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Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure

Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure The Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure was released somewhere in the late 1920's. This unique bulbous or light bulb shaped wooden antique fishing lure was a model number 6555. Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan only made this fishing lure for less than a half a dozen years and it was gone in the [...]

By | 2017-04-12T08:00:38+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure

Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure

Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure The Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure is reported as being first introduced to the fishing world sometime in 1950, its patent shows it was applied for in 1946. Shown below, the patent was finally granted in January of 1951 almost 6 years later (Must have had a pretty good [...]

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

Shurebite Frog Lure

Shurebite Frog Lure This Shurebite Frog Lure is the later in the series of Frogs created by Shuebite. Hopping into the picture around 1948 this version upgrade changes its makeup from sponge and wood to what we see here using tenite. Located in 1948 in Bronson Michigan the Surebite antique lure company making its move [...]

By | 2017-04-12T07:59:20+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shurebite Frog Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-04-12T07:58:40+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Gee Wiz Frog Lure

Paw Paw Hipp Lure

Paw Paw Hipp Lure The Paw Paw Hipp lure as it was named by Scott and Reed in the Paw Paw book is a unidentified or unnamed lure. The lure is a green and gold spotted flat face wobbler. The lure is 3 3/8" in length and resembles a Rush Tango made bait. Reed and [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:51:10+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Hipp Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:50:09+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Evolution Lure

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure The Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure is a collector favorite, and was first introduced around 1939-1940. Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan purchased the patent rights to this winged creature from Jim Donaly, of Hoptacong NJ. This version is the Model 2100 series and is the second to largest in the Crawler family measuring [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:49:23+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure

Roller Flasher Antique Lure

Roller Flasher Antique Lure The Roller Flasher Antique Lure was fist introduced in 1949. This lure was made by the B & J Tackle Company of Detroit Michigan. This antique lure measures 2 1/2" in length. The lure has painted eyes and the bottom of the lure is thinner than the top. The lure has [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:48:12+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Roller Flasher Antique Lure

Shur Strike Small Dude Lure

Shur Strike Small Dude Lure The Shur Strike Small Dude Lure was first released around 1941. The Creek Chub Bait Company under the Shur Strike Bait Companies name in Garrett Indiana produced this small wooden lure measuring just a hair over 1 3/4" in length. With a name like "Small Dude" you know it has [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:47:25+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Small Dude 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 [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:46:37+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Punkie Spook Fly Lure

Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter

Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter The Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter was a short lived or produced antique lure. The antique lure was first produced in 1955 and was out by 1958, so only was present for three years worth of production. This wooden, painted eye, antique fishing lure was given a model series number [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:43:30+00:00 March 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter

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 lure measures 3 1/2" in length and weighs in at 3/4 [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:42:24+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure The Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure was first offered in 1953. The antique lure was Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana lure model series number 7300. This large wooden cedar lure continued the Surfster line up by adding this salt water or big game Surfster. This large antique fishing lure measures [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:40:49+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

Paw Paw Hair Mouse lure

Paw Paw Hair Mouse Lure The Paw Paw Hair Mouse lure is a great little critter type antique lure. Popular with Mice and general collectors alike, the lure is circa 1930's. The lure is a series number 60 in the Paw Paw Bait Company lure line up. The lure is the smaller version of the [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:40:00+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Hair Mouse 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 [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:52:08+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Musky Flap Tail 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 [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:53:39+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|1 Comment

Wright McGill Mouse Lure

Wright McGill Mouse Lure The Wright McGill Mouse Lure was introduced with a host of other life-like lures around 1930. The Swimming Mouse antique fishing lure was made by The Wright and McGill Company, out of Denver Colorado. The lure was available in a 2 different sizes, the size shown in the gallery being the [...]

By | 2017-03-30T08:54:15+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Wright McGill Mouse Lure

Heddon Darting Zara Lure

Heddon Darting Zara The Heddon Darting Zara lure dates back to 1933 if not a little earlier. This straight bodied fishing lure was Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan's series model number 6600. The wooden, glass eyed lure measure 3 3/8"  inches in length, and had 3 trailing treble hooks. The Frog Spot Zara's three trebles are secured [...]

By | 2017-03-07T09:17:44+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Darting Zara Lure

Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure The Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure was first introduced to the fishing lure public in 1921. This lure a model 900 series was produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. This smaller version of the industry changing and dominating Pikie minnow was made of wood and measured [...]

By | 2017-03-07T09:18:31+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure The Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure was first introduced in 1925. This antique lure made by Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana was a model series number 2500. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 2 1/2" in length and is a multi segmented lure weighing only a half ounce. This [...]

By | 2017-03-15T11:56:57+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|1 Comment

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 [...]

By | 2017-03-07T09:21:02+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Comments Off on South Bend Combination Minnow

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 [...]

By | 2017-03-07T09:22:40+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure

Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure This Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure was a series number 2900, or GM. Creek chub like the other antique lure makers branched out its normal lure line up and created a new company to sell a cheaper priced lure. This wooden torpedo shaped lure was called the Gar minnow. The [...]

By | 2017-02-15T20:03:51+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure

Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure

Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure This Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure was made roughly around 1941. The Shur Strike Series of lures were Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana's cheaper line up of lures. The Petite Spinner, Pumpkin Seed series were also referred to as the PS series. This antique lure was made from wood and [...]

By | 2017-02-07T18:45:26+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure

Biff Go Devil Lure

Biff Go Devil Lure The Biff Go Devil Lure is a single section self proclaimed Weedless, Surface and a piece of Light Tackle. The Go-Devil was patented in December 22, 1925 and is shown in one of the 2 available colors, the other being a molted green. The antique fishing lure was only a 1" [...]

By | 2017-02-15T19:58:01+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Biff Go Devil Lure

Best Of Luck Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

Best Of Luck Jointed Pikie Antique Lure The Best Of Luck Jointed Pikie Antique Lure was first introduced in 1935. The wooden antique lure is a model series number 931. Like the other large makers of fishing tackle, South Bend would have another company it would sell and create lures under, that company was Best [...]

By | 2017-02-15T19:51:25+00:00 January 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Comments Off on Best Of Luck Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-02-15T19:48:31+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Castrola Lure

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure The Kumm Fish Spotter Lure was first introduced around 1933 when the patent was applied for. The patent wasnt granted to Arthur J Kumm of Dearborn Michigan until 1935. This first version wooden lure measures 2 7/8" in length.The antique lure has very small glass eyes inset into the head or [...]

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

Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure

Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure The Paul Bunyan Mouse lure was first introduced in the late 1940's. Made and brought to market by the Paul Bunyan Bait Company out of Minneapolis Minnesota. This antique lure is akin to the Lady Bug type series, the mouse, is a plastic (Tenite) flat top water fished lure is a [...]

By | 2017-01-25T12:34:05+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure

Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure

Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure The Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure is a great little antique lure. The lure was Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana's model number 6400. This small, pear shaped, painted eye, wooden antique fishing lure measures in a 1 3/4" in length. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941 and made [...]

By | 2017-01-24T11:11:31+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure

Heddon Chugger Spook Lure

Heddon Chugger Spook Lure The Heddon Chugger Spook Lure has a long history that begins in 1938. The antique lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan would take on a model number 9540. This painted eye spook lure measure right at 3". Like many of the base model lures they would be the inspiration for [...]

By | 2017-01-22T09:05:32+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Chugger Spook Lure

Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann

Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann This piece a Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann has always been one of my favorite things in my antique lure collection. Yes, Yes I know its not a lure, but it is to me an equal to most every lure in my collection. Ive always been [...]

By | 2017-01-21T08:54:19+00:00 January 21st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|1 Comment

South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure

South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure The South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure was first introduced in 1932 and lasted only a decade and was out of production by 1942. This lure mad by the South Bend Bait Company of South Bend Indiana is a model series #949. This bead eyed, flocked cheese eater measure 2 3/4" [...]

By | 2017-01-19T08:24:13+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Comments Off on South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure

Eger Junior Dillinger Lure

Eger Junior Dillinger Lure The Eger Junior Dillinger Lure is part of a series of lures at the heart of the Eger antique fishing lure center. The Dillinger Junior lure is a model series 200. The lure first entered the market in 1941. It's hard to think of Eger without thinking Dillinger in the same [...]

