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Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

The Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout was first introduced in 1941. This strange looking plastic, raised painted eye lure, was the Paw Paw Bait Company model series #3500. The lure originally called a Wham Doodle, which was made of wood with whats referred to as an alligator eye. The lure features two sets of small treble hooks on each side of the lure adjoined with unique hardware, the same of which appears on the Flap Jack lure. The lure has always been popular with collectors and was available in many different colors to look for. I’ve never figured out what they were trying to mimic, possibly a small duckling.

Some of the colors that available and the corresponding color numbers are:

01 Perch Scale 
04 White with Red Head
06 Shad Scale
07 Pike Scale (Shown Below)
08 Frog
23 Dace
24 Rainbow Trout (Shown in Gallery)
25 Orange With Black Spots
29 Black with Silver Flash (Shown in Gallery)
34 Yellow with Black Spots
39 Golden Shiner
40 Purple Scale

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout Gallery

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Black with Silver Flash Code 29

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Pike Scale Code 07

2017-12-19T08:23:41+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

The Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure is created in the late 1950’s early 1960’s. This antique fishing lure made by Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan and was a lure model series number 5500. This wooden lure measured in at 4″ inches in length and was a top water fished lure. The fishing lure features a single line tie attached to the inverted notched or concave mouth. The lure has 3 treble hooks secured by surface hardware, to secure its prey once it is caught. The antique lure features a single rear spinner to aid in the maintaining coarse and making some noise during its retrieval. The Plenty Sparkle’s most distinguishing traits were its rhinestone eyes and the five rhinestones inset into its belly, thus lending to the legitimacy of the name of the lure. There was a few in the Plenty Sparkle family, the Jr., and the Darter, but the 5500 series was the largest of them all.  I’ve got 4 Great Color examples highlighted in the galleries including some real tough ones.

The Plenty Sparkle antique fishing lure was available in the following color schemes or patterns.

5500 Yellow Belly Silver Scale (Shown in First Gallery)
5501 Natural Perch
5504 Red Head White
5508 Frog White Belly
5509 Yellow, with Red and Black Spots (Shown Below)
5510 Frog Yellow Belly
5511 Black with Gold and Red Spots (Shown Below)
5512 Silver Flash (Shown Below)
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2017-12-19T08:29:58+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

The Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure is a kind of a misunderstood lure, starting with its own name, as its not a Sucker but and Old Chub Lure. This antique fishing lure dates into the 1930’s with its target market being large game fish such as the larger Bass, the Great Northern Pike and Muskie. The Paw Paw Bait Company located in Paw Paw Michigan donned it a model 4000.

Despite the erroneous information most of the written lure guides out there have printed, giving it a everything from a model 2700 to a 2400, its a model 4000. This Paw Paw Bait Company wooden lure has painted tack eyes two treble hooks and measures roughly 4 1/4″ in length. The antique lure has a traditional cup style hardware on the belly of the lure, and uses a screw eye at the rear. The lure can be found in a couple different body shape variations, one being a bit taller than the other. 

This antique fishing lure is considered more scarce then your average Paw Paw fishing lure. The lure was produced in seven standard color finishes.

4003 – Green Scale
4004 – White, Red Head
4005 – Pearl Finish
4006 – Silver Scale
4007 – Gold Scale (Shown in the Gallery Below)
4008 – Frog Finish
4012 – Metallic Finish

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

2017-10-29T09:31:12+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

The Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure was the Paw Paw Bait Company’s answer to the industry craving for injured minnows. Imitation being the nearest and dearest sense of flattery, or just pure marketing trying to get a piece of what was a booming business for both Heddon and Creek Chub. Paw Paw entered the market earlier under a different name that’s written to have cause some issues with Creek Chub and its patent. This version of the Injured Minnow was the traditional Paw Paw Tack eyes and measures 3 1/2″ in length. The lure weighed in at a whopping 3/4 oz.

The Old Wounded Minnow antique fishing lure was given a model series 2500 in this form and dates to the late 30’s early 1940’s. The lure a standard 3 trebles, but they’ve offered a 2 Hook in this larger body size as well. The traditional painted cup rigging for the side hooks and the single screw eye for the rear. The wounded minnow like most of the injured industry wide series, and swam on its side to replicate an injured fish. The lure can also be found with Moonlight props but more often than not you will find them with the cheaper, more thin Paw Paw floppy props.

