Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure
The Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure is another antique lure that mimics that of another fish in distress. Many of the major antique fishing lure manufactures of their day had a injured minnow type. It wouldn’t be to far of an assertion to say Jim Pfeffer saw a need in his lure line up for such a lure. Jim started his business in the late 1920’s out of his garage in Florida. Jim Pfeffer lures seem to be the Heddon of the Florida lure makers to add and assimilation. Like Heddon, most of Jim’s work was copied or imitated by other Florida antique lure makers.
The Crippled Minnow antique wooden lure features painted eyes and unmarked floppy props both for and aft of the lure. The lure features 3 treble hooks, two on the inside portion of the lure and the third at the rear after the prop. The two body trebles were attached via inset rimless cups. The lure was a flat slab made to swim on its side and is painted in the more common Pfeffer traditional paint scheme. This version, the largest of the three sizes available, measures close to 4″ in length. There are a couple subtitle body variations such as nose size and shape to give lure collectors more to search for. However other than roughly a half dozen colors and 3 sizes the Cripple Shiner lure is limited compared to the vast array of different options with the other minnows that Jim offered.