure

Bill Crowder Flash Minnow

Bill Crowder Flash Minnow

The Bill Crowder Flash Minnow was introduced in 1958. Bill Crowder lures being made in Newark, NJ all carried a similar motif and style. This solid metal antique fishing lure features a life like fish pattern compete with scales, eyes and even the ridge marks on the tail. This antique fishing lure measure 2 1/2″ in length. The lures forward line tie is a simple hole in the nose and underneath it extends a small diving lip. The Flash Minnow features two tufts of colored hair one on each side. The Crowder lure has a single trailing treble hook to secure its catch. Finding various colored heads making the Flash or Bill Crowder baits in general a fun lure to collect, that won break the bank.

Bill Crowder Flash Minnow Photo Gallery

2016-10-15T08:22:41+00:00 October 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Bill Crowder Flash Minnow

Steel Wiggle Frog Lure

Steel Wiggle Frog Lure

This Steel Wiggle Frog Lure dates to 1949. Inventor Frank Steel of Wilmette, Illinois Created this 2 1/4″ plastic lure and was granted a patent in 1952. The lure is constructed on a wire harness and has a large clear plastic lip attached to the mouth that has the single forward line tie. The antique hopper has legs attached to the rear each having a single hook attached. The hooks are dressed with small tufts of white feathers.

This classic antique fishing lure comes housed in a clear plastic test tube that has a black metal cap. Frank Steel offered two different version of the frog, the Wiggle Frog and the Gurgle Frog. Steel also created at minnow lure called the Wiggle Minnow.

Steel Wiggle Frog Patent Gallery

Steel Wiggle Frog Photo Gallery

2016-10-14T19:48:14+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Comments Off on Steel Wiggle Frog Lure

Schnell Fish Getter Lure

Schnell Fish Getter Lure

The Schnell Fish Getter Lure was first introduced around 1926. The lure was made by its namesake August F Schnell of Kankakee, Illinois. The lure a solid metal spinner with a rotating front half spinner or propeller very very similar to the Al Foss Jazz and Shimmy Wiggler series of lures. The front half prop was stamped patented and was allowed to rotate with or apposing the winged metal lure. The antique lure had a single double hook attached at the rear of the lure. Schnell was a teacher by trade and as far as I know only made this one lure. The lure is shown in it’s correctly marked lure yellow picture lure box showing the date of patent.

Schnell Fish Getter Lure

2016-10-12T19:11:59+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Schnell Fish Getter Lure

Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure

Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure

The Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure was first introduced in 1946. The Pachner and Koehler or P&K company was located out of Momence, Illinois. The Spinning Minnie lure measures 2 3/4 inches in length and was also made in a smaller fly rod size that measure 1″ in length. The lure itself was inset into a wire frame allowing the lure to spin and rotate without twisting the line upon retrieval. Attached to the body of the lure was a metal collar wrapping around the body that used the motion of the retrieval to rotate the lure. Attached to the wire frame of the antique lure trailed two treble hooks. The first set roughly just forward of the center of the lure, the other attached and trailed the Spinning Minnie.

The lure was available in a few finishes besides the frog spot shown in the gallery below. The Spinning Minnie is shown in its correct box with the end label marked 46F for the frog finish. The P&K box was a simple design Red with White and black Script showing a bass to depict the & sign in its simplicity.

Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure Photo Gallery

2016-10-12T08:13:10+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure

Jamison Nemo Antique Lure

Jamison Nemo Antique Lure

The Jamison Nemo Antique Lure is one of my favorite lures made by smiling Bill. Circa 1910 this rotary head antique lure made by the William Jamison Company of Chicago, Illinois. This wooden fishing lure measured 2 3/8″ in length, and was also available in a musky sized version. The lure itself had a removable head so that you could exchange with other Nemo lures to create a myriad color combinations. The 5 colors that the Jamison Nemo antique lure can be found in are Red, White, Blue, Yellow and Green thus making a total of 25 combinations the angler could create.  The Nemo lure had a forward or front dual hook and a single hook attached to the rear which features a weedless tines. My favorite part of the Nemo lure is the hanging belly weight, which could be left on for sub surface adventures or removed to create a top water event.