The lure can be found in a host of colors, making it fun to collect and sometimes easy on the wallet, depending […]

2017-10-29T09:39:04+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure

Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure

The Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure sounds like a name given to everyone favorite uncle. While it may not be a part of our own lineage the Crazy Mike lure is part of the Flap Jack Family series of lures released in the early 1940’s. This antique fishing lure is 3 1/2″ inches in length and made of a transparent type plastic.

So the lure collector walks in the bar and says, “Hey Bartender, Which one in here is Crazy Mike?” Bartender looks around and says, “Hes the one over there, the one with the two hookers!” Sorry for my bad joke of the day.

The lure was Paw Paw Bait Company of Michigan’s model series number 3300. The lure has two treble hooks,  one mid section held on with surface type hardware, the other place on the aft of the lure. The antique lure has a line tie on the front portion of the lure. The Transparent Crazy Mike is housed in two piece plastic slide top box. Besides the Yellow Scale shown the lure was available in the following colors:

3301 Yellow Scale (Shown in Gallery)
3302 Green Scale
3304 White Red Head Silver Ribs
3306 Silver Scale
3307 Green Silver Flash
3313 Orange Scale Black Ribs, Red Head (Shown in Gallery)
3329 Black Silver Flitter
3300NR Neon Red
3300SY Sodium Yellow
3300FO Fire Orange
3300SG Saturn Green

2017-08-07T08:07:51+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure

Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

The Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure was introduced in the 1950’s, made by the Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan. This version of the Paw paw Bait Company lure arsenal was given a model 3600. This plastic fishing lure measures 3 1/2″ in length and weighs in at 3/4 oz.

Most commonly mistaken for a Helin Flat Fish, the early version of this Antique Lure uses a specific, easily identifiable hardware. The early 1950’s version has a hook hardware that uses a ball and socket type enclosure, in a way like your arm socket. The hardware was also used on the collector favorite, Paw Paw Platypus. The Flap Jack for Paw Paw was the base lure or standard used in the creation of whopping 12 other lure models. The Paw Paw Flap Jack antique lure is a great one to collect, with all the different variations of the lure and the multitude of colors one is able to find it can keep you busy for a while, not to mention not break the bank along the way.

The Flap Jack Came Standard in 15 Different colors:

3604 – White, Red and Black Spots
3607 – Pike Scale
3608 – Natural Frog
3612 – Silver Flitters
3625 – Orange, Red and Black Spots (Shown Below)
3629 – Black, Silver Flitters
3630 – Light Orange, Red Tip, Black Top […]

2017-08-07T08:04:13+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

The Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure had been around for some time before this version was introduced after 1960. The lure made in Paw Paw Michigan, by the Paw Paw Bait Company, was the final metamorphosis of a lure that had seen both body, hook and size and paint and size modifications. This version of the Weedless Wotta Frog or The Weedless Wow antique lure was given a model series number 75.

This wooden antique lure measured in at 2″ in length. The lure was adorn with its over sized glass eyes and a single forward line tie for retrieval. The lure retained its weedless  properties as it still employed the use of the two rear facing single wires to direct the weeds away from it’s hooks.

From a visual stand point his version of the lure took its body shape from the best selling Paw Paw Wotta Frog. The two afixes single hooks were replaces with a single double hook exiting the rear of the lure. The hair that was used to disguise these hooks was changed, and a set of two rubber legs were affixed to the side of the lure with screw eyes. These legs were a light flimsy type of rubber, and were akin to a more realistic swiming action as the antique fishing lure was retrieved through the water.

We saw another change with the model series […]

2017-07-25T07:17:03+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

The Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure is probably the most synonymous with the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw, Michigan. Although it should be the Floating Bait line, the Pikaroon with its sleek sexy looks and curves, woos most collectors its way. The Pikaroon wasn’t originally a Moonlight Bait like the Floater, it was a Silver Creek Lure akin to the Polly-Wog. The standard series line as shown in the gallery below is a series 1000. This wooden, glass eyed beauty measures in at roughly 4 – 4 1/4″ in length.

