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Lucky Bunny Lure

Lucky Bunny Lure

The Lucky Bunny Lure falls into the strange lure category. The antique rabbit fishing lure was first introduced in 1954. This antique lure was made by the American Rod and Gun Company out of Stamford Connecticut. Yes, this is a real rabbits foot.

I assume since it is said to bring good luck far be t from a fisherman to see if the claims were correct The lure was made in two different sizes a 3 1/2″ version and a 2 5/8″ inch version. The lure has a long plastic body with a duck bill to i,t is attached the line tie. The antique lure featured painted eyes and a single treble hook. Shown with it is the correct box.

Lucky Bunny Lure Photo Gallery

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Streich Flex O Minnow Lure

Streich Flex O Minnow Lure

The Streich Flex O Minnow Lure was first patented in 1921. This antique lure was made by the Streich’s Company out of Joliet Illinois. The lure was a painted metal head with glass eyes and a rubber tail. The antique fishing lure had only a single hook to which the end of the tail was attached. Finding these in one piece with the tail intact can be a challenge due to the rubber not being able to stand up to the elements or being fished. The Streich fishing lure package shown below in the gallery comes with quite the large instruction book which describes the features functions and benefits of the lure. The antique lure was available in a few different colors scheme choices. The Streich company made other lures as well such as the “Acro-Bait”.

Streichs Flex O Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

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Schoonies Skooter Lure Ad 1916

Schoonies Skooter Lure Ad

This Schoonies Skooter Lure Ad was found in a 1916 Shakespeare antique lure catalog. The Skooter is a really neat antique lure. The lure itself is rather hard to come by so its neat we get to at see it in an ad.

Schoonie’s “Skooter”

A Surface Bait and a Perfect Scooter

This artificial bait actually imitate the natural movements of fish in the water. Reeled slowly it takes the gliding action of a fish swimming at leisure. Reeled a little faster it takes a wider path traveling like a fish in hurried flight from danger. Two or three quick turns of the reel then stopping it “scoots” out sideways like a fish dodging pursuit.

Schoonies Skooter Lure Ad 1916 Schoonies Skooter Lure Ad 1916

2016-10-26T11:41:16+00:00 May 28th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Schoonies Skooter Lure Ad 1916

Shoff Socko King Lure

Shoff Socko King Lure

The Shoff Socko King Lure is by far and away one of the cooler looking lures made in the 40’s. I’ve always enjoyed this little lure when they have come in on consignment. The lure was introduced around the late 30’s early 1940’s and falls into the North West Salmon plug family. Just like there are different niches inside most collecting hobbies, salmon plugs made by Shoff, Martin, Hansen, Schroeder and others far into a vein themselves inside the antique lure collecting world. The Socko King lure has always been one of my favorite salmon plugs with it large metal diving plane on its head it exudes toughness. The diving plane with holes allowed the fisherman to adjust its fishing depth by selecting a different hole.

Made by the Shoff Tackle Company in Kent Washington this lure has the typical salmon lure body shape, with a small hole through the body of the lure that attaches a string rig treble hook. The lure is stamped by the maker, with its size and patent applied for on the belly of the lure.  The lure can be found in multiple sizes and color scheme patterns.

Shoff Socko King Lure Photo Gallery

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Lakeland Products Mystery Lure

Lakeland Products Mystery Lure

The Lakeland Products Mystery Lure has gone by a few names in its lifetime. This version of the Mystery lure was made in the early 1950’s by the Lake-Land Products Company out of Detroit Michigan. This antique lure is a plastic lure made in a leg bait type fashion. The lure features a long bill or nose which has the front line tie attachment. The lure features two trailing treble hooks both hanging from the antique lure via a wire. This fishing lure is shown in its correct version box that has a graphic photo on the front box label. The lure was offered in few different colors over its lifespan.

Lakeland Products Mystery Lure Photo Gallery

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Biff Surface Wobbler Lure

Biff Surface Wobbler Lure

The Biff Surface Wobbler Lure was patented in 1925. This Single Wobbler was made by the Biff Bait Company out of Milwaukee Wisconsin. The antique lure itself is a kidney shaped piece of cork affixed to a aluminum frame. The lure features the frame that is attached to the front propeller making the whole lure rotate upon retrieval. The antique lure has a good sized front counter weight hanging off the front as well. The antique fishing lure has only the single treble hook trailing from the rear of the shaft. The lure was available in only a few different mottled type color paint schemes.

Biff Surface Wobbler Lure

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Bear Creek Tweedler Lure

Bear Creek Tweedler Lure

The Bear Creek Tweedler Lure is a odd looking lure at first glance. Most people are more familiar with the line of ice spearing Decoys that the Bear Creek Bait Company out of Kelva Michigan. The company started by two brother and a best friend. This wooden antique fishing lure was first produced in 1948 is roughly 2 1/4″ in length. The lures most distinct feature is it outward scoped front lip. The lures single line tie is mounted in the middle of the U shaped mouth. The lure employs the use of a wire rig harness to hold its two trailing treble hooks on each side of the lure. The antique lure was available in less than a half dozen colors paint schemes, two of which are shown in the lure galleries below.

Bear Creek Tweedler Lure Frog Spot Photo Gallery

Bear Creek Tweedler Red and White Color Pattern Lure Gallery

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Superstrike Shrimp Lure

Superstrike Shrimp Lure

The Superstrike Shrimp Lure was first introduced in the late 1920’s. The lure made by the Florida Artificial Bait Company of Saint Augustine Florida. This celluloid lure has quite a interesting history. The lures celluloid was salvaged from the wings of an experimental airplane purchased by George Ettles and Henry Farrin. I can honestly say that’s probably the first and the last time you can say a lure came from airplane parts. The lure itself is linked together in riveted sections to bend in a way it really is a realistic lure with its paint bead eyes and segmented body. The antique saltwater fishing shrimp lure was made in a few different sizes and was offered in a few different paint schemes. The Shrimp depending on the size sometimes had one or two treble hooks attached. The lure came or was housed in a box showing a graphic or picture of the antique lure.

Superstrike Shrimp Lure Photo Gallery

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Wilson Flanged Wobbler Lure

Wilson Flanged Wobbler Lure

The Wilson Flanged Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1914. The lure was also deemed the Winged Wobbler as shown on the front of the accompanying antique lure box. The Lure made by Wilson, the Hastings Sporting Goods Company of Hastings Michigan. The lure itself is wooden in composition, with a metal wing or fashioned front diving plate inserted just below the single forward line tie. The Wilson Flanged Wobbler lure had 3 treble hooks, two attached to the body using cup rig hardware and the last attached to the rear screw eye. The lure is plain in appearance but was offered in a few select colors. The antique lure shown below comes in the correct box that was labeled on the top specifically for the Winged Wobbler lure. The combo shows the correct era or period antique lure box catalog.

Wilson Flanged Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

This is the Wobbler Family and –

  • Any “been there” fisherman will testify to the efficiency of the swimming, diving and “wobbling” style of baits.
  • Ever since the appearance of the first “Wilson Fluted Wobbler” several years ago the market has been flooded with artificial baits imitating the Wilson Wobbler as closely as the law would allow. Like imitations in every other sphere they have been unable to equal the design which originally put the Wobbler “on the map.”
  • To quote one of the foremost writers on fishing subjects in an article in Field and Stream. 
  • The diving and swimming baits have many advantages particularly when used about submerged logs a spot by the way where the Grandfathers often lie.
  • These baits float until reeling is begun when they dive beneath the surface. The depth at which they run may be regulated to a nicety by varying the speed of reeling.
  • The illustration shows.

The original Fluted Wobbler a thoroughly tested and efficient bait.

“Another illustration is a new model of the same which is fitted with a flange instead of the flutings. This latter wobbler works at a greater depth than the other baits and has proved itself a killer on both bass and pickerel.”

Nor is the man above quoted any more enthusiastic than the well known fishing authority, O. W. Smith angling editor of Outdoor Life who wrote in Field and Stream.

Now old man said I to myself you can have five baits and only live so make your selection with circumspection. In the light of experience I promptly picked out a red and white surface bait that is most erratic in its movements darting sideways and diving toward the bottom when drawn through the water but promptly returning to the surface when strain upon the line ceases. It is no small compliment when a man like Mr. Smith picks out this one bait among the hundreds made as his very first choice.

The Wobbler Family which include the Fluted Wobbler the Cupped Wobbler the […]

2016-10-26T11:41:16+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Wilson Flanged Wobbler Lure

Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure

Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure

The Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure was introduced around 1905-1909. I give a date range as the books say one thing and I have dug up advertising that says it was new that dates to 1909. Either way its a very early lure and another one of our century club members. The Convertible Coaxer was just that it was a coaxer defined or made to be used in different situations wherthe rit be open water or weed filled. The normal Coaxer lure has the standard rear affixed single hook, the convertible has that plus, a detachable double hook under the belly, and another single hook attached to the single hook from the rear allowing a pork rind to be attached to the antique lure. The lure was available in the standard 1 1/4 inch size and a larger musky size measuring in at 2 3/8″ in length.

Jamison unlike the other makers, had different or specific labels affixed to their boxes which described the lure and its use.
This box describes: The only convertible bait made. This bait can be used as a strictly weedless bait when desired by removing the double hook from the bottom of the bait. This can be done in two seconds and it can be put back as readily. The double hook should be used only when in open water out of the weeds.

I did a small article on the Convertible Coaxer that can be viewed by clicking the highlighted link.

Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure Photo Gallery

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Buel Arrowhead Spinner Antique Lure

Buel Arrowhead Spinner Antique Lure

The Buel Arrowhead Spinner Antique Lure was originally shown in the 1852 patent. There were a few changes over time to the shape and make of the lure. In 1893 Buel re brands his arrowhead with a convenience feature. This antique lure has a deeper notch between the bottom arrows than the earlier version. The convenience was to be able to change the hooks and swivels out without the use of pliers. The Arrowhead was made in a many different sizes and can be found made of different materials.

In the Buel antique lure advertisement shown below this gallery this model was said to be made in 9 however we see more than that with the inclusion of the musky or large game sizes. The Buel name reaches deep in to American Fishing lore and history. In the ad it discusses how in 1834 JT Buel affixed a hook to a spoon that had a broken handle and created the his first fishing lure.

Buel Arrowhead Spinner Antique Lure Photo Gallery

Buel Arrowhead Spinner Antique Lure Buel Arrowhead Spinner Lure Ad 1893

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Gowan Bumble Bug Lure

Gowan Bumble Bug Lure

The Gowan Bumble Bug Lure was first produced in 1949. This antique lure was made by the Gowan Manufacturing Company of Gowan Michigan. Doing research on the company itself there wasn’t anything out there i could put my fingers on. The lure first made of wood transitioned into plastic somewhere around 1951. The lure is roughly 2 1/2″ in length. Also of note there is a smaller size as well. The lure is quite an elaborate fishing lure featuring a large apparatus on the belly. The lure itself looks like guppy fish with the line tie on its body a large downward facing lip to which at the front is a prop. The lure feature two treble hooks to secure its prey when caught. When the Prop spins the apparatus moves back and forth.

The Lure can be found in the following colors

Black, Gold, Silver, White with Red  Head, White with Black Head, Green Frog, Yellow Spotted

Gowan Bumble Bug Lure Photo Gallery

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Live Action Frog Lure

Live Action Frog Lure

The Live Action Frog Lure shown in the box below is quite a fishing lure contraption. The fishing lure was first made in 1960 by the Action Frog Corporation out of Long Beach, California. This antique frog lure is 5 1/5″ inches in length overall. This crazy frog lure has a spinning front prop that when it rotates it makes the back legs an feet kick. The front prop is also protected by a wire guard. This plastic made lure has two treble hooks to secure its catch once caught. This great frog lure comes in its correct, and hard to find two piece cardboard box. As far as I know this is the only fishing lure that the Action Frog Corporation made or put into production and I do believe this green frog color is the only color they made.