The Jamison Nemo, like all early Jamison lures came in its own labeled box citing its features, functions and benefits of the antique lure. The early pink box shown below proclaims the same as the catalog cut shown and speaks of the lures use, purpose and abilities as versatile a fish getter.

Thanks to my friend Joe for letting me use this photo of his Nemo lures we took many years ago. A weekend we spent photographing his lures, grilling steaks, talking lure history and enjoying friendship. […]

2016-09-28T10:31:51+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Comments Off on Jamison Nemo Antique Lure

Bonafide Minnow Antique Lure

Bonafide Minnow Antique Lure

The Bonafide Minnow Antique Lure is timeless classic. The Bonafide lure made by its namesake the Bonafide Manufacturing Company was located out of Plymouth, Michigan. The patent for this metal minnow lure was given on January 15th, of 1907. The patent was divided equally between both Mr. Hiram Passage and Mr. George VanDecar. While many of the early manufactures of fishing tackle utilized wood in their piscatorial creations, this antique fishing lure was a aluminum metal minnow. No need to worry about a bass, or rock or tackle box destroying the paint job on your brand new lure with this creation.

The Bonafide lure was comprised of two concave and convex pieces or halves of aluminum metal fastened together. The artificial bait composed of these two sections created a hollow body or chamber. This allows the user to adjust its buoyancy by filling or emptying the chamber.  The chamber also contained a round spherical weight to help in the matters. The halves were cast in detail both showing the scales, gills and even the eyes of the fish. The eye and gills would have painted added to them however with any amount of use the paint would soon come loose. This 5 treble hook model measures 3 3/4″ in length the rear treble would be feathered. The 3T or 3 treble version in the gallery was roughly 3″ with the number of hooks, and length, being the only differential. The lure features both […]

2016-09-20T10:40:58+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Bonafide Minnow Antique Lure

Rainbow Wiggler Lure

Rainbow Wiggler Lure

The Rainbow Wiggler Lure was first introduced in 1949. This antique fishing lure was made by the V.O. Prichard Company out of Springfield, Missouri. Theis plastic lure measures 2 3/4″ in length. The lure was made of two separate plastic or lucite halves fashioned together with a color section between. You can see a better view of this in the last photo in the gallery. The lure was offered in a few dozen different colors and makes for a great antique fishing lure display.

The lure in shape resembles that of a Bass Oreno lure and has a screw eye front line tie. The lure has two treble hooks both attached via screw eyes.

Rainbow Wiggler Lure Photo Gallery

2016-09-10T09:25:08+00:00 September 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Rainbow Wiggler Lure

Jacks Tackle Pogo Spinner Lure

Jacks Tackle Pogo Spinner Lure

This Jacks Tackle Pogo Spinner Lure was introduced in 1955. Jack’s Tackle Manufacturing Company was located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Jack’s made a small assortment of plastic and wooden lures in the mid 1950’s. This Pogo Spinner is a Smaller version of the Pogo Stick Lure, that you can actually see on part of the paperwork shown. This antique fishing lure measures just under 2.5″ in length.

The lure features a notched nose tapering to hull almost akin to that of a V bottom boat. The lure is a top water fished lure even when retrieved through the water. The Keel on this version isn’t as pronounced as its bigger brother, the Pogo Stick. The Pogo Spinner lure has a single forward line tie and a rear spinner. The antique lure features a forward hook attached via a surface type hardware and a rear treble attached to the screw eye behind the rear prop. The eyes on this lure bear striking resemblance to that of Smithwick.

The lure is shown housed in it’s correct antique lure box marked for the Pogo Spinner, PS4. The 4 aligning with the green shad with flitter color code. This antique lure package combo is completed with the correct insert showing the array of the lures Jack’s Tackle produced.

