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Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure

Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure

This version of the Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure is distinguished by its 4 point fin shape. Not all antique lures are technically lures, but they are all attractants of some type. This wooden 4 point Heddon Decoy was given a series model 400. This Ice fishing decoy would be around circa 1923. The lure or decoy measures 4 3/8″ in length. The lure has two sections of 90 degree pointed fins attached to its body. The decoy lure also employs the use of a metal tail fin that is braced into the rear tail section. The Heddon Decoy used the inch worm style of line tie on top so that you could attach at different points to affect the hang or the angle of suspension. The Heddon Ice decoy can be found in a host of standard cataloged colors to some that are definable or considered special order. The decoy uses multiple belly weights to help sink and maintain its centered buoyancy.

This would be the final wooden version or body and wing style of the Heddon Decoy before it tried its hand at making a plastic or Ice Spook. The Spook version would make the same impact on the fishing industry and or history. Many of the spook decoys found today have the typical shrinkage and plastic decomposition we see in the first version of Heddon Spooks.  The Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure below in the gallery is in a beautiful green crackle back  color code 00 so its correct box would be marked 400.

Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-04-20T13:12:14+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure

SJ Meyer Manhattan Lure

SJ Meyer Manhattan Lure

The SJ Meyer Manhattan Lure is one of those antique fishing lures we haven’t found too much information about. There is an estimated 10 year time frame that this lure is being attributed to 1910-1920. This antique fishing lure made of wood is typical of the rotary head style of lures we attribute to makers such as Ans B Decker. Where by the front section of this 2 piece lure rotates upon retrieval. The Manhattan has the rounded prop very similar to Decker’s.

The Manhattan fishing lure has been found with two different and distinctive hooks hardware retainers or rigs. The earliest is thought to have been the staple rigged, and the later such as the antique lure shown in the Gallery below uses a screw eye and cup combination. The lure has also been found with a keel attached to the lower or back half of the lure. The lures have been found with both single hooks and the use of treble hooks.

There are 3 sizes to the Manhattan antique lures, all being housed in a somewhat similar style box. The Number 1 measuring in at 2 3/4″ the 2 measures 3 1/4″ and the size 3 measures 3 3/4″ in length.

The 5 colors available were:
White
Yellow
Mouse
White Body with Red Head
Yellow with Gold Spots (Shown in Gallery Below)

Long time collector Bill Sonnet adds: “The name “Manhatten” is the trade name for the SJ Meyers, This is no different that “Meadow Brook” J C Higgens” etc for other large distributors. S J Meyers did not manufacture their own lures but had other outfits make them for them with changes over time. In the case of this floating bait it started out as a Jacob Mick bait cc 1905. The same bait was sold early on by Harkauf. I have fished that bait and it has a tendency to role over as the head rotated and the hooks which were originally on staples and split rings easily tangled with each other which I am sure led to better hook hardware as seen here and at one time a metal fin in the main body of the bait to prevent it rolling over. They were sold for many years and they do catch fish!

The hardest boxes to find are the earliest ones that Jacob Mick sold himself under the name “the Patterson” for Patterson New Jersey where he lived. Recently someone found a Patterson box and put a picture on Joes. There are very few Patterson boxes known. I have never seen a Patterson Underwater box.  

First is 1905 ad for Jacob Mick next an original Jacob Mick Patterson box that was over-labeled with a Manhattan label. Next is a March 1922 S J Meyers ad from Sporting goods Journal with both baits pictured from photographs still showing the staple and split ring hardware. Last The Manhattan Underwater with original box.

Below are some images […]

2017-04-18T21:15:15+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on SJ Meyer Manhattan Lure

Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure

Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure

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

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

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

Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

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

Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow

Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow

The Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow, was only ever cataloged in 1911. This was the smaller of the Swimming Minnows. This antique lure made by James Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was another in the part of a marketing series called “It Swims” or focusing on how the lure swims. The intro boxes for it’s big brother came in around 1909/1910 used the same verbiage. This wooden glass eyed antique lure measure 2 5/8″ in length with a single belly weight. The Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow only ever had a single treble hook hanging from the rear screw eye.

 

Heddon Swimming Minnow Ad Heddon Swimming Minnow Ad

The above ad is actually shows the 900 Swimming Minnow but highlights the multi-model benefit.

The New Dowagiac Minnow Actually Dives and Swims

This is the most successful and ingenious bait ever devised for taking Bass, Pike, Pickerel, and other game fishes. It’s a combination floating and sinking bait. It’s easy to cast and can be landed in just the right spot. It remains on the surface of the water until it’s reeled in. Then it dives and comes in at an average depth of two feet under the surface. The lure does not sink into the weeds.

This feature is a great advantage to beginners who cannot recover the lure quickly. When trolled or reeled at an ordinary speed it darts from side to side and describes the natural swimming course of a live Minnow. There is absolutely nothing about the bait that can get out of order. It’s extremely simple and practical.

Write for our catalog of Dowagiac Rods and Baits and learn all about this new minnow. The catalog contains many valuable hints on the free on request Art of Bait Casting and is free on request.

Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

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2017-04-17T16:13:32+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow

Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure

Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure

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

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

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

No. 1900 Series

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

Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure

Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure Photo Gallery

 

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

Pflueger Maybug Spinner Lure

Pflueger May Bug Lure

The Pflueger May Bug Lure was introduced in the late 1880’s. The May Bug is one of the early quintessential Pflueger, or Enterprise Manufacturing Company Lure made in Akron Ohio.  The lure was produced for around 3 decades or thirty years until 1916. The May Bug was made to be fished or “Skittered” across the water. The Ad below touts that “The body is separated from the wings, gives life-like action to the bait when drawn through the water.”

The Pflueger May Bug was only made in one size, and measures roughly less than two inches in length. And although being made in only one size, this antique fishing lure was made in two different models. Such as many of the 19th Century Pflueger produced, they offered the May Bug both a Luminous and a Non Luminous version. The Luminous version is a model series number 975 and the Non-Luminous a series number 976.  The May Bug is beautifully painted, its wings an emerald shade of green, and spotted  abdomen and painted black eyes. The thorax is a black striped red, and its its legs and feet black as well. The underside of the lure can be found in two flavors. The Non Luminous is primarily painted in red and the Luminous as shown below in the gallery has both the luminous and red paint to attract the fish from below.

As were many of the early Pflueger lures, it was hand sewn to a card. The early versions bore no marking but the last versions bearing the Pflueger Bulldog. To the lure was attached at the rear a single treble to snare its prey. There was a factory installed box swivel on the top of the lure and if you wanted you could add a gimp leader for and extra sum.

