Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner Lure
The Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner antique lure resembles the Darter lure somewhat as both having the notched mouth. The lure was actually named the Open Mouth Weedless at first. The antique lure was first introduced around 1918/1919 and was a creek chub series 500. The antique fishing lure shown is red and white in color and would be Creek Chubs color code 02.
The wooden lure is roughly 3 1/4″ in length and I say roughly as there are small variations in sizes in this thing. The lure was short lived at just around 13 years. The antique lure gets a bad wrap with most of the love from fisherman being shown to the Darter, however I really like the Open mouth Shiner as a classic under appreciated Creek Chub lure. The lure was offered in no eye and painted eye versions aike. The antique fishing lure came in under a half dozen different color variations. The lure has a single line tie in the front and has 2 treble hooks the front which pulls up next to the body upon retrieval. The fishing lure can be found in a regular Creek Chub Green box as well as a Intro box showing a picture of the lure. There are a few ads out there in Outdoor Recreation, and Field and Stream both in 1922 advertising the Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner for Sale for .75 cents.
Some of the other finishes available on the antique lure are:
00 Natural Shiner
02 Red and White
05 Red Side
18 Silver Flash
Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner Antique Lure Gallery
This image shows the Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner lure being advertised in the 1931 Creek Chub Lure Catalog.
It states “Closely resembles the shiner (silver side) minnow. Its a surface or near surface wiggler and darter. When reeled slowly, wiggles and plays about on the surface: Faster reeling causes bait to go deeper. A quick pull causes the bait to dart about like a frightened minnow. Never revolves.”