Jacks Tackle Pogo Spinner Lure Photo Gallery

2016-09-08T08:34:47+00:00 September 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Jacks Tackle Pogo Spinner Lure

Joe Bob Crippled Critter Crawfish Lure

Joe Bob Crippled Critter Crawfish Lure

The Joe Bob Crippled Critter Crawfish Lure was introduced around 1947. This antique fishing lure was made by the Joe Bob Manufacturing Company, out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The lure itself has been found in a few different variations. This unit is 4 1/8″ in length and is a multi segmented plastic body with the side feelers broken off. There has also been a smaller single body section version found. The lure has two sets of treble hooks on the antique fishing lure. The lure has been found with black eyes as well as the red beaded eyes shown in the example below in the gallery.

The lure is shown in its correct Yellow antique lure box marked Crippled Critter Patent Pending. The side of the box is marked white, so while I assume its incorrect and is for a white crawdad this was the lure that was found with the box. I have seen a couple variations of the actual box as well.

Joe Bob Crippled Critter Crawfish Lure Photo Gallery

2016-09-06T17:32:27+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Joe Bob Crippled Critter Crawfish Lure

Siren Minnow Antique Lure

Siren Minnow Antique Lure

The Siren Minnow Antique Lure dates to around 1947. This lure was made by the Siren Life Action Lure Company out of Los Angeles, California. The Siren Minnow lure itself measure 2 1/4″ inches in length and came in two different sizes. The lures were sold in tubes, kid of like the Steel Frog Lure. The lure uses a thin rubber band or ribbon that is stretched between the rear of the lure and the end of the bait to vibrate. This Siren lure has two double hooks attached to the lures via the wire framing that the ribbon attached to. The lure has a single forward line tie and has colored glass eyes. The Siren was available in a series of different colors. Needless to say, the rubber sail or ribbon didn’t age well, especially if left to the elements ,so you may find the lure but the ribbon is missing.

You’ll notice the example below doesn’t have any hooks, and the lure has a few patent numbers stamped on the sail or ribbon. A visitor to our other site provided a half dozen or so of these and the Baby or junior sized Siren lures a decade ago and I had always wondered if they just hadn’t been finished.

Siren Minnow Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-25T08:00:04+00:00 August 25th, 2016|Comments Off on Siren Minnow Antique Lure

Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure

Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure

The Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure has always been a favorite with collectors. Ned Danforth of Indianapolis, Indiana was the Owner and inventor of the Stormy Petrel. Ned began making his now famous fishing lures as early as 1935. The Stormy Petrel as it is referred to some as the Pac Man antique fishing lure would come years later. The lure touted on it’s box, it was made to “Fly Fish with a Casting Rod.” The Stormy Petrel shown is 1 3/8″ in diameter with two tufts of hair exiting the back of the head. The Stormy Petrel had two forward facing bulbous eyes on the top of the head. The single line tie was attached to the bottom of the open mouth. The lure has a single hook that has a weedless tine attached. The lure was made in various different colors and sizes including an even smaller Petrel, which I will do a later post on. The lure is shown here in its correct corresponding lure box.

Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure Photo GAllery

2016-08-20T16:54:55+00:00 August 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure

Nichols Jumbo Killer Lure

Nichols Jumbo Killer Lure

The Nichols Jumbo Killer Lure was first introduced in the early 1940’s. The Jumbo Killer, made by the Nichols Bait Company of Corpus Christi Texas, later to be known by PICO. This lure bears a striking resemblance to most of the top water type lures of the day, the Heddon Lucky 13 being one of them. This wooden Nichols lure measures 4″ in length and who’s mouth its notched out in a rounded shape and is where the single forward line tie is attached. This antique fishing lure was ceramic instead of the typical glass eyes found on most antique lures. On this lure itself it employs the use of a the screw eye type hook hardware to hold its two body treble hooks, and the screw eye for the rear treble. The lure is shown in the early Nichols shrimp photo box. The side flaps of the lure box are marked J 8 for the Jumbo Killer, the 8 I believe refers to a Mullet scale, and not the frog spot that’s in the box. I believe frog finish is color code 15.

