South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure
The South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure was first brought to market in 1932. This wooden antique fishing lure produced by the South Bend Bait Company in South Bend Indiana was given a model number 959. This fly eater was in production for 12 years and was removed from the line up in 1942.
This wooden, glass eyed vintage fishing lure is a collector favorite with its clownish smiling face. The Plug Oreno lure can be found in both Glass Eye and Tack Eye variations. The lure measures 2″ in length and weighs in at 5/8oz. The lure itself having two large single hooks and 2 large wire antenna to help it through the weeds.
The 1930 Catalog states:
“A surface Lure that will come through all the weeds with a slight wobbling action. Weed guards so arranged that all hook are protected from logs, snags and any vegetation. Effectivley used with Wiggle Tail Pork Rind, which can be conveniently attached.”
Standard Catalog Colors are:
B – Black with Red Around the Eyes
F – Frog (Shown in Gallery)
FS – Frog Splotch
RH – Red Head White Body
Y – Yellow with Red & Green Spots