I have one available now on Ebay if interested follow link: Live Action Frog

Live Action Frog Lure Photo Gallery

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Decker Lure Ad Field Stream 1912

Decker Lure Ad Field Stream

This Decker Lure Ad Field Stream comes from 1912. This ad comes after one of the greatest fishing derbies and challenges Field and Stream had.

“The Decker lands so soft and true And spins when drawn in. Its lifelike lines are sure to lure.”

When you re amongst the big fellows and they refuse your live bait- just try a-

DECKER BAIT

and note the results. They are the top notchers in fishing baits and their scientifically correct lines their lifelike action together with their perfect color makes them irresistible to big bass .

OUR CATALOG has special features Ans B Decker’s “Hints on Casting” are skillfully laid down and are highly instructive. Send for a free copy mentioning your Tackle Dealer.

DECKER BAIT COMPANY 45 C WHloughby Street BROOKLYN NEW YORK CITY

Decker Lure Ad Field Stream 1912
Decker Lure Ad Field Stream 1912
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Hendryx Burdett Bait Lure

Hendryx Burdett Bait Lure

The Hendryx Burdett Bait Lure is one of the harder to find Hendryx antique fishing lures. If you not familiar with Hendryx baits, or reels, but your familiar with Winchester reels, your actually familiar with Hendryx and just didn’t know it. Winchester bought the rights Hendryx in the late teens or 20’s. However that is not the Burdett Bait.

The Burdett Bait lure gets its title from its namesake Frank Burdett who was a Canadian machinist. Frank would come to sell his patented in 1904 lure invention to the Andrew B. Hendryx Corporation . Hendryx would decide to kept its name in use. The antique fishing lure can be found made of other materials, such as Brass, Copper and Nickle. You will find 50 Hendryx spoons and fluted or flat spinners to 1 of the Burdett bait. The lure can actually be found with eyes recessed into the front quarter of lure was well. The Burdett fishing lure measure 4″ in length and as you can see is made in the shape of a fish with a hollow yet reinforced center.

Hendryx Burdett Bait Lure Photo Gallery

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Gudebrod Bippie Lure

Gudebrod Bippie Lure

The Gudebrod Bippie Lure was made in 1975. I believe this lure is one of the youngest I’ve featured on the Blog. I would like to make sure that my intent isn’t just to feature the rare and expensive but yet give a good cross section of all the lures rare or common, young and old that fit into a certain genre. The Bippie Lure was made by the Gudebrod Brothers Silk Company out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I haven’t run across too many antique lures who’s home is in Pennsylvania, which is strange.

This chunk bait made of plastic is a floater with a trailing spinner and a large grooved or notched mouth. The line tie is at the bottom of the mouth making the lure create a wake upon retrieval of the fishing lure. The lure features two treble hooks one under the center of the lure the other after the floppy prop on the rear of the bait. The Bippie was offered in a handful of different colors, and can be identified by the stencil on the belly of the lure. The company made a handful of other lure over its life span.

Gudebrod Bippie Lure Photo Gallery

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Val Lure Val Products Chicago

Val Lure Val Products Chicago

This Val Lure Val Products Chicago made lure is a uniquely made fishing lure. The lure was made by Val Products out of Chicago Illinois, in the early to mid 1930’s. It didn’t last too long and was gone from production a decade later. The lure itself is a jointed or multi segmented lure. The lure his made of wood and has painted eyes. The lure touts itself as a lure for all weed type situations and made the lure to be changed in different type of fishing situations. Whether you were fishing deep in thick brush or on the top of lily pads the Val Lure was able to over come the obstacles. The front of the lure featured a traditional weed guard attached at the marked diving lip. The treble hook on the front portion of the antique lure was made to be removed.

As you can see in the gallery some fisherman removed the whole second half all together to fish only the front portion of the lure. The second half of the lure that connects via a wire through construction features a fixed single hook attached at the rear of the lure. The Val Fishing lure was offered in a few different colors configurations as well. Shown in the second gallery in a pike scale type color. The first gallery shows they high detailed and instruction based box that the lure comes in as well as the highly worded instruction set sheet making it a complete combination.

Val Lure Val Products Chicago Photo Gallery

Val Lure Photo Gallery

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Vermilion Mouse Lure

Vermilion Mouse Lure

The Vermilion Mouse Lure is a cool little unit. This antique lure is wooden with faceted glass eye and has a leather tail. The mouse lure was first introduced in n the early 1920’s somewhere between 1922 to 1924, and was made by Frank Knill of Vermilion Ohio. The lure itself, minus the leather tail is 3 3/4″ in length. The Vermilion fishing lure has 2 trailing treble hooks secured with cup hardware, a diving lip which is secured with the line tie. The manufacturer touts its a proven fish getter on the box. The example shown below , is shown with the correct box and correct paperwork. You can find the Mouse lure in a few different color patterns or schemes. The maker, Frank Knill made a few other lures, however they we plain Jane type metal spoons, this was the only wooden lure he made.

Vermilion Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

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Al Foss Bass Pop

Al Foss Bass Pop

The Al Foss Bass Pop, really is a True Temper / American Fork and Hoe Company, from Geneva Ohio. The Bass Pop antique lure is often found by itself and was first produced in 1941. The wooden glass eyed hair tailed Frog Trailer turns it from boring to exceptional.

Al Foss Bass Pop Frog Trailer Lure Gallery

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Watt Tackle Twirling Twirp Lure

Watt Tackle Twirling Twirp Lure

The Watt Tackle Twirling Twirp Lure is quite an interesting lure. The lure dates to around 1947 and was made by the Watt Tackle Company out of Detroit Michigan. This wooden no eyed lure measure 3 1/4″ in length. The lure fashioned after a propeller features three set fins that run diagonally down the side of the lure. Inset in between each fin is a fixed single hook. There is also a rear trailing treble. Acting as almost a drill bit when retrieved the lure rotates spinning through the water. The lure is painted on the same axis as the inset fins as well to provide quite a flash and flare.

This antique fishing lure is shown in a fantastic rainbow color pattern. The lure was available in other colors scheme finishes as well such as red and white. The line tie at the front of the lure is constructed with a wire through line that goes all the way through the lure to the trailing treble hook. The antique lure is shown with its equally hard to find correct box and paperwork, making this a wonderful and complete combo. Th Twirling Twirp was the only lure that I am aware of that was made by the Watt Tackle Company. The lure has been reported to have been found in a smaller size, but I’m not sure if it was another model or just a variation in manufacturing the fishing lure. If I had to guess Id say this lure falls in to the category of caught as many fisherman as it did fish. Im not sure I could use this lure myself without coming away with it stuck to my hand or body somewhere.

Watt Tackle Twirling Twirp Lure Photo Gallery

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Winchester Multi Wobbler Lure

Winchester Multi Wobbler Lure

The Winchester Multi Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1921. The Winchester Repeating Arms Company was located in New Haven Connecticut. The multi wobbler minnow is Winchesters copy of the Heddon Crab Wiggler. The wooden glass eyed antique lure bears the same shape as the crab wiggler, however it uses rear diving planes versus a collar. The lure has two double hooks on the lure to help with the weedless properties and a centered single belly weight. The lure was a Winchester lure model 9201 as it was stamped on on the side of the diving plane,and bore a Winchester trademark on the right side. The lure had a rear lie tie to swim backwards upon its retrieval. The lure was available in a handful of different color and featured the use of cups in the hook hardware arena. The pain finish on the multi wobblers were shinny and glossy in appearance, but held up horrible to age and use. I’ve seen the lures loose their paint on a simple trip or change in atmospheric conditions. I’m not sure if that was due to the wood itself or the paint more specifically but Winchester wooden lures in general are plagued by condition issues.

The Winchester Repeating Arms Company was involved in fishing tackle for about 10 years. There’s much to be said over who made what and when or for who at which point in time. Rods, reels, lures, spoons, tackle boxes all bore a Winchester label at some point in time. Winchester unfortunately due to ts popularity or propensity to draw collectors due to its historic firearm history also draws many fake items.  one would be prudent were they to pursue collecting Winchester items to invest in resources and spend the time to educate one self on the topic.

Winchester Multi Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

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Trenton Mad Mouse Lure

Trenton Mad Mouse Lure

The Trenton Mad Mouse Lure was first introduced in 1947. The Trenton Manufacturing Company was located in Covington Kentucky. The antique fishing lure used the eyes not only to adorn the lure. They were painted screws which secured the lire top the body. The mouse lure was roughly 2″ in length with a smaller size attached leader and line tie and a rounded fork diving plate and a pork rind tail. The lure only features a single treble hook secured to the middle section of the lure, and is held in by a surface type hardware. The Mad Mouse antique lure came in roughly 6 different colors over its life span.

Trenton Mad Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

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Omer Immell Inventor of the Chippewa Lure

Omer Immell Inventor of the Chippewa Lure

This Omer Immell Inventor of the Chippewa Lure historical excerpt is about Omer Immell, the inventor of the Chippewa antique fishing lure.

HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY

Omer F Immell hustling agent for the New York Life Insurance company was born on a farm three miles east of Blair, April 22, 1872 son of Francis M and Anna Storley Immell. Francis M Immell was born in Ohio came to Wisconsin in 1851, lived at Black River Falls four years came to Trempealeau County in 1856 located three miles east of Blair and lived there until he moved to the village where he died in 1913 his good wife having passed away the previous year.

Omer F Immell started out for himself while a boy in his early teens. As a youth he did farm work. For several years he was a clerk in the Farmers Trading Association store at Blair For one year he traveled for the Ramer Candy Company of Winona and for six years for the Winona Candy Company of that city. Later he traveled seven years for the Kratchwil Candy Company of La Crosse. In 1913 he established at Blair the Immell Bait Company for the manufacture of the Chippewa Bait. Jan 25 1915 he accepted his present agency. In this capacity he has several times led the State organization in number of applications obtained and in February and March 1915 he led the district comprising Wisconsin Minnesota North Dakota and a part of Canada.

The enclosed extract taken from a journalistic source is a well merited tribute to his ability in the line of industry he follows 0 F Immell agent for the New York Life Insurance Company has the honor of being one of seven to win a vice presidency in what is termed by the company the $100,000 class. To be in this class an agent must sell over $100,000 worth of insurance. Mr Immell came close to doubling this figure selling a total of $183,000 worth of insurance for the year 1917. By so doing he automatically elected himself a delegate from this district to the convention of that company at Atlantic City which is held Thursday and Friday of this week. Mr Immell has worked hard for this honor and only a close attention to this business coupled with the fact that he is well posted on insurance matters and represents one of the best companies enabled him to win.

The company has this to say of him; He has the honor of having a larger volume $183,000 than any other official in the club. He is so close to the $200,000 club that we shall expect to see him there without fail one year from now. Mr Immell was married Jan 1 1895 to Margaret McKivergin a native of Trempealeau County daughter of James McKivergin. This union has resulted in two children Orrie and Florence.

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Lockhart Wagtail Witch Lure Ad FS May 1909

Lockhart Wagtail Witch Lure Ad FS May 1909

This is a Lockhart Wagtail Witch Lure Ad FS May 1909.

Lockhart’s Wagtail Witch

That a rose by any other name would smell as sweet is pre-eminently true when applied to the implement that has attained repute under the designation of “Lockhart’s Water Witch Bait” and for which the appellation “Lockhart’s Wagtail Witch” is now substituted for the reason that other parties are claiming a monopoly of the original name Water Witch.

This has been done not only to avoid all dispute, but also in full confidence that the merits of the article are sufficient of themselves to retain for it and to increase its popularity.

In the meantime “Lockhart’s Wagtail Witch” controlled by the reel, continues to float, dive, and swim at the option of the fisherman, while its fidelity in resemblance to its living original is such as insures a continuance of the success that has hitherto attended its use.

Lockhart Wagtail Witch Lure Ad FS May 1909 Lockhart Wagtail Witch Lure Ad FS May 1909

Lockhart Wagtail Witch Lure Ad FS May 1909Lockhart Wagtail Witch Lure Ad FS May 1909

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Gentleman Jim Lure with Pflueger Archives

Gentleman Jim Lure with Pflueger Archives Bait

The Gentleman Jim Lure Was first seen around 1947. The lure was made of a plastic called tenite. The lure in almost a large salamander shape was 3 7/8″ in length. The Gentle Man Jim was made by C.W. Waddle Company out of Chicago Illinois. The lure featured a curved plastic tail which gave it its swimming motion. The antique fishing lure was maxed in a variety of colors including red and white, frog and Luminous. This is the large of the Gentleman Jim lures and has two treble hooks, one at the mid and the other trailing at the rear.

In the bottom gallery you’ll note a Gentleman Jim with an accompanying Pflueger Enterprise hang tag. The lure came directly from the Pflueger company archives. Pflueger would take in samples of lures and send them to different departments to analyze and record the notable features. These department would then lend their opinion about their competition and decide of this was something they themselves should deploy, or buy the rights to or just for general inquiry. I have a nice selection of Photos from lures which came from the Pflueger Archives and will share over time. Some are Pflueger lures themselves in the different stages of conception or construction.

Gentleman Jim Lure Photo Gallery

Pflueger Archives Gentleman Jim Fishing Lure with Hang Tag

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WD Chapman 1888 Lure Maker Rochester NY

WD Chapman 1888 Lure Maker Rochester NY

The WD Chapman 1888 Lure Maker Rochester NY business description below gives us great insight into WD Chapman the antique lure maker. Giving insight into its business structure and partners of the era ,and some of the relational Chapman antique lure stamping you may find. It also isn’t very far off where we see Mr. Chapman exit the antique fishing lure industry. The article was taken from a 1888 bio of the local industries of that year. A Chamber of Commerce encyclopedia of sorts.

W D CHAPMAN SON & CO Manufacturers of Fishing Tackle and Sporting 6 oods No 121 State St

There are few anglers of any experience no matter in what part of the civilized world but are familiar with the name and probably with the goods of WD Chapman Son & Co one of the leading manufacturers of the world in this line. The house was established in 1860 at Theresa NY and was removed to Rochester in 1887 on account of the superior facilities offered by this city for carrying on an enlarged trade. The partners consist of WD & BW Chapman and J H Carnegie all natives of New York. Where they are well known and esteemed Mr Carnegie the lately admitted partner is a gentleman of the highest business qualifications whilst of the Chapman’s father and Son it may be said that if a lifetime spent in the conscientious and unflagging pursuit of an object merits its attainment their pronounced success is well deserved and due to no fortuitous circumstances.

The large sum of $40,000 is invested in this business and used with the forethought and judgment which characterize all the transactions of this house. The trade which besides covering the whole of the United States includes considerable exports represents the splendid sum of $60,000 annually. It has undergone steady increase for years due to the excellency of the goods and the advantageous circumstances under which the vast resources of the firm enable it to deal with its customers. Although dealing in sporting goods generally the special trade of the house is in angler’s supplies for which it has gained its high reputation. A large stock of these goods is carried comprising all kinds of apparatus and utensils and every description of line hook and artificial bait a considerable number among the best of which are the firm’s own invention. WD Chapman Son & Co issue an artistic and exhaustive illustrated catalog of their manufactures which should be in the hands of every disciple of Izaak Walton. This firm is represented on the floor of the Chamber of Commerce.

 

WD Chapman 1888 Lure Maker Rochester NYWD Chapman 1888 Lure Maker Rochester NY

2016-10-26T11:41:20+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on WD Chapman 1888 Lure Maker Rochester NY

Hobbs Supply Bon Net Lure

Hobbs Supply Bon Net Lure

The Hobbs Supply Bon Net Lure was a 6 fishing hook Minnow. This wooden glass eyed bait was Circa 1952 and measured in at 3 5/8″ in length. The antique fishing lure had 6 hooks and used what collectors term as surface hardware. The Bon Net underwater minnow was made in the image of the Heddon Musky Lure the series 300 specifically. The Hobbs Supply Company was located out of Eu Claire Wisconsin. The Hobbs supply company was started by two brothers Bert and Tom and were in the Piping trade business in the early 1900’s. They made the move to move of a wholesale type business in the mid teens and split into a few different entities, Bartingale Mechanical being one of them. The wholesale side of things would eventually actually contract the Arnold Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan to make the Bon-Net minnow lure. Its written that they contracted 2 different batches, both being 6000 lures. That would also explain the box stating it was manufactured for distribution by W. H Hobbs Supply Company.

The box also states its a proven killer for Muskies and Northern Pike. I’m not sure how it couldn’t with the six very large treble hooks. I imagine it caught a few fisherman in its day as well when he was trying to remove the lure from the fishes mouth.  Many decades earlier we see different states regulate the fishing industries and impose besides daily limits, things such as the amount of hooks one was able to use to catch fish with. Obviously Wisconsin wasn’t one of them as the hook filled beast was allowed to be used.

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2016-10-26T11:41:21+00:00 April 16th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Hobbs Supply Bon Net Lure

Thoren Minnow Chaser Lure

Thoren Minnow Chaser Lure

The Thoren Minnow Chaser Lure was produced by its namesake A.H. Thoren. The lure was made in Chicago Illinois at 7407 Rhodes Ave. I’m not sure if they’ve ever pinned down a true start date. Some resources state 1928 and made by another manufacturer, Blake, of Casper Wyoming. While others that are later, such as this version shown dated to around 1940. What a cool and popular lure though no matter when it was made. Predator chasing its prey so to speak. We’ve seen this in other lures where they mimic the fish chasing a bug or another smaller fish. Both the two units are held together by a wire harness or leader of sorts. The lure was available in a few different color variations over the years.

Paperwork that is found with this version States: The Silvery Minnow swimming for dear life being chased by a fish. The latest 1940 lure. Something entirely new for the fisherman. This is a combination double action lure which works just as well for trolling as well as casting. It travels close to the surface when retrieved, with an action you have never seen before. You will get a big kick out of it just to watch it come in. The box its with tells us “Patent Pending”, a “New Bait with New Action”, For Fresh or Salt Water Fishing” gives a bit of insight but actually confuses matters even more as to it’s beginning.

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Whirling Dervish Lure

Whirling Dervish Lure

The Whirling Dervish Lure is interesting antique lure. The lure itself is made plastic in the form of a drill bit of sorts. The lure dances across the top of the water as does its namesake across the dance area. The lure has a single trailing dressed treble hook. The Whirling Dervish was made by the Whirling Dervish Bait company out of Oklahoma City. The lure was somewhere in the late 40’s early 1950’s. The antique lure is shown in its correct box, and was available in 2 different sizes as well as a host of antique lure colors.

The Whirling Dervish gets its name from the action it makes while being retrieved. The Whirling Dervish is what we as westerners has called a certain sect or Turkish folk of the Mevlevi Order. They lived in what we might call coisters or monasteries, like monks. The group gets its name from the religious rituals it performs.

As written on another page: “The rituals of the Rumi’s followers (Whirling Dervishes) are among the enduring as well as the most exquisite ceremonies of spirituality. The ritual whirling of the dervishes is an act of love and a drama of faith. It possesses a highly structured form within which the gentle turns become increasingly dynamic as the individual dervishes strive to achieve a state of trans. The music that accompanies the whirling from beginning to end ranges from somber to rhapsodical; its effect is intended to be mesmerizing. Chanting of poetry, rhythmic rotation, and incessant music create a synthesis which, according to the faithful, induces a feeling of soaring, of ecstasy, of mystical flight.”

Although the lure is not high in monetary value, its exceedingly hard to find to add to you miscellaneous antique lure collection.

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Makinen Wonder Lure

Makinen Wonder Lure

The Makinen Wonder Lure was made by Makinen Tackle Company from Kaleva Michigan. The lure was first introduced in 1947. Some of the earlier Makinen lure were made of wood, the Wonder Lure however is made of tenite. The lure is 2 1/2″ inches in length, features a round diving lip, and a spinner on each side to replicate fins. The rear hardware is a through wire with small trebles on each side. The lure shown comes in the correct box with paper work. The lure is stenciled across the bridge of the back with its name, and underneath stamped into the diving lip plate Makinen.

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Spiral Lure and Box

Spiral Lure

The Spiral Lure was originally introduced in 1935. This antique lure was made in Detroit Michigan. This lure has a single forward line tie and rotates on a wire frame when retrieved through the water. The lure was Made by the Spiral Tackle Company, and I do believe this is the only lure they made. The accompanying box states “Retrieve this lure slow of fast, action galore on every cast”.

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2016-06-19T02:59:30+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Spiral Lure and Box

Anderson Minnow Lure

Anderson Minnow Lure

The Anderson Minnow Lure is a fun miscellaneous bait and falls in the spring loaded category. This lure first made in 1949 by the Anderson Bait Company out of Chicago, Illinois. The lure was offered up in frog, perch or red head paint scheme finishes. The hook would lock into place on this lure and when a fish struck it , it would release the hook. The wooden lure measures 3 5/8″ in length has a forward line tie that is affix to a front plate screwed into the lure. The single hook is secured to the front plate as well. The box states, “It Floats It Dives Its Weedless, Throw me in a Lilly pad and Ill come back with a Prize”.

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Wilson Bassmerizer Lure

Wilson Bassmerizer Lure

The Wilson Bassmerizer Lure was first introduced in 1917. Wilson or the Hastings Sporting Goods Company out of Hastings, Michigan had been in business for a half dozen years by this point and had produced a handful of lures. The Bassmerizer is a no eyed, wooden lure, with a diving plane at each end at a different angle. Thus allowing the fisherman to attach at the line tie on either end to swim shallow or deeper upon retrieval. The antique lure has three belly treble hooks, two attached via screw eye cup rig hardware and the third attached via one of the line ties.

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Donaly Redfin Minnow Lure

Donaly Redfin Minnow Lure

The Donaly Redfin Minnow Lure is one of those pre 1920’s lures that’s a treasure to hold or own. The lure was made in 1911 with some indications that it may have been earlier. That makes this wooden glass eyed antique lure over a century old. I only hope I can hold up as well as this lure. Having lived through 2 Great World Wars a Great Depression and a series of conflicts Id say its in pretty nice shape. This 100+ year old lure is hand painted in either green and white, or red and white color finishes. The antique lure has three adorning flasher fins and measures in at 3 1/4″ in length. The Redfin lure having a double hook under the belly and a single hook at the rear. Jim Donaly of Newark New Jersey, would give us collectors and fisherman another lure late in the 20’s that wold last decades after its patent procured from Heddon. The famous Wow antique lure that would become the Crazy Crawler. Jim Donaly was not a one horse show and made a half dozen or more lures spanning a few decades.

The late ought’s and early teen years were bristling with fishing lure competition. We see some of the greatest lure makers of all time emerge in this 15 year time span. Sport fishing was just coming into its own with advents in both fishing technology and media to get the word out about it. We see iconic sporting magazines such as Field and Stream offer fishing contests with $2000 first prizes. We also see a lot of fishing gluttony and pressure on the species, even as early as 1901 with the Sturgeon collapse in Oregon due to over fishing. Its nothing to see old photos with a single fishers catch being in the 20’s. So while these were the some of the greatest times for fishing lures and makers this also would be the spark to light the fuse for us to end up being our own worst enemy.

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Jacobs Polly Frog Lure

Jacobs Polly Frog Lure

   The Jacobs Polly Frog Lure was patented in 1942, and as stated on its box “Being a lure for all game fish”. From the already famous maker of the Jacobs Hoss or Horse Fly lure, we see a new offering. The Polly Frog antique fly lure was available in 4 Size: 1 1/4″, 2″, 2 1/2″ and 3″ in length. This wooden painted eye, almost always yellow with black iris is a great little catch. The lure is multi-segmented, the front sphere shaped spots the forward line tie and a single double hook underneath the antique lure. The aft section of the lure being the legs, has two single hooks partially covered by colorful tufts of hair. The lure was made in a variety or an array of colors ranging from the traditional frog color to black and white, blue and yellow, red and white, black and yellow, solid gold and many others. Needles to say Edward Lee Jacobs or E.L. Jacobs to whom most refer had another great lure to add to his already Vicksburg Michigan fly and fishing lure offerings.

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2016-06-19T02:01:30+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Jacobs Polly Frog Lure

Barracuda Reyhu Lure

Barracuda Reyhu Lure

The Barracuda Reyhu Lure is a small wooden 2 1/2″ fishing lure. The antique lure was made by The Florida Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company, Barracuda Brand and was found in the 1950’s. The Lure can also be found under the Dandy Lures brand out of Tampa Florida in the Orange Clear top box. The lure can be found in raised eye as well as glass eye and in an assortment of different color finishes.  The lure has a good size diving li equal to about 25 percent of hits body. The lure a series Number #20 in the Barracuda Brand line up was stated as “A slow sinking small bait with lifelike motion”.

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Dolly Rotator Lure

Dolly Rotator Lure

The Dolly Rotator lure is a Hard Plastic multi segmented lure. This antique lures rear end is in the shape of a cork screw rotating the rear half while the front segment stays stationary. The lure measures 3 7/8″ in length and is Circa 1964. Ive only ever seen the red and white version so I’m not sure if it was made in any other color combinations.

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2016-06-19T01:36:26+00:00 March 27th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Dolly Rotator Lure

Outing Bassy Getum Lure

Outing Bassy Getum Lure

The Outing Bassy Getum lure is Circa 1926. The antique lure is a hollow, painted brass lure. As you can guess the paint doesn’t like to stick to these after they were used a few times. The fishing lure was made by the Outing Manufacturing company from Elkhart Indiana. Outing made a variety of camping and outdoor gear in the early 1920’s. The lure resembling a bass was painted in a few different variations. The antique lure is 3 7/8″ in length and has the line tie under the chin, and two trailing treble hooks. The company was wanted by the antique fishing lure company giant Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan for its tackle box and acquired the lures were no longer produced. You can also find a myriad of tackle boxes including the coveted Heddon Outing Green Crackle Back tackle box.

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2016-06-19T01:26:38+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Outing Bassy Getum Lure

Chase a Bug Lure

Chase A Bug Lure

The Chase a Bug Lure is just a really really neat neat lure out of Detroit Michigan, and made in a great looked molted green color. The fishing lure was made by Leo Krozaleski, the founder of Leon Tackle Company. The Chase a Bug when pulled through the water spins the propeller moving the mouth up and down, or open and closed, intimating a fish eating. This antique lure is made of plastic is 3″ in length and has two treble hooks. I’m uncertain if the box with it is the correct, that how it was found. The antique fishing lure dates to 1956 and was made in a variety of colors, I don’t believe it lasted very long or was a successful fish catcher. While it may not get credit for being an all around fish getting machine, it gets extra points in the cool or neat column.

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2016-12-08T18:41:34+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Chase a Bug Lure

Drake Sea Bat Lure in Box

Drake Sea Bat

This Drake Sea Bat lure in the box is circa 1932. This interesting lure has 2 adjustable diving planes on each side affixed via tube. Inside the tube there is a BB that makes the lure turn into a rattle lure. The lure was made by Harry Drake from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I believe the lure was only offered in red and white. The lure has a forward line tie and 2 trailing treble hooks.

As the box states “The new sensational bait for all game fish. Has adjustable fins for shallow or deep fishing. With its unique side to side action and trail of bubble from hollow tube the Sea Bat is a Killer. The Bait Does the Trick. To adjust fins, loosen Brass Screw 1/2 Turn. Set fins as desired and tighten screw lightly. When fins are set in line with the body bait travels near surface. When inclined slightly downward, bait travels at greater depth.”

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Tumble Bug Lure Ross Bait Company

Tumble Bug Lure

The Tumble Bug lure was first made in 1947. This fine antique lure is another post WWII produced lure and was made by Ross Bait Company of Akron Ohio. This plastic chunk type antique lure and is 3″ in length. The lure was made of molded or formed plastic and had a dual weed guard and a single affixed hook. Self Labeled Americas Phenomenal Fish Catching Weedless Surface Bait for All Game Fish. The fishing lure is shown housed in the correct box, and period catalog appealing to antique lure collectors by making it a complete package.

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2016-06-18T20:33:44+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Tumble Bug Lure Ross Bait Company

Bubble Sally Lure With Box

Bubble Sally Lure

The Bubble Sally lure first showed up in 1948. Fair Play Industries out of Detroit Michigan put out 2 lures that focused on a antique lure niche using effervescence. The antique fishing lure itself was only 3/4″ in length attached to a spinner and housed or held the bubble action tablet. There were a few makers that differentiated themselves by inserting pills that would bubble or bleed or propel the antique fishing lure. With this new in the box example you can see the antique lure, box insert and a full bottle of the bubble action tablets.

Bubble Sally Lure

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Wonder State Bug R Bird Lure

Wonder State Bug R Bird Lure

The Wonder State Bug R Bird Lure is a great miscellaneous antique fishing lure. The lure was made in Helena Arkansas, Circa 1948. The lure is pretty scarce to find and the box even more so, as the company was in business for only a single year. The box states on a side label; You’ll find a lot of Satisfaction in Using W.S.P Co. Lures You’ll Like their Life Like Action which Fools the Fish and Pleases the Fisherman.

The antique lure itself resembles a bowling pin wooden painted body with 2 tufts of hair in almost the same manner Creek Chub used on the Ding Bat. The lure was made in three different sizes. The antique lure has a large front bill where the line tie and leader is attached, and a surface type hardware on the belly and Bell on the rear holding the two weedless treble hooks. On some of the lure the name is stenciled into the back. There was a plastic version as well although it never made it into full production.

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2017-12-02T07:20:55+00:00 March 19th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Wonder State Bug R Bird Lure

Staley Johnson Twin Min Lure

Staley Johnson Twin Min Lure

The Staley Johnson Twin Min Lure was first introduced in 1947. This wooden, painted, antique lure was made to give the impression of a school of fish by having two lures attached. The fishing lure had dual wooden bodies affixed to a metal frame underneath with 3 smaller treble hooks held on by bands. The metal bar is usually marked patent pending. Excellent for Bass Pike and Gamefish the Box Proclaims. Action, Color, Thrills the side label reads A Gold Band Lure. The antique lure was made in Ft. Wayne Indiana, and is shown with its original box marked Model F101. The lure shown had a hard to find box flyer in the package combo, showing the $1.30 advertised price.

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Trip Lure Atomic Fishing

Trip Lure Atomic Fishing

The Trip Lure was made by Atomic Fishing Tackle Division of S&G Products in Bogota New Jersey. This obscure antique fishing lure dates to the end of WWII, Circa 1946. The antique lure falls into the spring loaded hook category with some others such as the EZ Way. The Trip Atomic Fishing Lure measures 2″ in length, and is a spring loaded action lure allowing the side hooks to open upon being struck by the prey fish. The fishing lure has a front rotating half of prop. I’ve seen the lure in a few different pastel shades but I’m uncertain of how many colors were offered over all.

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2016-06-18T19:20:19+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Trip Lure Atomic Fishing

Dickens Weedless Wonder Lure

Dickens Weedless Wonder Lure

The Dickens Weedless Wonder lure first emerged roughly around 1920. The Dickens Bait Company was located in Ft. Wayne Indiana. The lure came in its own labeled “Weedless Wonder” patent applied for two piece cardboard box as shown, marked 63 on the ends. The box described itself as being “A surface bait for fishing over weeds, lily pads, splatter docks and rushes”. A Game Fish Getter, the lure has cut out notches a single forward line tie and has a upturned dressed fly single hook. Overall this antique lure measures in at 1 3/4″ inches in length.

Dickens Weedless Wonder Lure

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Jet Jiggler Lure

Jet Jiggler Antique Lure

The Jet Jiggler lure was “Built with Jet Action” or so at least the box says. This antique lure is circa 1960 and measures 3″ in length. The lure was made by KO Plug Company Yonkers, New York. This nifty lure has a hole through the center of the lure allowing water in and to propel the lure upon its exit. I’ve seen a half dozen or so of these and some in different colors so I’m assuming the YE printed on the box end label stand for its color code. The lure comes in a great picture box depicting the lure and as its in use.

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2016-06-18T02:33:55+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Jet Jiggler Lure

Judas Frog Lure Sporting Industries

Judas Frog Lure

The Judas Frog Lure was made in 1947.  We see a lot of lures especially novelty type lures being made after WWII, as all the men return from the war wanting to spend time doing recreational things. This also is the beginning of the Baby Boom era and generation, and America returning to normalcy and producing items for recreation instead of war. Almost ever industry whether it be housing, industrial, recreational reaped the benefits of a country who was riding high on its recent victory and turning its focus back from its focus on War.

Made by Sporting Industries, in Chicago Illinois. Measuring 3 5/8″ in length, this plastic frog with a permanent finish has 2 trailing treble hooks one at the belly and one at the aft end attached to the closed legs. The lure has a small plain front diving plane or lip. This great frog lure example I believe was only offered in the green an black spot frog coloring shown. The lure nicknamed “The Fish Betrayer Supreme” from its obvious namesake Judas from the Bible. The lure is popular with frog specific and misc lure collectors alike. The yellow border, brown white and blue box touts patent pending and that the lure is “The Supreme Bait for Bass and Walleyes.” The box for the Judas Frog Lure is marked 375 Tr on the end flap and I’m uncertain to the meaning of its designation.

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2016-06-17T23:21:42+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Judas Frog Lure Sporting Industries

Abbey Imbrie Ghost Fishing Lure

Abbey Imbrie Ghost Lure

The Abbey Imbrie Ghost Lure comes from one of the larger jobbers in American fishing history was Abbey and Imbrie. Although its roots are decades deeper the company itself was founded in 1875 via merger, Abbey and Imbrie’s reach into the various facets of the fishing tackle history would run long and deep. From famous antique lure makers such as Heddon to Horrocks Ibbotson to antique reel makes like Montague Abbey & Imbrie like many other large wholesalers would market their brand on someone else’s work.

Patented in 1898 the Abbey & Imbrie Ghost was a hollow 4 sided spinning antique fishing lure. The antique Abbey and Imbrie lure is 2″ inches in length, and made of aluminum. The Ghost lure has a single feather dressed trailing treble hook to secure its catch. It can be found often with a single colored bead inserted on the housing. The hollow tube shape has bent wings protruding from its side to act as propellers while it travels through the water on retrieval. The Ghost is easy to identify as its name maker and patent date on one of the sides.

 

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Abbey Imbrie Antique Lure Catalog 1884 Abbey Imbrie Antique Lure Catalog 1884

2016-10-26T11:41:26+00:00 March 1st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Abbey Imbrie Ghost Fishing Lure

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