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 its curvature of the two segments but it never really gives rise to a true rendition of a typical shrimp. The Shrimp lure features a treble on each of the two segments to secure its catch, the front being held on by the use of a cup rig, and the rear using just a looped screw eye.
The Darting Shrimp utilizes a belly weight in each of the two sections to make it dive deeper faster. The Darting Shrimp had typical glass eyes and a forward line tie of its front end positioned in the center of a forked or notched mouth. The antique fishing lure would wobble upon retrieval the back section moving independently on a staple rig. The antique shrimp fishing lure came painted in roughly a half dozen colors scheme patterns some salt water patterns some fresh. Condition seem to always been a problem when you find these, or at least is when I do, so to find them in perfect unadulterated condition unaffected by age or humidity is one to enjoy. The lure can be found housed in the typical period type Shakespeare antique lure box which is blue and orange.