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Creek Chub Beetle Lure

Creek Chub Beetle Lure

The Creek Chub Beetle Lure was first introduced in 1931. Made in Garrett Indiana by the Creek Chub Bait Company this antique fishing lure was a model series number 3800. Produced for 23 years this wooden antique lure measures 2 1/2″ in length and weighs in a 3/4 oz. The lure uses bead eyes instead of the traditional realistic glass eyes. The Beetle has two trebles the first one secured by the traditional cup rig and the rear is fixes inline at the end of a trailing leader. The trailing leader also uses mother of pearl type flashers as an attractant.

The beetle comes standard in only a half a dozen color finishes however it can be found with variants and other special order colors.

50 – Yellow Beetle
51 – Green Beetle
52 – Red & White Beetle (Shown Below)
53 – Orange Beetle (Shown Below)
54 – Gold Beetle
55 – Black Beetle

The Catalog cut below is from 1931 the first year year it was produced and discusses it’s features and functions.

This lure is meant to represent a ” Water Beetle” and travels quite deep, in use it should be reeled at a moderate to fast speed or trolled moderately fast, you will not find it revolving or twisting the line, always runs right side up. Non-fouling hooks, the extended rear hook with spinners is a sure cure for “short biters” and the flashing iridescence of the pearl blade makes this lure irresistibly attractive. Equally good for lake or stream. Fine for small mouth. Finish shown is 3850.

1931 Creek Chub Beetle Catalog 1931 Creek Chub Beetle Catalog

The Creek Chub Beetle Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Dinger Lure

Creek Chub Dinger Lure

The Creek Chub Dinger Lure was first produced in 1939 and was made until 1954. This Creek Chub Bait Company of Garret Indiana antique fishing lure was a model series number 5600. This wooden glass eyed lure falls into the hair bait category. The hair itself stacked vertically on the rear of the lure. This antique lure featured a tell tale nickle plate on its forehead, however towards the end it was changed to brass and some even none at all. The lure came two years after the widely successful Dingbat lure 

The wooden glass eyed fishing lure measures 2″ in length not counting the stacked hair tail. The antique Creek Chub fishing lure was made in 3 different sizes, the midget (smallest), the standard (Shown Below) and the husky (Largest). The standard size Dinger lure came with two treble hooks, one mounted with the traditional cup rig hardware, the rear attached with a Screw Eye Bar Rig.The Dinger came in 8 Standard colors, however many special order, or painted for other companies models can be found.

Standard Colors found on the Creek Chub Dinger were:
00 Pike Scale (Shown Below)
01 Perch Scale (Shown Below)
02 Red and White (Shown Below)
04 Golden Shiner
05 Dace
13 All Black
18 Silver Flash (Shown Below)
19 Frog Spot

Creek Chub Dinger Lure Photo Gallery

Dinger Lure Model 5600 Color Example Photo Gallery

 

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Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure

Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure

The Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure was first produced in 1939. The classic Creek Chub made in Garrett Indiana was a model number 6000. The Baby Beetle lure is exactly the same as its bigger brother except the antique fishing lure was only 2″ in length. This wooden lure was decorated with bead eyes a frontward facing diving lip and had a single flasher adorned tail leader. The rear wire not only was a place for the MOP type flasher it was was the rear hook was held to. The other hook was held with the traditional Creek Chub Cup rigging. This antique lure came in 6 standard colors as well as a few non cataloged color schemes including the Midget Bettle Shown in the feature image and first gallery.

The colors that came standard on the Midget or Baby Beetle were
50 Yellow Beetle (Shown Below)
51 Green Beetle
52 Red and White Beetle
53 Orange Beetle
54 Gold Beetle (Shown Below)
55 Black Beetle with Red

Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure Photo Gallery

Creek Chub Midget Beetle in Black and Gold Model 6054 Gallery

 

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Creek Chub Castrola Lure

Creek Chub Castrola Lure

The Creek Chub Castrola Lure is a lure that I’ve always wondered its namesake origin. The lure was given a model series number 3100 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. I’ve never figured out why and when looking it up it appears it may be a surname or the name of a cave, but I doubt there is any tie in there. The antique fishing lure, the Castrola, was a wooden, glass eyed lure that measured 3 5/8″ in length and was 3/4 oz. The antique lure was first made in 1927 and was in production for less than 15 years up until 1941. The lure features or imitates a fish swimming forward with its mouth open chasing an attached leader with a small spinner to imitate a bug or a fly. The came in a half a dozen standard colors. 

The Standard Colors that can be found are:

00  Pike Scale (Shown in Gallery Below)

01  Perch (Shown in Gallery Below)

02  Red and White

04  Golden Shiner

08  Rainbow

18  Silver Flash

The Creek Chub Antique Lure catalog states:

“Something new in motion, just like a real live minnow chasing a fly hither and tither up and down sideways; the most erratic, puzzling, teasing motion you ever saw. You cant imagine it until you see it just vary the speed at which you reel now fast, now slow, then a little jerk and the antics this baby cuts will tease the wariest old He-Bass into an excited rush and viscous strike. It is a perfect caster and equally good for trolling.” All for just $0.85 cents

creek chub castrola lure Creek Chub Castrola Lure

Creek Chub Castrola Lure Gallery

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Creek Chub River Rustler Lure

Creek Chub River Rustler Lure

The Creek Chub River Rustler Lure was a short lived lure, first introduced in 1930 and only lasting until 1935. This lure a model series number 3700 was produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This smallish chunk type antique fishing lure is made of wood and measures 2 5/8″ in length and tips the scales at 5/8 oz. I’ve always liked this little lure as when you hold it its not a flimsy lure and has some girth to it and feel like it could hold its own against most of the mid size game-fish, both small and large mouth bass.

It obviously was never to popular with the fisherman with its short run. The lure made of wood was adorn with glass eyes and a single line tie at the point of its nose. The lure has two treble hooks using the typical cup hanger in the center and a screw eye for the aft. The point of consternation (I cant believe I just used that word in a sentence) for both fisherman and collectors alike is its diving lip. The lip is what gives this lure its life in my opinion and keeps it from just turning out to be another Wee Dee or Weed Bug knock off. However the lip will not keep paint with any type of use and more than not on the ones I’ve run across the lip has a chip in it.

Standard Colors:

3700 – Pike Scale
3701 – Perch Scale
3702 – Red & White
3704 – Golden Shiner
3708 – Rainbow
3718 – Silver Flash

Below is a cool ad from the National Sportsman, 1930 where the New River Rustler Fishing Lure introduces itself to fishermen.

Here I am, Fishermen – the latest addition to the famous line of Creek Chub True to Nature Lures! And, without bragging, I’m frank to confess I have a number of advantages not found in other lures!

For River fishing, I’m a “WOW” yet I work equally well in lakes! I’m rather small and light yet my compact shape makes me an easy caster! I run just deep enough under the surface to miss the weeds and I’m mighty effective along the shire! When you get an eyeful of my erratic side dart and continuous wiggle. To say nothing of my snooty, saucy impudence that dares ’em all to strike. Man, how even this wise old game fish do wallop me, I’ll bet a copper that “Old Spring Fishing Fret” grips you good and plenty. Look for me now at your Dealers!

Creek Chub River Rustler Lure Ad Creek Chub River Rustler Lure Ad

The 1931 Creek Chub Antique Lure Catalog Below gives us an idea of its standard colors and thoughts for use

The New Creek Chub River Rustler

No. 3700

Price $1.00

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Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure

Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure

The Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure is said it can be compared to the Shiner Lure series in overall sales. The Cast Top came in a multitude of sizes to meet the needs of most fishermen. The two sizes shown on this page are the the Rare 3 1/2″, which fits into the family between the large and medium, and the the traditional large size measuring at 4″ in length. The rare size has two treble hooks secured with Cup Rigging to secure its catch vs the larger which has the 3T.

The Top Cast lure has the traditional screw eye forward line tie in the center of the notched and painted mouth. The Highlighted Top Cast is in a solid yellow with the olive / silver head and a large hand painted red gill mark. The other shown is in a desirable brown bass scale, and has the original correct marked manila envelope Jim Pfeffer used to house his creations with.

Rare Size Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure Photo Gallery

Large Size Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure

The Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure is a neat fishing lure. The lure had two distinct body evolution, the first of which was wood having 4 hooks set up very similar to the flat fish, than then moving to a plastic based body with only 2T. This curved body antique lure was first patented in 1937 and was commercially produced by the Martz Tackle Company out of the Great Motor City, Detroit Michigan. The first version of the lure made of wood, not shown, is substantially bigger the the later plastic 3 5/8″ examples below.

The lure is said to have been sold in a half dozen colors or less, three of which can be seen in the antique lure gallery below. The fist version box that houses the larger version is more of a plain non-descriptive type, with later versions employing color. The Vee Bee Box I dont believe to be correct for the lure, however that’s how it was sent to me.

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

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Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

The Heddon Tiny Spook Lure is a model series number 310. This small spook antique fishing lure measure a mere 1 7/8″ in length. The lure only lasted for two years in Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure product line up starting in 1955 and gone by 1957.

This antique lure has painted eyes and uses Bell Rig Hardware to hold its 2 Trebles. The lure was available in a half a dozen colors including the one shown below in the Gallery. The lure is shown in its correct 2 Pc Plastic top box with red bottom. White with Black Spot as shown in the gallery is one of the more difficult finishes to find on the Tiny Spook.

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure Photo Gallery

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JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

The JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure is beset upon the old saying that imitation is the nearest and dearest form of flattery. John Chandler Griner is one of those artists. Being a fisherman at heart and having a need is how many of the lure makers both old and new got a start. J.C. Griner, of Orlando Florida used all of the lures he created to catch fish, as time went on and the original versions of the lures became harder to find or too expensive, JC took matters into his own hands (Pun Intended). Most of J.C.’s creations we the decade between the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The Orlando Shiner Lure looks and acts like the more famous original. The lure has a slender slab shaped wooden body measuring in at 4″ in length. The lure has the traditional painted eyes of the original. The antique fishing lure has dual props, both fore and aft, and 3T held on by a simpler eye screw. The Orlando Shiner is painted in a Green Back, Yellow belly with flitter. The paint combination is very similar to Pfeffer’s but being hand painted it gives rise to his artistic impression of the original.

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure was first introduced in 1938. While its inventory continued to be sold and was in the Creek Chub Bait Company lure catalogs until 1978, it was produced after 1965. This large jointed or segmented lure is brother to the traditional and straight Snook Pikie, a model 5400. While it took 8 years past the 5400 to make it to production, the Model Number 5500 was assigned to this antique fishing lure which measures just under 5″ at 4 7/8″ and weighed 1 1/8 oz.

This mid sized Creek Chub lure was made out of wood with heavy duty through wire construction and a improved diving lip. This was done to no doubt add strength to its mid size so that just in case you met up with a beast from the deep you would be prepared. This glass eyed dandy came standard with three larger hooks to secure its game fish once caught.

Over its life span the Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure would be produced in a standard finish in a pallet of 14 colors. The Rainbow Fire Example shown below is a collector Favorite, and the Silver Shiner is Uncatalogued in a Box marked Special. The antique fishing lure in the gallery below is shown housed in its correct over sized, end stamped box adding value to the package.

Standard Jointed Snook Colors are:
00 – Pike Scale (Shown Below in Gallery)
01 – Perch Scale
02 – Red and White (Shown Below in Gallery)
03 – Silver Shiner Uncataloged (Shown in Gallery)
04 – Golden Shiner
05 – New Red Side / Dace
07 – Mullet (Shown Below in Gallery)
08 – Rainbow (Shown Below)
13 – All Black
18 – Silver Flash (Shown Below in Gallery)
30 – Orange & Black Spot
31 – Ranibow Fire (As shown in the gallery below)
32 – Fire Plug (Shown Below)
33 – Black Scale
34 – Blue Flash (Shown Below)

Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure

Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure

The Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1939. The Creek Chub Bait Company out of Garrett Indiana assigned it a model Number 5800. The antique fishing lure was a larger version of the already successful Plunker lure, and measures in at 4 1/4 inches in length. Made for only 16 years this Heavy duty wire through constructed lure was never shown in any Creek Chub Bait Company lure catalogs. The Husky Plunker would take on a few different body type variations in its 16 years but its concept and intent the same. The Husky Plunker antique fishing lure was made for large freshwater and salt water game fish such as Pike and Musky. The Husky Plunker fishing lure had two over sized treble hooks, both having heavy duty hook hardware to assist in hold its prey while being reeled in. 

The Husky Plunker can be found in a bakers dozen or thirteen different period color paint scheme finishes. The lure will be found housed in a over-sized Creek Chub lure box

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
04 Golden Shiner (Shown Below)
07 Mullet Scale (2 Different Shades of the same color Shown in the Gallery Below)
08 Rainbow
13 Solid Black
19 Frog
24 Red Wing Black Bird
25 White Scale
31 Rainbow Fire
32 Fire Plug

Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure Photo Gallery

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Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

The Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure was first introduced in 1969. This Antique Lure was Heddon / Pradco in Ft Smith Arkansas model series number 362. This plastic spook lure is the largest of the Torpedo Spook lures and measures 3 1/4″ inch in length. This antique lure features a single forward line tie and a single spinner tail. This top water fished lure had two treble hooks the belly attached with surface rig hardware. The Magnum Torpedo is stenciled on the belly of the lure.

This antique lure was offered in many of the period or traditional colors used. The lure shown below in the gallery is an extremely tough to find Yellow with Black Bone or color code YBB on a Magnum. The lure was made in a few different series or runs and you can differentiate them by the color of their eyes or the actual molding of the lure. The lure is most often found in the green diamond Heddon antique lure bo but can be found in the red striped cello window box as well and on cards.

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure YBB Yellow Bloack Bone Photo Gallery

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure Antique Fishing Lure Color Example Gallery

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Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

The Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure comes from a company whose lure history dates back into the early 1920’s. The Dunks Chipmunk lure lands on the opposite side of the time line dating to the late 1930’s early 1940’s. We’ve seen many lure makers over time try to mimic that what nature creates. Be it insects, bugs and smaller creatures, fishermen throughout time have tried to match the hatch, for a fly rod term. The Dunks line of the swim a lure series was that as well, from insects to creatures Mr. Dunkelberger after the merger with Carters created this series line up.

The Chipmunk is a multi segmented wooden lure measuring in at around 5″ in length. The antique lure has painted eyes and two trebles to secure its catch. The lure is crudely painted to match the colors of a typical northern chipmunk, probably more to catch a fisherman buying lures than the muskie or great northern pike it was intended for. The lure has a large diving plane or lip that can be adjusted by the fisherman to swim or dive depending on its placement. The whole series of 11 lures in the swim a lure line up had this feature. I dont think Ive ever seen a complete collection of these, and if you have one I would live to see them. Even just singles inside this line up as they don’t come around too often.

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:38:05+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

The Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure was the Paw Paw Bait Company’s answer to the industry craving for injured minnows. Imitation being the nearest and dearest sense of flattery, or just pure marketing trying to get a piece of what was a booming business for both Heddon and Creek Chub. Paw Paw entered the market earlier under a different name that’s written to have cause some issues with Creek Chub and its patent. This version of the Injured Minnow was the traditional Paw Paw Tack eyes and measures 3 1/2″ in length. The lure weighed in at a whopping 3/4 oz.

The Old Wounded Minnow antique fishing lure was given a model series 2500 in this form and dates to the late 30’s early 1940’s. The lure a standard 3 trebles, but they’ve offered a 2 Hook in this larger body size as well. The traditional painted cup rigging for the side hooks and the single screw eye for the rear. The wounded minnow like most of the injured industry wide series, and swam on its side to replicate an injured fish. The lure can also be found with Moonlight props but more often than not you will find them with the cheaper, more thin Paw Paw floppy props.

The lure can be found in a host of colors, making it fun to collect and sometimes easy on the wallet, depending on color, condition and if it has the original box. The example shown below comes in a Blue Version of the “I go For Lucky Lures” box and is correctly marked on its side. This color is a beautiful Silver Scale, Red Head with Stripes a Code 21.

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

2017-10-29T09:39:04+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

The Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200 series lure is the Bass Size offering. Fred Rinehart of Newark Ohio, began producing this middle size version around 1940, three years after he (technically) started his business. The Bass size Jinx would be produced for over two decades, or 22 years to be more precise. This plastic made lure measures just 2 1/4″ in length and two trebles for securing the fish. The lure was originally made for dual purpose. By adjusting the screw in the diving lip you could turn it from a lure that swims to deep depths and the other way to produce a mode top water oriented lure.

There are a few different version of boxes you can find them paired with from the early Blue and white to the later red & yellow, and sandwiched in the middle is the more recognized tri-color, fish jumping flavor. The Rinehart Jinx can be a fun one to collect as they came in a sizable host of various colors, and not only will the colors differ from each other, but lures similar in color may vary by the location or which factory produced it. As you peel back the layers of the Rinehart Jinx you learn of the 3 different distinctive eras which had different molds and processes. The Jinx can provide many years of enjoyment collecting it with the box and paper and color differences and usually are a little more wallet friendly for the cost conscoiuus.

Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

2017-10-29T09:43:32+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

Shur Strike Plunker Lure

Shur Strike Plunker Lure

The Shur Strike Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1938. This antique fishing lure made by Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana was labeled under the Shur Strike lure line up. The wooden fishing lure was a copy of the famous Creek Chub lure, and was actually fashioned like the early humpback Creek Chub versions. The antique fishing lure is wooden and measure in at 3″ and weighs a 1/2 oz. The Plunker lure utilizes the cup rig to secure its center treble and uses the screw eye to secure the rear trailing treble hook. This vintage Shur Strike lure was a top water fished lure with glass eyes and a single forward line tie which was inset into its concave mouth.

This Shur Strike Plunker is in frog spot finish which was available in its introductory year 1938 then reappeared in 1941. Frog spot is a desirable color even though it was one of the original 9 standard finishes on this antique lure. This Shur Strike was assigned a model PL for Plunker.

Shur Strike Plunker Lure Photo Gallery

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Shakespeare Strike It Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Strike It

The Shakespeare Strike It minnow was made in 1930. This antique lure is a wooden glass eye jointed minnow. The lure having 2 segments with 2 treble hooks one attached to each side. The rear of the Strike antique lure is usually held on with the ball hanger hardware. The antique fishing lure is a series 6666 and is 3 3/4″ in length.

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Dam Mouse Antique Lure

Dam Mouse Antique Lure

The Dam Mouse Antique Lure is a neat little lure. Dam a German fishing tackle company has been around since the late 1800’s in some form. Widely popular with European collectors Dam can kind of be equated to our Abbey and Imbrie. More notably known for their version of spinning reels in America they also made or imported and sold lures as well. Yes they had original products but the also took other products and made them their own by either changing certain features, or painting them in their own fishes. T

This first DAM mouse lure is an example of that. The lure is a Heddon mouse, where by items such as the lip has been changed as well as surface hardware added. The wooden mouse, has beaded eyes, screwed in leather ears and a leather rope inserted for the tail. This antique mouse lure uses two double hooks to secure its catch when caught. The second DAM Mouse lure seems to mimic in construction the Heddon flocked or F4000 series mouse. The same notable differences being the screw in ears and most notably its smaller size. 

Dam Mouse Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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2017-09-02T13:55:05+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Dam Mouse Antique Lure

Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

The Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures are a very distinctive and identifiable series within the Paw Paw Antique Lure line up. The Bonehead refers to Paw Paws molted brown spotted or striped finish. The antique lures were first produced in 1956 and lasted for roughly 8 years. The lures were always found with the tell tale rhinestone eyes, some that were clear and or sometimes ruby in color. I have photos of most all the antique lures offered in the Bonehead finish and will share over time.

The Southern Torpedo Minnow Lure measures 4″ in length not including the hardware. You’ll notice that this lure has painted tack eyes instead of the traditional rhinestone variations. The lure has 3T held on my surface hardware and is made in the same shape of its other Paw Paw torpedo brothers. Ironically the lure  was given a series number 2455, the 2400 is the same model number Paw Paw gave to one of its Torpedo lines.

Paw Paw Bonehead Southern Torpedo Minnow

The Jointed Swap Minnow was 2 3/4″ inches in length and was a series #12-B. The smallish antique lure has a un-jointed brother as well in Paw Paws lure lineup. The lure shown is housed in the typical plain wood grained Paw Paw Box and I’m uncertain what era or outfit might have sold these for them.

Paw Paw Bonehead Jointed Swamp Minnow Lure Gallery

The Paw Paw Southern Swamp Minnow, is a Model Series 8555.  This 4″ molted brown finish wooden antique lure was always adorn with the rhinestone eyes, sometimes clear other times with a Ruby color. The Southern swamp minnow has 3T, or trebles attached via surface rig hardware and has both a front and aft unmarked prop. This version inside the Bonehead line up is one of the harder to find in the series so a great opportunity to add a tough one to your collection.

Paw Paw Southern Swamp Minnow

2017-07-25T07:27:45+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

Paw Paw Croaker Lure

Paw Paw Croaker Lure

The Paw Paw Croaker Lure is one of a series of lures that used real frog skin to cover the wooden bait. The lure itself made by the Paw Paw Bait Company out of Paw Paw, Michigan. This antique lure was first introduced in 1940 and was made of wood measuring 3″ in length. The wood blank would then be covered by stretching frog skin from front to back encapsulating the lure blank. Paw Paw used black beaded eyes instead of the traditional painted eye Paw Paw used on most of its fishing lures.  The Croaker Lure to secure its prey used two trailing treble hooks, the center of which used a cup rig for stability, while the rear using the traditional screw eye.

Paw Paw offered a half dozen or so selected fishing lures that were covered in frog skin, the pikie, the croaker, the plunker and injured minnow among them. Unfortunately the skin will over time dry and become brittle if subjected to the elements. 

The smallest fly rod sized croaker is a prize to find and very collectible. The lure definitely appeals to multiple niches or vertical segments inside the lure collecting world, from frog only enthusiasts to Paw Paw Lure collectors and there are even collectors of just antique lures covered in frog skin. There are many lure makers from Eger, to Top Frog,  Shakespeare, Paw Paw and many others that utilized natural frog skin to give the fishing lure a more life like appearance.

Paw Paw Croaker Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:38:55+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Croaker Lure

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

The Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1924. This antique fishing lure was fashioned by Charles W. Lane of Madrid, New York. Charles Lane a prominent resident of Madrid was known locally as a fine clock maker and jeweler. The Wag-tail wobbler lure was hand painted in shades of green, silver and brown with scale marks running along the sides to mimic natural scaling. This painted eye lure measures close to 2 3/4″ in length.

The Wagtail featured a scooped front lip over the mouth where the single forward line tie is. The bait was used to entice medium size game fish such as large mouth bass and pike. Its often found with a leader already attached to the line tie. The antique lure features a hinged rear metal tail and two belly hooks secured with a cup rig style hardware to secure its prey. This lure can be found with a few different hardware, color, and body variations.

Charles Lane had already had a successful venture with the Lanes Automatic Minnow and the Lane’s Harness prior to the production of the Wagtail Wobbler antique lure. I’ve often wondered if the books didn’t have the wrong information about the Wagtail Wobbler, and its date of production being almost a dozen years after the Automatic Minnow.

Madrid New York, is a small far north town built upon the Grass River. The Grass River like so many others in Upstate NY receives its water or is a feeder from the mighty St Lawrence.  The area boasted a population of around 1200-1600 in the early part of the 20th century when Charles Lane made his residence. Like many who made the North Country as its sometimes referred to, the primary occupations were logging and farming. Akin to the early fishing lure industry all were dependent on the waterway. The Grass River gave birth to a healthy population of Small Mouth Bass, Pike, Walleye, and the North Country’s prize, Muskellunge.

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

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AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure

AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure

The AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure is one I dont see very often in Oklahoma. This wooden antique fishing lure has made quite a journey beginning in Canada. The lure was created – invented and patented by August W. Saarimaa. This unique lure dates to the early 1940’s along with its brethren the Muskie Head. Its is written the August began his lure making in Lansing, Ontario. The unique looking wooden lure uses a deep diving lip that is inserted into the mouth of the bait that then flanges outward making almost a 1/4″ rounded wing until it is even with the eyes. This I would think was thought of as a to stabilize the antique fishing lure as it makes its dive.

The Fish Hawk lure uses the strength of the metal diving lip by directly attaching two of its three treble hooks. The rear hook uses a simple screw eye to attach to the rear of the bait. The antique fishing lure continues its construction with the use of Nail Tack eyes, the lure can be found with painted eyes as well. The Fish-Hawk was produced in a host of colors advertising 10 finishes such as:

1 – Silver Flash
2 – Brown Pike
3 – Perch Scale Black Stripe
4 – Yellow Perch Scale
5 – Red & White
6 – Orange & Black
7 – Yellow & Red
8 – Herring Scale (Shown Below)
9 – Yellow with Red Ribs
10 – Yellow & Black

The Fish-Hawk Antique Lure was advertised to have been made in a 4 different sizes including a fly rod or fly fishing size. The smallest size would use only the two side hooks and absent the rear. August would go on to produce a half dozen other lures such as the Sarde, the Dabble, Giant Pikie, Jointed Pikie. Somewhere in his lure making process the company was moved to Willowdale, Ontario. August and his lures slowly faded from the fishing industry leaving us some wonderful antique lures to collect including its Fish Hawk.

AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:47:02+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure

Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure

Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure

The Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure was released somewhere around the early teens.  This wooden chunk bait type series of lure carried the same model number of the previous and of the all future Pflueger Frog lures, a model series 2555. Born in Akron, Ohio of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger,  it would take on a multitude of names over its life span such as, the Kent Champion and the Kent Floater. While the lure would start off with glass eyes, it would transition to the wood eye then back to glass. The wood eye version is easily identifiable as the bulbous type eyes raise above the surface of the lure even more than the glass eye. These tell tale raised wooden eyes help date this antique fishing lure to around 1916.

The wood eye version lure shown in the gallery has the traditional never fail hardware holding the two side treble hooks in place, the rear hook is attached via screw eye. The glass eyed version below dates to the mid 1920’s, and has the belly and rear treble hooks with the belly hook being held on by a surface rig type hardware. The wooden frog lures body would roughly measure 2″ in length. Although this is a rough estimate as there were a myriad size variations throughout the lifespan of the series. You will also find that the prop on the front will help you date or differentiate your antique lure. It can be found with its name, Kent Floater inscribed on the front prop, a Diamond P Logo as well others to help date your fly eater.

The Wood Eye version shown in the gallery below is incorrectly housed in a marked green canoe box. The Wood Eye version dates to around 1916, and would have come in a Maroon Bulldog Logo Box. The box is the correct box for the glass eyed version shown in the photo gallery. Finally since its 6am while I’m writing this my bad joke for the day is; Is not fishing with a frog lure, fly fishing? Think about that…..

Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique  Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:50:26+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure

The Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure was first introduced in 1919. This large wooden lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana had a model number 600. While its said its intent was to be salt water fished lure as it was first introduced in Mullet Scale only it can not be disputed this is for large fish. The Husky Musky measures in at 5″ in length and is a solid lure when girth is included. The earliest or early versions of the Husky Musky had a flat head such as the red and white one shown in the gallery. The lure dates to around 1922 and has the flat head, no eyes and double line tie. The antique lure utilized a heavy duty wire through construction to ensure its strength could match it prey. The lure having two large trebles secured with a heavy duty rigging to make sure once on, its catch would stay secured. The other Example shown in Silver flash below dates to between 1935 and 1954. The lure when compared to the other example has just a single line tie and a rounded head adorn with larger glass eyes.

The Husky Musky lure as stated above intiially was produced in Mullet scale only , however, five standard colors were produced. The lure was also available in special order finishes so keep your eyes our for some other great colors such as Orange with Black Spot to compliment your collection.

00 Chub
01 Perch
02 Red and White
07 Mullet
18 Silver Flash

1931 Creek Chub Lure Catalog Cut

“The Husky Musky bait is for Musky fishing. Has Large, Strong hooks and exceptionally large screw eyes. Made strong yet light enough to cast. When reeled slowly it kicks up an awful fuss on the surface. Has big wiggle below surface. Will catch more Muskies and large fish. Length of Body, 5 inches. “

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure Catalog Cut Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure Catalog Cut

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:52:39+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure

Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure

Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure

The Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure was first introduced in 1940. This antique fishing lure was manufactured in Heddon’s plant in Dowagiac Michigan and was assigned a model series number 2150. This giant lure makes quite a commotion coming across the top of the water. The lure lasted 17 years and was gone in the Heddon antique lure line up by 1957.

This wooden Crazy Crawler is the earliest version, black iris painted eye musky minnow, and measures 3 1/2″ in length. The Musky Crazy Crawler was the largest in length in the family of three. With a large reinforced wire through construction it has a single forward line, The lure has two large aluminum wings reinforced with larger screws. On the bottom of this antique fishing lure just aft of the head you see the first of two larger treble hooks. The forward is is held with the toilet seat hardware and the rear is attached to the wire though loop. Just behind the toilet seat hardware you see the red Heddon stencil.

The Musky Heddon lure was available in roughly 6 different colors:

BF Bull Frog
YRH Yellow Red Head (As shown below in Gallery)
RH Red Head White
CM Chipmunk
GM Gray Mouse
XRS Silver Shore

Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:57:25+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure

JB McHarg Civil War Token

JB McHarg Civil War Token

This great example of a JB McHarg Civil War Token is a prime example of what drives me to collect. Looking off the beaten path for neat items to compliment both my or other lure collections is something I’ve always enjoyed. This drive or niche, or thinking outside the proverbial lure box at times has almost been a obsession. Thankfully my adult ADHD doesn’t let me stay grounded too long and off I go tracking down some other piece of knowledge or theory worm hole. Whether it’s paperwork, historical accounts, tidbits of information, photos or what have you, they all allow us the ability to follow the bread crumbs. Being able to piece together information to help complete or assemble a bigger picture.

JB McHarg Civil War Token Photo Gallery

 

Russell Rulau writes in his reference material titled “United States Tokens 1700-1900 ” 4th edition, Printed in 2004, that examples have both been found struck on Copper and Silver coinage. Using the example cited, as like the 1826 example above, it has been found on a 1819 United States Large Copper Cent, and a  Silver 1777 Spanish American Reales 2, a Spanish Colonial coin. For the Large Copper Cent it rates it a RM-7, Very Scarce, 10-19 known examples. The Silver Reales being even more scarce, rates a RM-8, which qualifies it as Rare, with 5-9 examples known to exist.

Neither coin being special unto themselves, the Silver Reales 2 was circulated world wide throughout the many Spanish Colonies. The 1826 Large cent U.S. circulation strike numbers total roughly at about 1.5 million. The cited reference work then goes on to estimate and date its stamping between 1859-1866. This dates puts it into two categories for you numismatists. The categories being US Civil War Tokens and US Merchant Tokens, each having a set time range or space they existed in.

JB McHarg Civil War Token Information

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While the date of circulation falls into two different categories for numismatists, it also places it into two different time frames for McHarg or 19th Century Lure collectors.  The early portion of that time frame McHarg was by himself, his family and another partner. Being a gun manufacture, champion fly caster, and noted sports writer J.B Mcharg was involved with all matters coupling sporting goods with the outdoors. During this aforementioned period he was also in business with both Jesse Armstrong and James Hildreth. At the later end of that spectrum, we see in 1860 the combination of Hook, Pepper and Company. While his name is not mentioned, McHarg being the senior member of the firm.

One thing is certain, the bits and pieces of the history surrounding the token parallel itself with the scraps of early history known of John Brainard Mcharg. His family was an integral piece of the […]

2017-05-31T09:09:00+00:00 May 31st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on JB McHarg Civil War Token

Mercury Minnow Lure

Mercury Minnow Lure 

This Mercury Minnow Lure Sales Sheet discusses the feature functions and benefits of the Mercury Minnow antique lure. The Mecoy Tackle Company of Grosse Point Michigan introduced this fishing lure in 1949. The Mercury minnow is just that it’s namesake coming from the ball of Mercury that rolls around inside the lure creating a wobble action as the lure is retrieved.

Mercury Minnow
The Red Hot Lure with 4 Way Action

Darts – Dives – Climbs – Wiggles Moving Mercury Does It!

It acts alive!
The constantly shifting weight of the Mercury creates a startling new action. With the Mercury in positions: (A) It Climbs (B) It Darts (C) It Wiggles (D) It climbs and Wiggles (E) It Darts and Dives Patent Pending

Check These Features
More Action over the Counter – You have something to sell – A New Principle – Using moving Mercury to create a Life-like, 4 way action on every retrieve. No other lure has it.

More Sales Appeal – A quality lure made of Tenite II – Will not chip, peel, or water log. Individually boxed in a colorful display carton. Fully Guaranteed.

More Profit – Retailing at $1.50 the Mercury Minnow at standard discount allows greater margin of profit – and it is easy to sell.

Two Popular Sizes – Model 10 5/8 oz. Standard casting and trolling size.
Model 20 3/8 oz. Spinning, light tackle, and trolling size.

Only Eight Proven Colors – to stock – Red-White, Pearl, Frog, Perch, Orange, Yellow, Black, and Pike.

Attractive Display Board – Available for salesman and dealers, showing mounted the two models (4 of each) in the eight colors. Write for details.

Mercury Minnow Lure Sales Sheet Mercury Minnow Lure Sales Sheet

2017-06-08T20:03:48+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Mercury Minnow Lure

Winnie Stump Dodger Lure

Winnie Stump Dodger Lure

The Winnie Stump Dodger Lure was born in Traverse City, Michigan. Albert Winnie received his patent for the Stump Dodger Lure in 1915. While the patent dates to 1915 his lures were being created earlier. It is no surprise that Traverse City would be home to a great lure maker. The city is situated on two separate arms or Bays of the Great Lake Michigan. The East Arm and West Arm of Grand Traverse bay are right at the front door of Alert (Bert) Winnie. While most notably known for its 360 Million pounds of Cherrys the area produces each year, we lure collectors are thankful for Bert’s Contributions to our hobby.

This wooden antique fishing lure, the Michigan Stump Dodger has a larger more bulb type head and tapers down until it reaches its tail. The head and front of the lure are where the Stump Dodger and it’s unique double diving lipped lure gain its personality. Affixed to the top diving lip is its single forward line tie. Inset into the head of the lure are it’s tell tale unique tack and brass washer eyes, however the lure can also be found with no eyes. The lure itself uses two simple screw eyes to hold its two treble hooks.

Winnie Stump Dodger Lure Patent Gallery

The Stump Dodger came in at least 3 different sizes, the lure highlighted here is the standard size. If you read the patent papers you’ll notice that not only did he state the lure could be made from wood, cork or a hollow metal composite to maintain its bouncy but that he uses the word guide planes. At first glance one thinks he is referring to the two front lips of the lure, however in illustration 3, he had intended to make wings to angle up or down to the fisherman discretion as to where or what depth he wanted the lure to swim. While these ideas seem to never have come to fruition the Stump Dodger itself would makes it impact on fisherman and antique lure collectors alike.

Stenciled Across the back of the lure Bert made sure his lure was marked and in vivid colors for its time the lure can be found.
One of the great highlights of this combination lure, box and paperwork gives us is Bert’s sense of humor on paper. On the reverse of the rare paperwork Bert uses a cartoon charter to describe shooting the lure out to the fish. Using a character holding a shotgun with a reel attached to the top and his dog giving him props below, we see an Elmer Fud type character land a fish in the middle of the pond.

The caption under the illustration reads; “Don’t Shoot the Michigan Stump Dodger out too far. If you do, dip it in salt brine for 5-8 of a second because a fish will swallow it […]

2017-06-20T07:42:56+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Winnie Stump Dodger Lure

Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure

Oliver Gruber Glo Worm Antique Fishing Lure

The Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure is quite an interesting story. Over the last few years I’ve touched on a few of the lure makers that thought outside the box. Alfred Oliver and James Gruber thought inside the box, so to speak.

We have a very Nice Oliver & Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure in on consignment this week, click below to view.
Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure
If you have lures you would like to consignor sell, please contact me.

As the Story is Told;

“On May 16, 1918, Alfred Oliver and James Gruber filed a patent for the first triple jointed lure. This patent was granted November 23, 1920. Oliver and Gruber immediately went into production of the lure they decided to call The Glowurm Lure. It was advertised nationally in Outdoor Life magazine, with ads appearing from 1921 through 1923.

Construction & painting had to be simple because these lures were being manufactured by patients at a Medical Lake, Washington Psychiatric Center (near Spokane). Yes, the mental patients of the hospital were turning out the wooden bodies and painting the Glowurm as therapy!

Oliver and Gruber worked at the hospital and also were avid bass fishermen. They saw the chance to help the patients with therapy, AND to help finance their fishing hobby with some cash from the sales of their lure invention. The only problem came when the directors of the hospital discovered the lures were being sold nationally and the hospital wasn’t sharing in on the profits!

The Medical Lake Hospital Board of Directors delivered an ultimatum to the doctor/entrepreneurs; cease and desist with the production of the Glowurm, and everything would be forgotten. Otherwise, they would face charges for using illegal labor and face termination. Oliver and Gruber decided that doctoring was more important than lure making, so they went out of the lure business.”

(Heddon later bought the patent rights and came out with their own version of the lure called a “Gamefisher”.)

Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

2017-04-27T13:23:21+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure

Clinton Little Wonder Lure

Clinton Little Wonder Lure

The Clinton Little Wonder Lure is one of my favorites. This “Barber Pole” style lure was made by The Clinton Wilt Manufacturing Company out of Springfield Missouri. While patented in 1913, I believe the antique lure to have been around a few years preceding it based on the magazine articles available. This wooden lure measures 3 1/4″ in length. This antique fishing lure is made with a wire through construction. The lure features a three blade tail spinner which allows the body of the lure to rotate while the front spinner rotates in the opposite direction. There is a weighted keel which balances the lure and keeps it from twisting up the line upon retrieval.

The Clinton Little Wonder antique lure used both the 70’s and 80’s series of numbers to define its coloring scheme. Available in 8 different colors, the same as its larger brother the Clinton Wilt Champion.

No 71 White red stripe
No 73 Orange red stripe
No 76 Gold red stripe
No 77 White green stripe
No 79 Orange green
No 81 Gold green stripe
No 83 Red green stripe
No 86 Oreen orange stripe

Clinton Little Wonder Lure Photo Gallery

Clinton Little Wonder Patent Information

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The Greatest Baits To Ever Troll The Water

We offer the sporting world the most practical and the most perfected artificial baits ever invented baits that are doing MORE to Increase the real sport of angling than any devices of the age. We invite and urge a comparison the most rigid comparison under any and all conditions with any artificial bait on the market or in the world.

THESE BAITS ARE MARVELS OF EASY ACTION PERFECTLY SMOOTH IN OPERATION They whirl through the water with the ease and grace of alive minnow glittering and beautiful. They CANNOT twist the line Both heads and bodies are perfectly balanced and revolve with more freedom and ease than any baits on the market. Heads and bodies revolve In opposite directions forcing an even position of the minnows in both trolling and casting. A three blade spinner revolves the body the head spinner revolving In an opposite direction on both models. The Champion Is fitted with double hooks on each side and a treble hook on the tail and are so arranged that they CANNOT become locked or get out of striking position.

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THE WHIRLING WONDERS

THE BEST ARTIFICIAL BAITS ANY FISHERMAN EVER TROLLED

MR JOBBER and DEALER get busy with your pen and order a supply and give your trade a chance at these great sellers. […]

2017-04-25T17:02:42+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Clinton Little Wonder Lure

Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure

Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure

This Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure dates to 1925. The model Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan asigned this was a model 300 which had been being produed already for 20 years, just another version of it. This bohemoth of a antique lure was a wooden fat body 300, with 7 hooks attached in just about every spot you could with the exception of the front line tie.

This lure proves if you cant catch a fish, you certianly can catch yourself. I dont even enjoy holding this antique fishing lure when given the chance for fear of becoming prey to it myself as a antique lure collector. This version wouldnt even be legal to fish in many states today. The lure was used most certianly as a trolling minnow or atleast the people in the same boat as yourself would hope you were. This underwater minnow lure was used to bring up large game fish such as Northern Pike or Musky.

This wooden, glass eyed, fishing lure measure 3 3/4″ in length. The antique lure features two marked propellors, both fore and aft. It also uses 6 sets of L Rig hook hangers to secure them to the lure and sometimes yourself, the 7th free hanging from the rear screw eye. The antique lure was availble in the standard era colors. The fishing lure example shown is in green scale, Heddon’s, color code D. The lure could have been housed in a large up or down leaping bass box. You can find examples using different hardware such as two piece or toilet seat rigged hardware or a mixture of both on the same bait, usuallyusing a different on the belly hooks.

Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2017-04-18T10:28:35+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure

Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure

Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure

The Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure was first introduced in the early 1920’s by the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw, Michigan. This wooden, glass eyed lure was deemed a series 1900 before being Called a Zig Zag which was previously used on another earlier Minnow. This jointed or segmented two piece lure is held together with a screw eye type rigging and measures 3 1/4″ in length. The lure features a slanted and notched out head, mouth or front section which holds the small leader that comes pre-attached to the antique lure line tie. The Zig Zag has two treble hooks one on each of the segments secured to the lure with a screw eye.

The 1900 was available in six different colors:
1901     Red Head Gold Body
1903     Green Scale
1904     Red Head White Body
1907     Gold Scale ( As Shown in the Photo Gallery Below)
1908     Blue Scale
1909     Yellow Perch

Here’s a copy from a page of my 1920’s Moonlight Antique Fishing Lure Catalog:

No. 1900 Series

A Perfect Jointed lure that wobbles the head and wiggles the tail. A real substitute for live minnows. He will struggle on the surface like a helpless cripple, or he will swim vigorously under the water like a frightened minnow. It is hard to believe that any lure will ever be invented that is in every way more satisfactory.

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Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure Photo Gallery

 

2017-04-15T07:31:45+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|1 Comment

Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad


Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad

This Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad is one of the earliest lure articles and ads I’ve seen or have run across for Heddon and their antique fishing lures. You just wont find many items in 1902, the same year the Dowagiac Underwater Casting lure and the Dowagiac Expert lures were said to have been made.

Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad

“Dowagiac” Casting Baits

    James Heddon & Sons, Dowagiac Michigan are placing on the market “Dowagiac” Casting Baits, Illustrated. These baits are all hand made.

    The “Dowagiac Expert” bait is made for surface casting for bass etc., and is largely used in warmer waters in the southern parts of the Northern States, and also in the South, The “Dowagiac Underwater” bait is intended for use in deep waters and where the temperature is lower in shallow waters, as will be found in the Northerly parts of states bordering Canada and the lakes. All the baits which are of wood are finished with three preparatory coats and then with three coats of hard enamel which will not crack or rub off and then necessitate frequent painting. The surface is a glistening white that creates a reflection of light which makes it attractive and enables fish to see it a long distance. The sockets or inserts into which the hooks are fastened keep them always outward and presented to the fish. All hooks are so fastened by means of a small open eye screw that the can be removed in a moments time in case of breakage, or should other sizes be preferred by the angler. The baits will not leak or soak water and are thus always of the proper weight. The hooks do not come in contact with the body of the bait and mar or otherwise injure it. The method of securing the trebles prevent their interlocking. It is stated that by reason of the side hooks this bait is a sure killer in as much as a large majority of the strikes are directed toward the side instead of at the back end of the bait. The Baits cast nicely because of the relation between the size and weight and buoyancy. They reel easily, offering only that resistance necessary to make good speed and are not tiring to the nerves nor wearing on the tackle. There are no whirling parts. By reason if the collar there is but little likelihood of catching weeds or rushes. In casting the surface bait jets of water are thrown in the air caused by the angling collar which attract the fish. The angling collar by the elevated fore end keep the baits always the same side up when running.

    The “Dowagiac Expert” Baits contains two trebles, six hooks of the proper side and in the right place where they are held at all times when the bait is on the water. The makers state that the black bass almost always strike […]

2017-04-13T13:27:04+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad

Shur Strike Flat Face Lure

Shur Strike Flat Face Lure

The Shur Strike Flat Face Lure is a uncatalogued lure. Made by Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana but sold under the Shur Strike line up this lure is similar to the G or Slope Nose. This antique fishing lure is wooden, with no eyes, and is cigar in shape with a wooden collar. This antique minnow measures 3 3/4″ in length. The Flat Face has two treble hooks, the most forward is secured with a cup rig and the rear with screw eye. The antique fishing lure has a single forward line tie in the center of the face of the lure.

We have a Uncatalogued Pike Scale in on Consignment this week you can view by clicking below.

Shur Strike Flat Face Antique Lure

If you have lures you would like to consign, please contact me.

You’ll note that both the front line tie, and the rear screw eye, both employ the use a washer. As I expressed in the Shur Strike company history in the Underwater Minnow Lure post the other day. Shur Strike was meant to be a cheaper line, but in truth it didn’t accomplish this or sacrifice the quality of the antique fishing lure in its operations.

The top water fished Lure is painted in a 1YP Color, which is a Yellow Perch. This model was made early on in the Shur Strike time frame and was only for only a couple years at most.

Shur Strike Flat Face Lure Photo Gallery

2017-04-09T09:08:22+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Flat Face Lure

Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure

Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure

The Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure is reported as being first introduced to the fishing world sometime in 1950, its patent shows it was applied for in 1946. Shown below, the patent was finally granted in January of 1951 almost 6 years later (Must have had a pretty good back log) and was gone from production in less time than it took for its patent to be granted. Robert A LaFluer of Ferndale, Michigan its inventor sought to produce a lure ranging in size from a Fly Fishing lure all the way through the muskie fishing size. However, with its short production run we can surmise it never quite lived up to the fishing communities response of them. Finding this great little Miscellaneous lure is actually quite tough, tougher than its collector value assigned would indicate.

The Curv A Lure was only produced 2 Sizes although the intent was far more. As far as a color pallet it was available in roughly a half a dozen different colors. From Silver Spotted, to Rainbow, to the Orange with Black Stripe shown below in the gallery, trying to find these half a dozen colors and their corresponding boxes can actually be quite a challenge.

Patent 2536553 Made a Few Distinct Claims that coincide with its Namesake.

1. A fishing lure comprising an elongated body having a concave lower surface, a convexed upper surface, a concaved side surface and a convexed side surface, said body having leading and trailing ends, said body having a front face sloping rearwardly from the convexed side surface of the body toward the concave side of the body.

2. A fishing lure comprising an elongated body having forward and rear ends, a first convex side surface and a second concave side surface, said forward end having a face sloping rearwardly from the first side surface to the second side surface, and said face also sloping downwardly and forwardly from the upper periphery of the body to the lower periphery of the body.

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Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

2017-04-12T07:59:58+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

The Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure was first offered in 1953. The antique lure was Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana lure model series number 7300. This large wooden cedar lure continued the Surfster line up by adding this salt water or big game Surfster. This large antique fishing lure measures in at 6″ in length. The lure features a heavy duty diving lip mounted to the mouth to which the single forward line tie connects. This glass eyed beauty has two over size treble hooks, this may have been a special order as they usually have three. The hook hardware is the reinforced cup as well as having the reinforced wire through rigging. The lures end of life was around 1958 for all intents and purposes.

The Husky Surfster was only made in eight standard color palate finishes. The antique fishing lure came housed in a large over sized Creek Chub two piece cardboard box with the 7700 model either stamped on the end or printed on a label. The standard finishes for this huge antique lure are:

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
07 Mullet
18 Silver Flash (As Shown in Gallery Below)
34 Blue Flash (Shown in the Gallery Below)
35 Purple Eel
37 Yellow Flash (Shown Below)

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure Photo Gallery

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Pfeiffer Minnow Tube

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube

This Rare Pfeiffer Minnow Tube lure is a different class of lure compared to the many seen on this page. This great lure is made from glass instead of usual wood, plastic or metal materials we’ve come to know. This glass test tube shaped lure was made by the Pfeiffer’s Live Bait Company out of Detroit Michigan. This antique fishing lure dates from between 1914-1916, making it Over 100 years old. This lure features 4 treble hooks 2 on each side and measures 3 1/2″ in length.

Striking resemblance is seen between this and the Detroit Minnow tube. It should come as no surprise when you find out both companies operated during the same time from the same city. The minnow tubes were not a very practical or ECO friendly lure especially when dropped on the shore or rolling around in a tackle box.While the two ads below are similar youll notice an address change.

1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad

Pfeiffer’s Bait Gets The Big Ones

Pfeiffer’s is the origional bait of its kind on the market today. It Protects the minnow and lures the big fellows as no other bait can. None genuine unless Pfeiffer’s name is on the stopper. Three sizes: Trout and Small Bass, $.75; Bass and Pike, $1.00; Muscallonge, $1.50.

1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Company Ad 1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Company Ad

1915 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad

1915 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad 1915 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad

 

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure

Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure

The Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure is a unique lure even from its very name. This antique fishing lure was first introduced to the Creek Chub Bait Company line up in 1950. Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana, made the model number be this lures name. Although this Wooden Crawfish type lure is similar, the Seven Thousand Lure is distinctly different. The antique lure made of wood measures 2 3/4″ in length and weighs in at 3/4oz. The lure uses the same bead eyes and rubber legs that we have seen previously on the 300-400 series Crawdad. These little fellas are actually quite hard to find as Creek Chub only produced this lure for 4 years and was out of production by 1954. The lure features a larger diving lip to allow it to dive deeper that the traditional Crawdads.

The Seven Thousand Lure came standard in seven finishes.

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale
02 – Red & White
13 – Solid Black
18 – Silver Flash (Shown Below)
31 – Rainbow Fire
32 – Fire Plug

Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure Photo Gallery

2017-03-07T09:16:55+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure

Bug N Bass Antique Lure

Bug N Bass Antique Lure

The Bug N Bass Antique Lure dates to around 1963. The Bug N Bass antique lure a product of the Buckeye Bait Company of Miamisburg, Ohio, later in Council Grove, Kansas. The Bug N Bass was not the only lure made by the buckeye Bait COmpany. The lure itself is roughly 3 inches in length. This hardened plastic fishing lure is chasing a bug or a fly. So the bad pun for the evening is this bass or fly fishing. Again I apologize for my bad sense of humor. Like we have seen on previous lures using the fish chasing its dinner to catch a fish. The Bug N Bass has two treble hooks in which it will catch its prey. The front one uses a surface type hardware and the back uses the screw eye.

The lure has around 16 standard colors you can collect. This is also the larger of the two Bug N Bass lures. There are a few uncataloged colors floating around as well if your looking to make a collection of them. The antique fishing lure shown in the gallery below is a Rainbow Trout color, and is shown with its correct box and paperwork.

Bug N Bass Antique Lure Photo Gallery

 

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Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

The Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure is a neat lure released in the late 1920. Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan gave it a model series number 140. The Flipper lure came about during a time the nation as well as the fishing industry faced mounting challenges. The Great Depression had begun its grasp on the countries citizens. Capitalism and the trickle down affect made ripples on just about any non essential purchase made including fishing tackle. We see this in many of the lures we collect during that time period in truth using what they had, and wasting nothing.

The Flipper antique lure is a scarce lure, that was produced during only a few years at the end of the 1920’s. This wooden, glass eyed fishing lure measures 3 3/4″ in length. You can find the lure with normal props, or, you can find it with an even scarcer version, the Stanley Bow Tie props as shown on this model. The Flipper used both L Rig Hardware and the hardware shown below which is called a shallow cup. There are even different hook variations to find in such a small period of time as it used both treble and double hooks.

The Flipper can be found in some of the standard era colors, such as Red & White, Natural Scale.

Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

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Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart

Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart

This Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart give us a cool look at the sale sheet for a uniquely named antique fishing lure. The Bottom Scratcher came out in around 1950 and helps us date the piece, as it talks about the “New” bait.

Bottom Scratcher

A New, Deep Diving Bait Designed by L.D. “Pop” Adam

Here’s a great line of baits that will set new sales records as well as new fishing record!

There is just no other diving bait like the Bottom Scratcher! It goes down 6-8 feet on regular reeling speed….actually to 30 feet on ordinary trolling speed! And it’s got a nasty wiggle all the way up and down. 

Bottom Scratcher is plastic, weighs 9/16 oz. The six color patterns, as shown above, were chosen from years of fishing experience.

Models: 100-RW (Red and White), 101-SA (Spotted Ape), 102-YR (Yellow & Red), 103-BW (Black & White), 104-BR (Black & Red), 105-GS (Green Scale). List $1.25

 

Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart

 

2017-01-27T11:09:20+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

The Kumm Fish Spotter Lure was first introduced around 1933 when the patent was applied for. The patent wasnt granted to Arthur J Kumm of Dearborn Michigan until 1935. This first version wooden lure measures 2 7/8″ in length.The antique lure has very small glass eyes inset into the head or front half of the lure. The rear half of the lure is actually the lure that revolves upon retrieval. The inset metal wings on the rear half of the lure make it the revolving part. The antique fishing lure only has a single feather dress treble hook that is attached at the rear of the lure. The Kumms Fish spotter has a single forward line tie attached to the faceted eye screw inset into the nose.

The Fish Spotter lure would evolve over time and morph into 2 more or different versions. These other versions would be made of plastic and retain the same general length. I’ve only ever seen the white spotted or strawberry as well as the frog color, both of which are shown below in the photo gallery, and I’m not sure if there are other colors. The lure came in a plain type box with the picture of the Fish Spotter lure and the Makers Name and address. The antique lure box for the Kumm fishing lure is very hard to find.

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-25T13:12:24+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure

Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure

The Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure is a great little antique lure. The lure was Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana’s model number 6400. This small, pear shaped, painted eye, wooden antique fishing lure measures in a 1 3/4″ in length. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941 and made it all the way to 1978, despite having a minor hiatus between 1955-69. The lure came with the normal patented diving lip, but for a small period when the deep diving lip was made available on the Tiny Tim. There are a few rare examples as shown in the gallery below that have no lip, or eyes. The antique lure had a single forward line tie, and a single belly weight to help it dive deep. Installed on this smallish lure were two treble hooks one forward of the belly weight attached via the typical Creek Chub Cup Hardware, the other secured by the rear inset cup hardware.

We have a Rare No Lip or Eye Variation in this weeks Consignments.

Creek Chub Tiny Tim No Lip or Eye

If you have lures you would like to consign, please contact me.

The lure is a favorite among collectors as its color and hardware and special order features make it a fun one to collect. The antique Creek Chub fishing lure was available in a host of standard colors. Standard color finishes included the following color codes:

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White (Shown in Gallery Below)
18 Silver Flash
24 Red Wing Black Bird (Shown in Gallery Below)
25 White Scale
26 Red and White with Wings
27 Spotted
28 Gray
21(FR) Fluorescent Red
22(FG) Fluorescent Green
23(FY) Fluorescent Yellow

Creek Chub Tiny Tim Photo Gallery

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Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure

The Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure is one of those timeless classics that was first introduced in 1925. Made in Akron Ohio, this lure was a staple in the Pflueger Fishing Tackle Company lure line up for close to half a century. This straight uni-body Pal O Mine was given a model series number 5000. As with all lures that made it that long, there were many variations to it as the company and the industry evolved. This wooden lure measures 4 1/4 inches in length and you’ll note has pressed eyes. So while the Pal O Mine was introduced in 1925 this version shown was brought in to production around 1948. The antique lure came standard with three treble hooks and used a surface style hook hanger to secure them.

This Great Color Pal O Min came in with this weeks consignments.
Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure
If you have any lures you would like to consign please contact me.

The Pal O Mine is a super lure to collect as it has variations in both body, hardware and colors. You could enjoy many many years trying to fill up a collection of them. The lure shown in the gallery below is one of my favorite Pflueger colors. The color is a color code 39, a Scramble finish of Red, Green, and Yellow a tie dye of sorts.

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-23T09:24:46+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure

Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure

Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure

The Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure was first produced in 1938 and only lasted 8 years and was out of production by 1946. Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana assigned it a model number 5300. This is the largest of the Creek Chub Dingbats and measures 2 1/2″ in length with just its wooden body. It in whats termed “The Hair Bait” family and when measuring the standard factory installed tufts of hair the lure reaches 4″ in length. This glass eyed antique fishing lure 1 1/8 oz. and is a pretty stout lure almost hockey puck size. The lure is made with a heavy duty wire through construction, as were many of the antique lures made to secure large game fish such as Northern Pike, and Musky. The lure has two larger treble hooks secure with the reinforced methods.

The Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure came standard in seven color palate finishes. The fine example is shown in its correct end labeled box marked 5301. I have seen both the long over sized box  shown below, and the taller box house this lure.

00 Pike Scale (Shown in the Gallery)
01 Perch
02 Red and White
04 Golden Shiner
13 All Black
18 Silver Flash
19 Frog

Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-17T09:28:49+00:00 January 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure

Bomber Bait Company Press Release

Bomber Bait Company Press Release

This Bomber Bait Company Press Release and accompanying letter from one of the founders is a neat breadcrumb that I came across in sizable pile of research docs, catalogs, and salesman brochures I had amassed over time. It was hidden behind some papers I had looked at many many times and didn’t know they were underneath. What a great surprise for me, and being able to share it, that much better. The press release is accompanied by a letter from the Bomber Bait Company in 1976 also shown. I have never heard the full version of the story, only pieces, until I read the letter, and the story even though I must admit even living a stones throw away from Lake Murray. Our family camps many weeks of the year at Lake Murray, and it is the place my boys threaded and threw their first worms. Lake Murray has provided countless memories for my kids whether it be biking or hiking the trails, roasting marshmallows or taking “night walks”, and telling ghost stories along the way.

The letter is in a response to a letter from Tom Rainy, to Bomber in 1976 asking them if they had any old baits they might send him. I’m assuming this as they say they are shipping him in another package lures, dust and all. The letter is signed C.S. Tubrbeville one of the inventors and founders of the Bomber Bait Company.

Being able to peer back into a time, to the era that was at the root of the Nation Fishing Lure Collectors Club is a treat. Im not certain if Tom was a Member from the beginning but I would guess yes if not the beginning he was involved early on.

Bomber Bait Company Press Release

Years ago, Ike Walker, John Parker, and C.S. Turbeville were real fishing nuts. (They Still are.) Most of thier fishing was done in Lake Murray which is a deep brushy lake. If they let the lure sink, there was no way to get it back. The kept fooling around trying to come up with something that would go deeper, yet not get tangled up. They finally came up with a bait which we call the Bomber. It would dive deeper than most baits would sink in a reasonable length time, and it would also back off from the brush. Someone made the remark that it resembled a bomb, and from then on it was called “Bomber”.

The Bomber was made of Northern White Cedar, and at that time the only place they knew of to get cedar was from old light poles the local light company let them have. The tail piece was cut from the back of old cook stoves. The grommets were shoe eyes, the pulling connection was a paper clip bent to fit and the wrap on the clip was cut from a tobacco can. This was immediately after the war, […]

2016-12-29T13:16:17+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Bomber Bait Company Press Release

Storm Glop Antique Fishing Lure

Storm Glop

The Storm Glop lure falls into a saying or category among antique fishing lure collectors that you can and will often hear. “Its more valuable because it didn’t catch fish.” Although that makes little sense from a pragmatic point of view, it makes sense if you apply a little logic. If it didn’t catch fish, it didn’t sell, therefore it gets a automatic small boost in the rarity column when applying the adage of what makes up an antique lure value. Antique fishing lure value is and has always been based on condition, color, rarity, collect-ability, and back again to condition. I know I said condition twice, and for a reason, to emphasis its importance.

At a time when Oklahoma City was experiencing its own history, being a site selected to test the affects of intercontinental sonic booms and the affect on a large city scale.  Born in a garage in 1964 in Norman Oklahoma, 2 brothers Bill and Gary Storm were hoping to have they’re own Boom on the US fishing lure industry. The 2 Storm brothers, and later to be joined by a 3rd, came up with a lure they deemed excitably different. Just looking at the storm glop you can see they accomplished at least that goal. Resembling a ghost or ghoul, one can see why they nicknamed it the meanest little lure. The Glop lure acted like a top water bait floating or sitting vertically on the water, however upon retrieval the lure would submerged and mimic that of a fish that the big ones couldn’t resist.

Storm Glop

The Storm Glop antique fishing lure was offered in over 6 different lure colors, through it short life and half as many buck tail options. While the storm glop fishing lure was short lived with bass fisher’s it place with antique lure collectors was unaffected by its lack of sales. With under 10 thousand units being sold in all, the company would come to be know more for its hits like the Storm Hot N Tot, Thin Fin, Warts, Shad, Thunder Stick and others to make its boom in the lure industry and antique lure collectors would enjoy the Glop more than the bass fisherman. In 1984 they had 13 different lures and 1 spinner in its line offering over 900 color combinations giving collectors and fisherman alike a reason to love Storm.

Storm Glop Lure Dealer Charts

Glop Lure Dealer Carton

Antique Fishing Lure Color Variations

 

2016-12-23T08:01:56+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Storm Glop Antique Fishing Lure

Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

The Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure was first introduced in 1950. This antique fishing lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan is part of a lineup of quintessential lures. The 9630 was later in the life cycle for this top Heddon seller. The 9630 is made of plastic instead of wood like its earlier kin. The transformation from the wooden 730 Punkinseed completed the body transformation however there were stages inside the 9630 life cycle.

The lure shown in the gallery below was its final stage and made from 1974 to 1977. The lure has the later creame eyes instead of the earlier gold. The bell hardware that’s used on the lure’s both fron and rear treble hook hanger is the date indicator.

The Punkinseed lure was made in six different standard colors. The lure in the gallery below is an example of the Bluegill color. From its black back or ridge line the Blue Blends into yellow ind finally into it light pink belly. The colors are intersected by its blackened vertical bars and its coloring complete with the cream eyes and red mouth.

Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

2016-12-13T09:30:48+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure

ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure

The ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure is Circa 1939. The ShurKatch Bait company out of Richfield Springs, New York is thought to have been a distributor of Horrocks Ibbotson fishing lures. This wooden, painted eye mouse vintage fishing lure comes adorn with even a leather tail. This antique fishing lure uses a single treble hook to secure its prey.

The Grey Mouse and Box are in on Consignment this Week Please Click Below and View all this weeks great lures.

Shurkatch Baits Mouse

If you have lures you would like to sell or consign please contact me.

The Shurkatch Mouse Lure just measuring in at 2 3/4″ in length was used for the smaller end of game fish, such as the northern black bass. The lure is red and white in colors and has a single forward line tie just under the nose of the fishing lure. The lure shown below comes with its correct type box, however its unmarked with the exception of the pencil mark on one end. This has always been one of my favorite pictures boxes.

ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

2017-03-19T14:58:49+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

The Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure was first introduced in 1933. This Creek Chub lure was made in Garrett, Indiana was to be sold under the Shur Strike Lure line up. The lure is quite a unique lure and isn’t a knock of of any Creek Chub lure. The wooden glass eyed lure is a style H, and measures 3 1/2″ in length. The lure was only ever made for its short life span with glass eyes. This wide bodied lure has a sloped or slanted nose which leads to its single forward line tie. The antique lure is 5/8 oz and uses two treble hooks to secure its prey, the forward of which uses cup rig hardware, the rear is secured with screw eye. The lure would have made a great Black Bass slayer.

This antique fishing lure was originally offered in eight standard colors. This yellow and black shown below in the antique lure gallery is very hard to find, and is in a color code #4. This floater diver Shovel Nose lure is a tough lure to come by, and in the condition shown it increases its rarity.

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:38:35+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

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