By | 2017-01-18T11:27:57+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Eger Junior Dillinger Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-01-17T20:28:51+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Swiv A Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-01-16T13:43:44+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure

Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure The Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure was first introduced around 1946. This lure was made in Cincinnati, Ohio manufactured by the Weezle Bait Company. This wooden lure is touted to have been covered in real Mallard Duck Feathers. This ingenious idea was based on the predator and prey theory of some of [...]

By | 2017-01-17T09:21:53+00:00 January 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure

South Bend Spin I Diddee Lure

South Bend Spin I Diddee Lure The South Bend Spin I Diddee Lure was first introduced in 1952, and lasted only a dozen years and was gone by 1964. The South Bend Bait Corporation of South Bend Indiana assigned it a model number 916 when it first came out. The 916 came standard with two [...]

By | 2017-01-17T09:22:45+00:00 January 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Comments Off on South Bend Spin I Diddee Lure

Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure

Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure The Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure is a great little lure. First introduced in 1941 this spook lure has become a favorite among collectors. The antique lure takes on the Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan fishing lure model, number N9110. The lure looses its double treble hook and takes [...]

By | 2017-01-17T09:23:28+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure

Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure

Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure The Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure from the 1940's is a lure who history is riddle with confusion, misconceptions, false identification and even patent infringements. This lure had me pulling out my hair for a while trying to figure out what it was. Its body style said Pike, its marked [...]

By | 2017-01-17T09:24:11+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure

Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure The Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure was introduced in the 1940's. This gigantic wooden lure was made to fish the beasts of the great north country. It should be no surprise that the Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan would have a series that directly target large fresh [...]

By | 2017-01-17T09:25:00+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

Clark Popper Scout Darter Lure Chart

Clark Popper Scout Darter Lure Chart This Clark Popper Scout Darter Lure Chart coinsides with the Water Scout, Little Eddie and Streamline posted yesterday. Giving us another look at a few lure models. Clark's Popper Scout Clark's Darter Scout Whichever series of Clark's lures you choose, they are yours for better fishing. They are designed [...]

By | 2017-01-10T11:01:48+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Clark Popper Scout Darter Lure Chart

Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure was first introduced in 1938. The Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana assigned this antique fishing lure model 4900. The Jointed Darter was Leap frogging off the success, sales, and accomplishments of it's straight one piece brother the model 2400 series darter that [...]

By | 2017-01-17T09:26:44+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure

Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure

Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure The Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure was first produced in 1938 and only lasted 8 years and was out of production by 1946. Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana assigned it a model number 5300. This is the largest of the Creek Chub Dingbats and measures 2 1/2" in length with [...]

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

Smithwick Lure Early Sales Sheet

Smithwick Lure Early Sales Sheet Here is a great Smithwick Lure Early Sales Sheet that I found among some other early Miscellaneous fishing lure dealer sheets. By Looking at the classic baits we know its early, unfortunately, there is no date stamped on this one like some of the others. I would bet this would [...]

By | 2017-01-07T14:30:03+00:00 January 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Smithwick Lure Early Sales Sheet

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale

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. The antique lure which was first introduced in 1933, [...]

By | 2017-01-17T09:31:31+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale

Pico Lure Sales Sheet

Pico Lure Sales Sheet This Pico Lure Sales Sheet dates to the January of 1952. The antique lure sales sheet contains a half dozen different lures in the assorted colors they were available in. Of historical note, you will see the PO Box address change, from 1194 to 5366 for those who may be  tracing and [...]

By | 2017-01-03T12:16:29+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Pico Lure Sales Sheet

Barracuda Brand Antique Lure Line Up

Barracuda Brand Antique Lure Line Up This Barracuda Brand Antique Lure Line Up sheet was part of a catalog sent out to tackle dealers in the 1950's. The sheet focuses on 12 of its current fishing lure line up and explains to dealers the features, functions, and benefits and packaging of each antique lure. I [...]

By | 2017-01-02T10:44:35+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Barracuda Brand Antique Lure Line Up

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 [...]

By | 2017-01-17T09:35:27+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure