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Swiv A Lure

Swiv A Lure

The Swiv A Lure was first introduced in 1949. Box. The Swiv A Lure was made by Lamothe – Stokes Manufacturing Company out of Detroit Michigan. The lure was a model YR-20. The lure was made in both plastic and wood over its life cycle as well as being made in Red and White and Red and Yellow. Looking Like a Legless grasshopper lure can be found in two sizes as well 3 1/4″ and 3 1/8″ in length.

In speaking with a fellow lure collector at a recent show he shared a neat story of uncovering the original patent papers and the dealer boxes and much of the stock. From what he conveyed the partnership between Lamoth & Stokes was a rocky one and never fully took off. The gentleman I spoke with said he ran into 50 gallon drums of assembled bodies, and 12 packs of dealer cases.

We have a Black & White in Box in this weeks consignments, click below to view.

Black & White Swiv a Lure in Box

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

2018-01-14T10:31:34+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Shakespeare Evolution Lure

Shakespeare Evolution Lure

The Shakespeare Evolution Lure was one of Shakespeare’s earliest lures being first introduced in in 1902. There were a few versions of the lure which also corresponded to a few different length measurements. Shakespeare in their first catalog made its lures almost out of opposing or different materials. Its Revolution and Worden Bucktail line up out of metal and its Sure Lure and Evolution out of rubber. The lure shown in the gallery is the second version having the straightened box swivel and the earliest having a floppy box swivel. Both versions having a forward and rear spinner to keep the lure straight upon retrieval. The Evolution lure featured two treble hooks coming off the pectoral or abdomen portion of the antique lure and the rear of the lure having one hanging off the tail. The lure was made of a painted rubber to look like a shiner minnow with eyes and two red gill marks.

We have a Nice Large Size Shakespeare Evolution this week in con consignment, click to view below.

Shakespeare Evolution Model 5GAE

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In my 1916 Shakespeare Antique Lure Catalog they show it listed in 3 different sizes

No. 3GAE – Length of Body, 2 1/2″
No. 4GAE – Length of Body, 2 3/8″
No. 5GAE – Length of Body, 4″

Shakespeare lure collector and fellow NFLCC club member Dan Zemke added “In the later production years, it was named the “Shiner Minnow” and available in only one size, 2 3/8 inch, and one color, “shiner”, which is the color shown above. When ordering the “Shiner Minnow”, you could get two “finishes”, S or T… which was a hook reference, treble or single. I have seen these in a handful of different colors. Including red/white, perch, all silver, and even luminous which i found questionable”

Shakespeare Evolution Lure Photo Gallery

2018-01-14T09:49:25+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|0 Comments

Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure

Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure

The Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure is another lure in the trio produced by the company. Based in Detroit Michigan, on Morgan Drive, this famous antique lure maker was probably more noted for it’s “Action Rod”. The company founded in the late 1940s by co-owners Lewis Adam and A. Johnson. The Slippery Slim is the most obscure of the the Kick N Kackle and the Bottom Scratcher brethren. The antique lure was made in the early 1950’s and measure 2 3/8″ in length. The Slippery Slim was jointed in construction, its head being larger then the rear section. The lure has 2 trebles to secure its catch and a smaller diving lip attached at the nose to bring the lure down to the depths of its catch.

We have a Black & White Slippery Slim in on Consignment this week and can be viewed by clicking below.
Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure
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Orchard Industries Letterhead Orchard Industries Letterhead

Above is a Photo of Company Letterhead borrowed from Dr Todd’s Fishing For History Blog
The Slippery Slim lure was housed in a clear plastic hinged clam shell box. The box will have the name printed on the bottom left.The lure was only made in a few primary colors unlike its brothers, such as the “Bottom Scratcher” which can be seen on the color Chart I did a post on.

Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure Photo Gallery

2018-01-13T18:17:24+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure is the smallest of the Tango line up. The old saying is it takes 2 two Tango, well in this case it takes 6! The Rush Tango Trout Tango lure was a fly rod lure measuring 1 3/4″ in length and having a detachable small double hook. The lure meant to be cast with a medium weight rod and line. Stated on the side of the box, the maker recommends adding a small worm to the item if you must. The company had its roots in Syracuse NY around the same areas a few of the later contended lure makers were also from. The Rush Tango story and history of the company is a long convoluted mess mixing antique lure makers James Heddon, Leroy Yakeley, Fillmore Smith and JK Rush in patent warfare leading to court cases and legal interpretation. These legal issues not only would present themselves to JK Rush with the tango lure, they would also face Heddon with the Tadpolly and Welles Patent infringement. The assortment of 6 lures could be purchased direct or from purveyors such as Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett, who in 1922 offers this 6 pack for merely sum of $1.50, yes please send me a dozen.

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure was offered in a variety of solid colors such as Red, Gold, Black, Silver, and Gold. Or two tone colors such as Red and Yellow, and Red and White. The lures shown date to 1922’ish when the company Changed its name from the Union Specialty Company to the Rush Outing Company. This is when the company made its focus a more outdoor gear and camping equipment type company. This shift in priorities from fishing to camping supplies could be a reason the would sell the rights to the Horrocks Ibbotson Co from neighboring Utica New York.

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack Photo Gallery

2017-12-27T07:43:53+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Heddon Vamp Lure

Heddon Vamp Lure

The Heddon Vamp Lure is a series 7500 and measures 4 1/2″ in length. This antique lure was first produced in 1920, and from then on was a regular staple in the James Heddon and Son fishing lure lineup for over 50 years. The antique fishing lure was made in a wide array of era specific colors and shades. During its time its seen body shapes vary from tapered to thin to fat.

The Vamp Lure was made from various materials wood as well as plastic. Through its lifespan the antique lure saw hardware configuration changes from the L rig, to Toilet Seat, and on to 2 Piece flap rig, and finally after 1948 they moved to surface rig. The fishing lure itself over time saw changes in its eyes from glass eyes, zinc eyes, tack nail eyes and finally painted eyes. Dependent on era the Vamp Lure even saw changes in the diving lip and was even available for a short time via special order without the lip. The antique Heddon Lure could be found housed in both down and up leaping bass boxes, brush boxes, banner, and even later cello boxes or window boxes.

Below I’ve only touched the surface on the variations of the wooden Heddon Vamp Lure. I will continue to add to this page as I pull more files out of my database, so book mark it and stop by often.

Here is a showcase of a good friend of mines collection of Vamps

Some of the Colors Shown below in the gallery have following numbers on the end of the boxes.
K  Goldfish
M  Pike Scale
YG  Yellow and Gold Spot
YB  Yellow and Black
LUM  Luminous
PL  Pearl
D  Green Scale
P  Shiner Scale
01  Rainbow
00  Fancy Green Crackle Back
W  White
S  Strawberry Spot
G  Black
PAS  Allen Stripey
J  Frog Scale
RH  Red Head Flitter
RET  Red Eye and Tail
Z  Rainbow Scale
L Perch Scale Finish

The Heddon Vamp Lure Hardware Gallery shows some of the various hook hardware configurations used, Bar and Toilet not Shown.

The Heddon Vamp Lure Color Gallery will show you you some of the various Heddon Color Codes available on the Vamp

 

2018-01-12T11:19:42+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|0 Comments

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

The Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure is the second to the largest in the family of 4. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1928 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. The wooden fishing lure measures in at roughly 4 1/2″ in length. The lures main focus was the larger of the game fish, the Large Mouth  Bass, Walleye, Great Northern, Salmon on up. The lure has a pair of glass eyes at the front to add to the realism of this “Swims on Sides” genre or niche inside the fishing tackle industry. With the imitation being the dearest form of flattery, everyone was looking to get a piece of the giant market share that Creek Chub had garnered with its widely popular Injured Minnow Lure. It should be of no surprise then that Heddon would come forth and present 4 different sizes in this category.

The lure would go through a series of hardware options and changes over time to hold its three trebles or 3T as its sometimes called. The first version would be the L Rig, then into the 1930’s the Two Piece Flap Rig, as shown in the gallery. The 170 lure would always come standard with its dual scripted props. The lure would be offered in an array of colors over the years from the standard or basic colored finishes to some great uncatalogued gems hiding out there. The four color examples in the gallery below are; Perch Code L, Green Scale Code D and Silver Scale Code SS, and finally a Super Luminous version SOS.

Heddon 170 SOS Catalog Cut Heddon 170 SOS Catalog Cut

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2018-01-12T11:22:36+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|0 Comments

Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure is certainly one of the companies mainstays. The Jointed Pikie has a history that spans roughly 5 decades, or 50 years of fishing lure production. From various lure colors, the evolution of eye differences, lure composition, size of diving lips the Jointed Pikie has seen them all. Helping date the lure itself with its single (Post 1936) to double line tie (Pre 1935) this antique lure evolved, stayed relevant with fishermen and certainly has with antique lure collectors as well. 

The antique fishing lure was given a model series 2600. The Deep Diving version shown below is in one of Creek Chubs prettiest fishing lure colors when in nice condition like the antique lure shown, Mullet. The Color code is 07 on the Creek Chub Bait Company’s color chart. This wooden glass eyed example is shown with a deep diving lip, single line, in its correct end stamped box 2607DD and period lure box catalog. Although they probably used the same die cuts for catalogs for some time, the 1931 catalog below touts the new lure as having a wonderful wiggling motion. Even greater than its famous Pikie Minnow lure.

The 1931 Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog states: This new Jointed Pikie has a beautiful wiggling movement, flexible and sinuous, which we believe makes it a still better fish getter than our famous Pikie minnow No. 700. Fishermen everywhere are acclaiming it the most perfect lure ever produced. Changing speed while reeling in adds to its attractive action and seems to create in the fish an irresistible impulse to strike. It is a very easy caster and does not  run quite so deep as the No. 700. We guarantee it to be a great killer.

Some of the Cataloged Colors of the Jointed Pikie were:

00  Pike Scale
01  Perch Scale
02  Red and White
03  Silver Shiner
04  Golden Shiner
05  Red Side
08  Rainbow
13  Black
18  Silver Flash
19  Frog
21  Day and Night
31  Rainbow Fire
32  Fire Plug
33  Black Scale
34 Blue Flash

Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure Gallery

2018-01-12T11:25:50+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure

Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure

While it may have taken years to refine the Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure was the first lure ever commercially produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. The year, 1916, the World was in the in the middle of what it termed as the “Great War” or WWI. While its grasp was felt around the globe it wasn’t strong enough to quell the formation of what would become one of the largest and most significant fishing lure companies to date.

The Wiggler would grow into one of Creek Chubs most celebrated lures and would make what was a almost half a century appearance in it lure line up. This wooden antique fishing lure was given a model series number 100. Although there are slight differences the lure would measure roughly 3 1/2″ in length and weigh in at 3/4 oz.

With the lure being the first produced it is no surprise that we will see quite an evolution to the lure as improvements and changes were made to it and other Creek Chub lures. You can find the lure in its earliest stages with a washer rigged hook hardware. It would then develop into a few different Cup styles to hold its 2T, or trebles.

With more changes then to the physical hook hardware the lip would evolve going from a Plain lip in 1916, to one having its named stamped on the lip in 1918. The lip would then be produced in what turned out to be its most widely known lip with the name and patent date in 1921. It would see its final evolution into the improved lip in 1936.

The Wiggler can be found with both No Eye, and Glass Eye variants. The lures shape can also help date the lure with the Sloping or Flat head lures being the earliest and the rounded head coming soon after. The line tie will also change from having 2 or the double line tie version and in the mid 1930’s be usurped by the single line tie.

The Creek Chub Wiggler lure can be found in over a dozen standard colors as well as special order finishes.

Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure Catalog Page Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure Catalog Page

The Creek Chub Wiggler

No. 100 Series

The Creek Chub has always been considered the king of live baits. Fisherman go miles to get them, Is it not natural to conclude that the Creek Chub Wiggler, so near in appearance and movement to the Creek Chub Minnow, will catch more fish day for day and place for place than just a plug? It has been proven that this is a fact, and we know you will come to the same conclusion after trying out the Creek Chub Wiggler. The removable, reversible wiggler in this bait succeeds the spinner. It’s a […]

2018-01-12T11:47:42+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

The Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure was first introduced in 1917 and lasted all the way through 1954. This antique fishing lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was given a model series number 200. This lure is the smaller version of the longer 100 Wiggler and measures in at 2 3/4″ in length. This widely popular lure was the second lure produced by the company. The Featured lure is an early gold wash washer rigged intro model.  The lure is in a Copper Scale finish. During the first year of production you will find a few different color or flavors of sometimes the same named color, such as the Yellow Shiner Scale. These early washer rigged units are hard to come by and are usually the center piece to early Creek Chub or Wiggler centrist collectors.

The Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure is a wooden lure that can be found both with and without glass eyes. You can find it with a single or double line tie, even with a marked or unmarked lip. The standard cup rig hardware can be found on most, however if one looks hard you may be lucky to find a washer rigged on. The lure utilizes two treble hooks like its bigger brother the series 100.

The lure can be found in a dozen standard colors as well as a host of uncatalogued examples produced over its 37 year lifespan.
The 12 standard Colors listed in the 1931 catalog that can be found are as follows.

00 Chub Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White (Shown Below)
03 Silver Shiner (Shown Below)
04 Golden Shiner
05 Red Side / Dace
06 Gold Fish (Shown Below)
07 Mullet
09 Green Back
11 Black and White (Shown Below)
12 Red
18 Silver Flash

This Catalog Cut below is from a 1931 Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog.

“Has all the features of our larde No. !00 series bait, except does not run so deep.” Weight 1/2 oz. Shown is No. 205″

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure Photo Gallery

2018-01-12T11:48:55+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

The Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout was first introduced in 1941. This strange looking plastic, raised painted eye lure, was the Paw Paw Bait Company model series #3500. The lure originally called a Wham Doodle, which was made of wood with whats referred to as an alligator eye. The lure features two sets of small treble hooks on each side of the lure adjoined with unique hardware, the same of which appears on the Flap Jack lure. The lure has always been popular with collectors and was available in many different colors to look for. I’ve never figured out what they were trying to mimic, possibly a small duckling.

Some of the colors that available and the corresponding color numbers are:

01 Perch Scale 
04 White with Red Head
06 Shad Scale
07 Pike Scale (Shown Below)
08 Frog
23 Dace
24 Rainbow Trout (Shown in Gallery)
25 Orange With Black Spots
29 Black with Silver Flash (Shown in Gallery)
34 Yellow with Black Spots
39 Golden Shiner
40 Purple Scale

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout Gallery

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Black with Silver Flash Code 29

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Pike Scale Code 07

2017-12-19T08:23:41+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400

Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400

The Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400 is a tough little lure to find. The lure is larger in girth than say a Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure. The lure a Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan series 400 was made in 1908 and disappeared around 1909. The glass eyed, antique lure is comprised of wood and measures in at 2 1/2″ in length. This antique lure features a single forward rotating propeller, and two treble hooks. One treble hook being attached with cup rig hardware the other using a inserted looped pin screwed into the rear of the lure. The lure features a single belly weight just to the rear of the cup hook rigging.

This Heddon Surface Minnow lure had been found in a few colors, Yellow with a Sienna Skull Cap, White with a Blue Skull Cap, and Rainbow. The rear treble has been found in both a dressed feather and a stacked deer hair.

Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400 Photo Gallery Yellow with Sienna Skull Cap

Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400 Photo Gallery White with Blue Skull Cap

2017-12-19T08:22:16+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400

Heddon Basser Antique Lure

Heddon Basser Antique Lure

The Heddon Basser Antique Lure was first introduced in 1922. The great wooden Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure was in the Heddon lure line up for over three decades. The Basser lure was given a series model 8500. This glass eyed fishing lure was 4 1/4″ in length and traditionally came with the three treble hooks shown. The 8500 series was for the lack of a better term the base model. From the 8500 would come Basser lures that were longer, shorter, different hook type rigging , different face plate inscriptions to cover a wide array of fishing types. The Basser having its open smiling mouth be its most identifiable feature.

The first lure shown below in the gallery is a very tough colored lure, and is Circa mid 1920’s. The lure is Yellow with Gold Spots, and would have come in a red border down leaping bass box marked 8509 YG. The lure has L rig hook hardware and a scripted and screwed in metal mouth plate. At the top part of the mouth you’ll find the lures single forward line tie. Next Shown is a very clean Basser in Green Scale with red eye shadow. The featured lure for the article is a Goldfish Basser in correct box with paperwork.

The Heddon Basser antique lure would be made in dozens of different colors over the 3 decades both cataloged and uncatalogued making it a fun lure to collect.

Heddon Basser Antique Lure Photo Gallery

Heddon Basser 1934 Catalog Page

No. 8500 Series- Near Surface. Extreme limit of erratic side darting, dipping and sudden swerving action. Far Finer and more durable construction than any other baits of similar character. Body 4  1/4″ Weight 3/4oz

8509S White Spotted
8501 Rainbow
8502 Red and White
8502LUM Luminous Red and White
8509D Greenscale (Shown Sbove)
8509J Frogscale
8509L Perch
8509M Pike Scale
8509RH Red Head Salt Water Flitter
8509LUM Luminous

Heddon Lure Catalog Basser Heddon Lure Catalog Basser

 

2017-12-19T08:21:27+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Basser Antique Lure

Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

The Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat lure was first introduced in 1938 and given a model series number 5400. Another lure in the series of popular hair baits designed and made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This antique fishing lure has a distinctive face and feature. The front mouth or head of the lure is large and concave with the forward line tie attached within. This wooden fishing lure measures 1 3/4″ in length and weighs 5/8oz.

The Surface Ding Bat was made though 1955 and was available in 9 standard finishes over its production. The lure features two glass eyes, two double hooks and even has a single belly weight. The example below is a complete one, coming its its correct box with hang tag.

The New Surface Ding Bat

A surprise package for both fish and fisherman, remarkably weedless with the hook points turned up and a sure hooker of all fair strikes. Use it in a series of short jerks, and sudden spurts of movement alternated with plenty of lying idly quiet for after night fishing try the all black color. Use this bait along the shallow shore lines and weed patches. Work it slowly and see the big bass go for it.  Made in the following finishes:

No. 5400 – Natural Pike Scale
No. 5401 Natural Perch Scale
No. 5403 Red & White
No. 5404 Golden Shiner (Shown Below)
No. 5413 All Black
No. 5418 Silver Flash
No. 5419 Frog
No. 5424 Red Wing Blackbird 
No. 5425 White Scale

Surface Ding Bat Catalog Page 1941 Surface Ding Bat Catalog Page 1941

Surface Dingbat Antique Lure Gallery

2017-12-19T08:20:28+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

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

 

2017-12-19T08:19:37+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Dinger Lure

Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure

Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure

The Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure is a cool little antique lure. The Polly Wiggle is born of the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana, and was a model series number 1700. This smaller wooden lure measures in at 1 1/4″ in length and was first introduced in 1924. The glass eyed antique lure only lasted less than a decade in the Creek Chub lure line up. he lure was originally made with a weed guard and was meant to be fished with a pork rind.

The lure was only cataloged in two colors, frog spot as shown in the photo gallery and red and white. The antique lure can be found with a few different eye configurations. The antique fishing lure came with the double line, one on the top of the lure and the other affixed off the smallish stamped diving lip. The lure had a small inset belly weight off center to the rear of the lure and a large, for its size, , single trailing hook.

Creek Chub Polly Woggle Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:25:51+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

The Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Lure is a Series or Style B. The lure was first introduced in 1933 and was made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana, and marketed and sold under the Shur Strike name. This was a year after its larger brother the Style A was successfully brought to market. This wooden antique lure has glass eyes and two treble hooks. The fishing lure measures in just at 2 3/4″ in length.

The first lure in the gallery is a clean Red & White Color, Code 02. The Baby Slant Nose was only ever cataloged in 9 colors. Both the Style A & B Slant Nose lures would not last long in the Shur Strike antique lure line up, and would be gone in 1936.

The second lure is a Style B, Baby Slant Nose lure in Yellow and light black scale version. This color has been nick named Peanut Butter and is a very desirable color, code 01.

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:26:54+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

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

 

2017-12-19T08:27:44+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

The Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait was first introduced around the early teens. This antique lure was made by J. A. Holzapfel in Jackson Michigan. If this fishing lure looks familiar to another makers lures, the Croaker by C.A. Wilford and Son of the same city they should be. Mr. Holzapfel and Mr. Wilford were friend and fishing partners.

This no eyed antique fishing lure is wooden in construction material, and measures 4 1/4″ inches in body length not including the hardware. The lure is not jointed and is only 1 piece in make. The lure were all hand painted and were available in the 4 1/4″ size as well as a 3 1/2″ version. The lure utilizes a very simple eye screw hook hardware to secure its three treble hooks. The lure had only a single forward facing lie tie.

The lure can be found in solid white, as shown below in the gallery as well as red, a spot frog and one more. The lure was housed in a plain text white 2 piece cardboard box should you be lucky enough to locate one.

Included in the Gallery Below is the Muskie size version of the Mushroom Bait, you can see its larger and thicker than its little brother. One thing I did notice is they didnt upgrade the hook size even though they increased the size of the antique lure.

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:30:51+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

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

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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!

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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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Old Fighter Lure

Old Fighter Lure

This Old Fighter Lure was first made in 1950. The Old Fighter fishing lure was made by the Beaver Bait Company out of Ambridge, Pennsylvania. The plastic lure feature a distinct row of beads in the middle section of the lure on both sides. The colored beads which have small spinners in between are free to slide up and down the wire. The antique lure has a single forward line tie and two treble hooks. The front of the box reads; Spin Fin Action, Casting and Trolling for all Game Fish. This antique fishing lure is very popular with collectors and came in quite a few different colors making it fun to collect. Frog Spot is shown in the Gallery but these others are available as well
Red and White
Black Bass
Frog
Rainbow
Gold Shiner
Yellow
Blue Shad

Old Fighter Lure Photo Gallery

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South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure

South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure

The South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure was first made in 1929 and was only made a few years and was gone around 1933. The lure was fashioned after the success of other lure makers such as Heddon and Creek Chub with their injured minnow and SOS lure products. This South Bend Crippled Minnow antique fishing lure is a series number 965, and measures 3 1/4″ in length and was 5/8 oz. The antique lure as with many South Bend shares a model number, the 965 is shared with the Midget Lunge Oreno Lure. The lure shown is in a beautiful rainbow color pattern with blue eye shadow and is a solid excellent or E+ condition. This antique wooden minnow has flawless glass eyes as shown. The lure has forward and rear marked props and the lure is designed to swim on its side replicating a fish in distress and has both a mid and rear hanging treble hook. 

The South Bend Bait Company 1929 Catalog States; “The Crippled Minnow will drive any drowsy or up and at em game fish minnow to action. There’s something about the way it acts that brings on that mad rush then they strike. Is it because it appears to be injured or crippled, with most of its strength spent or is it because, lying on its side with just a little lifelike motion, it makes the big ones mad. At any rate it gets action and often times when you’ve tried most everything else.”

The South Bend Crippled Minnow lure can be found in the following cataloged colors:

LUM  Luminous

MS  Minnow Scale

RB  Rainbow

RH  Red Head White Body

SF  Scale Finish Green

SS  Silver Speckled Body  

South Bend Crippled Minnow Gallery

 

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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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South Bend Min Oreno Lure

South Bend Min Oreno Lure

The South Bend Min Oreno Lure was first introduced around 1933 and was gone by 1939. This antique fishing lure made by the South Bend Bait Company was given a model number 927. The Minn Oreno fishing lures shown below are the Jr and middle sized version, or standard size, as there is a Musky version produced as well. This wooden lure is a flat slab bout 1/4″ in width in shape, with a sloping forehead leading to a pointed nose and dive plate. The Min Oreno was always made with painted eyes, and traditional South Bend Painted cups. This version had two treble hooks to catch its prey. 

The Min Oreno was made in a series of paint scheme finishes.
P Pike Scale Finish
RSF Scale Finish Red Blend
RW Red Arrowhead White Body
RY Red Arrowhead Yellow Head
SF Scale FInish
YP Yellow Perch

As stated in the 1933 Catalog: “All previous imitations of swimming minnows are eclipsed by the new life like action of the Min Oreno. It is vibrant with enticing maneuvers every second. The slender body is guided in its upright, alluring path by the stainless steel angled head plate. The RSF finish closely resembles a sucker.  The Min Oreno is made in three sizes for the smaller game fish, to the husky great Northern Pike, Pickerel, and Muskie.Even smaller salt water species are fascinated by this new “wonder lure” which was evidenced during the three years spent in its designing.”

South Bend Min Oreno Photo Gallery

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Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

The Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure is reported to have been one of his earliest lures. There are those who will argue that the Orlando shiner is the first. But what we cant argue about is the success of the Banana Lure. Fashioned in the Shape of a Banana this wooden lure has a notched mouth and painted eyes. The lures with only the black iris are said to be the earliest versions. This version of the lure had three treble hooks to secure its catch. the were secured to the lure itself using cup and screw eye hardware.

I believe there is 5 different sizes to the Banana over its life span with the Pfeffer Lure Company out of Orlando Florida. You can find some of the early lures sent or sold in these brown manila packaging envelopes. The Pfeffer Banana was offered in over a dozen different colors over its life span. The amount of colors and size and body differences and collectible options make the Banana a success with antique lure collectors as well.

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure Photo Gallery

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Hi Yo Lure in Box with Papers

Hi Yo Lure

The Hi Yo lure is a lure that give a fisherman or collectors great pause. Stopping for a minute to think what in heavens were they thinking.

The antique lure is Circa 1947, this was a time when we see a increase or influx of fisherman in the US. The years following the great second war saw the American war machine shift from machines focused on death to machines focused on the betterment or enjoyment of life.

The next decade would give rise to the great generation of baby boomers, and one of the greatest housing booms we would ever see, with a nation riding high on its wartime success.  It breathed back to life the iconic and rival for the greatest american past time Baseball from its smaller war torn numbers. 1947 would again match up 2 teams that every kids dreams of, the Brooklyn Dodger against the New York Yankees.

While most importantly for baseball, and our country, it was the first time we as a nation saw a African American on a world series diamond, with the great Jackie Robinson. Jackie once said “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”  And I think as I write this almost 60 years later, if we could yet again bring forth and live those famous words we could make this a better place for all. Ill get off my soap box, as Im steering away from the antique lure but as I said in a story or article a few weeks ago, it is my story to tell.

The lure is a product of the Activated Lure Company or Barberton, Ohio. Th lure worked as a fisherman would place a small piece of dry ice under the rubber cap and would be propelled forwards by the release of gas out of the tail of the lure. The lure is 1 5/8 in length with one treble and was made in an array of cool and catchy colors. While neat in concept the practicality of it fail immensely, as what fisherman would have a block of dry ice to pick from handy, not many that I know.

Hi Yo Lure

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Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure

Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure

The Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure is a beauty to hold and admire. This huge big game fish wooden lure, has painted eyes, a large single red hand painted sweeping gill mark. The Shiner series lures were known far and wide, and was certainly one of, if not the lure that carried the most notoriety in Pfeffer’s Florida lure line up. The standard Shiners were available in 4 different sizes. These were in addition to the large Snook, Tarpon or Big Game sizes of the Sailfish and King Shiner rounding out the largest size available in Shiner series.

We Have a Beauty of a King Shiner in on Consignment this week, available by clicking below.
Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure
If you have lures to sell or consign, please contact me.

This lure shown is the King Shiner model and measures a whopping 4 7/8″ in length. The lure has large trebles, and uses both a front and rear prop to keep it straight during retrieval. My personal opinion the lures coolest feature of this antique lure isits 4 belly weights. The Shiner has a Solid Silver Painted body underneath all silver flitter which still is intact. The lure has obviously never been fished and would be an amazing addition to any antique lure collection, and would easily fit right into the center of a Florida themed group.

Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure Photo Gallery

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Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure

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.

Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

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Gee Wiz Frog Lure

Gee Wiz Frog Lure

The Gee Wiz Frog Lure was first introduced in 1930. This great frog was made by the All Star Bait Company, out of Chicago Illinois. This is the regular sized from measuring in at 4 3/8″ in length. The frog lure was a musky size version as well. This wood core rubber covered lure looks quite ingenious. The lure features a rolling wheel attached to the bottom to roll over obstacles. The wheel was an option when purchasing.

The string would pull making the legs give a kicking motion upon retrieval. The antique frog lure features a single hook affixed to the aft end to catch its pray. The frog is shown with the correct plain type yellow box, which proclaims: Its the Kick That Gets Em Quick.

Gee Wiz Frog 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 Wiggle Fish Lure

Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure

The Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure was first introduced in 1925. The lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana would be a staple in their antique lure line up for more than a quarter of a century. This wooden, glass eyed lure was a model 2400 and measures 3 1/2″ in length, and tops the weighs in at 3/4 oz. This antique lure can be found with a double line tie, dating to pre 1935-36 era or with a single line tie for post 36. This lure was meant to dive and had a step lip to help it get to the depth of its prey. Taking after it’s name, the Wiggle fish, the lure is a segmented lure with the tradition U pin connections securing the two halves. The lure was made to make a life like wiggling motion in the water complete with fluted, rear flasher fin, sometimes found in gold, bringing up the rear. 

You’ll Notice a variation in Wiggle Fish over the years, in size, shape and even hook size. The first example shown is an early version which can be differentiated by this longer slimmer body sections and if you ll notice the front treble hook, the shaft of the treble is longer than on the later version in the gallery. The featured lure in this gallery also has broad stroke hand painted gill marks.

The second example in the gallery below is shown housed in it’s correct end stamped box. Completing this package it has the correct era pocket lure catalog and reorder form.

The Wiggle Fish

No. 2400 Series

The Aristocrat of all Wigglers. All Creek Chub nature lures are noted for their wonderful movements but in this new double jointed lure with its swaggering, fluted, nickle tail and patented mouth-piece, there is a fast, flexible, swimming movement not found in any other lure. As its name indicated, the New Wiggle Fish looks just like a fish, swims like a fish, floats, dives, wiggles its way along just below the surface – or deeper if pulled faster. This is the bait to use when trolling for the big one. A guaranteed getter of Bass, Pickerel, Pike, and Muskies. Length of body, 3 1/2″ inches. Weight 3/4 oz.

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The Creek Chub Wiggle Fish came standard in 8 Colors and can be found in special order colors so keep digging:

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale
02 – Red and White
04 – Golden Shiner
05 – Red Side & Dace (shown in the Gallery Below)
18 – Silver Flash

Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Photo Gallery

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Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

The Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941. This Crazy Crawler lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan would be a great seller for Heddon over the next few decades. The offered the wooden version in three different models and corresponding sizes. The Heddon Crazy Crawler was a top water fished racket and noise making machine. The lure was not a lure that was fished if you were trying to keep quiet. Drawing this over the bass makes him furious and like the Jitterbug by Arbogast incites quite a hit.

 The wooden body itself was 2 1/2″ in length and had a bulbous head that trimmed down the dowel as it went down towards the tail. The lure came standard with two trailing treble hooks and was available in the two hardware version, two piece flap rig and surface rig. It’s wings stretched out and were made of aluminum and held on with a clip device originally taken from Jim Donaly. The first version of this famous fishing lure was considered the cone tail like the Frog Spot Example in the gallery below.

The Crazy Crawler Lures were offered in a variety of standard finishes, including the yellow shore, color code XRY shown below. There are very few uncatalogued colors in the crawler line up except for the salt water finished. The Crawler in the gallery photo is accompanied by its correct H.R. Brush Box marked 2120 XRY on the end flap, as well as the correct era antique lure catalog. The lure shown has the two piece flap rig hardware. The Crawler dates post 1942-46 using the red eye pupil and the hardware as our guide.

The Standard Crazy Crawler Colors were:
XRY Yellow Shore (Shown Below)
BF Bull Frog (Shown Below in The Cone Tail Body Shape)
XRW Red and White Shore
BWH Black and White Head
YRH Yellow Red Head (Shown Below)
GM Gray Mouse
CM Chipmunk
2LUM Luminous
XBW Black and White Shore (SHown Below)
XRS Silver Shore
GW Glow Worm (Shown Below)

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series Photo Gallery

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Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

The Heddon Plunking Basser Lure is a smaller lure than its bigger brother the Heddon Basser antique lure. The Plunking Basser is a wooden lure measuring 3″ inches in length. The lure was given a model series number 8400 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. This lure features 2 treble hooks instead of the standard 3 on the Heddon Basser 8500 series. The 8400 Plunking Basser is rather scarce in numbers and can be fun but very challenging to assemble a color collection.

The lure in the gallery below is shown with two piece hook hardware, dating it to the early to mid 1930’s through 1948. The lure has a single line tie that is mounted in the mouth above the typical Bass mouth plate. The antique fishing lure would have come in a H.R Brush box.

The antique fishing lure gallery below shows examples in both Perch Color; Code L and Rd and White; Code 02.

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure

Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure

This Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure is a series 3500. This wooden glass eyed Creek Chub Bait Company lure made in Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1929. The antique lure measures 5″ inches in length. The Silver Flash Example below in the gallery is believed to have been a prototype of sorts and has some modifications from the normal ones found. You ‘ll notice the reinforcement of the rear of the lure where the line tie enters the back compared to the Golden Shiner example in the gallery. This has almost the same type of reinforcement a certain South Bend Surf Oreno Models. The wire through rigging seems to be a bit beefier (is that a word) than most and you’ll notice the absence of the rimmed cups.

Another eye catcher is this Husky Injured Minnow only has 2 treble hooks to secure its prey after its caught, while most have 3 on the Golden Shiner Production model below. Even the props look different and have more of a rounded mickey mouse look than the normal. The Husky Injured Minnow was in and out of production from its release in 1929 to 1961.

The lure was made and can be found in your typical Creek Chub Antique Lure colors:

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
04 Golden Shiner (Shown Below)
05 Red Side / Dace
18 Silver Flash (Shown in Gallery)

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Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure Gallery

 

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Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

The Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure is a kind of a misunderstood lure, starting with its own name, as its not a Sucker but and Old Chub Lure. This antique fishing lure dates into the 1930’s with its target market being large game fish such as the larger Bass, the Great Northern Pike and Muskie. The Paw Paw Bait Company located in Paw Paw Michigan donned it a model 4000.

Despite the erroneous information most of the written lure guides out there have printed, giving it a everything from a model 2700 to a 2400, its a model 4000. This Paw Paw Bait Company wooden lure has painted tack eyes two treble hooks and measures roughly 4 1/4″ in length. The antique lure has a traditional cup style hardware on the belly of the lure, and uses a screw eye at the rear. The lure can be found in a couple different body shape variations, one being a bit taller than the other. 

This antique fishing lure is considered more scarce then your average Paw Paw fishing lure. The lure was produced in seven standard color finishes.

4003 – Green Scale
4004 – White, Red Head
4005 – Pearl Finish
4006 – Silver Scale
4007 – Gold Scale (Shown in the Gallery Below)
4008 – Frog Finish
4012 – Metallic Finish

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

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Barracuda Blooper Lure

Barracuda Blooper Lure

The Barracuda Blooper Lure was made by The Florida Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company, Barracuda Brand and was found in the 1940’s. The wooden lure was a series number 88 in the Barracuda brand line up. The lure can be found in an array of color scheme finishes besides the rainbow color pattern shown. The wooden lure is 4 1″2″ inches in length taking a standard popper lure type shape. The antique lure has a line tie in the recessed mouth or front of the lure. The lure has two trailing treble hooks one secured with a rimless cup the other attached with the screw in loop at the rear of the lure. The lure shown in the photo gallery below is shown with the earlier correctly stamped on the end model box, and can be found in a plastic topped one later on as well. 

Barracuda Blooper Lure Photo Gallery

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Springfield Novelty Reel Lure

Springfield Novelty Reel Lure

The Springfield Novelty Reel Lure was first introduced around 1932. If the antique lure looks familiar, it should. Its strangely similar to the other barber pole lure the Charmer lure. Both companies just happened to be from Springfield Missouri 2  decades apart. Well, to muddy the water a bit, Adolph Kunz partner to Stanley Myers in the Springfield Novelty lure company was an employee of the Charmer Minnow Company some 20 years earlier. So when no direct conclusion can be drawn we can certainly imply the reason they look so much like a half a Charmer lure is because of said association.

The Reel Lure is a shorter lure at just 2″ in length with a forward weighted keel sinker just behind the front line tie. The no eyed wooden lure had a treble hook hanging from the front line tie as well as a treble hook right behind the rear prop to secure its catch when caught. The lure was available in a few different colors and colored stripe versions. The Patent Number for the reel lure was 1,931,932 and was granted in 1933.

 

Springfield Novelty Reel Lure Photo Gallery

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Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

The Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure was first introduced to the Florida lure market around 1950. As Jim continued to expand, create and sell his successful creations. Having been in business by this point for over two decades he creates a lure very similar to that of the Orlando Shiner line. The large Dilly lure shown is made of wood and measures around 4″ in length. The lure can be found with Jim’s name stenciled on the belly.

The Pfeffer Dilly can be found in and outstanding amount of colors, over 50! Just keeping track of all those variations when inventorying or ordering would prove a feat in and of itself. This alone makes it a super lure to collect as with the different size, color, and hardware variants, one can spend many many years building out this antique lure collection. The Dilly like the other Pfeffer antique lures came only with painted eyes. The lure had two trebles one belly and one rear trailing, both using the typical screw eye and cup rig hook hardware. The lure has belly weights to get it down to the depths where it provides a vibrating type action to entice its catch.

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:36:16+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

South Bend Combination Minnow

South Bend Combination Minnow

The South Bend Combination Minnow was an early lure and was first produced in 1912 and was given a model series number 931 / 932. Only three years after the legal formation of the company, the South Bend Bait Co released this a model series 1932. This fishing lure would last roughly 13 years in South Bends lure line up and disappear around 1925. This wooden antique lure is on the smaller side, measuring only 2 5/8″ in length. The lure is touted to been a carry over from the Worden Company for those interested in the early history.

The Combination Minnow lure a simple wooden minnow with a single front propeller to slice through the water upon retrieval, and a single belly weight to help drop it to its prey. The lure has a single treble hidden inside its voluptuous buck tail which in the early years were available in three shades; white, white/brown and white/grey. After 1916 they only came in the natural deer shade.

Believe it or not the South Bend Combination Minnow came in an astonishing 18 standard colors, which is a ton for this little fishing lure. Although the 1912 catalog doesn’t list them, some of the Color available were:

GCB – Green Crackle Back
LUM – Luminous
Rain – Rainbow
RH – Red Head White Body (Shown in the Gallery Below)
SR – Red Body Dark Shaded Back
SW – White Body Dark Shaded Back
W – White with Spots
YP – Yellow Perch

The 1916 South Bend Catalog states: “This is a clean, sportsmanlike, small, under-water minnow; the Buck Tail is substantially tied on the minnow body. It is equipped with one treble hook, which is masked by the buck tail. This provides a bait that can be used most successfully in fairly weedy waters. Also is an excellent river bait. It has built up a reputation as being very effective and invariably lands a strike. It is used extensively by the sportsmanlike angler; also, in states where the law prohibits using more than one treble hook.”

South Bend Combination Minnow

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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

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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

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Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure

The Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure was born in Garrett, Indiana. The Creek Chub Bait Company was looking to capitalize on its widely successful Plunker Lure line up. The midget plunker, made of wooden measuring 2 1/4″ would be the second to smallest in the line and the smallest wooden variant. This little brother would mimic in shape, style and popping top water style fishing as the regular Plunker. Creek Chub would assign to it a model series 5900. 

The lure would come in roughly 14 different standard palate of colors. Many examples of uncatalogued colors can be found as well. A neat side note is written that this midget Plunker can be found in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog for 4 years, 1950-54 although it was produced for more than 30.

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure Series 5900 Gallery

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Shur Strike Crab Lure

Shur Strike Crab Lure

This Shur Strike Crab Lure was first introduced around 1938. This Shur Strike minnow was made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana and given a series model, CR. This wooden, antique minnow measures 2 3/4″ in length, and can be found in both Glass & Tack eyes. The lure bears striking similarities to the Heddon Crab Wiggler with it’s own flash and flare.

The lure was produced a rear line tie and the traditional rounded diving lip. This antique lure has trailing feelers/antenna to mimic crawdad series. This antique Shur Strike uses two screw eyes to secure the two treble hooks the lure has. The Lure is painted in a series 18 Color, which is a beautiful Silver Flash, an coincides with the same Silver Flash Creek Chub used. This has always been one of my favorite Shur Strike Lures

Shur Strike Crab Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Plunker Lure

Creek Chub Plunker Lure

The Creek Chub Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana fishing lure was assigned a model number 3200. The wooden antique lure was made for over a half a century in the Creek Chub lure line up. The fishing lure measure 3″ in length and was 5/8 oz. This fishing lure was fished on top water having a tapered shape with a concave rounded mouth which held the single forward facing line tie. The lure uses two treble hooks, one just forward of the mid center restrained with a cup hardware and the rear just using an eye screw. 

This fisherman and collector alike favorite was made in 16 standard colors making it a wonderful lure to collect. The lure can be found in many special order colors adding to its collect-ability. Besides the Red Wing Black Bird finish shown in the photo gallery below it can be found in the following finishes

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch
02 Red and White
03 Silver Shiner
04 Golden Shiner
08 Rainbow (Shown Below)
09 Shad
13 Al Black
14 Yellow Spotted
18 Silver Flash
19 Frog
24 Red Wing Blackbird
25 White Scale
31 Rainbow Fire
32 Fire Plug
33 Black Scale
38 Pearl

Creek Chub Plunker Lure Catalog Cut 1931

The Plunker

No. 3200 Series

Here’s a splendid lure. When the bass seem to be “loggy” and inclined to strike, try one of these. We call it the “Plunker” on account of the peculiar sound it makes when in action – “Plunk” “Ker” “Plunk”. Its a great cure for the lazy bass and say, the pike seem to like it too. Its not a fancy bait at all no “hookum” on it to make it sell, on looks but try it on just one trip and you’ll swear by it. Toss it into a likely looking pocket in the reeds or pads and give it a series of very short jerks with a rod. Dont try and make it move around too much just twitch it enough to keep it bobbing, dancing, fussing and “kerplunking” in one place for a few seconds, then reel it in a few feet, and do it again.

Creek Chub Plunker Catalog Cut Creek Chub Plunker Catalog Cut

 

Creek Chub Plunker Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow Lure

Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow Lure

The Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow Lure is an iconic Creek Chub Lure. The Baby Injured Minnow lures is the smaller of it brethren in the Injured Minnow series. This wooden glass eyed Creek Chub Bait Company lure is a model series number 1600. The lure was first introduced in 1924 and lasted for half a century, although the last few decades it was made of plastic. This Junior size version is 2 3/4″ in length, has a rear and front unmarked floppy props and has two treble, or double hooks attached. 

You will also find the Baby Injured Minnow lure with the hook positioned on the hand side on some occasions. This antique lure was available in a many colors both standard and special order, making it fun to try and collect them all. The Lure Below in the Gallery is shown in the popular Creek Chub Rainbow Fire color finish in the correct box with pocket catalog.

The Baby Injured Minnow Lure came Standard in Many different colors of the years some of them are:

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
03 Shiner Scale
04 Golden Shiner
05 Red Side / Dace
09 Greenback
11 Black and White
13 Black
14 Spotted
18 Silver Flash
19 Frog
21 Day and Night
24 Red Wing Black Bird
25 White Scale
31 Rainbow Fire
32 Fire Plug
38 Pearl

Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow 1935 Catalog

Looks Like a nice little Meal for the fish. Has two double hooks which can be reversed so hooks point up and when so used gives a bait that can be pulled over the surface weeds and pads without fouling. You’ll be surprised how weedless it is and nearly always get the. Will be equipped with treble hooks when so ordered. Length of body 2 3/4″ inches. Weight about 1/2 oz.

Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow 1935 Catalog

Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow Lure Gallery

 

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Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

The Creek Chub Pop N Dunk lure was a model series number 6300. This antique fishing lure was first produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana in 1941 and ended in 1954. This antique fishing lure is wooden in composition, has glass eyes and measures 2 3/4″ in length. At first glance this antique lure is almost exactly the same or a mirror image of the Creek Chub Plunker lure, the series 3200. There are small and large differences in telling them apart, the smallest is its design, the mouth being concave is cut on a more vertical axis. The largest difference is the addition of the large half moon diving lip that is affixed to the lower part of the mouth. The antique fishing lure still has a single line tie in the center of the mouth. The lure relies on two treble hooks, one held via cup rig, the other a screw eye,  to catch and retain its prey.

The Pop N Dunk lure was available in 8 different color scheme finishes.

00 Pike Scale (Shown Below)
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
05 Dace ( Shown Below)
18 Silver Flash (Shown Below)
19 Frog (Shown Below)
24 Red Wing Black Bird (Shown Below)
25 White Scale

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Surfster Lure

Creek Chub Surfster Lure

The Creek Chub Surfster Lure was first introduced in 1953. The lure was given a model series 7200 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This wooden, glass eyed lure looks at first glance very similar to the Pikie with the exception of its hump back styling. This version the smallest, measures in at 4 1/4″ in length, and tops the scales at 3/4oz.

While being the smallest in the Surfster family the 7200 series still used 3T and the traditional cup rigging to hold them to the body. The lure can be found with two different diving lips, and even a slight body change. You note the lure is stenciled on the upper part of the back into the flattened head area. The lure can be found in roughly a dozen standard colors over its time, including the Silver Flash with Red Eye Shadow example shown in the gallery below.

Creek Chub Surfster Lure Photo Gallery

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South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

The South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1912 by the South Bend Bait Company. Assigning it a model 920-through 922, all are relatively the same with small or unique differences. The Surface Minnow lure is made of wood, has traditional glass eyes, measures 3 1/2″ in length and weighs in at 3/4 of an ounce. This version of the series has a single forward prop and two weedless or Bing’s style hooks.

The 1912 South Bend Bait Catalog states: “When a surface bait is desired, these minnow prove very successful, the under-hung hooks meeting the strike in the most effective manner. The Solid White, Known as “The White Ghost” makes one of the best know baits for moonlight fishing.”

The Surface Floating Minnow Came in roughly 8 different colors:

F – Frog (Shown Below)
Lum – Luminous
MSF – Mullet Scale
RAIN – Rainbow
RH – Red Head White Body
RSF – Scale Finish Red Blend
W – Solid White

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

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Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale Lure

The Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure is a serious wooden lure and admittingly larger than most of the fish I catch. The model 7350 was wooden, glass eyed, antique fishing lure is 6″ in length, jointed in the middle. This antique lure crafted by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was first introduced in 1933, was made for large fresh and saltwater fish alike. Large striper, Salmon Pike and Musky fish are its target. The antique lure took a few different turns as far as shape over the years and can be found with a blunt as well as a tapered tail. The eyes on the lure can be found in three different configurations, Zinc, Glass and Painted eyes. As far as the hook hardware the lure is found in two piece as well as toilet seat hardware.

 

Boxes that it will show up in are the Up Bass Box, the HR Brush Box (Shown Below ) and the Banner Box. Be on the look out as well, as I have seen treble as well as single hooks on the giant beast. The first lure in the gallery is the very hard to find Frog Scale Lure color, code J with the red eye shadow. The lure has a large diving lip and the line tie inserted under the nose pin and is rigged with the heavy duty toilet seat, and has the tapered style body.

The colors most often found and their corresponding color Codes are as follows:

02   White Body Red Eyes and Tail

D   Green Scale

M   Pike Scale

PAS   Allen Stripey (Shown Below)

P   Shiner

R   Natural Scale (Shown Below)

S   Strawberry Spot

Uncatalogued Colors Can Also be found Such as:

J   Frog Scale (Shown Below)

XRY   Yellow Shore

0   Black Sucker

 Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale Lure Gallery

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Gallery: Allen Stripey, Natural Scale, Red and White and Box Example

“Originally made for muskies this big lure is now a favorite for large salmon on the Pacific Coast, also for striped bass. The special color illustrated has been developed for striped bass and called “Bob Allen’s Stripey” a design suggested by Mr Robert Allen. President of the associated sportsman of California. It is extremely popular for striped bass, and equally effective for other large fish. A natural swimmer with a lively side kick to the tail. Made extra strong throughout with large hooks. Floats and Dives to a depth of about three feet, depending on the speed. Truly a bait for the big ones.”

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Catalog Page

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Catalog Page Heddon […]

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Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

The Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure was a model series number 300. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1917 as “The Wiggler”. Hence after 1920 the name would change to the Crawdad and would be so until the end of its lure production cycle in 1964. The 200 series antique lure measures in at around 2 3/4″ in length and tops the scales at 3/4 ounce.

Creek Chub Crawdad Series 300 Lure Catalog Cut Creek Chub Crawdad Series 300 Lure Catalog Cut

The 1931 Creek Chub Catalog States: Natural Shaped body ant tail, black bead eyes, rubber legs, bronze hooks, movement backwards, same as a crab. Wiggle mostly in tail. Floats until Started. Tail guards hooks from snags and bottom. This is the lure to use in stony bottom lakes where bass feed on crayfish. It should be retrieved at such a speed that it will run very close to the bottom in water 4 to 8 feet deep. For small mouth bass it is a dandy as they are particularly fond of crayfish. Has a very fast wiggle, and is a favorite with many fishermen. Casts like a bullet.

The lure was only ever available in just over a half dozen finishes, however there are some great uncatalogued ones such as this black and white out there to seek out for your antique lure collection. The Crawdad had the traditional rubber legs or feelers, these and father time tend to not get along and become brittle and break over time. The lure came standard with the traditional bead eyes at the front, and a rear line tie from the tail to imitate a real crawdad swimming backwards. The Crawdad only ever had 2 trebles and Im unaware of an special orders with a single treble.

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

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