Nichols Jumbo Killer Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-19T01:56:19+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Nichols Jumbo Killer Lure

Hastings Frog Antique Lure

Hastings Frog Antique Lure

The Hastings Frog Antique Lure was originally made by James T Hastings, of Chicago, Illinois. He patented his version of the fly eater, August 24th, 1895. However, this version of the antique frog lure was made by smiling Bill Jamison, also of Chicago, Illinois. Jamison acquired the rights to this patent somewhere near 1910. So while certain versions of the antique frog fall into the 19th Century fishing lure category, this one doesn’t. The frog lure example shown is made of a rubber composite type material, which over time has been know to shrink dry and crack. The frog lure rides upon or is tethered to the metal frog harness which line tie exits the frog at the nose. The lure has the typical weighted underbelly to add weight to the lure. The Hastings Frog harness has two single hooks which the shanks are upturned at the feet.

The box example shown is white in color, however you can see its in poor condition. You can also find the box in Jamison’s pink version too. You may be fortunate enough to find one with the picture of the frog which would be the Harris version of the frog antique lure box. And alas I wonder would not the frog be considered fly fishing, at its purest form? Those to those that missed that, sorry, I apologize for my attempt at bad humor early in the morning.

2016-08-18T13:05:10+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Comments Off on Hastings Frog Antique Lure

Keeling Musky Expert Minnow Lure

Keeling Musky Expert Minnow Lure

The Keeling Musky Expert Minnow Lure is a nice big lure and is Circa 1915. This large wooden Keeling antique lure measure 5″ in length. The Musky Expert minnow has 2 extra large type 2 double hooks on the sides and a single treble hook hanging from the rear screw eye. This wooden lure has glass eyes and large sweeping gill marks. The Musky Keeling features the typical front and rear propellers. The counter the natural buoyancy the Expert employs the use of five internal belly weights to get it down to the depths needed for the large game fish. The Expert is stenciled on the Side “The Expert” as many are. The large antique fishing lure is the typical greenish to silver belly as many experts are.

Keeling Musky Expert Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

Keeling Expert Lure Ad 1916

KEELING MINNOWS

SEPTEMBER OFFER 3 for $1.00

1 Keeling EXPERT St Johns Wiggle Minnow

2 Keeling Seminole Underwater Minnows

Order OFFER so we can trace advertising results and we will send prepaid 3 for $1.00 or 6 for $2.00. If you desire use them all summer return them in October and get your money back less 10c for the use of  each minnow. If this appeals to you as being a fair offer order today before you forget. FRED C KEELING […]

2016-08-12T13:19:55+00:00 August 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Keeling Musky Expert Minnow Lure

Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure

Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure

The Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure was first introduced around 1965. This wooden antique fishing lure was made by the Smithwick Bait Company, of Shreveport Louisiana. The antique lure was given a series C-2200. The lure is in a black and white shore color, color code #24. The ure is roughly 3″ on length.

This Wood Chug has a scooped face like most top water popper type lures, however this scoop has a slight angle making one side higher than the other. Inset into the center of the dished out face is the single forward line tie. The lure has painted eyes on the under side of the lure. The fishing lure employs the use of two standard treble hooks to secure its catch. It uses a surface style hardware on the body of the treble and the rear loop to hold the aft most hook.

Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-05T18:24:21+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Comments Off on Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure

The Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure is a classic staple to most advanced lure collections. Circa 1914 this antique fishing lure used the premises to save from having to replace minnows all day long. I’ve never quite understood the thinking with a glass fishing lure. As even the earliest of tackle boxes this is not something you would want rolling around in. One rock, one snag and smash, not only have you lost your lure you’ve created a hazard and pollution in the water.

There are two versions of the Detroit Minnow Tube you can find. The one shown below in the photo gallery and one that has a screw in cap. The glass body of this antique fishing lure measures 3 1/4″ in length. This version has the bail end cap or clip top. The top having two holes so that fresh water could keep the minnow alive. The antique fishing lure having 4 treble hooks two on each side.