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad

Pflueger May Bug Lure

2017-06-15T07:50:27+00:00 April 14th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Maybug Spinner Lure

Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure

Creek Chub Baby Crawdad

The Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure was first introduced in 1918 and was first called the Crab Wiggler, later the Crawdad. The antique lure was a Creek Chub model series 400, and was a smaller version of the crab or crawdad. The Crawdad lure had quite a production run and was intermittently cataloged up into and through the 1960’s. The River Peeler antique lure shown is actually in the incorrect Creek Chub Lure Box, with a reorder slip, and it should be in a end label or end stamped box marked 316 for the River Peeler color. However, the Natural Crab example shown below is in its correct end labeled antique lure box.

 You can see from the photos the rubber band legs, which usually deteriorate on the bottom are in great shape and the antique lure hasn’t been fished or used. This Garret Indiana made fishing lure came or can be found in a handful of different colors listed below. The lure has a metal rear diving plane and black bead eyes and two smaller treble hooks and was retrieved in reverse as a crawdad moves in nature. The lure is 2 3/4 inches in length and 1/2 oz.

Some of the Cataloged Colors the were available on the Creek Chub Baby Crawdad antique lure were:

00  Natural Crab (Shown Below)

01  Perch Scale

02  Albino

15  Tan Crab

16  River Peeler (Shown Below)

18 Silver Flash

Below is a copy of a page out of a 1931 Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog showing the Baby Crab/Crawdad.

The Baby Crawdad

In it it states: “If you like a spoon, pork rind or spinner you will like the albino crab even better. Has more wiggle than a rind, and more flash than a spoon, and does not sink. Will not twist the line tie. This is just right for use in stream fishing, and proves a tempting lure for the river bass. Will be equipped with double hooks when ordered, and with the points turned up becomes practically snag proof.”

Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure

Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Gallery 

2017-08-14T07:15:14+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure

Shur Strike Flat Face Lure

Shur Strike Flat Face Lure

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

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

Shur Strike Flat Face Antique Lure

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

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

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

Shur Strike Flat Face Lure Photo Gallery

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

South Bend Underwater Minnow 905

South Bend Underwater Minnow 905

The South Bend Underwater Minnow 905 series is Circa 1912. This 905 series wooden, glass eyed minnow lure was made for over 20 years. The lure was South Bends 5 Hook Underwater minnow lure was the companies industry standard 5 hook lure at the time. The lure had a front and a rear prop, standard South Bend cups and had both glass and tack eyes over its life span. The 905 featured a single belly weight centered underneath.

The antique lure was 3 3/4″ inches in length a typical length used by most of the other makers. The lure if the props are not marked can be differentiated by say from a Hedon 5 Hook by the forward right cup placement. On the South Bend the Right front cup will be offset forward, on a Heddon it will be the left cup that is offset forward.

The South Bend 905 Series Underwater Minnow Can be Found in the following finishes:

G(1) Gold, Red Head
GCB Green Crackle Back
R(1) Solid Red
R(3) Red with Black Nose
Rain Rainbow
RCBY Red Crackle Back, Yellow Body
RH Red Head White Body
RHW Red Head White Body
RHTW Red Head and Tail, White Body
RSF Scale Finish, Red Blend
SA Solid Aluminum
SCBY Sienna Crackle Back Yellow Body
SF Scale Finish. Green
SR(1) Red Body Dark Shaded Back (Shown Below)
SW White Boday Dark Shaded Back
W(1) Solid White
W(3) White with Spots
Y(2) Yellow with Spots
YP Yellow Perch (Shown in the Gallery)

South Bend Underwater Minnow 905 Lure Gallery

 

2017-04-08T12:56:35+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Comments Off on South Bend Underwater Minnow 905

Heddon Top Sonic Lure

Heddon Top Sonic Lure

The Heddon Top Sonic Lure was a Heddon Dowagiac Series number 300. This antique lure was made from 1966 to 1969, so it was a short run in comparison to some of its other sonic lure brothers. The Top Sonic fishing lure features a tail and a tiny dorsal fin the would allow the antique fishing lure to vibrate upon retrieval. The lure was made in some of the traditional Heddon lure color schemes as well as a few uncatalogued colors. The Top Sonic was always made of plastic, a spook, and measures about 1 /38″ in length. The antique fishing lure was stamped on the belly of the lure for identification, and had a line tie below the mouth but before the diving lip.

The Heddon Top Sonic Lure can be found in the following Color Codes

RH White Red Head
SUN Natural Sunfish
PUM Natural Pumpkinseed
NSP Natural Spotted Bass
NSD Natural Shad
BGL Natural Blue Gill
PS Purple Scale
BS Black Scale
Y Yellow
SD Shad
Uncatalogued  SF Silver Fish (in First Gallery)
Uncatalogued  Green and Gold Scale (in First Gallery)

Heddon Uncatalogued Top Sonic Lures

 

 

Heddon Top Sonic Color Gallery

2017-04-04T08:54:36+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Top Sonic Lure

Shakespeare Tarpalunge Lure

Shakespeare Tarpalunge Lure

This Shakespeare Tarpalunge antique fishing lure is a model #6640. This jointed, wooden antique Shakespeare lure is circa 1930 and has two very large single hooks. This antique Shakespeare salt water fishing lure measures in at  5 3/4 inches in length. The lure was touted to hold over a 200 lb dead pull weight, that is a lot for those not familiar with the phrase. The rear single hook swings freely from a reinforced screw eye hanger while the front of single hook over sized lure is held by what I term a break free clasp.

The antique fishing lure was available in both pressed and glass eye antique lure versions and changed with the other lures as they transitioned. The antique lure shown is red head flitter in color scheme finish ,and is obviously geared towards big game, salt water species of fish such as the Tarpon. The lure came in a handful of different colors including the popular Shakespeare photo finish.

Shakespeare Tarpalunge Lure Gallery

2017-04-03T19:59:50+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Tarpalunge Lure

Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure

Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure

The Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure date to around 1905. The lure distributed and made by the William Mills and Sons Company of New York, New York. While advertised to be a combined 6 inches in length, the lure itself was 3 inches in length. Mounted to the shaft were a unique set of horizontal front and rear propellers. The antique Hoptacong minnow featured tiny glass eyes and a trace leader behind the front prop that held two single shank hooks. The lure also held a single hook behind the rear horizontal prop. The 6 inch lure shaft held clear glass beads in front of and behind each prop, and was made of a wire though construction.

