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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

2017-10-29T09:44:29+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

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

2017-10-29T09:46:34+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Surfster Lure

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

2017-10-29T09:47:37+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

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 […]

2017-09-19T10:00:43+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure

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 […]

2017-09-19T10:03:32+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure was first made in the 1930’s. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company out of Garrett Indiana is exceedingly hard to find. I try not to just throw the word rare around, however in the tens of thousands of lures Ive had come through my hands, I’ve only had two. The lure is 5 1/2″ in length, made of wood, and has glass eyes. This seldom lure is the jointed version of the Husky Musky minnow Lure and feature 3 treble hooks. One treble being attached to the front part of the lure, the other two secures to the aft section of the bait. This heavy duty construction is no doubt used to help the lure survive its battle against large game-fish such as Musky, Great Northern Pike on the Freshwater side.

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure Gallery

2017-09-19T10:12:48+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

The Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure was first introduced around 1935. This antique fishing lure was given the model number 7050 inside the Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan’s lure line up. While not the largest in the Flap Tail series this wooden lure measures 5″ in length. The lure can be found with different size glass eyes, even with tack as shown in the gallery. The lure comes with two larger treble hooks, both secured with heavy duty toilet seat hardware. The lure like its brethren gets its name from the rear trailing flasher attached.

In 1941 we see that the Musky lure was offered in 7 standard colors
BM – Brown Mouse
GM – Grey Mouse
S – Spotted
R – Natural Scale
02 – Red and White
SS – Silver Scale
P – Shiner Scale

At fair speed the “Flaptail Musky” creates the liveliest surface commotion and brings strikes from big lazy Muskies which only “followed” other lures. Fine reports come from everywhere on its luring and hooking qualities. Built extra strong for heavy duty. Length 5 1/4″, weight 1oz. Two Treble Hooks. Equipped with a wire leader. “Mouse” has ears and whiskers and fur finish.

Musky Flap Tail Lure Catalog Cut Musky Flap Tail Lure Catalog Cut

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Photo Gallery

2017-09-19T10:11:27+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

Pflueger O Boy Lure

Pflueger O Boy Lure

The Pflueger O Boy lure is Circa 1924. Pflueger of Akron, Ohio gave it a model number 5469. This antique fishing lure was only in production for roughly 5 years. This antique wooden lure measures 3 1/2″ inches  in length and resembles a chubby Pal O Mine minnow fishing lure.

The lure had standard size glass eyes and two treble hooks with the forward being held in with surface hardware. This antique Pflueger O’Boy lure has a notched mouth which is covered held in via screw. The fishing lure as shown is in a fancy back or Green Crackle Back finish.

Pflueger O Boy Photo Gallery

2017-09-19T10:13:57+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Pflueger O Boy Lure

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

The Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail lure was made by Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. Wagtail Chub was being produced by hand since all the way back in 1918. Lets put that into world perspective; 1918 wasn’t a time of peace, relaxation and fishing. 1918 most importantly saw the last year of fighting in the great World War I, which ended in November of that same year. It was also one of the Last battles of the American Indian War that was fought in Arizona. That same year we see the great Pandemic of Influenza killing over 10,000 people. Just a mere 2 hours away (of course at today’s’ speed) we had the great Circus car train crash which killed 86 people.

The lure was in Creek Chub’s lure production line up for over 3 decades. The Deluxe Wag Tail Chub was Creek Chub’s model 800 fishing lure series number. The color code is 06 for the corresponding gold fish color but was offered in under a dozen color choices notated below. This wooden, glass eyed antique lure was 2 3/4 inches in length and weighed in at 1/2oz. The fishing lure came standard with 2 hanging belly double hooks. The Deluxe Wagtail Chub was issued in both a fluted or straight metal tail fin. The wagtail lure also came in both the single and double line tie as shown below.

Some of […]

2017-09-19T10:20:19+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Here is a great Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card assortment. These rare cards are seldom seen especially in this new old stock condition. The item dates to the turn of the century or a few years after. The lures and flies are carefully tied on the reverse of the card.

Joe Pepper’s

Big Four

Spinners

Are Sure Winners

A Great Killer for Wall Eye, Pike and Bass,

Troll Slow and Deep

2017-09-02T13:34:13+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Kurz Buck Skin Lure

Kurz Buck Skin Lure

The Kurz Buck Skin Lure is over 100 years old. Given that it is a piece of folded rawhide it looks pretty darn good for being over the century mark. The Kurz Bros. Co. were based in Chicago, Illinois @1369-89 North Branch Street.and during a time in the mid teens where lure inventors experienced making lures our of everything from glass to metal it would only be logical the someone would choose raw hide.

The Kurz Buck skin lure is essentially a folded piece of rawhide. The lure claims that when fished it has a lifelike softness. The antique lure was made in three different sizes, two of which are shown below. The lure was painted in three different finishes as well, Silver , Gold (Shown Below) & Brown (Shown Below). The Buck Skin Lure uses a steel rivet to hold the pieces together, and small weight inserted between the two layers on the bottom. The lure has a single upwardly turned fixed hook midway on the top portion of the lure.

Kurz Buck Skin Paperwork Kurz Buck Skin Paperwork

Kurz Buck Skin Bait

Embodying an Entirely New Principle in Artificial Bait

Real Skin

Strong, Raw calf or buckskin, treated under a special formula, so that it will soften in cold water to produce the effect and touch of a living fish – that is the idea behind Kurz […]

2017-09-02T13:35:15+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Kurz Buck Skin Lure

Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure

Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure

The Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure is the largest in the Surfster family line. This giant piece of lumber was given a model 7400 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. The lure was first produced in 1953 and lasted less than a half dozen years, being discontinued in 1958. The Salt Surfster was a huge lure, larger than most of the fish I catch measuring in at 7 1/4″ in length and weighing 2 1/2 oz. This lure isn’t to be fished by the weak of heart or even those needing Rotator cuff repairs, because if you didn’t need them before, you will after surf casting with this for an afternoon.

The lure has the heavy duty wire through construction to help reinforce it to make sure it can withstand that fight. The lure was actually discontinued not because of lack sale-ability, but due to a shortage of cedar. The lure has three large heavy duty hooks to secure its catch and a pair of glass eyes to give it that extra realistic look.

The colors the Salt Surfster can be found in are

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch
02 – Red & White
04 – Golden Shiner
07 – Mullet
18 – Silver Flash
34 – Blue Flash (Shown Below)
35 – Blue Eel (Shown Below)
37 – Yellow Flash

Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure Photo Gallery

2017-09-02T13:41:38+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure

Heddon Punkie Spook Fly Lure

Heddon Punkie Spook Lure

The Heddon Punkie Spook Fly lure was made no doubt due to the popularity of the now famous Heddon Punkinseed lure. This antique fly lure was a series 980, and shown in Heddon’s White Shore Finish Color Code XS and XRW. The lure was made in the in roughly a half dozen or so colors some shown in the second gallery. The antique lure is normally found in a red edge cellophane window box. The Punkie Spook was introduced in 1940, and was in and out of production a few times until it disappears in 1958. All having painted eyes, the earliest version below having a single affixed hook and the later a trailing treble hook and both versions having the line tie under the chin.

While not necessarily in reference to Punkinseeds alone, as I’ve discussed before in this hobby, as with all others in which that have monetary value, there are reproductions. Punkinseed’s in general have had a vast appeal to collectors both old and new, and young and old and have transcended gender boundaries as well. They have and do provide a vertical niche inside of antique fishing lure collecting.  So while gaining in popularity they also attract imitations. While some may say imitation is the purest form of flattery, educate yourself before making antique lure purchases. Right or wrong, that fact remains they are out there, and some fakes are pretty good while others lend to […]

2017-09-02T13:42:45+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Punkie Spook Fly Lure

South Bend Fin Dingo Lure

South Bend Fin Dingo Lure

The South Bend Fin Dingo Lure was first introduced in 1952. The antique fishing lure was given model 1965 by the South Bend Bait Company.  Surprisingly, the antique lure was only made for only a single year under South Bends Roof. The Fin Dingo fishing lure was a round molded plastic lure which used two molded fins to keep the lure upright while being retrieved. The lure has a smaller single hook to secure its catch. The lure is shown in its unique shaped plastic tube type box with papers. The following are a list of the standard color scheme finishes:

FR Frog
GP Green Perch (Shown Below)
RW Red and White (Shown Below)
Black Uncatalogued (Shown Below)
SG Spotted Gold Fish Scale
YE Yellow with black spots (Shown Below)
YP Yellow Perch Scale

The 1952 South Bend Lure Company Catalog States: The Fin Dingo is the sensational, new Slow sinking plastic lure with internally molded fins which give it amazingly true to life swimming action during the retrieve

South Bend Fin Dingo Lure Photo Gallery

2017-09-02T13:48:24+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Fin Dingo Lure

Shakespeare Jacksmith Antique Lure

Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure

The Shakespeare Jacksmith lure was Series 6561. The wooden, pressed eye lure was first introduced in the 1930’s by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This antique fishing lure  measures 4 1/8″ in length.  It features 3 standard size treble hooks, the rear of which is held on by Shakespeare’s Ball Hanger. The antique fishing lure had a cupped face inset to body which there rested the lures single line tie. As shown in the gallery below the fishing lure featured a unique metal fin or keel underneath of it. This was done no doubt just like in a ship to keep the lures trajectory straight while being retrieved through the water.

There was also a smaller, and rather tough to find,  Jr version produced shown below, a model 6560, called  the Jacksmith Jr. While very similar to it’s bigger brother there are some differences. Most notably the removal of the keel, Im not sure if this was done as the smaller the size the less the wobble on retrieve or to save on cost and materials. The antique Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure was no doubt made to be similar to Heddon’s very successful Basser Lure, the Heddon 8500 series. The lure is most often found in the photo finish scheme.

Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure Gallery

2017-09-02T13:56:04+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Shakespeare Jacksmith Antique Lure

Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog

Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection

We have a historic Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection in on Consignment, and available for sale over the next couple weeks. Over 40 Messinger Frog’s, no 2 exactly the same a life collection of a fellow NFLCC club member. We’ve been given an opportunity to not only help sell it, but to photograph it, and share the story and works of a legendary fly tier. I will add to this original post over the next few weeks and re-post as the items are photographed, roughly once a week so by the end the collection will be view-able on this one page.

