Heddon Basser Antique Lure
The Heddon Basser Antique Lure was first introduced in 1922. The great wooden Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure was in the Heddon lure line up for over three decades. The Basser lure was given a series model 8500. This glass eyed fishing lure was 4 1/4″ in length and traditionally came with the three treble hooks shown. The 8500 series was for the lack of a better term the base model. From the 8500 would come Basser lures that were longer, shorter, different hook type rigging , different face plate inscriptions to cover a wide array of fishing types. The Basser having its open smiling mouth be its most identifiable feature.
The first lure shown below in the gallery is a very tough colored lure, and is Circa mid 1920’s. The lure is Yellow with Gold Spots, and would have come in a red border down leaping bass box marked 8509 YG. The lure has L rig hook hardware and a scripted and screwed in metal mouth plate. At the top part of the mouth you’ll find the lures single forward line tie. Next Shown is a very clean Basser in Green Scale with red eye shadow. The featured lure for the article is a Goldfish Basser in correct box with paperwork.
The Heddon Basser antique lure would be made in dozens of different colors over the 3 decades both cataloged and uncatalogued making it a fun lure to collect.
Heddon Basser Antique Lure Photo Gallery
Heddon Basser 1934 Catalog Page
No. 8500 Series- Near Surface. Extreme limit of erratic side darting, dipping and sudden swerving action. Far Finer and more durable construction than any other baits of similar character. Body 4 1/4″ Weight 3/4oz
8509S White Spotted
8502 Red and White
8502LUM Luminous Red and White
8509D Greenscale (Shown Sbove)
8509M Pike Scale
8509RH Red Head Salt Water Flitter