The antique fishing lure has always had an allure of itself on me, and I’ve always been fascinated by it. It employs an almost seductive 19th Century Phantom and English made characteristics, while using the underwater minnow characteristics we see in the minnows of the pre-teens. Offering both a Floating and a Sinking model to accommodate both types of fishing.

William Mills Hoptacong Perch Minnow Lure Ad 1909

Floating Perch 6 Inches long over all, with either single or treble hooks $1.00

Floating Perch 6 Inches long over all, with either single or treble hooks $1.00

William Mills Hoptacong Perch Minnow Lure Ad 1909 William Mills Hoptacong Perch Minnow Lure Ad 1909

Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure

Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure

 

2017-04-03T10:35:29+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure

Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad

Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad

This Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad window sign was published in a 1905 Vol. 23 of “The Hardware Magazine”. The ad specifies how dealers in Pflueger’s Fishing Tackle can get one.

I will take a dozen please.

Finding Point of Sale or store displays for the Antique Lures, Reels and Tackle we love is a double edged sword. As I have written before in the article South Bend Counter Display, making yourself aware of fakes and counterfeits can save many dollars, heart break, and even misunderstanding for current or future antique lure collectors.  Its hard not to go to a flea market or antique store today and not run into newly made, made to look old, porcelain or tin signs. I’m as guilty as the next person for wanting to adorn the walls of my man den or tackle room with antique fishing like type items. I’m not one to tell anyone what to do; however, maybe take a minute the next time you go to buy one of these things and think about an alternative option for antique lure room decoration. This isnt the late 90’s anymore and prices have come back down to earth for many antique lure and tackle related items. Just take for instance the common rod or reel or even bamboo rods with condition issues. Youl can pick the things up for a few dollar a piece and incorporate this into a wonderful display, that’s authentic to boot!

If anyone has a photo of a real one of these Id love to add it to the article, or just even see a photo. Drop me a line or post below.

I received and Email from fellow NFLCC member Merrick Burr who was able to not only provide a Photo of an original sign but also was able to add to the discussion as to how it ties in with AL&W

Pflueger Antique Sign Pflueger Antique Sign

AL&W Lure Company Sign AL&W Lure Company Sign

Here is the cover of the 1928 ALW catalog. They have taken the bass from the original sign and added to the 2 men in the boat and some background.
“Also circa 1928, ALW started using these lure boxes with a bass and bright red fly in its mouth.
I am assuming this box is based on the sign and in particular the Pflueger bass.”

AL&W Lure Catalog Cover AL&W Lure Catalog Cover

AL&W Lure Box AL&W Lure Box

This ALW silk screen Sign is from the same time frame as the catalog.
Silk screening made it impossible to replicate the bass accurately, but they did include the two men in the boat and also the red fly.
This sign is quite a bit larger than […]

2017-04-01T20:03:13+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad

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 early 1930’s, and is really rather scarce to come by. The lure made of wood measured 2 5/8″ in length and used two trebles. Lik emany of the late 1920’s lures you can find the Waukazoo with the treble hanging from the rear ball hanger. You will also find it with a screw eye type hanger towards the end of the run.

The lure was made to be fished top water for your standard game fish such as the large mouth bass. The lure features a marked front spinner that can also be found in a few versions from the pointed end found on most of the underwater minnow series lure, to the rounded end style that appeared on the early Revolutions or Worden Buck Tail Spinners. One of the tell tale features of this vintage lure is the bottom keel extending out from the larger portion of the lure, in front of the belly treble.

The Shakespeare Waukazoo Lure was only made in a few colors; Grey as shown below in the gallery, Frog Spot, Red Head White Body are a couple finishes you might find.

Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure Photo Gallery

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 back log) and was gone from production in less time than it took for its patent to be granted. Robert A LaFluer of Ferndale, Michigan its inventor sought to produce a lure ranging in size from a Fly Fishing lure all the way through the muskie fishing size. However, with its short production run we can surmise it never quite lived up to the fishing communities response of them. Finding this great little Miscellaneous lure is actually quite tough, tougher than its collector value assigned would indicate.

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

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

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

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

Curv A Lure Antique Lure Patent Curv A Lure Antique Lure Patent

Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

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

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 from Kokomo, Indiana. This plastic lure measures 3″ in length and has a plastic lip inserted into the front of the lure with it’s single line tie which has three different options. The lure maintains its use of the thin rubber legs dangling from the rear of the body. This Surebite fly eat uses a single downward facing hook mounted into the underside which is protected from the weeds by the typical metal tines.

The lure was only ever offered in the green frog color shown. This lure would come housed in the traditional burnt orange colored lure box labeled frog on the top half of the box. The second frog shown in the gallery below is the one who patent was applied for in May of 1941 and granted in October of 1942. The lure is made with a wood top and a sponge bottom, as you can see the one in the gallery below the sponge has deteriorated. It also gives us a view into the Type II box and wording used.

“If its a Shurebite It’s Good”

This box contains one Shurbite Topwater Weedless Frog, carefully designed to imitate a natural frog. Highly flexible rubber legs produce a lifelike action. Takes various fish all hours of the day. To be fished in lilly pads and other water vegetation. Must be retrieved with short quick jerks.

Shurebite MFG. Co. LTD Bronson, Michigan

Patetnt No. 2298811

Shurebite Type II Frog Antique Lure Shurebite Type II Frog Antique Lure

Shurebite Frog Antique Lure Patent Shurebite Frog Antique Lure Patent

Shurebite Frog Lyre Photo Gallery

2017-04-12T07:59:20+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shurebite 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 Scott go on to state the lure may have been made H&I but painted by Paw Paw. Those 2 co-authored a great book and you should buy it should you get your hands on one.

Paw Paw Hipp Lure Gallery

2017-03-30T08:51:10+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Hipp 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 in at around 2 3/4″. This version would would last until 1957 when it would be usurped by its plastic version brethren.

Looking like a giant bee with wings, the Crazy Crawler is a Bass catching machine. With its stamped aluminum wings fluttering as fast as one can reel it in, this top water lure makes a heck of a noise that is sure to incite any Bass near by. If you never have fished one, buy yourself a cheaper one and take to you local pond to see what I mean. Thankfully the lure has two hooks because when the bass knocks this thing for a loop you’ll need them to secure your catch. This is one of my favorite antique lures to fish and throw on late spring early summer. The anticipation and splashing of a top water strike of a Bass coming out of the water hitting this antique fishing lure is quite a rush.

This Heddon favorite was originally produced with two piece flap rig hardware, and later would make the transition to surface. The lure would be housed in the era specific H.R. Brush Box then on to the Banner. This antique lure was produced in roughly 11 standard colors. The Crazy Crawler lures were available with many variations,  making it a great lure to collect. This specific one shown is a rare version called the Ghost. I try not to throw the word rare around too much, as it seems to have lost its meaning with people trying to lead you down the wrong path. But I can tell you Ive handle tens of thousands of Heddon lures in the past few decades and this one doesn’t come around too often. The Ghost is essentially a Black Shore Crazy Crawler, which is hard to find on it’s own, however you notice its eerie painted eyes give the lure its namesake. Most all crawlers will have a black and gold or red and black or variations of the pupil, however this one has a shaded white painted eye that was only produced for 2 years around 1941-1943.

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

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure Photo Gallery

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 a single forward line tie and diving lip which is inset back into the lure.

The bottom thinner section of the antique lure has a metal strip on the sides adding flash appeal in the water. The brown withe red lettering box states it’s “The Plug with the flash of a spoon”. The top section is a traditional painted eye lure which was available in different colors. The lure has two treble hooks to secure its catch, the middle it attached via a washer screw eye. The first example in the gallery below is housed in a wonderful condition lure box, the second showing a variation in color.

Roller Flasher Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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 to be a cool lure, how could it not. This wooden lure given the Model Number “SD” was only was made for a short time in the lure line up, but had a good representation while it lasted.

The fishing lure only ever had painted eyes unlike like many other of the Shur Shrike Companies lures. This was due in part to its later arrival when most companies were making the transition as to painted tack or painted eyes. The Small Dude is similar to the Paw Paw Punkinseed or the Shur Strike Petite Spinner in shape, a short rounded lure with two smaller trebles connected via an eye screw and a single centered belly weight. The lure had a standard rounded diving lip mounted just under the mid line of the face of the bait, to which atop rests the antique lure’s single line tie.

Noteworthy, while the Small Dude antique fishing lure while shorter lived, it was however available in a litany of color finishes. These colors ranging from the standard Yellow Perch and Red & White’s to some super colors like Goldfish and Strawberry Spotted and White Scale. This in my opinion makes the Shur Strike Small Dude Fishing lure a super lure to collect and display. In conclusion the standard colors of this classic antique lure are wallet friendly while you search out those tougher colors of the Shur Strike Small Dude. The Yellow Perch lure shown in the gallery below is housed in its correct early 1940’s Blue and Orange Style box, Labeled on the end SD-1YP.

Some of the Colors of the Small Dude you can expect to find are;
0 – Pike Scale
1YP – Yellow Perch (Shown Below)
2 – Red & White (Shown Below)
5 – New Red Side
6 – Shiner Scale
8 – Rainbow
14 – Bar Chain or Chain Perch
18 – Silver FLash
19 – Frog
20 – White Scale (Shown Below)
41 – Blue Back
42 – Goldfish
43 – Spotted

Shur Strike Small Dude Lure Photo Gallery

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

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 7700 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana.

Although it was only made a few years it underwent some body size and hardware changes. The lure was made to continue Creek Chubs Surf Casting line up. One of the lures shown in the gallery is 5 1/2″ inches in length and has a brass over sized line tie in the top of the head in addition to the one inside the mouth. The other two examples shown below are absent of the reinforced brass line tie at the top of the head. Two of these great Creek Chub Surf Casting antique fishing baits are shown in their corresponding extra long end stamped lure boxes.

Besides the lure shown below in the Gallery the Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter was available on the following colors.

02 Red and White
18 Silver Flash
34 Blue Flash (Shown Below)
35 Purple Eel (Shown Below)
37 Yellow Flash (Shown Below)

Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter Lure Gallery

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

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

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

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

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

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure Photo Gallery

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 2 natural hair mice produced. The antique fishing lure used real dear hair, that is banded at the head and again 75 percent of the way down the body. The lure can be seen below having a front prop on some and not on others.  Regardless of the front hardware, all have a single trailing treble hook in the rear of the lure.

Along with the body variations and prop vs non-prop the Paw Paw Mouse Lure can be found painted in a coouple  different colors, red or gray etc.

Paw Paw Natural Hair Mouse Lure Gallery

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

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 smallest bass sized version. The Mouse was made from the traditional molded rubber composition that most all its other life like type series of lures were made.

This smallish antique lure has its line tie at the nose, letting it swim or give a life like action in the water. The fishing lure came in detail, with whiskers and a tail. This lure is in super condition compared to most you will find, as rubber, use and age dont mix well.

Wright McGill Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

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 with L rig hooks hardware making it one of the earliest versions, while the Silver Scale example is using the two piece flap rig hardware. The Zara is most commonly found in 2 piece flap rig hardware or toilet seat hook hardware.

The lure shown in the gallery below is in a collector favorite frog spot color scheme.

The two cataloged colors seen most are:

00 – Green Crackle Back
BF – Bull Frog (Shown Below)
D – Green Scale
SS – Silver Scale (Shown Below)

A Heddon Antique Fishing Lure Lure catalog shows and states:

“Zara, one of the most popular Heddon minnows in Florida where it was first introduced a number of years ago, and has now gained popularity in all of the South Atlantic States both for fresh and salt water fishing. Excellent results in northern waters have been reported, especially for bass.

heddonlurecatalog193414

 

Heddon Darting Zara Lure Photo Gallery

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 3 1/4″ in length and weighing 1/2oz. The Baby Pikie antique fishing lure would retain its wooden composition until 1963, there in it would be composed of plastic. The lure was primarily made with glass eyes but can be found in a no eyed version as well. The lure can be found with the Double Line Tie (Shown on the Rainbow Below) prior to the 1936 switch to the single line tie variation. The antique lure came standard with two treble hooks to secure the catch, the rear attached via screw eye and the center using a cup rig.

The Baby Pikie came standard in roughly 7 colors but can be found in dozens of special order or short run finishes.

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale
02 – Red & White
03 – Silver Shiner
04 – Golden Shiner
08 – Rainbow (Silver Back Variation Shown Below)
18 – Silver Flash

The Baby Pikie is made exactly like the famous Pikie Minnow, except it is smaller in size, and is in answer to the demand for a smaller bait of this popular type lure, which has been making the record catches of gmae fish in every part of the country. It has a wicked wiggle and all the good qualities of the larger lure. A light, strong killer. Lenght of body 3 1/4inches. Weight 1/2 oz. Illustration is No. 904

Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure Catalog Cut Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure Catalog Cut

Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure Photo Gallery

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 smaller version of the Wiggle Fish series of lures didn’t make it as long as its older full size 2400 series brother. The lure was gone in roughly eight years by 1933.