Messinger is said to have begun tying Flies as early as 1910. Jim Dean Writes “He certainly had no inkling that his passionate love of fly fishing and deer hair frogs he’d been tying since 1910 would soon lead him to his life’s work.Nor would he have guessed his innovative bugs would influence the style of every deer hair frog pattern that followed”

Joe Messinger Jr tells us in a American Angler article

…”When my dad returned home to West Virginia from the US Army after World War I, he began working on a artificial Deer Hair Frog. He originated the technique he used to tie the frog and it resulted in a very effective imitation of the real thing. Although the lure became popular with anglers through out this country and […]

2017-09-02T14:04:18+00:00 August 10th, 2017|1 Comment

Aqua Sport Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure

Aqua Sport Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure

This Aqua Sport Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure was a neat novelty of its time. As I had noted in the article about the Glop Lure Storm began with the two Brothers Gary and William in 1964. After 1968 brother Richard also joined the company. It wasn’t until 1970 the the Storm Lure Company founded another name to sell novelty baits under. That name, Aqua Sport, and had a PO box in Noble Oklahoma, not very far from Norman where they started. Aqua Sport would also be short lived and its name would be changed 5 years later in 1975 to the Tubby Tackle Company. Little did the brothers know that they were laying the foundation for their small Oklahoma based business that would someday be bought out by the world wide giant of fishing tackle Rapala.

The Aqua Sport Diving Doodle Bug antique fishing lure, a novelty lure like we have seen before that used bubbles for propulsion or attractants. Many are familiar with the the Bubble Sally, Bubble Minnie, Bleeder antique lures that uses insert able pills for one reason or another. The lure was made of Plastic and had a trailing rubber skirt that would use pills as the fisherman reeled the lure in as an attractant. The tail portion of the lure would unscrew allowing you to insert a tablet. These lures like the Glop weren’t destined to set any antique […]

2017-08-09T12:38:00+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Aqua Sport Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure

Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure

Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure

The Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure is the smallest of the three sizes of Cripples produced by Jim Pfeffer. Jim Pfeffer, Florida Lure maker who history begins in Rome Ny would not make his way to Orlando until 1925, at the age of 1939. As far as Florida lure makers its hard to tell the story without Jim Pfeffer. His artistic impression, his artistic influence with other lure makers, his distribution model, his honor to hold to a promise being put above potential profits. Bill Stuart has dozens of pages of information about Jim, a person some refer to as the James Heddon of Florida lures.

The Spin Cripple is a lure that is just what its name conveys. It definitely didn’t have the resources allocated to the line development as say the Banana or the Orlando Shiner. But its also produced in the mid 1930’s when other giant lure companies we having a windfall on the success of “Injured Minnow” & “SOS” style lures. But much said to Pfeffer’s style and distribution, he dint ramp things up to sell across the country, he kept his agreements in place, even reportedly having turned down and sent back a check for $1200 to Abbey & Imbrie who wanted to buy 100 assorted baits.

The Spin Cripple is a small wooden antique lure, only measuring 2 3/4″ in length and weighing in at 4/10th of an ounce.  The wooden lure […]

2017-09-02T14:05:34+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure

Miss Golddigger Lure

Miss Golddigger Lure

The Miss Golddigger Lure was the invention of Jodell White. Jodell was a simple man, who grew up during the depression. As we have seen before the countries economic woes would supplant many families, including the White’s. Jodell’s family was forced to move around during his early years as many families would experience a consolidation of the family structure to maintain and survive. Jodell growing up on the move, would find himself like so many others of that era part of the great American wartime machine. He would find his mate and his enlistment early on in the 1940’s. After his enlistment and marriage would both come to an end Jodell, like in his early years would find employment and his life around his family.

It was during this period of his life, Jodell would also find fishing lures as an expression of his artistry. Bill Stuart writes in Vol. III of his historical works “Florida Lure Makers and Their Lures” (If you don’t have this series YOU NEED to find and buy them, the information included is a life’s work)  that the base configuration or Golddigger primary material was a type of plastic or acrylic used for making denture base’s. This plastic material would be poured into the mold, with it materials that would provide for some of the oddities that create the lures look. Almost so that I would say that not too many lures would turn […]

2017-09-02T14:07:02+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Miss Golddigger Lure

Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure

Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure

The Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure is one of Heddon’s most iconic, and identifiable golden age lures. The antique lure first was introduced in 1918 and wouldn’t last as long as most of the other under-water minnow versions. The Spin Diver made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan was given a model series number 3000 and was made to float while at rest, and dive when retrieved. This wooden lure features a inscribed front spinner behind the forward line tie. This Spin Diver also has a inscribed signature metal diving lip. The antique lure has a wooden fish shaped tail and two traditional glass eyes. The lure shown has L rig hook hardware for the two belly mounted hooks and uses the tradition screw eye loop for the trailing treble. The fishing lure was rather large and used for larger game fish measuring in at 4 1/8″ in length. 

The Spin Diver lure was made in quite a variety of cataloged standard colors from the perch scale shown below to colors such as goldfish scale or salt water flitter. This game fish minnow would be housed in the various versions of the down leaping bass box.

Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-09-02T14:08:01+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure

Four Tees Dolphin Lure

Four Tees Dolphin Lure

This lure is a Four Tees Dolphin lure. This antique fishing lure was made by William of Bill Bales from Tampa Florida in the early 1930’s. Like many lure makers lore begins with a pocket knife and necessity, we hear the same of William’s. As with many Americans in the throws of the great depression, having the luxury and stability of a job and a paycheck was supplanted by the country’s economic woes. The commonplace of structure and the normality and mundane securities  for even this Electro-lux  salesman would change. Had it not been for this, William and his bride, may have never made the journey from Ohio to Tampa. Had it not been for these unfortunate circumstance, it would certainly have changed his place at the table of history as a Florida lure maker.

His home like so many other craftsman, would grow to become the production epicenter. Out of the back of his shop at 705 East Broad Street a dream was turned into reality. This company was not without its debtor’s, for to take his operation from a pocket knife to ban saw would never have happened the way it did, had it not been for his then friend & financier Mr. Leach, and his $150 loan. This loan would carry grave consequences that later on would rattle and change the foundation of not only their friendship, but of the Four Tee’s Bait Company.

The Four […]

2017-09-02T14:08:46+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Four Tees Dolphin Lure

Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure

Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure

The Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure sounds like a name given to everyone favorite uncle. While it may not be a part of our own lineage the Crazy Mike lure is part of the Flap Jack Family series of lures released in the early 1940’s. This antique fishing lure is 3 1/2″ inches in length and made of a transparent type plastic.

So the lure collector walks in the bar and says, “Hey Bartender, Which one in here is Crazy Mike?” Bartender looks around and says, “Hes the one over there, the one with the two hookers!” Sorry for my bad joke of the day.

The lure was Paw Paw Bait Company of Michigan’s model series number 3300. The lure has two treble hooks,  one mid section held on with surface type hardware, the other place on the aft of the lure. The antique lure has a line tie on the front portion of the lure. The Transparent Crazy Mike is housed in two piece plastic slide top box. Besides the Yellow Scale shown the lure was available in the following colors:

3301 Yellow Scale (Shown in Gallery)
3302 Green Scale
3304 White Red Head Silver Ribs
3306 Silver Scale
3307 Green Silver Flash
3313 Orange Scale Black Ribs, Red Head (Shown in Gallery)
3329 Black Silver Flitter
3300NR Neon Red
3300SY Sodium Yellow
3300FO Fire Orange
3300SG Saturn Green

2017-08-07T08:07:51+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure

Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

The Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure was introduced in the 1950’s, made by the Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan. This version of the Paw paw Bait Company lure arsenal was given a model 3600. This plastic fishing lure measures 3 1/2″ in length and weighs in at 3/4 oz.

Most commonly mistaken for a Helin Flat Fish, the early version of this Antique Lure uses a specific, easily identifiable hardware. The early 1950’s version has a hook hardware that uses a ball and socket type enclosure, in a way like your arm socket. The hardware was also used on the collector favorite, Paw Paw Platypus. The Flap Jack for Paw Paw was the base lure or standard used in the creation of whopping 12 other lure models. The Paw Paw Flap Jack antique lure is a great one to collect, with all the different variations of the lure and the multitude of colors one is able to find it can keep you busy for a while, not to mention not break the bank along the way.

The Flap Jack Came Standard in 15 Different colors:

3604 – White, Red and Black Spots
3607 – Pike Scale
3608 – Natural Frog
3612 – Silver Flitters
3625 – Orange, Red and Black Spots (Shown Below)
3629 – Black, Silver Flitters
3630 – Light Orange, Red Tip, Black Top […]

2017-08-07T08:04:13+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

South Bend Callmac Fly Bug

South Bend Callmac Fly Bug

The South Bend Callmac Fly Bug was a series model number 860. The South Bend Bait Company of South Bend Indiana made this Antique Fly Rod Lure was made for over two decades. The lure was first produced beginning in 1921 and ending in or around 1942, you’ll note that this is very similar to when Heddon released the Wilder Dilg Fly rod lure.

This antique fly lure was available in 2 different lure sizes and were always well adorned or tied with bright colorful feathers and hair. The Callmac Fly was available in 32 different wing and body colors. This winged beauty came housed in various boxes and cards over the cataloged life span of this very popular South Bend Fly. Its a favorite among collectors, and can provide for a lifetime collection  given its possible variations to find. The antique fly in the gallery below is shown brand new in the correct box with the fly affixed to the Callmac carded insert. Included in this complete package it’s shown with correct era South Bend Antique Lure Catalog.

South Bend Callmac Fly Bug Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-26T13:51:52+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Callmac Fly Bug

South Bend Pike Oreno Lure

South Bend Pike Oreno Lure

The South Bend Pike Oreno Lure was given a model number 957, by the South Bend Bait Company of South Bend, Indiana. The wooden antique lure went through a host of changes in its 21 years. The lure was first introduced in 1931 and lasted all the way until 1952. The Red & White, and Yellow Perch examples below were made around 1941. The lure went through a body length change in 1941 taking it from more of the straight back Vamp or Cigar shape to a more sleek tapered body. It’s length was adjusted as well length from 5 1/4″ in length to 4 3/4″.

Like its fellow lure brothers, length and body style wasn’t the only changes. During the two decade South Bend as well as many other lure makers would transition from Glass Eye, to the Tack Eye shown in the examples to Painted Eye in its final form. The lure features a stainless steel plate or diving lip was a pre-attached wire leader. The lure would be available with 2 Trebles as well as 3 Trebles at certain periods of time.

The 1942 Catalog states “Pike Oreno is is one of the greatest artificial lures. Deep Traveling, these lures float when at rest. Their realistic wiggling, swimming, minnow action is unsurpassed.”

The Pike Oreno was available in a litany of colors, 15 standard versions.

BW – Black […]

2017-08-07T07:59:56+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Pike Oreno Lure

Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

The Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure was first introduced in 1930. This pint sized Heddon lure, made in Dowagiac Michigan was very short lived. While introduced in 1930 this lure would disappear into obscurity by 1934 and not even make the lure line up catalog that year. This tiny little trout, bass, and other small game fish minnow was made of wood, measuring 1 3/4″ in length. This antique lure was assigned a model 80 if your lucky enough to find a matching box.

The lure has small painted eyes, a single tiny line tie at the front of the lure inset into the slightly concave mouth. You wont have to worry about throwing your back out carrying around this guy to fish with as he weighs in at just around 1/10th of an ounce. The lure would certainly float when not being drawn through the water. The catalog states “A lively little lure of many uses. Primarily designed as a fly-rod lure for large Trout, it is also very effective for Bass and pan fish. Floats and dives when retrieved with excellent action. One double hook so placed to insure hooking.”

As far as color schemes go, you can find the Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Fishing Lure in a half dozen color finishes.

01 – Rainbow
02 – Red & White
BK – Brook Trout
N – Dace
P – Shiner Scale (Shown Below)
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2017-08-07T07:58:52+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

The Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure had been around for some time before this version was introduced after 1960. The lure made in Paw Paw Michigan, by the Paw Paw Bait Company, was the final metamorphosis of a lure that had seen both body, hook and size and paint and size modifications. This version of the Weedless Wotta Frog or The Weedless Wow antique lure was given a model series number 75.

This wooden antique lure measured in at 2″ in length. The lure was adorn with its over sized glass eyes and a single forward line tie for retrieval. The lure retained its weedless  properties as it still employed the use of the two rear facing single wires to direct the weeds away from it’s hooks.

From a visual stand point his version of the lure took its body shape from the best selling Paw Paw Wotta Frog. The two afixes single hooks were replaces with a single double hook exiting the rear of the lure. The hair that was used to disguise these hooks was changed, and a set of two rubber legs were affixed to the side of the lure with screw eyes. These legs were a light flimsy type of rubber, and were akin to a more realistic swiming action as the antique fishing lure was retrieved through the water.

We saw another change with the model series […]

2017-07-25T07:17:03+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

The Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure is probably the most synonymous with the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw, Michigan. Although it should be the Floating Bait line, the Pikaroon with its sleek sexy looks and curves, woos most collectors its way. The Pikaroon wasn’t originally a Moonlight Bait like the Floater, it was a Silver Creek Lure akin to the Polly-Wog. The standard series line as shown in the gallery below is a series 1000. This wooden, glass eyed beauty measures in at roughly 4 – 4 1/4″ in length.

The lure has it’s telltale pointed nose, and its triangular shaped head which is the widest point of the body of the lure. The Pikaroon then tapers backwards towards the aft of the lure to a width that seemingly is just wide enough to hook the rear hook. The Pikaroon Antique Fishing Lure, the model 1000 has only 2T, or trebles to secure its catch. Both being held into the wooden lure via a simple screw eye rigging. The lure is most often found with it pointed upwards glass eye, but during the transition to the Paw Paw Bait Company in 1928 you will be able to locate some painted eye versions.

Moonlight Pikaroon Lure Catalog Cut Moonlight Pikaroon Lure Catalog Cut

Pikaroon Minnow

No. 1000

There’s only one Pikaroon – it’s something more than a mere […]

2017-07-25T07:22:39+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

The Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure was first introduced in 1953. This lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was given a model series number 350. This Plastic spook lure was made in the likeness of all the previous runt spooks yet just made smaller. The antique fishing lure was made of the later more stable version of plastic, thus adhering to it’s “spook” roots. The lure had two smaller treble hooks both attached via bell rig hardware. The lure was stenciled or labeled on its belly Heddon Tiny Runt.

The lure can be found in a vast array of colors both cataloged and uncatalogued making it a joy to collect. The lure shown below is in one of those uncatalogued finishes Crystal Shad, or CS, and a Green Crawdad GRA. The lure would have come houses in the red bottom two piece plastic topped box marked 350Cs.

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure Photo Gallery

 

2017-07-25T07:25:04+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

Trenton Surface Doodler Lure

Trenton Surface Doodler Lure

The Trenton Surface Doodler Lure was introduced around 1946. From the same company that brought us the Mad Mouse we have highlighted before, The Trenton Manufacturing Company, Located in Trenton Ohio. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 2 5/8″ in length. The lure seems to take it shape from crossing a Heddon Crazy Crawler and a Arbogast jitterbug lure.

The lure has a single forward line tie attached to it’s tapering “V” Shaped hull face giving way to its rounded body. The lure has two fixed aluminum wings extending out horizontally to its body which would create a surface popping motion when retrieved. The Surface Doodler has two treble hooks to secure its catch, one about mid line on the bottom of the lure secured with a surface hardware, the second trailing the fishing lure. The lure can be found in different colors and has its name stenciled on its back.

A change was made in 1949, the naming of the Surface Doodler was transitioned to the Gurgle Head. I’m unsure as to why the change was initiated, maybe for patent or commercial reasons. You’ll find the later ones marked Gurglehead on the back such as the black example below.

Trenton Surface Doodler Lure Photo Gallery

 

2017-07-25T07:26:49+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Trenton Surface Doodler 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 […]

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

Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure was first introduced in 1957. This giant behemoth of a fishing lure was Creek Chub, of Garrett, Indiana’s largest production fishing lure. The antique fishing lure was assign a model series 800. Truth be told this thing is larger than most fish I catch. This wooden, glass eyed fishing lure measures 14″ in length. The lure features the heavy duty wire through construction that most of the Husky baits do.

Its shape mimics the traditional Pikie family and both segments are straight. The lure can be found with both glass and painted tack eyes. The lures eyes however arent exponentially bigger and seem small in comparison to the lure size. The lure has 3 large trebles to secure its catch. No doubt this lure was marketed toward the fisherman in certain niche markets. One can imagine the ruckus this would make having been taken by a giant musky or great northern pike game fish.

This lure was only made in roughly 9 standard color palates, 3 of which can be seen below. The Orange and Black spot version of this is really quite hard to find and was made only from 1957-63 a half dozen years. The lure can be found in an oversize box that matches the lure in proportion. However they made it a plain green front instead of use the traditional graphics they used on […]

2017-07-25T07:29:56+00:00 July 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure

Heddon 00 Lure 5 Hook Underwater Minnow

Heddon 00 Lure

The Heddon 00 Lure is a 5 sided or flat sided underwater minnow fishing lure. The Dowagiac 00 is a wooden, glass eye 5 hook lure which first came in around 1915, making it one of the many classic Heddon antique lures that came out of the teen years and is over a century old. The wooden antique lure measure in at 3 3/4 inches, roughly the same size as the Heddon 150. I’ve seen a few variations of size of this and the 0, as well as some being a bit more refined or slim in stature. The lure was offered in a few different colors, and is a fun one to find in a uncatalogued color. Most of the time these lures are found in this color as well as the white or yellow strawberry spot.

The antique lure shown is lure photo gallery below is in the L Rig hook hardware . While shown below in L Rig, it did however come in cup rig, as well as toilet seat and up turned toilet seat hook hardware variations. The antique Heddon lure used belly weights to sink it below the surface. The Heddon 00 below has marked or scripted front and rear propellers. The Heddon 00 lure did eventually disappear from the catalog and never made it through the 30’s like its round body underwater minnow kin, the Heddon 150 minnow lure.

In one of my early 1920’s […]

2017-07-25T07:37:15+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon 00 Lure 5 Hook Underwater Minnow

Clewell Snakerbait Lure

Clewell Snakerbait Lure

The Clewell Snakerbait Lure was first introduced in 1926. Robert L Clewell from Canton, Ohio came up with this strange looking antique fishing lure that is very sought after by antique lure collectors. This painted early form of plastic or rubber wound or built onto a wire harness, in the shapes of a snake, or an earth worm measures 4 1/4″ in length. The antique lure features three standard removable or detachable hooks was well as a suspended weight that acts as a keel to prevent line twist upon retrieval. The Snakerbait was available in only three different colors, the red shown in the gallery and a green color and brown.

The Snakerbait shown below comes with its equally tough to find Orange and black border box. The box states “Snake Em Out With a Snakerbait”. Exclaiming, “For bass, pike or any game fish that will eat eel or a night crawler or that will fight a snake, the natural fish enemy. Reel Slowly. Give the fish a chance to wollup it”. It calls the weighted keel a “Roller Bearing Swivel”. The end flap of the lure box read that it’s a number 4. I assume that it’s for the burnt red-ish orange color.

Mr. Clewell also patented a Jointed head Snakerbait antique fishing lure, however non has ever been found to my knowledge. However, a picture of the patent for the Jointed Snakerbait can be seen in the […]

2017-06-28T16:45:54+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Clewell Snakerbait Lure

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure

The Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure was first seen around 1923. The Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan gave this model a series number 2500. By far and away one of the cooler and my favorite Moonlight lures. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 4 1/4″ in length. This slender and sleek looking lure feature two forward facing glass eyes. At the front of the eyes in the center of the pointed nose is the single forward line tie. This lure was made for large wall eye lures or the great northern pike.

This antique lures most eye catching quality is it has a long single hook attached to the belly of the lure and at the tail. The lure is held to the body with a screw and on the aft end of the lure there is a modified hollowed out barrel swivel to allow some but not much movement laterally.

The lure was cataloged in six different color versions

2501 Red Head Gold Body
2503 Green Scale
2504 Red Body White Head
2507 Gold Scale
2508 Blue Scale
2509 Yellow Perch

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure Photo Gallery

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure Catalog Page

A Sportsmans single hook lure, made especially for the Ike Walton’s. Great for Walleye Pike, Great Northern Pike and Pickerel. The No. 7 Hook fastens to the body by a loose sliding […]

2017-06-26T08:37:42+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure

Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

The Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure was first introduced in 1929. This antique fishing lure invented by Harry Kimmich of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Harry (John) Kimmich was not a lure inventor full-time. He owned a tire shop downtown, the “Kimmich Tire Shop.” We see this with a lot of miscellaneous lure makers, while it was in their heart and in their work, it just was hard to make a long time income out of it. Such is the story of many artisans and was also of the Kimmich mouse, as it wouldn’t be around very long, less than a decade.

The Kimmich Special Mouse lure has a wooden head and beaded glass eyes. The back half of the lure was a stacked or died hair as shown with both examples. There was even a version of the mouse that was a hairless wooden mouse lure. The lure had one treble hook attached at the center of the body using a screw eye hanger and the rear hanging from the rear of the bait.  The Kimmich Mouse had a forward line tie and a diving lip.

The Kimmich examples below are both shown in their respective boxes. The lure and box combos are accompanied by the corresponding paperwork stating the feature function and benefits of use of the Kimmich Special Mouse. On one long end flap the box states, “A Mouse Bucktail Bait with real Motion. The Big Fellows Just Cant […]

2017-06-23T07:12:13+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

Moonlight Pollywog Lure

Moonlight Pollywog Lure

The Moonlight Pollywog Lure, is a series model 700. This antique lure dates to the mid 1920’s. This pointed nose, sloping body, wooden, antique lure is one that is most synonymous with the Silver Creek Brand. Silver Creek as a company which was acquired by the  Moonlight Lure Company in the early 1920’s. The Pollywog lure measures in at 4″ in length, has screw eye hardware holding its 2T or trebles. The glass eyed lure below in the Photo Gallery is painted in a wonderful Moss Back color, code 03, and a Red Head White Pattern, Code 04. Below is a catalog cut from the 1925 Moonlight Brand Minnows Catalog.

Polly-Wog No. 700 Series

The most successful killer made. Has the dip, dive and wiggle of a real fish under motion, travel about fourteen inches under the water with ordinary reeling and floats when not being reeled. Length 4 inches, weight 3/4 ounce. Furnish in the following colors.

701 – Yellow
702 – Rainbow
703 – Moss Back (Shown in Gallery)
704 – Red & White (Shown in Gallery)
705 – Yellow & Black Spots 
706 – White Black Stripes
707 – White
708 – Yellow Perch
709 – Horned Ace

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Moonlight Pollywog Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:40:03+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Moonlight Pollywog Lure

Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure

Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure

The Creek Chub Wee Dee lure is a favorite among antique fishing lure collectors. The antique lure was first produced in 1936, and lasted around 10 years in the Creek Chub lure line up. This wooden, glass eyed, chunk bait style lure was a Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana series model number 4800. The lure itself has 3 single hooks to secure its pray when caught, which also can fold up next to the body in the carved recessed slots. Another neat or unique features two large weed guards the act like as antenna as well.

The antique fishing lure was only made in 3 cataloged paint scheme finishes: 00 Bug Finish ( As shown in Gallery), 02 Red and White, and 19 Frog Finish. Although there were on 3 finishes, diligent collectors will note there are special order colors out there to hunt for.

Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:42:27+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure

Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

Its hard to find a antique lure more identifiable than the Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure. Having two locations then fits with the two names you will find associated with Bite-Em Lures. The lures can be found with both spellings of the word Bate & Bate. The first location for the Company was in Warsaw, Indiana and coincides with the 1917 time frame. The other more popular address found is of course the Ft. Wayne, Indiana location circa 1920. The Bite-Em Bait at first glance looks some what simplistic until one holds and examines the lure more.

The Bite Em Bait lure made its appearance around 1917, is made of wood and is a solid one piece construction. Void of any eyes this conical shaped lure is larger at the front and tapering to just a bit bigger the the wire holding it at its slimmest point. The wooden portion of the lure measures roughly 2 7/8″. The widest portion or front face of the lure is not flat or sloping as most antique fishing lures are. The face of the lure is what I would call spiral in shape, and instead of using a propeller uses the groves in it’s face to displace the water and rotate on its shaft.

The wooden plug rests or should I say rotates on a thin wire pin inserted into the hollow center of the lure. Both the front and […]

2017-07-10T07:44:38+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure

Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure

This is a Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler lure. This a product was made by Leo Wise out of Detroit, Michigan. This antique Leo Wise Lure is a multi segmented fishing lure measuring 4 5/8″ in length. The composition is wood, with the a typical Wise fine Splatter enamel paint finish. The lure has two trailing treble hooks. Both being attached the the rear of the lure by wire loop eyelets that screw into the bait. Off the front segment of the lure is a half painted trailing spinner attached just under the diagonal flat face cut of the Wobbler.

The line tie itself is mounted inset into the front face of the lure as well. The lure has a stationary spinner for the lack of better word an aft keel on the back to improve its wobbling motion. Wise, best know for his mice and frog antique lures is a sought after lure maker should you come across his products. The lure came with a non descriptive box that I was never able to verify if it was or wasn’t original to the antique Leo Wise Wobbler Lure.

Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-15T13:17:54+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure

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 […]

2017-07-10T07:47:02+00:00 June 14th, 2017|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 […]

2017-07-10T07:50:26+00:00 June 13th, 2017|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 […]

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

South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure

South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure

The South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure was first brought to market in 1932. This wooden antique fishing lure produced by the South Bend Bait Company in South Bend Indiana was given a model number 959. This fly eater was in production for 12 years and was removed from the line up in 1942.

This wooden, glass eyed vintage fishing lure is a collector favorite with its clownish smiling face. The Plug Oreno lure can be found in both Glass Eye and Tack Eye variations. The lure measures 2″ in length and weighs in at 5/8oz. The lure itself having two large single hooks and 2 large wire antenna to help it through the weeds.

The 1930 Catalog states:

“A surface Lure that will come through all the weeds with a slight wobbling action. Weed guards so arranged that all hook are protected from logs, snags and any vegetation. Effectivley used with Wiggle Tail Pork Rind, which can be conveniently attached.”

Standard Catalog Colors are:
B – Black with Red Around the Eyes
F – Frog (Shown in Gallery)
FS – Frog Splotch
RH – Red Head White Body
Y – Yellow with Red & Green Spots

South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:56:16+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

The Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow is certainly a beauty to behold. It has all the qualities of a classic fishing lure. This wooden antique lure was produced in two different models a 3″, 3 Hook and a 4″ 5 Hook minnow. I was reading a 1904 issue of National Sportsman today and I ran across an add in the back of the magazine for one.

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

All the record catches in Kalamazoo lakes and rivers were made with this minnow in the 1903 season. Hooks guaranteed not to tangle. Fred D. Rhodes, 116 Bush Street Kalamazoo, Michigan

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“Collector Bill Sonnet dug up this great ad from the 1903 Kalamazoo City Directory”

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Lure 1903 Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Lure 1903

Fred D. Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Lure Patent Papers

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Patent Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Patent

SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 777,488, dated December 13, 1904. Application filed Nove ber 2, 1903. Serial No. 179,521. (No model.)

T0 at whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRED D. Rnonns, a citizen of the United States, residing at the city of Kalamazoo, county of Kalamazoo, State of Michigan, have […]

2017-06-17T14:05:00+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

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 […]

2017-05-31T09:09:00+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Comments Off on JB McHarg Civil War Token

Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

This great Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad falls in line with our thoughts and thanks. For those that made the ultimate sacrifice we thank you.

And thank you Mr. Bill Sonnet for finding this and allowing me to share it with my readers.

A Boy Fished and Went to War……A Man Came Back to Fish Some More!

In 1941 both Sam Jester and Heddon’s went to war. Sam packed his tackle away and came back a honored veteran of the North African and Italian Campaigns. Heddon stopped making tackle and won honors in war production.

Now Both are back doing what they love. Sam is using River Runts again and Heddon is Making them.

Be patient the River Runts are coming, the midgets, the sinkers, the floaters, also Crazy Crawlers, Chugger Spooks Lucky 13’s and others. Coming too are the famous Pal tubular steel rods and those made of tempered split Bamboo.

Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

2017-05-29T14:31:45+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

The Heddon Big Tiger Lure is a model 1040 and was first introduced in 1968. The lure would only make a short run for 3 years until it was discontinued in 1971. Although it would make a brief appearance again in 1980 it would again be phased out in three years in 1983. This plastic lure is the largest in the Tiger series. Instead of the traditional names used to describe the largest in a Heddon Series Such as Muskie or Husky or Magnum, someone settled for simplicity using the word “Big”. This lure being plastic in construction, is often referred to as a spook, measures 5 1/4″ in length. The lure like its little brothers uses two trebles to secure its prey. These hooks are held to the body by a through body construction where the heavy duty rings are inset into the mold during construction.

Consistent in the family of tigers, the “Big” Tiger has a single forward like tie at the point of its nose. Its square staggered heavy duty diving lip molded within the construction of its body sets back about a inch onto the underside. The Big Tiger with its limited production is hard to find, its colors remain consistent throughout the line up made up of generally of Solid color backs with clear sides showing off a metallic insert. Once and a while it can be found in collector […]

2017-06-14T08:45:53+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

Detroit Bass Caller Lure

Detroit Bass Caller Lure

The Detroit Bass Caller Lure was first introduced in 1939. Made by the Detroit Bait company out of Detroit Michigan kind of looks like an airplane at first glance. This antique wooden lure measure 3 1/2″ inches in length. The lure has a scooped popper type mouth with the front line tie attached to the center. Besides the inserted painted metal rear wings added to the lure, it has a notched out rectangle just aft of the top of the lip adding to its uniqueness. The antique lure has two treble hooks to secure its prey when caught.

The Detroit Bass Caller was available in quite a few wonderfully colored paint patterns. The lure was housed in a black and white striped box stating “Its a Honey of a Lure”, and had a price tag of $1.00 each.

Detroit Bass Caller Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-08T20:01:53+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Detroit Bass Caller Lure

Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure

Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure

The Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure was first produced in 1953, crafted in the same fashion as the logo on the popular adult beverage. The lure falls into a few categories in the antique lure world. Collectors who amass Logo or advertising lures, those who collect “Brewerina”, and finally those who collect metal and or Paw Paw Lures. The lure itself was made in Paw Paw Michigan by the Paw Paw Bait company.

This antique fishing lure measure 2 3/4″ in length. The lure has a single treble hook fixed to the body of the lure with a split shot ring. The lures were often sold on a counter stand up cardboard display. The lure is stamped on the reverse for identification purposes for both the manufacture and the advertiser. I tend to think if not from a pure novelty standpoint this lure would have to have been made for trolling for thirsty fish.

Shown in the gallery below is an example shown with its very tough and some may even use the word rare to find box and insert. While I’ve sold dozens of the lure by itself over the last few decades this is the first one Ive seen in a box.

Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-14T08:41:07+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure