South Bend Plunk Oreno Lure
The South Bend Plunk Oreno Lure was a short lived antique fishing lure beginning in 1929 and only lasting 3 years in this form. The lure was given a model series number 929, by the South Bend Bait Company. This antique wooden lure measures 3 3/4″ in length with a weight of 5/8 oz. The lure has a Plunker type scooped out face at the front of a tapering cigar-shaped form. Its stenciled just rear of the head running horizontally, Plunk-Oreno. The antique fishing lure had 2 treble hooks one just in front of the center point of the bait, and the other at the aft end attached via screw eye. The lure was made with both glass as shown below and painted eyes and has a single forward line tie in the center of the scooped face.
The Plunk Oreno antique lure was available in a half-dozen color scheme configurations.
P Pike Scale (Shown in Gallery Below)
RH Red Head White Body
SF Scale Finish Green Blend
YP Yellow Perch Scale Finish
The 1929 South Bend Lure Catalog exclaims; “Designed and approved for the method of fishing that is fast gaining so much popularity, particularly in Florida. The Plunk Oreno is the stand by of many anglers who know the results obtained from using it. Its action is different, it’s weight is just right to place it accurately where you just “know” one is lurking around.”