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Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow The Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow is certainly a beauty to behold. It has all the qualities of a classic fishing lure. This wooden antique lure was produced in two different models a 3", 3 Hook and a 4" 5 Hook minnow. I was reading a 1904 issue of National Sportsman today [...]

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

Shakespeare Tarpalunge Lure

Shakespeare Tarpalunge Lure This Shakespeare Tarpalunge antique fishing lure is a model #6640. This jointed, wooden antique Shakespeare lure is circa 1930 and has two very large single hooks. This antique Shakespeare salt water fishing lure measures in at  5 3/4 inches in length. The lure was touted to hold over a 200 lb dead pull [...]

By | 2017-04-03T19:59:50+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Tarpalunge Lure

Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure

Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure The Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure was released somewhere in the late 1920's. This unique bulbous or light bulb shaped wooden antique fishing lure was a model number 6555. Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan only made this fishing lure for less than a half a dozen years and it was gone in the [...]

By | 2017-04-12T08:00:38+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure

Shakespeare Evolution Lure

Shakespeare Evolution Lure The Shakespeare Evolution Lure was one of Shakespeare's earliest lures being first introduced in in 1902. There were a few versions of the lure which also corresponded to a few different length measurements. Shakespeare in their first catalog made its lures almost out of opposing or different materials. Its Revolution and Worden [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:50:09+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Evolution Lure

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team Many people are not aware of a Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team and a Antique Fishing Lure company relationship. Well its true, there is a tie in between Americas Favorite Past Times, Baseball and Fishing. Many years ago in doing my research for the Old Fishing Lure website I came [...]

Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure The Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure is a series model number 6535. The antique fishing lure is Circa late 1930s to 1940 for a time frame. The Kingfish Wobbler minnow is 5" in length made of wood and has pressed painted eyes. The lure has a distinctive keel underneath and is a [...]

By | 2016-12-13T08:26:46+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure

Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

Rhodes Mechanical Frog The Rhodes Mechanical Frog lure in the correct wooden box combines 2 different things that antique lure collectors get excited about. First off, a wood box lure, who doesn't like just the sound of that. This antique lure box shows the printed images clearly, and shows the patent date of October 31, [...]

By | 2016-12-13T08:28:15+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure

Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure The Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure is one of my favorite Shakespeare antique lures. This lure is very similar to the Heddon 175 Heavy Casting Minnow lure. The lure is a 3T or 3 Hook underwater minnow made of wood with glass eyes to props both fore and aft. This [...]

By | 2016-11-10T19:32:37+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure, or the Swimming Mouse as its referred to sometimes was introduced around the late 1930's or early 1940's. The Shakespeare Company of Kalamazoo Michigan labeled it as new in the 1940 antique lure catalog, but Ive learned that sometimes print doesn't change from year to [...]

By | 2016-12-13T08:55:24+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow

Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow The Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow lure was first introduced around 1934. The antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan was given a model series number 6510. This wooden lure tried to meld the body of a underwater minnow with that of a more tradition SOS or [...]

By | 2016-10-16T08:38:45+00:00 October 16th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow

Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906

Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906 This Shakespeare Antique lure Ad 1906 was taken from "The Evening Star" newspaper and shows us the New addition of the Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog to its Artificial bait arsenal. The ad illustrates the Shakespeare Revolution, The Shakespeare Wooden Minnow and the Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog. Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906 [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:07+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906

Shakespeare Sure Lure

Shakespeare Sure Lure The Shakespeare Sure Lure was one of the companies first and primary baits. The Sure lure was introduced in 1902. This antique fishing lure was comprised of a molded rubber composite. The antique lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo, Michigan measures 2 3/4 in length. This antique fishing lure [...]

By | 2016-09-26T13:36:22+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Sure Lure

Shakespeare Bait Company Service Ring

Shakespeare Bait Company Service Ring This Shakespeare Bait Company Service Ring is a great example of one of those add on pieces we can all add to our collection. The fringe pieces that say have no reel (bad Pun) place on any shelf but can add depth and novelty to your antique lure or reel [...]

By | 2016-08-29T18:32:58+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Bait Company Service Ring

Shakespeare Rhodes Torpedo Lure

Shakespeare Rhodes Torpedo Lure This Shakespeare Rhodes Torpedo Lure was first introduced in 1934. This antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. They assigned it a model series number 6540. This wooden pressed eye lure is essentially as Shakespeare 33 underwater minnow lure. This wooden fishing lure measures 3" in [...]

By | 2016-08-27T10:32:56+00:00 August 27th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Rhodes Torpedo Lure

Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure The Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure was first introduced around 1924. This model 972 made by the Shakespeare Bait Company, of Kalamazoo, Michigan measures 5" in length. This antique spinning lure came with a front fluted spinner attached to the shaft of the rig. The lure has the traditional red [...]

By | 2016-08-19T23:58:16+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure The Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly lure was first introduced in the 1934 Shakespeare. A copy of the lure catalog ad by the Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo Michigan is shown below. I apologize for the quality but it was the best I could present. This small wooden antique fly lure [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot The Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot lure is quite a beauty. I did a post prior on the earliest version of Worden Bucktail Spinner lures, however I thought Id add this asa well to show a different version. This version of the antique lure is a later one. You'll notice the more [...]

By | 2016-08-09T12:48:59+00:00 August 9th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot

Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow

Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure The Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1925. This antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo Michigan was a series number 721. This wooden minnow was another in Shakespeare's attempts to create a Salt Water bait casting minnow. The lure was [...]

By | 2016-07-23T12:53:10+00:00 July 23rd, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure The Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure was introduced around the mid 00's. The lure appears in the 1907 Shakespeare Antique Fishing Lure catalog. The lure was given a series number 33 as it was for most of its standard 3 hook minnow lures. The Kazoo, is one of my favorite lures and [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 July 21st, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure

Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure The Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure is part of the foundation of the antique fishing lure company. This lure was available in 1902 and was advertised in the early Shakespeare of Kalamazoo catalogs such as "The Art of Bait Casting", "How to Catch Bass", and "Finer Points of Fishing Tackle". This hollow [...]

By | 2016-07-06T13:39:16+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure

Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure The Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure was introduced around 1930. This antique fishing lure was Shakespeare's lower end line up which was labeled under the Jim Dandy name. The Spoonbill Wobbler fishing lure used a large wooden lip instead of a traditional metal dive plane. The lure featured [...]

By | 2016-06-24T13:03:31+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure The Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1940. The lure was very short lived, and from what I can see never was actually in the Shakespeare Reel and Fishing Lure Catalog. This wooden antique fishing lure measures in at 6" in length. The lure features the same [...]

By | 2017-06-29T08:37:21+00:00 June 19th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure

Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure The Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure was first introduced in 1940. The Shakespeare Bait Company From Kalamazoo, Michigan assigned it, Model series number 6638. This antique fishing lure is wooden, only ever came with painted pressed eyes and measures in at 3 5/8" inches in length. This is the smaller brother to [...]

By | 2016-06-18T13:14:45+00:00 June 18th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure

Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure

Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure The Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure was introduced in the antique lure catalogs in 1928. This lure made by the Shakespeare bait company of Kalamazoo Michigan was a model series number 133. This wooden fishing lure measures 3 3/4" inches in length. If you will notice this salt water lure feature small [...]

By | 2016-06-17T22:33:06+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad 1907

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad Here's is Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad from 1907. These ads were for the Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow, an economy minnow for their line up. Very similar to fellow lure make giant Pflueger's Competitor Minnows. Shakespeare advertises the different minnow quality variations in the 1907 catalog. The first version of the [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:12+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad 1907

Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure

Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure The Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure was first introduced in 1940. The Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo Michigan gave this lure the model series number 6509. This wooden fishing fishing lure measures in at 3 3/4" in length. This lure kinda stays within the same theme we see Shakespeare go with in [...]

By | 2016-07-27T18:01:58+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure The Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure was first advertised in 1908. The lure was Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan model series number 41. This wooden glass eyed antique lure measures 3 1/4" inches in length. The Floating Bait lure shape would wide at the top rounded edge tapering towards the belly, an upside [...]

By | 2016-07-20T19:25:26+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure

Shakespeare Mermaid Lure

Shakespeare Mermaid Lure The Shakespeare Mermaid Lure was first introduced around 1915. The lure was Shakespeare of Kalamazoo series numbers 582 and 583. This wooden, no eyed fishing lure however did not start its life with the Shakespeare Bait Company. The lure was made by Thomas McCormic who just happened to also resided in Kalamazoo. [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:17+00:00 May 15th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Mermaid Lure

Shakespeare Darting Shrimp Lure

Shakespeare Darting Shrimp Lure The Shakespeare Darting Shrimp Lure is a series 6535. This antique wooden lure was first introduced by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo around 1925. This antique fishing lure was a multi segmented wooden fishing lure that measured 4 1/4" in length. The lure had some resemblance of a shrimp in [...]

By | 2016-07-19T02:06:23+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Darting Shrimp Lure

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure Ad 1922

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure Ad This Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure Ad comes to us from what I believe is a 1922 Shakespeare Lure Catalog. I say what I believe is, as it says Catalog #20 in it, and knowing Shakespeare printed its first catalog in 1902 Im just making the assumption. However, the lures in [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:17+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure Ad 1922

Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure

Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure The Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure came along in the Shakespeare lure catalog in around 1910. The antique lure was given a model series number 35 and 45 by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo Michigan. The model numbers were based on size of the lure, the smaller being 2 7/8" in length, and [...]

By | 2016-05-10T00:04:28+00:00 May 9th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure

Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article 1916

Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article 1916 Magazines containing things like this Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article from Recreation Vol 54-55 magazine in 1916 are great. Being able to uncover history's shroud as it pertains to Antique Fishing lures and their makers is great. It was prior though by many reference materials and books that the [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:18+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article 1916

Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903

Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903 In this Great Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903 we see the Advertisement for not only the Worden Bucktail, but the Revolution. SHAKESPEARE BAITS The Shakespeare Revolution Spinner The Shakespeare Bucktail Spinner The Revolution Bait. A new departure in Fishing. Made entirely of Aluminum with First Quality [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:18+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903

Shakespeare Jerkin Lure

Shakespeare Jerkin Lure The Shakespeare Jerkin Lure was first introduced in 1940. The antique lure is Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan lure model series number 6567. The lure is defiantly try to piggy back or recreate the success of the Creek Chub Darter and Heddon Zara fishing lure. This wooden pressed eye lure is 4" in [...]

By | 2016-07-06T15:45:16+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Jerkin Lure

Shakespeare Kazoo Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Kazoo Wobbler Lure The Shakespeare Kazoo Wobbler Lure is seen first around 1928. This wooden, glass eyed, antique lure is Shakespeare's series number 6637. This Kalamazoo Michigan lure is 4" in length and features a curved or slanted face. The lure has two belly hooks one off center and the other trailing from the [...]

By | 2016-06-29T15:48:42+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Kazoo Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Strike It Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Strike It The Shakespeare Strike It minnow was made in 1930. This antique lure is a wooden glass eye jointed minnow. The lure having 2 segments with 2 treble hooks one attached to each side. The rear of the Strike antique lure is usually held on with the ball hanger hardware. The antique fishing [...]

By | 2016-06-19T02:34:38+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Strike It Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Hydroplane Jr Lure

Shakespeare Hydroplane Jr Lure The Shakespeare Hydroplane Jr Lure was a short lived lure by most standards, only haven been offered for roughly 5 years. The antique lure was a series 709, and was thought first appeared in 1920. I have recently uncovered an article talking about it from Recreation 1916, so I guess we [...]

By | 2016-06-19T02:23:51+00:00 April 2nd, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Hydroplane Jr Lure

Shakespeare Barnacle Bill Lure

Shakespeare Barnacle Bill Lure The Shakespeare Barnacle Bill Lure is a really cool lure. This lure is a series model 6529, and was first introduced in 1931. The antique lure is made for salt water fishing, thus having a heavy duty forward line tie that runs the length of the lure. This wooden glass eyed [...]

By | 2016-06-19T02:11:33+00:00 April 1st, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Barnacle Bill Lure

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Revolution Lure

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Revolution This item the Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Revolution lure is part of one of the sets of metal lures that are iconic foundation Shakespeare lures. The Revolution lures in line symbolizes early Shakespeare. Circa 1903, this is the earlier model. You can tell by the rounded aft section and the "Mickey Mouse [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:22+00:00 March 26th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Revolution Lure

Shakespeare Pop I Lure

Shakespeare Pop I Lure The Shakespeare Pop I lure was a series model number 6574, and created by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This painted eye, wooden lure, was Shakespeare's answer to a segment of fisherman wanting to emulate one of natures greatest food supplies for sports fish, the frog. The antique lure [...]

By | 2017-06-14T10:15:09+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Pop I Lure

New Winner Wood Minnow Lure

New Winner Wood Minnow The New Winner Wood Minnow was a product offered by Sears Roebuck and Company. This beautiful example is housed in a standard wood box with a railed or channeled slide type. Through out the fishing industry we see once again wholesalers, and jobbers, taking the product of another manufacturer and either [...]

By | 2016-06-18T03:03:58+00:00 March 12th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on New Winner Wood Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Jacksmith Antique Lure

Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure The Shakespeare Jacksmith lure was Series 6561. The wooden, pressed eye lure was first introduced in the 1930's by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This antique fishing lure  measures 4 1/8" in length.  It features 3 standard size treble hooks, the rear of which is held on by Shakespeare's Ball [...]

By | 2017-06-14T10:11:38+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Jacksmith Antique Lure

Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure in Frog Spot

Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure This Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper antique fishing lure has always been one of my favorite Shakespeare antique lures of its period. The antique lure itself was first introduced into the Shakespeare antique lure line up around 1927. The Plopper would become Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan's model series number 6511. This wooden, glass [...]

By | 2017-06-14T09:58:22+00:00 March 6th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure in Frog Spot