The lure has it’s telltale pointed nose, and its triangular shaped head which is the widest point of the body of the lure. The Pikaroon then tapers backwards towards the aft of the lure to a width that seemingly is just wide enough to hook the rear hook. The Pikaroon Antique Fishing Lure, the model 1000 has only 2T, or trebles to secure its catch. Both being held into the wooden lure via a simple screw eye rigging. The lure is most often found with it pointed upwards glass eye, but during the transition to the Paw Paw Bait Company in 1928 you will be able to locate some painted eye versions.

Moonlight Pikaroon Lure Catalog Cut Moonlight Pikaroon Lure Catalog Cut

Pikaroon Minnow

No. 1000

There’s only one Pikaroon – it’s something more than a mere […]

2017-07-25T07:22:39+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

The Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures are a very distinctive and identifiable series within the Paw Paw Antique Lure line up. The Bonehead refers to Paw Paws molted brown spotted or striped finish. The antique lures were first produced in 1956 and lasted for roughly 8 years. The lures were always found with the tell tale rhinestone eyes, some that were clear and or sometimes ruby in color. I have photos of most all the antique lures offered in the Bonehead finish and will share over time.

The Southern Torpedo Minnow Lure measures 4″ in length not including the hardware. You’ll notice that this lure has painted tack eyes instead of the traditional rhinestone variations. The lure has 3T held on my surface hardware and is made in the same shape of its other Paw Paw torpedo brothers. Ironically the lure  was given a series number 2455, the 2400 is the same model number Paw Paw gave to one of its Torpedo lines.

Paw Paw Bonehead Southern Torpedo Minnow

The Jointed Swap Minnow was 2 3/4″ inches in length and was a series #12-B. The smallish antique lure has a un-jointed brother as well in Paw Paws lure lineup. The lure shown is housed in the typical plain wood grained Paw Paw Box and I’m uncertain what era or outfit might have sold these for them.

Paw Paw […]

2017-07-25T07:27:45+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

Paw Paw Croaker Lure

Paw Paw Croaker Lure

The Paw Paw Croaker Lure is one of a series of lures that used real frog skin to cover the wooden bait. The lure itself made by the Paw Paw Bait Company out of Paw Paw, Michigan. This antique lure was first introduced in 1940 and was made of wood measuring 3″ in length. The wood blank would then be covered by stretching frog skin from front to back encapsulating the lure blank. Paw Paw used black beaded eyes instead of the traditional painted eye Paw Paw used on most of its fishing lures.  The Croaker Lure to secure its prey used two trailing treble hooks, the center of which used a cup rig for stability, while the rear using the traditional screw eye.

Paw Paw offered a half dozen or so selected fishing lures that were covered in frog skin, the pikie, the croaker, the plunker and injured minnow among them. Unfortunately the skin will over time dry and become brittle if subjected to the elements. 

The smallest fly rod sized croaker is a prize to find and very collectible. The lure definitely appeals to multiple niches or vertical segments inside the lure collecting world, from frog only enthusiasts to Paw Paw Lure collectors and there are even collectors of just antique lures covered in frog skin. There are many lure makers from Eger, to Top Frog,  Shakespeare, Paw Paw and many others that utilized natural […]

2017-07-10T07:38:55+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Croaker Lure

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure

The Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure was first seen around 1923. The Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan gave this model a series number 2500. By far and away one of the cooler and my favorite Moonlight lures. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 4 1/4″ in length. This slender and sleek looking lure feature two forward facing glass eyes. At the front of the eyes in the center of the pointed nose is the single forward line tie. This lure was made for large wall eye lures or the great northern pike.

This antique lures most eye catching quality is it has a long single hook attached to the belly of the lure and at the tail. The lure is held to the body with a screw and on the aft end of the lure there is a modified hollowed out barrel swivel to allow some but not much movement laterally.

The lure was cataloged in six different color versions

2501 Red Head Gold Body
2503 Green Scale
2504 Red Body White Head
2507 Gold Scale
2508 Blue Scale
2509 Yellow Perch

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure Photo Gallery

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure Catalog Page

A Sportsmans single hook lure, made especially for the Ike Walton’s. Great for Walleye Pike, Great Northern Pike and Pickerel. The No. 7 Hook fastens to the body by a loose sliding […]

2017-06-26T08:37:42+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure

Moonlight Pollywog Lure

Moonlight Pollywog Lure

The Moonlight Pollywog Lure, is a series model 700. This antique lure dates to the mid 1920’s. This pointed nose, sloping body, wooden, antique lure is one that is most synonymous with the Silver Creek Brand. Silver Creek as a company which was acquired by the  Moonlight Lure Company in the early 1920’s. The Pollywog lure measures in at 4″ in length, has screw eye hardware holding its 2T or trebles. The glass eyed lure below in the Photo Gallery is painted in a wonderful Moss Back color, code 03, and a Red Head White Pattern, Code 04. Below is a catalog cut from the 1925 Moonlight Brand Minnows Catalog.

Polly-Wog No. 700 Series

The most successful killer made. Has the dip, dive and wiggle of a real fish under motion, travel about fourteen inches under the water with ordinary reeling and floats when not being reeled. Length 4 inches, weight 3/4 ounce. Furnish in the following colors.

701 – Yellow
702 – Rainbow
703 – Moss Back (Shown in Gallery)
704 – Red & White (Shown in Gallery)
705 – Yellow & Black Spots 
706 – White Black Stripes
707 – White
708 – Yellow Perch
709 – Horned Ace

Moonlight Pollywog Lure Moonlight Pollywog Lure

Moonlight Pollywog Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:40:03+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Moonlight Pollywog Lure

Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure

Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure

The Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure was first produced in 1953, crafted in the same fashion as the logo on the popular adult beverage. The lure falls into a few categories in the antique lure world. Collectors who amass Logo or advertising lures, those who collect “Brewerina”, and finally those who collect metal and or Paw Paw Lures. The lure itself was made in Paw Paw Michigan by the Paw Paw Bait company.

This antique fishing lure measure 2 3/4″ in length. The lure has a single treble hook fixed to the body of the lure with a split shot ring. The lures were often sold on a counter stand up cardboard display. The lure is stamped on the reverse for identification purposes for both the manufacture and the advertiser. I tend to think if not from a pure novelty standpoint this lure would have to have been made for trolling for thirsty fish.

Shown in the gallery below is an example shown with its very tough and some may even use the word rare to find box and insert. While I’ve sold dozens of the lure by itself over the last few decades this is the first one Ive seen in a box.

Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-14T08:41:07+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure

Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure

Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure

The Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure was first introduced in the early 1920’s by the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw, Michigan. This wooden, glass eyed lure was deemed a series 1900 before being Called a Zig Zag which was previously used on another earlier Minnow. This jointed or segmented two piece lure is held together with a screw eye type rigging and measures 3 1/4″ in length. The lure features a slanted and notched out head, mouth or front section which holds the small leader that comes pre-attached to the antique lure line tie. The Zig Zag has two treble hooks one on each of the segments secured to the lure with a screw eye.

The 1900 was available in six different colors:
1901     Red Head Gold Body
1903     Green Scale
1904     Red Head White Body
1907     Gold Scale ( As Shown in the Photo Gallery Below)
1908     Blue Scale
1909     Yellow Perch

Here’s a copy from a page of my 1920’s Moonlight Antique Fishing Lure Catalog:

No. 1900 Series

A Perfect Jointed lure that wobbles the head and wiggles the tail. A real substitute for live minnows. He will struggle on the surface like a helpless cripple, or he will swim vigorously under the water like a frightened minnow. It is hard to believe that any lure will ever be invented that […]

2017-04-15T07:31:45+00:00 April 15th, 2017|1 Comment

Paw Paw Hipp Lure

Paw Paw Hipp Lure

The Paw Paw Hipp lure as it was named by Scott and Reed in the Paw Paw book is a unidentified or unnamed lure. The lure is a green and gold spotted flat face wobbler. The lure is 3 3/8″ in length and resembles a Rush Tango made bait. Reed and Scott go on to state the lure may have been made H&I but painted by Paw Paw. Those 2 co-authored a great book and you should buy it should you get your hands on one.

