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Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure

The Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure is a model series 3400. The Creek Chub Bait Company, of Garrett Indiana introduced this lure in 1929 and produced it for almost half a century until 1978. This wooden, glass eyed Pikie minnow is just a little larger than the famous 700 series, measuring in at 4 7/8″ in length.

We have a Rainbow Fire Snook Pikie in Correct Box in on Consignment this week, click below to view.

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Rainbow Fire in Box 

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The Snook Pikie although introduced in 1929 only had a verbal description, and no photo along with it for many years in the 1930’s. The lure was available in well over a dozen standard finishes making it a fun lure to collect. The lure is shown in its correct end stamped box, and is in Blue Flash, Color Code 34.

The 1941 Catalog States: Shaped exactly like the regular Pikie No. 700 except much stronger and a little larger. All hooks are anchored entirely through the body. Made especially for heavy fishing and a favorite for “Snook” in Florida. This size and construction also made a wonderful lure for Muskellunge and Great Northern Pike. It also suited to the lighter salt water fish and is a good lure for general all around use on heavy fish. 

 

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Catalog Cut 1941 Creek Chub Snook Pikie Catalog Cut 1941

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2018-01-18T21:34:57+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|0 Comments

Charles Murat Mureel Lure

Charles Murat Mureel Lure

The Charles Murat Mureel lure is more than a lure, but a transcendence and a story of a man affixed and entrenched into the Surf Striper Industry. The lure was created by Charles Murat or as his friends called him, Charlie. Charlie was the owner and lifeblood of Murat’s Tackle Shop, which started around 1946. Murat’s not only sold the Mureel Lure, a self-confessed copy of a Creek Chub Giant Pikie Minnow Lure. At Murat’s, they sold boats, accessories, and probably more than anything Surf Casting and Striper Rods. By anyone’s right, Charlie Murat was a famous rod maker, and wrapper. At his shop in North Smithfield, Woodstock, Rhode Island, it was a hub of not only those looking to acquire bait and tackle, but those looking to learn and fit in with the North Shore Striper class.

In doing my research on the Mureel lure, I learned a great deal about Charlie, not just the specifics, but in listening to other people describe the man, and his life and those that rose up around him. I had written some of this article a while back if you use dog years for the time stamp, but a blink of an eye for how you view life when we self-reflect. I wrote part of this article two years ago, before my own body reviled its own dirty little secret. While now at the age of 45 the secret exposed, I have been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer which inflicts less than 2500 people a year. I like to think that I draw certain parallels with Charlie, as with my own approach to life as I move forward, determined to distance myself from the 50% mortality statistic by which Ive now been branded. How yet again in a strange way, my use of this hobby and its history, and my passion for people, lures, rods & reels have given me continued clarity and renewed focal point on what we deem important, and how we spend our time doing it.

Charlie, seemingly and unknowingly had harnessed his love of his own hobby and it’s trade and made history revolve around him, in a humble sort way. Being involved at the base of the surf casting movement he, Charlie, found himself being not only as salesman for his sundries, but as a mentor, business partner and mostly friend to many. His construction or the Mur Eel lures changing and evolving over time like most lure makers, as adjustment in diving lips and use of materials would change as fast as the surf casting community into which Charlie himself was grounded. How sometimes others in that tight nit, sometimes considered impenetrable tight-lipped community (Sounds Eerily Familiar) would not offer support to a newbie, of which he, Charlie, would freely share his knowledge. Whether he was guiding them as to where to fish or what to use, one thing is for certain, there […]

2017-12-18T20:35:57+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Charles Murat Mureel Lure

Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure

Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure

The Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure was first introduced into Heddon’s Line up in 1960. This plastic spook lure is 2″ in length and tops the charts at 1/3 oz. The antique lure a model series #305 can be found in both white painted eyes, or with gold. The lure is a novelty type looking like a small guppy or “Whale” and has always been a big hit with kid collectors. The lure was not ever considered a great fisher and would soon be gone from the Heddon (Daisy) lure line up. The lure has a forward line tie, a diving lip and uses the Bell Hardware to connect it’s one treble hook.

The lure was available in a handful of standard colors and can also be found in a few coveted un-cataloged colors, such as the BWC or Winner, Indy Checkered Flag as shown in the gallery below. Any un-cataloged colors should be considered rare as they dont turn up that often.