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure Photo Gallery

FISHERMEN! A Wonderful New Fish catching Bait Use One Live Minnow All Day.

 This is the new live minnow bait that is making such a great record for itself that is the talk of the country. Excels all other artificial bait Strong clear magnifying glass tube housing a live minnow. Wonderful power of attracting fish lies in fact that when in water the […]

2016-08-05T13:01:54+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Comments Off on Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure

Nifty Minnie Minnow Tube Lure Ads

Nifty Minnie Minnow Tube Lure Ads

These Nifty Minnie Minnow Tube Lure Ads, come from both 1914, and 1915. These ads reveale the lures intended appeal. To try and keep the minnow alive longer. Combining both the qualities of a minnow tube and a 5 hook underwater minnow the Nifty Minne claimed to do both. I added the Box cover, and the folded paperwork insert to this post.

I did a post showing the lure a few months back available here Nifty Minne Minnow Tube

Fish All Day With One Minnow

A practical permanent live fish bait for salt or fresh water hing Minnow frog grasshopper or other bait enclosed in patented non breakable transparent ease. Inlet and outlet holes allow water to flow through slowly keeping minnow aliv. No child’s toy. No glass to break, Nickel Plated fittings, Hooks interchangeable, Weight 1 oz

Success demonstrate for three seasons. For sale by all dealers or sent parcels post paid for $1.00 in U 5 Canada $1.35 Made only by Joseph Ness Minneapolis Minnesota

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Fish All Day with One Live Minnow

in “Nifty Minne”

A practical permanent live fish bait for salt or fresh water fishing Expert and amateur fishermen for two seasons enthusiastic over it. Minnow enclosed in non breakable flexible transparent case Inlet and […]

2016-08-04T17:57:16+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Comments Off on Nifty Minnie Minnow Tube Lure Ads

Outing Pikey Getum Lure

Outing Pikey Getum Lure

The Outing Pikey Getum Lure was another in the series of Get-Um lures produced in and around 1926. The lure was a hollowed metal lure just like the Bassy and Floater Get-um’s. This lure measures 5/8″ inches in length, and is painted to look like a Northern Pike. The antique lure has a small diving lip where the front line tie connects to the lure. The antique fishing lure has two treble hooks to secure its prey. Outing in Elk Hart Indiana as a company made a variety of outdoor equipment, lures camps, stoves, tackle boxes and more. Heddon would come along later and buy them up for their patent information.

Outing Pikey Getum Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-04T12:48:45+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Comments Off on Outing Pikey Getum Lure

PK Bright Eyes Lure

PK Bright Eyes Lure

The PK Bright Eyes Lure is a lot easier of a mouthful than saying Pachner & Koller. This antique lure company got its start in 1933 in Chicago Illinois. The stories early beginnings are neat and filled with lore as the two traveled the country pulling a horse trailer selling hooks. It would not be until 1939 that they would solicit their first antique fishing lure.

The Bright Eyes lure itself is 2 3/4″ in length. The antique P&K lure is made of tenite. The lure having two treble hooks to secure it catch. The lure having a tell tale notched head in the shape of a V, and at the front end two forward facing eyes and a single forward line tie.

The lure is found housed in its plain red and black box with white lettering. On the longest side end plates it shows its a product of P&K Corporation. On the end flaps the name of the lure, the model and the color code number. You’ll notice this lure is not in the correct box being that its perch and the box is marked frog. The P&K Bright Eyes shown also shows the blue colored pamphlet that comes along with this antique fishing lure explaining its features functions and benefits.

PK Bright Eyes Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-03T13:02:18+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on PK Bright Eyes Lure

Martin Injured Minnow Lure

Martin Injured Minnow Lure

The Martin Injured Minnow Lure in Circa late 1930’s. Martin is a name synonymous with the Salmon Fishing tackle world. Thier standard plugs being great fish catchers for decades. This is a bit of a deviation for the company but this Injured Minnow lure was trying to capitalize on the successful lures like the Heddon SOS and the Creek Chub Injured Minnow.
The Martin injured minnow is made of wood and is 3 5/8″ in length with a forward line tie. This antique fishing lure has the standard front and rear prop and would swim on its side. The lure having glass eyes, and a set of three treble hook to secure its catch. The injured minnow was made in a series of colors a bit different that the standard Martin lures such as the frog spot shown below in the gallery. Just like most Martin antique lures it’s stenciled in red on the belly of the lure.

Martin Injured Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-01T12:58:53+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Martin Injured Minnow Lure

Jamison Struggling Mouse Lure

Jamison Struggling Mouse Lure

The Jamison Struggling Mouse Lure was first introduced around 1917. This great little Jamison lure wooden antique fishing lure measures 2 1/4″ in length. The cool little unit has both an upper and a lower line tie. The smallish lure features an upturned diving wing on each side of the lure and angles upward. The lure has 2 standard double hooks to secure its prey. The centermost hook employing the use of a cup style rig. The lure can have no eyes, as shown below, painted and even beaded eyes on some of the models.

The Struggling Mouse vintage fishing lure comes in a host of paint scheme colors (Shown below in a Tan Crab). Combined with the eye combinations this can lead to an impressive showing should you go down this road.

Jamison Struggling Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

The New Jamison STruggling Mouse Lure Circa 1917 Recreation

Fisherman found out a long time ago that a field mouse took an awful chance if he went for a swim accidentally or otherwise where a game fish of goodly size lurked. The new Jamison Struggling Mouse within sight. For years we have had with us the imitation mouse a creature which in the showcase of the tackle store matches the appearance of the live beastie with lividity but is fearfully dead in the water. And as a general thing we believe […]

2016-07-30T13:13:05+00:00 July 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Jamison Struggling Mouse Lure

Pepper 20th Century Minnow Lure

Pepper 20th Century Minnow Lure

The Pepper 20th Century Minnow Lure is really and neat minnow. Made by John Pepper of Rome New York. The early classic fishing lure is not given the credit its due this lure is its namesake and is the 20th Century, Circa 1900. This version is has the crude paint job and flattened sides. The lure has no eyes like some of the other versions out there. The antique fishing lure has the A typical Elongated and extended front prop only.  The antique lure features a traditional red Pepper bead behind on both ends inline with the screw eyes. Having three treble hooks, the two in the sides secured with screw eyes and the rear to hold its prey. This lure would see variations in length, and in paint and with the addition or subtraction of glass eyes.

Pepper 20th Century Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-08T21:37:59+00:00 July 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Pepper 20th Century Minnow Lure

Fincheroo Antique Lure

Fincheroo Antique Lure

The Fincheroo Antique Lure is Circa 1972. This lure has a distinguishing hole in the center front of the lure. The lure was made by Robfin of Scottsdale, Arizona. This plastic lure measure 3 1/2″ inches in length has two treble hooks the center of which is held on by a surface rig type hardware. The lure has a rear spinner to help upon retrieval. The Fincheroo lure is stenciled on the back making it easy to identify. The antique lure was made in a host of colors and can be fun to put a collection together for little output. The lure is shown housed in the correct plastic clam shell box with instructions for use.

Fincheroo Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-26T01:25:45+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Fincheroo Antique Lure

Harkauf Jacob Mick Rotary Head Lure

Harkauf Jacob Mick Rotary Head Lure

This Harkauf Jacob Mick Rotary Head Lure is a lure I thought I’d share due to some of the great input and responses I got from the Manhattan post. I had also received some great info from Terry Oxley, author and collector of Rotary Head Lures.

Looking through Terry’s Book, I learned a lot, the book is titled  “Rotary Head Lures”  which can be ordered through Dr. Todd and Whitefish Press via the link in the name above. Please support these authors, and purchase these books, who for the price of a few pizzas have given you knowledge that has taken untold costs and decades to amass.

After sharing both lures with Terry He Writes: “ I would be inclined to call the one in the purple box a Harkauf. This lure is exactly the type they made, and they were known for selling lures to other companies for resale. This is probably one of those lures, and unless there are other markings on the box I’m not sure there will ever be a way to tell which company sold it. That is a really neat different trade box label though.

Collector Bill Sonnet writes about the relationship between Harkauf and Jacob Mick on page 58 of his book entitled “Deconstructing Old Ads Vol II” . This work can also be purchased from Whitefish Press and the link inside the book […]

2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Harkauf Jacob Mick Rotary Head Lure

Pepper Roamer Antique Lure

Pepper Roamer Antique Lure

The Pepper Roamer Antique Lure was patented in 1908. Joseph E Pepper of Rome, New York the inventor of this bug type lure. Whether from 235 1/2 South James Street, or 217 Lynch Street in Rome New York Pepper would rival in production the variety of lures to that of any of the top tier lure maker. Pepper would fasten from wood to feather, from metal to rubber composition a multiplicity of fishing lures to attract a great number of types of fish. From a family who’s roots grew deep Joseph would create many items such as the Roamer lure for us collectors to covet.

The Roamer, patent number 855861 was issued in 1908 in the US and 1909 in Canada and can be seen below. With a rounded head and a cigar shaped tapered thorax, the Roamer antique fishing lure was made of wood. The fishing lure featured a series of legs down each side of the abdomen made from rubber at first then string. When reeled in the legs would move back and forth to imitate the motion of that of a live bug. The lure can be found with variations of both eyes and a front and rear spinners or the lack there of.

The Roamer was said to have been made in 5 different sizes and came housed in a Purple labeled picture box. The antique fishing lure had 3 trebles, two located just […]

2016-07-10T17:47:19+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Pepper Roamer Antique Lure

Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure

Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure

The Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure was first introduced in 1919. This wooden chunk bait antique fishing lure measure 2 1/4″ in length and was rather plain in appearance. The lure features a single forward screw eye line tie at the nose of the lure. Having only one double hook atached at the rear face of the lure via a faceted screw eye. This directly apposes or is in the opposite direction at which the lure retrieved, allowing the lure to boast its wededless properties. The lure wass only availble in a small limited amount of colors.

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The ad above exclaims; “Wilsons Grass Widow This chunky little bait shown above is weedless but not fishless. Slides in and out up among the pads and rushes. Sure sets the big ones wild when they are lying up in the shallows. Gathers in every fair strike.

 

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Here is Art Wilson’s Latest- a Black Bass Contest! $200 in Prizes

Art Wilson says that there must be a few really sizable bass still residin in the waters of this here North America. Art allows also that he would kinda like to see the color of their hair. So he has rigged up a friendly little contest for all good bass fisherman. Fair […]

2016-07-07T23:38:30+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure

Weezle Bopper Antique Lure

Weezle Bopper Antique Lure

The Weezle Bopper Antique Lure was introduced around 1946. This wooden model appears to be a featherless version of the it’s brethren the Sparrow. Manufactured by it’s namesake The Weezle Bait Company out of Cincinatti, Ohio. The lure had a single forward line tie that was attached in the center of the rippled face. Instead of a flat or a concave face to the top water lure the Weezle has a very distinguishable rippled face. The antique lure has two treble hooks the denter attached via screw eye and the rear attached via screw eye. This top water fished also has a rear spinner to help attract its prey upon retrieval.

The lure is shown housed in its correct green and white box. The woonde no eyed lure is painted frog spot in color. The end labeled F4, and the fron proclaiming it as “A Superior Top water Lure.”

Weezle Bopper Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-06T23:06:15+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Weezle Bopper Antique Lure

Smithwick Butterfly Fishing Lure

Smithwick Butterfly Fishing Lure

The Smithwick Butterfly Fishing Lure was Jack Smithwick’s fist plastic Fishing Lure. This lure a series A900 and was introduced close to or during 1968. This Plastic, Fish Shaped fishing lure was first made with the tail section shown giving it a length of 2 7/8″. During production in Shreveport Lousiana the were some difficulutlies, and the tail section was soon left off and the new lure measured 2 1/2″ in length. Thus maing the tailed version harder to find then the non tail version.

This plastic molded slab lure had a molded diving lip and two treble hooks secured with a split ring. The lure has a single forward scew eye line tie attached to the nose of the lure. The Butterfly is stanciled on the back spine of the antique lure. The Smithwik Butterfly can be found in a host of colors in both the tail and no tail version making it a fun one to collect. The last two Digits in the A900, or the 00 with be replaced with the color code as with many fishing lure makers.

Smithwick Butterfly Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-05T16:18:02+00:00 July 5th, 2016|Comments Off on Smithwick Butterfly Fishing Lure

Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure

Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure

The Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure was introduced around 1946. This odd shaped antique lure was made by the Zinc Artificial Bait Company out of Dixon, Illinois. This wooden cork screw shaped lure measures 2 1/2″ in length. The lure has painted eyes and a two section body.  The front line tie attaches through the forked horizontal metal diving plane. Coming out from underneath the chin is a two prong weedless device. The antique lure itself having only one treble hook hanging from the rear of the lure. The back cork screw section rotates independent of the front. The picture box shows the lure in use, as well as the box exclaims “The Words Only Instant Convertible 2 Purpose Lure”.

This lure as well as many others are available now if you click on the Current Ebay Auctions tab on the right or by following this link. Current Ebay Auctions . If you have any lures you would like to consign please contact us.

Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure Photo Lure

2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure

Keeling Surface Tom Lure

Keeling Surface Tom Lure

The Keeling Surface Tom Lure was first introduced in 1920. This wooden antique fishing lure was 3 1/4″ in length. The lure came with forward setting glass eyes, a line tie under the chin but atop the diving lip part of the sled.  The antique keeling lure is what I believe is called Yellow with Side Stripes color code 08. The antique fishing lure has two treble hooks one to the front attached to the patented sled the rear attached to the rear screw eye. The sled is Marked Keeling on the back of the front circle and the patent date on the rear.

Keeling Surface Tom Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-09T16:38:44+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Keeling Surface Tom Lure

Scooter Pooper Lure

Scooter Pooper Lure

The Scooter Pooper Lure was first made in 1948 and kind of falls into the novelty fishing lure category. This antique fishing lure was made by the Scooterpooper Sales Inc company of Columbia, South Carolina. As far as I know, this was the only lure and the only size ever made. This plain looking non descriptive round, hollow metal antique fishing lure measures 1 1/2″ in length.  The lure has 2 unmarked spinners, one each on the fore and aft of the lure. The lure has two treble hooks to secure its catch once caught.

Scooter Pooper Photo Gallery

2016-06-19T00:34:21+00:00 June 19th, 2016|1 Comment

Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure

Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure

The Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure was first introduced around 1928. This wooden, no eyed, pointed at both ends torpedo shaped lure measure 4 5/8″ in length. The Kee Wig lure is very similar to the Flapper lure, however its more slim or skinnier lure. The antique lure rides on the patented keeling metal slide that is also used to secure the first of the three treble hooks on it. The box shown is the correct period box, however I’m not sure if its marked correctly for it. The lure is shown in a green scale type finish and was available in a half dozen or so more.

Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-17T23:50:39+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure

Paddle Popper Lure

Paddle Popper Lure

The Paddle Popper Lure was first introduced in 1966. This cool little lure was made by The Gi Gi Lure Company of Fort Worth Texas. This small plastic antique fishing lure measures 2 1/4″ in length body alone. The lure has a standard plastic trailing grass skirt. Inside the skirt is the lure’s single trailing treble hook. This ingenious creations has two arms that mimic a swimmer when being retrieved. The arms ends have small plungers that make a popping sound as they rotate. Having just a single forward line tie the lure comes in a small handful of different color schemes. The lure is shown housed in its correct plastic clam shell box with paperwork.

Paddle Popper Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-17T00:19:31+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Paddle Popper Lure