The lure only ever had glass eyes, and enjoyed the double line tie placed on the top of the forehead of the lure and the diving lip. The antique lure had the typical improved lip of which I’ve found upside down on a few occasions, I’m not sure if that was done to order or just a fisherman’s fancy. The Baby Wiggle Fish used a single treble hook that is attached to the forward segment of the antique lure, to secure its catch. The lure is found with and without a fluted metal tail and traditional cup rigging.

The lure was available in 6 different color patterns:

01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
03 Silver Shiner
04 Golden Shiner
05 Red Side
18 Silver Flash

Below was taken from a 1931 Creek Chub Catalog, stating:

“With the Same flashy movement as its larger namesake, the Baby Wiggle Fish has but one treble hook-all that is necessary because of the size of the lure and the placing of the hook. And like its big brother, its a wiggling wicked killer of all kinds of game fish.” 

 

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure 1931 Catalog Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure Photo Gallery Red Side

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Photo Gallery Golden Shiner

Red & White Baby Wiggle Fish Gallery

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

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 Gar Minnow Lure can be found with tack or glass eyes. The examples below are shown with the tack eyes.

The first lure is painted in a Florida pattern which they called, Ghost. The lure featured unmarked front and rear props with a single forward line tie in front. The lure features three treble hooks secured by the typical cups to secure its prey. The lure and had a single belly weight to counteract the natural wood bouncy.

Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

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 measured 1 3/4″ in length. The PS was available in a few different configurations, the one shown below has a forward line tie two unmarked propellers. The PS lure had two treble hooks to secure its catch the center one held on with cup rig.

We have a Nice New Red Side in on Consignment this Week.

Petite Spinner in New Red Side

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

The lure was available in a host of different colors.
0 Pike Scale
01 Yellow Perch Scale (Shown in the Gallery Below)
02 White & Red
05 Red Side Scale (Shown Below)
06 Shiner Scale
08 Rainbow
14 Chain Perch Scale
18 Silver Flitter
19 Frog
41 Blue Back
42 Goldfish
43 Strawberry

Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure Photo Gallery

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″ section of cork riding on a metal plate that has the name stamped into the side, that circled upon retrieval. It was faceted on a spinner frame and a single small trailing treble hook. 

As shown in the photo the lure comes with the correct box marked Number 881 red and white and antique lure paperwork. The box notes it will fool even the college bred fish on the front and on one off the end flaps states “Try our Whoopee Biff Plug”. The antique lure was made by the Biff Bait company out of Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Biff Go-Devil Lure Gallery

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 of Luck. While one might think that they would be in number greater than the 1st quality line up, the opposite is true of the Best of Luck. The lures were only made for 5 years, beginning as mention in 1935 and ending in 1940. They would borrow inspiration from their other lures to make unique lures that do bear in some resemblance their cousins.

The Jointed Pikie, model 931 is a wooden, jointed lure that measures 4 1/2″ in length, and tops the scale at 5/8 oz. Best of Luck lures were only offered in Painted Eye and Painted Tack Eye. The example in the gallery below has the tapered and shaped long bill and under it a diving lip to bring the lure down to its prey. The lure has only two trebles one on each segment. The Jointed Pikie below is in a SF color finish, or green scale. There were eight color finishes for the fisherman to pick from.

Best Of Luck Jointed Pikie Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

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

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

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure Photo Gallery

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

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 model series 1400. There were different sizes available as well as colors and flocked and non flocked finishes throughout its production cycle. The lure having plastic molded eyes, and a dorsal type ridge running fore and aft on the antique lure. As an added bit of realism some models had a trailing cord tail. This “Musky” 4″ inch version shown below, is made in a straight plastic/tenite construction, with a single trailing treble hook to secure its prey when caught. The lure is in a black scale type color pattern.

We have a Great Tenite Version available in this weeks Consignments.

Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure

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

Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure Catalog Cut:

No 1400 Mouse

Here’s a unique surface lure made of tenite and finished with “fuzzy flock” to give it the exact appearance of a swimming mouse. A perfect lure for surface fishing. Recommended for Bass, Pike, Pickerel and other fresh water species.

Paul Bunyan Mouse Catalog Cut Paul Bunyan Mouse Catalog Cut

Paul Bunyan Mouse Catalog Cut Paul Bunyan Mouse Catalog Cut

 

Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

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 it all the way to 1978, despite having a minor hiatus between 1955-69. The lure came with the normal patented diving lip, but for a small period when the deep diving lip was made available on the Tiny Tim. There are a few rare examples as shown in the gallery below that have no lip, or eyes. The antique lure had a single forward line tie, and a single belly weight to help it dive deep. Installed on this smallish lure were two treble hooks one forward of the belly weight attached via the typical Creek Chub Cup Hardware, the other secured by the rear inset cup hardware.

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

Creek Chub Tiny Tim No Lip or Eye

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

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

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

Creek Chub Tiny Tim Photo Gallery

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 other variations to come from. Thus is true for the Chugger as there would be no less than three variations, a larger and two smaller series born from its success. This antique fishing lure was a top water popping lure, The lure at its largest point, its open concave mouth would then taper down in size over the 3 inch body to the tail. As the Chugger spanned the decades certain small changes would be done as with with the other Heddon Lures, a small change in hardware hanger type from flap rig in the 30’s to surface rig where it would spend most of the rest of its production cycle. The lure in this form would always have two trebles to secure its catch.

We have this very tough colored Chugger in on Consignment this week.
Heddon Chugger Spook Lure
If you have lures you would like to consign please contact me.

The Chugger spook lure is a great lure to collect as it spanned the decades the myriad colors that the lure was offered in can make for a lifetime collection. Being able to not only keep you looking, but allow you to pick up colors and variations that wont break the bank. As time goes forward I’ll continue to add to the Photo Gallery below, as I have dozens of colors in my Lure Photo Library to share.

The 1941 Heddon Lure Catalog Cut below states:

More Heddon Spook or Fish Flesh Baits

No. 9540 Series “Chugger Spook” A top water tantalizer.

A special Bait for Popping Chugging or Plunking. Has No Action on retrieve except when jerked. 

Fresh Water and Salt Water can be teased to strike by clever manipulation of a bait on the Surface.

This new model is made solely for this use. It is very buoyant and sits in the water at a slant with cupped mouth and head sticking up. 

When line is jerked lightly, the Chugger dives under, catching a big bubble and bobbing quickly to the surface. Particularly effective in quiet waters and in pockets among the pads.

Chugger Spook Lure Catalog Cut Chugger Spook Lure Catalog Cut

Heddon Chugger Spook Lure Photo Gallery

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 a antique collector even prior to being hooked by the antique lure hobby.

I was drug around from barn to attic, to antique show to county fairs in central NY and New England as a child. My mother, a self taught, semi-profesional Mission Arts and Crafts and Pottery “picker” whos keen eye in the mid to late 80s put many miles on the family suburban. Her perserveance and keen eye not only supplied a stickly store front on Pennsylvania Ave in Washington DC, it supplied many advanced collectors key early pottery pieces from makers such as Newcomb, Rookwood, Weller, Fulper and many more. I said all that to say Ive come to love many things, even as a child using my cigar box moneies at garage sales for baseball cards to little big books to Currier and Ives prints. I can only imagine what I would have dug up had I been a lure collector during my life in upstate NY in the 70s and 80s.

Through out my lure collecting history Ive had many pieces come and go through my hands, if but just for a moment to enjoy. The pieces that have meant the most have come with a story, sometimes the story was told, and other times it has been my job to find it, write it and tell the story about it. This 9 Jewel pocket watch is one of those items. It came with a story, or at least a partial one told and written, and it would be the article below I found over a decade ago that would tell its story. The article would expound upon and make sense to the mystery of who Joseph Meatyard was, and what was his relation to antique lure maker John H Mann of Syracuse NY.

The inscription reads “Presented to Joseph Meatyard, for faithful services rendered. John H Mann”

Onondaga’s Centennial: Gleanings of a Century, Volume 2 1896

John H Mann & Co Syracuse. John H Mann the founder of this well known house was born in Peterboro England in 1825 and came to America in 1849 settling in Syracuse where he remained until his death which occurred on Aug 3 1892. On the site which is now occupied by the Onondaga County Savings Bank, Mr Mann started in the grocery business in the year 1852 and successfully laid the foundation for one of the best retail establishments in Central New York. Mr. Mann was an enthusiastic huntsman and fisherman and attained an almost national reputation in fly casting. He owned the first breech loading gun in Syracuse […]

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″ in length. and tips the scales at 5/8oz. The lure has only a single treble and uses cup rig hardware to secure it. The lure has been known to have a few different bead eye colors and there is a variation in the grey coloring to hunt for as well. The lure comes with a leather tail detail for even more realism. The antique lure has a diving lip and a pre attached leader for ease of set up. Shown below in the photo gallery it’s house in its correct marked box, 949GM and has its pocket lure catalog making it a complete package.

We have a nice Mouse, Box and Paperwork Combo in on Consignment.
South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure
If you have lures you would like to consign, please contact me.

The South Bend Mouse antique lure came only in three different colors: There was for 1 year in 1932-33 a Grey Mouse that has a White Belly but its extremely hard to come by.
B – All Black
GM – Grey Mouse
W – White Body with Red Blend Around Eyes, Grey Stripe Down Back.

The 1931 South Bend Catalog States: “Watch a Mouse swim through the water and then seethe action of the new Mouse Oreno in the bait casting size. You’ll hardly be able to tell any difference between the two. That’s how closely the action of a swimming mouse, a delicacy for bass and other game fish at certain season, has been imitated.”

South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure Photo Gallery

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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 thought. I sometimes equate the as the Dillinger is to Eger, the Pikie is to the Creek Chub Bait Company. The Junior is a painted eye, wooden model that measure 3 3/8″ in length and has the shape of a tapering body shape. The lure like its older brothers has both a front and rear prop, utilizes screw eye rig to secure its belly hook and rear trailing treble. The antique fishing lure contains a single belly weight just forward of the belly hook to help it reach the depths of its prey.

The Dillinger is a fun lure to collect as there are many different sizes, colors and hardware variations to hunt down along the way. One of the toughest you will find for the standard colors is the Christmas Tree (Code 13) pattern shown below in the gallery. Not only is it in my opinion one of the toughest to find its also the best looking color. You can take a run through current and past auctions and you wont find this color on any Eger lure, let alone one in its correct box.

We have a Great Christmas Tree version as shown in on consignment.
Eger Junior Dillinger Lure
If you have lures you would like to consign, please contact me.

The 1951 catalog cut below states:

A slightly smaller version of the Master Dillinger. Runs Deep or medium depending on the retrieve. Like it’s big brother, it’s a deadly killer. A line of casting bait that really takes bass and other fresh water game fish.

 

Eger Junior Dillinger Lure Eger Junior Dillinger Lure

Eger Dillinger Lure Color Chart from 1951

Eger Dillinger Lure Color Chart Eger Dillinger Lure Color Chart

Eger Dillinger Junior Dillinger Photo Gallery

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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 the larger game fish. Of note, the face or mouth of the lure is a stair stepped patterning angling in as it comes down, unlike most of the top water popping lures of it’s era. This makes the lure appear to be wounded as its being retrieved. Mimicking that of a wounded or distressed sparrow and or duckling and appealing to the hungry Large Mouth Bass, Pike or Musky game fish.

This antique lure has a single forward facing line tie, and was void of any eyes. The lure has two treble hooks to secure its catch. The combo is made complete by being housed in its correctly marked box and corresponding paperwork. The box has a small graphic of a large mouth Bass eyeing its prey from below. The paperwork is quite detailed in its features functions and benefits of the Sparrow and the Reverse discusses the Blooper Lure. While the lure never made out to be much more than a novelty and wasn’t around as long as its Jig Head brethren the company also focused on.

Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure

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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 double hooks until around 1959 they changed to the T916 which then came standard with two treble hooks. The lure is a smaller on in comparison to the others in the “Diddee” antique lure line up. This wooden fishing lure measures at inception 2 1/4 – later measuring 2 3/8. The lure like the other South Bend lures of this era came with pressed eyes and was the final stage before most manufactures switch completely to painted eye type lures.

While they may not command the monetary resources or the respect of many of it’s wooden brothers and sisters see, they make a great sub collection. A first start collection for youth members and even secondary and tertiary collections, because we know we all need something to fill the void that wont break the bank.

The 1962 catalog states ” A miniature replica of the Nip-I-Didde specifically designed for spinning and light bait casting. Ideal for use along the shoreline, in weed pocket and among lily pads, and when fished slowly is highly productive as a high riding, weedless surface lure. Propellers create tantalizing disturbance when retrieved.”

The South Bend Spin I Diddee Lure was available in a dozen standard color finishes.
A – Aluminum
B – Blue Scale Finish with Lightning Bolt
BRG – Black with Red Gills
FF – Frog, Dark Green, Yellow Belly
RW – Red Arrowhead, White Body
S – Silver Speckled, White Body, Green Stripe Don Back
SH – Aluminum Body, Red, Green & Black Markings / Spotted Ape (Shown in Gallery Below)
Shad – Scale Finish, Shad Green Blue
SP – Spotted Pup, White, Black Spots
YP – Yellow Perch Scale Finish
YRG – Yellow with Red Gills
YSP – Spotted Pup Yellow Black Spots

South Bend Spin I Diddee Lure Photo Gallery

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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 on a weedless leader device and a a protected fixed double hook below to make this antique lure weedless. The lure shown is actually the body of a River Runt Spook Sinker and labeled as such on the belly the only difference being the hardware. The lure shown is a gold eye version, and comes housed in the correct end stamped H.R Brush Box and paper.

The lure shown in the gallery below is in a desirable XRG or Green Fish Shore color pattern.

Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure Photo Gallery

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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 curved diving lip and hardware said Paw Paw, however its size said Dreadnought. Moving from book to book I couldn’t officially quite put my finger on it. I shouldn’t feel bad because even Paw Paw themselves had quite an identity crisis with the Pike line up. As a noted jobber for many many other companies, Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan would produced the Pike antique lure line up, albeit sometimes nothing like its original form. The lure would range from no eyes, to tack eyes, even in rare instances glass eyes. The Pike can be found with different features such as groove heads to plain or flat heads. Changing model numbers, shapes, and forms Paw Paw even drew the ire of the Creek Chub bait company for patent infringement on its widely successful Pikie Minnow. You can read more about the Paw Paw Pike in Reed and Scotts book on page 134-137.

I finally stumbled across this lure in a book and it put my mind to ease that I was the only one it confused. The lure is shown on page 193 of Scott and Reeds Paw Paw book, and listed as a Musky Pike on the Unknown lure page. This antique fishing lure measures 6″ in length, and has the cut away facial features. The lure uses heavy duty construction in its make up and is used to catch large game fish such as Musky and the Great Northern Pike. The Musky Pike has the typical large cup but yet has features not seen in most Paw Paw lures to make sure it keeps its catch. The lure is painted in a Silver Shad, or Silver Shiner type color.

Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure Photo Gallery

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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 and salt water game fish. The model 5100 would fit that bill, and offer fishermen a myriad of options and colors. These lures were the largest lures that Paw Paw would make in its half a century history. As Heddon had its larger series Musky and Giant Vamp series Paw Paw had the Dreadnought.

This large wooden lure would measure in at around 6 1/4″ in length and tip the scales at a whooping 2 3/8 oz. The lure as true to its maker would only be offered in a painted tack eye model. The lure could be purchased in a straight series or jointed as shown in the gallery below. This jointed antique fishing lure is one of the early model as shown with the “Piano” hinge style of connecting the two halves. The lure has three over size hooks to guarantee its hold on it’s catch once the strike has been made.

The Jointed Dreadnought was offered in roughly 9 standard finishes.

5100 – Shiner
5100T – Trout
5100C – Chub
5101 – Yellow Perch
5104 – Red Head White Body (Shown in the Gallery Below)
5107 – Gold Scale / Natural Pike Finish
5112 – Silver Flitter
5118 – Iredescent Silver Scale, Grey Back
5121 – SIlver Scale, Red Head and Stripes

Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

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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 from years of experience, and produced from the finest materials available. With a choice of nine series to choose from, there is certainly a lure for every type fishing under any condition. Clark’s lures are definitely not just another gadget, as each series has been thoroughly tried tested and proven before being offered to you, the fisherman. For these and many other time tested reasons we maintain, we offer you “A Better Bait For Better Fishing.”

Clark Popper Scout Lure Chart Clark Popper Scout Lure Chart

Clark’s Popper Scout Lure

Developed for those times when the big ones are striking on the surface. Clark’s Popper Scout is excelled by any top water lure for day or night fishing. It is balanced perfectly, resting in the water in an upright position, the deep cupped head responds to the slightest twitch of the rod tip.

Clark Darter Scout Lure

Clark Darter Scout Lure

Clark Darter Scout Lure

An Excellent lure for surface or underwater fishing as it floats when at rest yet has a fine swimming motion when retrieved. Use it as a popper, then take advantage of its action under water when you reel in.

Comes in the Following Colors

01 – Pearl
08 – Rich Green Scale Etched with Black
14 – Perch Scale
16 – Solid Black
21 – Solid Yellow
24 – Green Frog Spot

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 had been in production for 14 years. This antique wooden fishing lure measure 3 3/4″ in length, and was only ever made with painted eyes. The lure was a top water success and would last over 40 years in the production line up. The lure had three treble hooks one on the front sections and two on the aft. Both hooks that were on the underside of the lure being held by the traditional cup rig, and the rear the traditional screw eye.

If you’ve ever wanted to fish an antique lure, the Darter and the Jointed Darter should be in your top 5. These two top water twitching baits are bass slayers. I wouldn’t fish any uncatalogued colors or excellent quality ones, but finding these two lures with some honest wear should be no problem and well worth your efforts.

The Jointed Darter was at first only made in 5 standard colors, later to be expanded to 10 standard color selections.

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch
02 Red and White
14 Yellow Spotted
18 Silver Flash
19 Frog Spot
31 Rainbow Fire
32 Fire Plug
33 Black Scale
38 Pearl

As well as some great uncatalogued colors like
05 Dace/Red Side (Shown Below in the Gallery)

Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure

Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure

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

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

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

Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure Photo Gallery

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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 be late 1940’s early 1950’s as that is the date ranges we see some of the lure such as the Stud Duck and My Pet appear.

Also included is a copy of the original Box and paperwork for the Top and Bottom.

Smithwick Top n Bottom Box Cover and Paperwork

Top N Bottom

The All season Lure

For Bass, Muskie, and Pike

This is an unreal lure for surface, popping and below surface fishing. The design of this lure is such that it can be handled just as effective by the novice as it can by the Expert. There is no certain speed required to give the lure action.

For Surface

Such as over mossed, edge of lily pads, and in water below one foot depth. Retrieve the lure very slowly. The proper speed is just enough that you can see the water ripple on the surface caused by the tail action of the lure.

For Popping

A quick backward movement of the rod will cause the lure to run deep on approximately 45 degree angle. Return the rod forward allowing the line to have slack, this will let the lure return to the surface at approximately the same angle as it went down, count to three (allowing approximatley 3 seconds) before moving the lure, than take from 2 to 5 quick turns on the reel.

For Depth

Retrieve the lure very fast. The Faster it is retrieved the deeper it will run.

Available in three sizes with 23 color pattern.

Jack K Smithwick & Son, Mfgr.

Smithwick Lure Early Sales Sheet

Series 100:
Devils Horse, Slow Sinker
Series 200
Devil Horse, Top Water
Series 300
Jack Sprat, Slow Sinker
Series 400
King Snipe, Top Water
Series 500
My Pet, Top Water
Series 600
Tootsie Bug, Sinker
Series 700
Tootsie Bug, Sinker
Series 800
Walking Scorpion, Bucktail
Series 900
Walking Scorpion, Rubber Tail
Series 1000
Smithwick Special
Series 1100
Gandy Dancer, Top Water
Series 1200
Stud Duck, Top Water

Color Series
1 Pearl
2 White
3 Red Head
4 Green Minnow
5 Frog
6 Silver Flash
7 Yellow, White Rib
8 Shad
9 Yellow Green Back
10 Black, White Rib
12 Silver Shiner

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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 tracking when the company was where at what time frame.

Pico Presents 6 Proven Lures
in
8 Color Combinations

Color Chart

1. Red Head, White Body
2. Golden Shiner
3. Blue Eyed Pearl
4. Perch Scale
5. Mullet Scale
6. Rainbow
7. Silver Flash Shad
8. Frog Finish

Padre Island Co.
Box 5366
Corpus Christi, Texas

Proven Lures                                                                            Nationally Desired

Pico Perch Lure Sheet Pico Perch Lure Sheet

Pico Perch Lure

Here is the surface swimmer with the willing wiggle. Made in everlasting plastic and built for a straight retrieve, the Perch is a proven killer for Bass, Northern Steel-heads, Walleyes, Crappie, Pike, Flounder, Trout, Reds and is exceptional for trolling.
After making cast, let the Perch settle momentarily before starting a straight retrieve. At intervals of every third turn of the reel, lift rod with a slight jerking motion. Action of a wounded Piggy Perch is simulated, really attracting the big ones. The shape and straight retrieve of the perch give it the shimmy and wiggle of a small fish, making it ideal for fresh and salt water fishing.

Weight 3/8 oz. – Length 2 1/4″
Hooks: 2 #4 Treble
Price $1.10

Pico Pet Lure Pico Pet Lure

Pico Pet Lure

A tempting target for both surface loungers and basement beauties. Made in two models, floater and sinker, (each with Spinner optional), the Pet is unsurpassed in appearance and action. In salt water it tskes trout Red Fish, Pike, and is great in fresh water for Bass, Trout, Crappie, Walleyes, and Northern Pike.

After cast, start a slow retrieve, lifting the tip of the rod slightly with every third turn of the reel. The action of a wonderful minnow is simulated. Use the sinker to get the winter bottom-dwellers, and the floater to get the summer surface swimmers.

Weight 3/4 oz. – Length 2 1/2″
Hooks 2 #2 Treble Price $1.10

Pico Plunger Lure Pico Plunger Lure

Pico Plunger Lure

A real bully that’s mighty rough on the shallow fellows. Very buoyant, […]

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 unfortunately don’t have the entire catalog showing the color palate.

King Cuda Lure King Cuda Lure

King Cuda

A large husky built lure that catches and holds Tarpon, kingfish, musky and other large fish. Has rod running thru center to secure hooks. Retrieves under the surface. Can be furnished in colors shown on chart, Individually Boxed.

Length 6″ Weight 1 1/2oz. Price Per Dozen $21.00

Florida Shiner Lure Florida Shiner Lure

Florida Shiner

A New Bass lure with a real fish appeal. Has design and color to resemble a shiner minnow. Finished with a beautiful gold scale or silver scale finish. Put up 12 on a colorful display card, or in attractive individual plastic boxes.

Large Size 3 3/4 Long 3 Sets of Treble Hooks; Price Per Dozen $15.00

Baby Size 2 3/4″ long, 2 Sets of Treble Hooks: Price Per Dozen $15.00

Florida Shad Lure Florida Shad Lure

Florida Shad

A Slim flat sided lure with spinners on both ends. Finished in Silver Scale or Silver Flash Color simulating the Shad Minnow.

Length 4 1/2″. Packed in individual Plastic Box.

Florida Floating Shad. Price Per Dozen $12.00

Florida Sinking Shad. Price Per Dozen $12.00

Super Midget Lure Super Midget Lure

Super Midget

This little plastic marvel has proved such a sensation, wherever used, that we are featuring it on the back cover of the catalog. Complete specifications given there.

Packed in individual plastic box. Price Per Dozen $12.00

Florida Pee Wee Lure Florida Pee Wee Lure

Florida Pee Wee

A Small bait with spinner on both ends. Retrieves under water. Finished in colors on chart.

Packed in individual Boxes. Price Per Dozen $12.00

Twitchin Cuda Lure Twitchin Cuda Lure

Twitchin Cuda (No. 40)

A very popular surface lure with a darting action. For best results let the lure rest for about 10 to 15 seconds before moving after your cast. Finished in any color shown on the color chart.

 Length 3 3/4″. Packed in individual boxes 1 doz in Display carton. Price Per Dozen $12.00

Bulge Eye Frog Lure Bulge Eye Frog Lure

Bulge Eye Frog

One of our most popular lures. Flaots on surface and simulates a […]

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

Buckeye Bait Mad Minno Lure Color Guide

Buckeye Bait Mad Minno Lure Color Guide

This Buckeye Bait Mad Minno Lure Color Guide give us a an example by color Salesman or Dealer Sheet. Fining out what colors certain lures come in not only help us collectors by giving us a color guide to go by, but can help when trying to find or match the correct antique lure box. The Buckeye Bait Company was originally located in Ohio thus its namesake, (Buckeye) however later on was bought out and moved to Council Grove, Kansas.

The Mad Minno lure was very similar to the Aqua Sonic Swimming Minnow and of Course the Fisherman and collector favorite Pico Perch. Using the small Chevron or V located on the bottom chin of the lure on both the left and right side we can quickly identify an often misidentified lure. And I must admit, I’m guilty of this mis-identification of this vibrating antique fishing lure myself.

The Mad Minnow the Buckeye Bait Corp touts it’s 1/3 oz. Lure for Spinning , Casting and Trolling: “Knocks out all types of Bass, Pike, Pickerel, Perch, Crappie, Musky, Channel Cat, Walleye Trout and Saltwater fish. The lure came in 12 standard colors and 12 colors in what it deems the “Flash Patterns”.

Buckeye Lures are scientifically designed and constructed by true fishermen – they will produce many fine catches for you! And, they will run as shallow or as deep as you require depending on the speed of your retrieve.

Buckeye Bait Mad Minno Lure Color Guide

2016-12-31T10:05:44+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Buckeye Bait Mad Minno Lure Color Guide

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