Frog – F
Black – B
Silver Scale – SS
Perch – L
Yellow – Y
Red & White – 02

Un-cataloged
Shad – SD
Yellow Shore – XRY
Silver Shore – XRS

Black & White Checkered, Indy, Winner – BWC

In 1960 Heddon released the Hi Tail as part of it’s Big “Three”

Tantalizingly terrific! This new type of surface lure will make you the best top-water fisherman you’ve ever been. Neither you nor the bass will be able to let it rest when you see it’s tail-flicking, gurgling, roll kicking surface antics. A double barreled killer of big fish, can be worked in an amazing number of ways in one spot, or just retrieved steadily. Either way will load your stringer! We dare you to try this lure and not agree it;s the greatest “new surface action” to appear in years.

Heddon Hi Tail 1960 Lure Catalog Heddon Hi Tail 1960 Lure Catalog

Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:25:02+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure

Paw Paw Croaker Lure

Paw Paw Croaker Lure

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

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

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

Paw Paw Croaker Lure Photo Gallery

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

Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow lure

Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow

The Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow lure was first introduced in 1941. The antique lure is shown housed in a I Go For Lucky Lures Red box. This antique lure made in Paw Paw, Michigan, would go through a series of body and weight changes over its lifespan. Ranging in size from 2 1/”- 3 1/2″ in length this painted eye antique wooden lure was a Paw Paw Lure series model number 1500. The lure also has a bigger brother, a series 2500 Old Wounded Minnow, and the two can be differentiated by the number of hooks. The Young Wounded minnow having 2 trebles to secure its catch once caught, as well as a forward and aft revolving unmarked propellers. The antique lure was made to swim on its side and was Paw Paw’s version of the very popular lures, the Injured Minnow and SOS made by Creek Chub and Heddon respectively.

The Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow Lure came in a variety of colors:

1501 Yellow Perch
1503 Green, Gold Dots, or Green Gold Scale (Shown Below)
1504 White Red Head (Shown Below)
1505 Rainbow
1506 Pike Scale
1507 Gold Scale
1508 Frog
1512 Silver Flitter
1523 Dace
1529 Black Flitter
1539 Gold Shiner Scale

Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow Lure Gallery

2017-03-07T09:21:51+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow lure

Storm Glop Antique Fishing Lure

Storm Glop

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

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

Storm Glop

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

Storm Glop Lure Dealer Charts

Glop Lure Dealer Carton

Antique Fishing Lure Color Variations

 

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

Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure

Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure

The Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure was first introduced in 1948. The lure was a continuation of Heddon’s very popular wooden line, and was given model number 9020. The plastic antique fishing lure was 1 3/4″ inches in length. The lure has a single forward line tie under the chin and below that a small diving lip. The lure feature two small treble hooks the center of which is affixed with bell hardware. The antique fishing lure is stenciled between the bell and the rear of the lure.

The lure in the gallery below is a tough uncatalogued color, some call it rattle snake others back scale with orange spot. The Midget Digit was available in many cataloged and uncatalogued color scheme finishes.

Below the Rattle Snake youll note some of the more standard color palate finishes. Red Head White; Code 02, RH: Pike Scale; Code M: Black and White Shore Minnow; Code XBW; Perch Scale; Code L.

Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-03T08:14:00+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure

Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

Rhodes Mechanical Frog

The Rhodes Mechanical Frog lure in the correct wooden box combines 2 different things that antique lure collectors get excited about. First off, a wood box lure, who doesn’t like just the sound of that. This antique lure box shows the printed images clearly, and shows the patent date of October 31, 1905 and a second date of July 3rd, 1906 on the end label of the box. It also give you a glimpse in the world of a 100 or century old lure marketing and cataloging with a No. 3 GWF model.

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On the front on the wood box it exclaims; Always Alive, Always Kicking, Never Tires Never Dies.

Secondly in the Combos a great antique frog lure. The Shakespeare Rhodes frog is a early 1900’s rubber frog antique lure that when the line tie is pulled the legs kick. For every good one out there there’s 10 that the legs are broke and unfortunately that’s just the nature of early rubber and fishing lures, time is not on their side. The lure itself dates to around 1909 or before. Shakespeare purchased the rights to this lure from Rhodes. The lure is 3 1/4 inches and can also be found in a cardboard gray picture box. The lure has a weighted abdomen, one forward double hook, and two rear single hooks attached via a wire through construction on each side of the legs.

Rhodes Mechanical Frog Gallery

Here’s an neat read, and incredibly old article from 1906 describing what they deem interesting new lures .  I apologize, as its hard to read due to the quality of the paper and scan and trying to blow it up to make it readable. But it says:

The Rhodes Mechanical Frog in wonderful imitation of the real frog with legs that draw up to the body when the frog is at rest, and which spring out to full length as the frog is drawn through the water, is another of this season’s novelties. Nothing better in the way of imitation of natural motion of any lure used in fishing has so far come on the market and it is safe to say that this lure will do great execution during the coming season.

Rhodes Mechanical Frog Lure Article from 1906 Rhodes Mechanical Frog Lure Article from 1906

 

2016-12-13T08:28:15+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

Nifty Minne Minnow Tube

Nifty Minne Lure Minnow Tube

The Nifty Minne lure, Circa 1913 falls into the minnow tube lure category. I’ve always spelled the name of this antique lure wrong for years Ill admit it. Minnow lure constraint devices vary from tubes to cages to hooks and pins to hold in place the pray to provide the prey fish in theory the utmost realistic view of a bait fish lure, itself. They were made of materials ranging from leather, to wire to plastic and to glass. Each medium having their own setback or weak point. Take for instance the Detroit Minnow Tube lure, a favorite among antique lure collectors. This Detroit minnow tube lure was made of glass, great for viewing, horrible in practice, especially on the rocks or even in a tackle box, glass is never a good thing.

Joseph Ness of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1913 created what he thought would be an excellent contribution and improvement for a minnow tube, and used a celluloid center.  The lure had 5 trailing treble hooks akin to most underwater casting minnow lures and marked front props. The lure came in whats called a picture box, showing a rendering of the antique lure. The lure itself never really took off as far as bass or musky fisherman were concerned, I’m guessing due to the unstable celluloid after it had faced hot and cold environments would crack and break as well. In saying that this lure was never popular with fisherman, it is a very popular lure with antique fishing lure collectors.

A very rare seldom seen paper insert states “Caution! Be Sure to see that tail cap is closed reasonably tight after placing Live Minnow. There is no Danger in the tail cap coming loose if this suggestion is complied with as the rear spinner revolves with connecting thread. Note Hooks are interchangeable by unfastening nuts in the upper end of the bait thus permitting rods to slip out and replacing any hook desired. For any further information or details don’t hesitate to communicate with the undersigned and they will be cheerfully furnished. Jos M Ness Co.”

Nifty Minne Minnow Tube Lure Gallery

 

Nifty Minne Box and Paperwork 

 

2016-11-08T10:57:20+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Nifty Minne Minnow Tube

Al Foss Bass Pop

Al Foss Bass Pop

The Al Foss Bass Pop, really is a True Temper / American Fork and Hoe Company, from Geneva Ohio. The Bass Pop antique lure is often found by itself and was first produced in 1941. The wooden glass eyed hair tailed Frog Trailer turns it from boring to exceptional.

Al Foss Bass Pop Frog Trailer Lure Gallery

2016-05-08T14:08:18+00:00 April 24th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Al Foss Bass Pop

Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure

The Creek Chub Fly Rod mouse lure was first introduced in 1931. Creek Chub recommended using a 9ft 5-6 weight fly rod to fish these new pan fish fly rod lures. The graphic photo shown at the bottom of the page is out of that catalog. The antique fly Lure was a series F213, correlating to its black color. The antique lure was first found in a Yellow and Red printed Mouse Intro box.

The Fly Rod Mouse Lure below is shown in the True to Nature Box with black insert card, however this example is unmarked. The fly rod mouse came in 3 colors, the F213 All black, the F200 Gray Mouse , and the F202 which was all white in color. The Creek Chub antique fly rod sized Mouse lure lasted 15 years in the Creek Chub Fly Fishing lure line up.

Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure Gallery

The New Fly Rod Mouse No. F200 Series as shown in the 1931 Catalog that year for just $.75 cents : “The Baby mouse has long been a favorite food of the big trout and bass of lake and stream and in this little lure we have brought to perfection the looks and action of a tiny mouse struggling in the water. Very Lightly made and lifts easily from the surface; so well covered by the hook that very few strikes are missed and so life like that the wary old fish cannot resist it.”

Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure

2016-10-26T11:41:21+00:00 April 10th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure

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