Paw Paw Hipp Lure Gallery

2017-03-30T08:51:10+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Hipp Lure

Paw Paw Hair Mouse lure

Paw Paw Hair Mouse Lure

The Paw Paw Hair Mouse lure is a great little critter type antique lure. Popular with Mice and general collectors alike, the lure is circa 1930’s. The lure is a series number 60 in the Paw Paw Bait Company lure line up. The lure is the smaller version of the 2 natural hair mice produced. The antique fishing lure used real dear hair, that is banded at the head and again 75 percent of the way down the body. The lure can be seen below having a front prop on some and not on others.  Regardless of the front hardware, all have a single trailing treble hook in the rear of the lure.

Along with the body variations and prop vs non-prop the Paw Paw Mouse Lure can be found painted in a coouple  different colors, red or gray etc.

Paw Paw Natural Hair Mouse Lure Gallery

2017-03-30T08:40:00+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Hair Mouse lure

Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow lure

Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow

The Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow lure was first introduced in 1941. The antique lure is shown housed in a I Go For Lucky Lures Red box. This antique lure made in Paw Paw, Michigan, would go through a series of body and weight changes over its lifespan. Ranging in size from 2 1/”- 3 1/2″ in length this painted eye antique wooden lure was a Paw Paw Lure series model number 1500. The lure also has a bigger brother, a series 2500 Old Wounded Minnow, and the two can be differentiated by the number of hooks. The Young Wounded minnow having 2 trebles to secure its catch once caught, as well as a forward and aft revolving unmarked propellers. The antique lure was made to swim on its side and was Paw Paw’s version of the very popular lures, the Injured Minnow and SOS made by Creek Chub and Heddon respectively.

The Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow Lure came in a variety of colors:

1501 Yellow Perch
1503 Green, Gold Dots, or Green Gold Scale (Shown Below)
1504 White Red Head (Shown Below)
1505 Rainbow
1506 Pike Scale
1507 Gold Scale
1508 Frog
1512 Silver Flitter
1523 Dace
1529 Black Flitter
1539 Gold Shiner Scale

Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow Lure Gallery

2017-03-07T09:21:51+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow lure

Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure

Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure

The Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure from the 1940’s is a lure who history is riddle with confusion, misconceptions, false identification and even patent infringements. This lure had me pulling out my hair for a while trying to figure out what it was. Its body style said Pike, its marked curved diving lip and hardware said Paw Paw, however its size said Dreadnought. Moving from book to book I couldn’t officially quite put my finger on it. I shouldn’t feel bad because even Paw Paw themselves had quite an identity crisis with the Pike line up. As a noted jobber for many many other companies, Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan would produced the Pike antique lure line up, albeit sometimes nothing like its original form. The lure would range from no eyes, to tack eyes, even in rare instances glass eyes. The Pike can be found with different features such as groove heads to plain or flat heads. Changing model numbers, shapes, and forms Paw Paw even drew the ire of the Creek Chub bait company for patent infringement on its widely successful Pikie Minnow. You can read more about the Paw Paw Pike in Reed and Scotts book on page 134-137.

I finally stumbled across this lure in a book and it put my mind to ease that I was the only one it confused. The lure is shown on page 193 of Scott and Reeds […]

2017-01-17T09:24:11+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure

Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

The Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure was introduced in the 1940’s. This gigantic wooden lure was made to fish the beasts of the great north country. It should be no surprise that the Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan would have a series that directly target large fresh and salt water game fish. The model 5100 would fit that bill, and offer fishermen a myriad of options and colors. These lures were the largest lures that Paw Paw would make in its half a century history. As Heddon had its larger series Musky and Giant Vamp series Paw Paw had the Dreadnought.

This large wooden lure would measure in at around 6 1/4″ in length and tip the scales at a whooping 2 3/8 oz. The lure as true to its maker would only be offered in a painted tack eye model. The lure could be purchased in a straight series or jointed as shown in the gallery below. This jointed antique fishing lure is one of the early model as shown with the “Piano” hinge style of connecting the two halves. The lure has three over size hooks to guarantee its hold on it’s catch once the strike has been made.

The Jointed Dreadnought was offered in roughly 9 standard finishes.

5100 – Shiner
5100T – Trout
5100C – Chub
5101 – Yellow Perch
5104 – Red Head White Body (Shown in […]

2017-01-17T09:25:00+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Lure

Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Lure

The Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Lure was first introduced in the early 1920’s. This jointed version of the Famous Pikaroon made by the Moonlight Bait Company. The lure comes from the acquisition of the Silver Creek Novelty Work’s either through ingenuity or process. This wooden glass eyed minnow was given a model series number 2000. With the lure and it’s wiggle action in mind the lure is hinged just forward of its mid-line.

The lure resembles that of the straight version, a flatter horizontal antique lure than most of the round body underwater minnows on the market. The front half having its two glass eyes, with its nose tapering to a point. Just back from its tip of the nose of the lure is it’s single forward line tie. The lure uses the simple screw eye to hold its two treble hooks.

The lure came standard in six different color finishes. Moonlight used some of the typical color palates of the era as well as expounding on a few using it’s wonderful rendition of the Deep Blues and Golds and Yellows.

Jointed Pikaroon

2000 Series

More Lifelike than our jointed series cannot be designed. – Countless experiments have proven that this one pattern is most effective – theyre so attractive, so lifelike – that the big fellows cant resist them. Made in a range of colors that will suit the most finiky […]

2016-12-21T08:43:27+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Lure

Paw Paw Hungry Bass Lure

Paw Paw Hungry Bass Lure

The Paw Paw Hungry Bass Lure was produced roughly around the 1940’s. This lure is listed as a Unknown in the Paw Paw Bait Company Book written both Reed and Scott. They deem it the Hungry Bass so Ill follow their lead. This antique lure made of wood measures 3″ in length. The lure is shaped like a industry favorite, the Plunker. The lure was a top water fished popping lure with a rounded concave mouth forming to a point or nose on top. Inset into the mouth is the lures single forward line tie. The lure has two hooks to secure its catch, both secured with an eye screw rig.

The lures has painted eyes as most all Paw Paw lures. It’s main attribute pointing to Paw Paw as its manufacture, is the traditional Splatter Paint shown on many Paw Paw lures such as the Wotta Frog. This splatter is the same in application however its a black shading splatter instead of the usual.

Paw Paw Hungry Bass Lure

2016-12-13T09:34:15+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Paw Paw Hungry Bass Lure

Paw Paw Musky Natural Hair Mouse Lure

Paw Paw Musky Natural Hair Mouse Lure

The Paw Paw Musky Natural Hair Mouse Lure was first introduced in 1929. This antique lure was had a wooden painted head and a stacked deer hair tail, with a large treble hook on the rear. This fishing lure is pretty big at 4 3/4″ in length. This was Paw Paw’s series number 80,and it had a smaller counter part that was made before it the series 60. The 60 can be found with both a spinner and non spinner versions, but the 80 never had one.

The standard cataloged colors on the Musky Sized Mouse Lure were

80   Gray

81   Yellow Head

84   Red Head

88   White Head

Paw Paw Musky Natural Hair Mouse Lure Gallery Both Red and Gray Finishes

2016-12-13T09:23:23+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Paw Paw Musky Natural Hair Mouse Lure

Moonlight Zig Zag Lure

Moonlight Zig Zag Lure

The Moonlight Zig Zag lure was first introduced around 1913. This early simple top water antique lure made by the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan was given a model Number Six. This wooden fishing lure with its front sloped face holds the forward line tie. The lure has three treble hooks to secure its catch, two held to the mid section with a washer or faceted screw eye type hardware. The rear treble attached to the end of the lure via a screw eye. The Zig Zag was available in a series of crudely painted colors, and wasn’t your typical end product fisherman were used to seeing. Thus it wasnt long lived in the Moonlight Antique lure line up.

Moonlight Zig Zag Lure Photo Gallery

Moonlight Zig Zag Antique Lure Patent

This is the Moonlight Zig Zag Antique Lure Patent. Besides the antique lure information provided inside magazine articles we can gather great amounts of information from the patents themselves.

1,086,256 ARTIFICIAL BAIT Ford R Wilber and Horace E Ball, Paw Paw, Mich. assignors to The Moonlight Bait Company Paw Paw Mich, Filed Sept 8 1913 Serial No 788,696 CI 43 30

1. A fish bait comprising a body having a forwardly downward extending face means secured to the face below a horizontal line passing through the center of gravity of the bait for attaching a […]

2016-10-26T11:41:09+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Moonlight Zig Zag Lure

Moonlight Floating Bait Lure

Moonlight Floating Bait Lure

The Moonlight Floating Bait Lure is a classic in the history of the american fishing industry. First advertised in 1909 as shown below this wooden collared floating bait was the foundation for the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan. The Floating Bait antique lure was a series Number #1 and this version was the three T for the three treble hooks.  Two of the hooks hanging from the body and one from the rear tail. The lure shown below is in a complete Luminous color pattern. The lure employs the use of a screw eye type hardware . Shown with it is the correct box used to house this antique fishing lure.

Ive shown below quite an array of the antique fishing lure ads used by the Moonlight company to advertise the floating bait.

Moonlight Floating Bait Lure Photo Gallery

 

Moonlight Floating Bait Ad 1909 Moonlight Floating Bait Ad 1909

Brother Fisherman,

If your business interferes with fishing give up your business or buy a Moonlight bait and fish in the evening. 

You will find night fishing delightful. To us, and that “us” represents thousands of users of Moonlight bait, it is all that is to be desired, with no possible regrets. It is cool, time is your own, it does not interfere with your business and the large fish are […]

2016-08-07T18:55:30+00:00 August 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Moonlight Floating Bait Lure

Moonlight Lady Bug Wiggler Lure

Moonlight Lady Bug Wiggler Lure

The Moonlight Lady Bug Wiggler Lure was first introduced in 1916. This wooden antique fishing lure was given the model series number 9, and measures 4″ in length. The lure looks a lot like a Pepper Roamer lure. This slanted head antique lure has a single forward line tie, has a set of glass eyes on the bottom of the head as if to look down into the water. The first version of the antique fishing lure had no eyes.  The lures features rope feelers or legs into the side of the lure. The Lady Bug Wiggler has two standard treble hook attached to catch its prey. The lure was available in only 3 colors, the red and white shown in the gallery below.

Shown below is one of the Lady Bug Wiggler Ads from Outdoor Recreation, Circa 1919.

Moonlight Lady Bug Wiggler Ad Moonlight Lady Bug Wiggler Ad

Moonlight Bait Company’s Latest Success

The Lady Bug Wiggler

Newest and Most attractive Lure for game fish ever invented. Floats when at rest, Dips, Dives, Zigs, Zags and swims when retrieved. The Bait with the Real Legs. Imitates the natural food for game fish. All who have seen it pronounce it “The Last Word” in bait design. Finished in our improved non peeling  celluloid enamels, handsomely colored and equipped with best grade nickle plated hooks and fastenings. The Lady […]

2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Moonlight Lady Bug Wiggler Lure

Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box

Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box

This Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box is a great example of a antique fly lure box. Collecting the lures themselves is just one piece of the Antique lure puzzle, or paradigm the boxes which house them and the paperwork inserts is another. Here is a classic example of a beautiful antique fly fishing lure box, dating back to the early 1930’s. For a short time in the 1930’s, less than a decade, Paw Paw fly rod lures were sold under a separate company than the regular lures. You will notice on the bottom of the box it states The Paw Paw Fly Company, from Paw Paw Michigan. Its said that this venture wasn’t of sound business sense or profitable so the fly fishing division or entity went back into the fold so to speak.

Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box Photo Gallery

2016-10-26T11:41:11+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box

Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad 1916

Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad

This Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad comes from a 1916 Shakespeare Lure catalog, yes that wasn’t a mistype. The Fish Spear is a classic Moonlight bait we don’t get to see advertised much due to the scarcity of early Moonlight antique fishing lure catalogs. I do find it amusing the show the model 586W, as if we we able to see any other colors its published in a black and white catalog.

Fish Spear 

Floats, Dives, Swims and Wiggles.

The two points for line attachment regulate the action of the “Spear”. By attaching the line to the end of the bait a surface bait is produced. By attaching line at top of patented plane, an under water bait results, which has a darting, diving, swimming and wiggling motion, like a live minnow.

When not in motion the bait floats. The faster its retrieved, the deeper it goes in the water and the more pronounced the wobbling motion.

Finished in our high grade non-peeling waterproof enamel, handsomely trimmed and decorated, and equipped with the best grade treble hooks. Made in the following styles:

No. 586W     Fish Spear Bait – White. Price Each  $ 0.65
No. 586R     Fish Spear Bait – Red. Price Each  $ 0.65
No. 586Y     Fish Spear Bait – Yellow. Price Each  $ 0.65
No. 586S     Fish Spear Bait – Spotted. Price Each  $ 0.75

2016-10-26T11:41:12+00:00 June 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad 1916

Moonlight Floating Bait Lure Ad 1910

Moonlight Floating Bait Lure Ad 1910

This Moonlight Floating Bait Lure Ad is from 1910 and sourced from the Outdoorsman’s Handbook. We see here a new lure just the year before produced by the Moonlight Bait Company from Paw Paw Michigan. You will notice however that the collar is the second version collar on the Floating Bait.

BROTHER FISHERMAN:

If your business interferes with fishing give up your business or buy a MOONLIGHT bait and fish in the evening. You will find night fishing delightful. To us, and that “us” represents thousands of users of MOONLIGHT bait, it is all that is to be desired with no possible regrets. It is cool, time is your own, it does not interfere with your business and the large fish are up.

FISH ARE NIGHT AND NOT DAY FEEDERS

You will not land all the strikes brother but the fight is half the fun. You will get your “FULL MONEY S WORTH” in the thrills of pleasure and expectancy in landing that BIG fellow which is sure to be yours if you Follow the Cosmic Urge. At all first class dealers or sent postage paid by us for $1.00.

 Your Brother Nimrods,

MOONLIGHT BAIT COMPANY

Exclusive Owners and Patentees

Paw Paw Michigan U S A ,

Moonlight Floating Bait Lure Ad 1910 Moonlight Floating Bait Lure Ad 1910 […]

2016-04-28T18:05:14+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Moonlight Floating Bait Lure Ad 1910

Moonlight 3 Hook Underwater Minnow Lure

Moonlight 3 Hook Underwater Minnow Lure

This Moonlight 3 Hook Underwater Minnow Lure dates to probably around 1928. The question as to why it took Moonlight 18 more years to jump into the popular style of fishing minnow we will never know. The 3T or 3 Hook glass eyed wooden lure features a forward and aft this style unmarked prop. This Moonlight Underwater Minnow Lure has painted eyes and is shown in what was a very popular Strawberry Spot color finish which was successful for other  makers such as Heddon and Pflueger. This underwater minnow lure has smaller cups than most underwater lures of this time and are attached via a screw eye. The antique fishing lure below is most likely a transitional lure going from Moonlight to Paw Paw.

Moonlight Underwater Minnow Lure Gallery

2016-06-23T15:28:07+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Comments Off on Moonlight 3 Hook Underwater Minnow Lure

Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure

Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure

The Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure was first introduced in 1963. The Woggle Bug series WB-900 shown with a lip, bears a striking similarity to the 20 year young Fred Arbogast Jitterbug Circa 1942, even the name is very similar to Jitterbug. The wooden, pressed and painted eye, antique fishing lure is 3″ in length and was 5/8 oz. The antique fishing lure was offered in 2 different sizes, the WB-900 being the larger and the WB-700 coming in at 2″ in length.

While at first the word Woggle Bug would seem unique in name and in nature however the word first appears in 1905 and was the title of a Children’s Book written by the same author as the famous Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum. From the book there was created Woggle-Bug postcards and buttons, a Woggle-Bug song, and a Woggle-Bug board game from Parker Brothers. The book like the lure never really took, or became as popular and was said to deliver zany absurdities. The Paw Paw Woggle Bug antique lure was found with and without the diving lip although its said to only have ever been found referenced in a catalog with the diving lip. The antique lure was labeled or stenciled on the belly, had a forward line tie on the lip creating a wake upon retrieval, and had 2 treble hooks to secure your catch.

Along with the Silver Flitter shown below in the […]

2016-10-26T11:41:23+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure