Chippewa Minnow Lure

Chippewa Minnow Lure

The Chippewa Minnow Lure was two parts of a lure first patented in 1910. The second part of this antique fishing lure was patented in 1911. Both Patents shown below in the antique fishing lure patent galleries. The Immell Bait Bait Company, of Blair Wisconsin was the creation of Omer Immell born of Blair in 1872. Omer, like many of the early antique lure manufactures, was very resourceful, enterprising, and who’s lure creations came after or alongside the success of other industries or endeavors. Omer a successful Candy and Life Insurance salesman spent many a year traveling around the area prior to his fishing lure accomplishments. His history has been discussed in a previous article here: Omer Immell Inventor of the Chippewa Lure

Weve got a Super Nice Chippewa with box in on consignment this week, click below to view. 

Chippewa Lure in Box

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


Chippewa Minnow Lure Patent 974493

Chippewa Lure Patent 990984

Chippewa Lure Advertisement 

Chippewa Lure Ad Field and Stream February 1913 Chippewa Lure Ad Field and Stream February 1913

There are two different sizes shown below in the galleries. The Chippewa antique fishing lure at its basics is a glass eyed fish shaped minnow minus the tail […]

2018-02-23T18:59:50+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Heddon Vamp Lure

Heddon Vamp Lure

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

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

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

Here is a showcase of […]

2018-02-06T07:50:53+00:00 January 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Bear Creek Tweedler Lure

Bear Creek Tweedler Lure

The Bear Creek Tweedler Lure is a odd looking lure at first glance. Most people are more familiar with the line of ice spearing Decoys that the Bear Creek Bait Company out of Kelva Michigan. The company started by two brother and a best friend. This wooden antique fishing lure was first produced in 1948 is roughly 2 1/4″ in length. The lures most distinct feature is it outward scoped front lip. The lures single line tie is mounted in the middle of the U shaped mouth. The lure employs the use of a wire rig harness to hold its two trailing treble hooks on each side of the lure. The antique lure was available in less than a half dozen colors paint schemes, two of which are shown in the lure galleries below.

Bear Creek Tweedler Lure Photo Gallery

2018-02-06T07:52:20+00:00 January 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Shakespeare Evolution Lure

Shakespeare Evolution Lure

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

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

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

Shakespeare lure collector and fellow NFLCC club member Dan Zemke added “In the later production years, it was named the “Shiner Minnow” and available in only one size, 2 3/8 inch, and one color, “shiner”, which is the color shown above. When ordering […]

2018-01-27T09:33:56+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Shakespeare Evolution Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

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

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

The lure can be found in a dozen standard colors as well as a host of uncatalogued examples produced over […]

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

Heddon Basser Antique Lure

Heddon Basser Antique Lure

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

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

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

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

Creek Chub Dinger Lure

Creek Chub Dinger Lure

The Creek Chub Dinger Lure was first produced in 1939 and was made until 1954. This Creek Chub Bait Company of Garret Indiana antique fishing lure was a model series number 5600. This wooden glass eyed lure falls into the hair bait category. The hair itself stacked vertically on the rear of the lure. This antique lure featured a tell tale nickle plate on its forehead, however towards the end it was changed to brass and some even none at all. The lure came two years after the widely successful Dingbat lure 

The wooden glass eyed fishing lure measures 2″ in length not counting the stacked hair tail. The antique Creek Chub fishing lure was made in 3 different sizes, the midget (smallest), the standard (Shown Below) and the husky (Largest). The standard size Dinger lure came with two treble hooks, one mounted with the traditional cup rig hardware, the rear attached with a Screw Eye Bar Rig.The Dinger came in 8 Standard colors, however many special order, or painted for other companies models can be found.

Standard Colors found on the Creek Chub Dinger were:
00 Pike Scale (Shown Below)
01 Perch Scale (Shown Below)
02 Red and White (Shown Below)
04 Golden Shiner
05 Dace
13 All Black
18 Silver Flash (Shown Below)
19 Frog Spot

Creek Chub Dinger Lure Photo Gallery

Dinger Lure Model […]

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

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

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

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

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

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

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

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

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

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

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait Photo Gallery


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

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika
by John Etchieson

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika; The Swastika was not always an evil symbol – 100+ years ago in 1914 this very rare “Speckled Beauty” fly fishing line featuring the lithographic image of a leaping Brown Trout was introduced and sold by the Ashaway Line and Twine Company of Ashaway Rhode Island under their “Swastika Brand” trade mark. Ashaway had been using the U S registered “Swastika Brand” trade mark for at least nine years prior to that time since its meaning was both symbolic of, and synonymous with “good luck” or “good fortune” in the popular culture and also with their fishing customers who often relied upon a little luck as much as skill to catch fish.

In fact, the Swastika had conveyed this same positive meaning universally for more than 3000 years and had been used as decoration in many different cultures around the world including the native American Indians; and it can even be found still today adorning the architecture of ancient Buddhist temples and ancient Jewish synagogues around the world. This 3000 year old “Good Luck” Swastika symbol obviously only became corrupted and turned into an evil symbol after Adolph Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and his Nazi Party’s Swastika became Germany’s official national symbol until 1945. Coincidentally, 1933 was the last year that the Ashaway Line and twine Company was to ever again use their Good Luck “Swastika Brand” trade mark. It […]

2017-11-14T07:06:46+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika

Creek Chub Castrola Lure

Creek Chub Castrola Lure

The Creek Chub Castrola Lure is a lure that I’ve always wondered its namesake origin. The lure was given a model series number 3100 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. I’ve never figured out why and when looking it up it appears it may be a surname or the name of a cave, but I doubt there is any tie in there. The antique fishing lure, the Castrola, was a wooden, glass eyed lure that measured 3 5/8″ in length and was 3/4 oz. The antique lure was first made in 1927 and was in production for less than 15 years up until 1941. The lure features or imitates a fish swimming forward with its mouth open chasing an attached leader with a small spinner to imitate a bug or a fly. The came in a half a dozen standard colors. 

The Standard Colors that can be found are:

00  Pike Scale (Shown in Gallery Below)

01  Perch (Shown in Gallery Below)

02  Red and White

04  Golden Shiner

08  Rainbow

18  Silver Flash

The Creek Chub Antique Lure catalog states:

“Something new in motion, just like a real live minnow chasing a fly hither and tither up and down sideways; the most erratic, puzzling, teasing motion you ever saw. You cant imagine it until you see it just vary the speed at […]

2017-12-19T08:33:14+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Castrola Lure

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

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

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

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:40:48+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure

Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure

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

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

2017-10-29T09:29:28+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

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

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

The Crazy Crawler Lures were offered in a variety of standard finishes, including the yellow shore, color code XRY shown below. There are very few uncatalogued colors in the crawler line up except for the salt water finished. The Crawler in the […]

2017-10-29T09:28:44+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

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

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

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

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

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

2017-10-29T09:31:12+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

The Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure was first introduced in 1969. This Antique Lure was Heddon / Pradco in Ft Smith Arkansas model series number 362. This plastic spook lure is the largest of the Torpedo Spook lures and measures 3 1/4″ inch in length. This antique lure features a single forward line tie and a single spinner tail. This top water fished lure had two treble hooks the belly attached with surface rig hardware. The Magnum Torpedo is stenciled on the belly of the lure.

This antique lure was offered in many of the period or traditional colors used. The lure shown below in the gallery is an extremely tough to find Yellow with Black Bone or color code YBB on a Magnum. The lure was made in a few different series or runs and you can differentiate them by the color of their eyes or the actual molding of the lure. The lure is most often found in the green diamond Heddon antique lure bo but can be found in the red striped cello window box as well and on cards.

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure YBB Yellow Bloack Bone Photo Gallery

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure Antique Fishing Lure Color Example Gallery

2017-10-29T09:32:49+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

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

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

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

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure Photo Gallery

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

Shur Strike Plunker Lure

Shur Strike Plunker Lure

The Shur Strike Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1938. This antique fishing lure made by Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana was labeled under the Shur Strike lure line up. The wooden fishing lure was a copy of the famous Creek Chub lure, and was actually fashioned like the early humpback Creek Chub versions. The antique fishing lure is wooden and measure in at 3″ and weighs a 1/2 oz. The Plunker lure utilizes the cup rig to secure its center treble and uses the screw eye to secure the rear trailing treble hook. This vintage Shur Strike lure was a top water fished lure with glass eyes and a single forward line tie which was inset into its concave mouth.

This Shur Strike Plunker is in frog spot finish which was available in its introductory year 1938 then reappeared in 1941. Frog spot is a desirable color even though it was one of the original 9 standard finishes on this antique lure. This Shur Strike was assigned a model PL for Plunker.

Shur Strike Plunker Lure Photo Gallery

2017-09-19T10:07:04+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Shur Strike Plunker Lure

Dam Mouse Antique Lure

Dam Mouse Antique Lure

The Dam Mouse Antique Lure is a neat little lure. Dam a German fishing tackle company has been around since the late 1800’s in some form. Widely popular with European collectors Dam can kind of be equated to our Abbey and Imbrie. More notably known for their version of spinning reels in America they also made or imported and sold lures as well. Yes they had original products but the also took other products and made them their own by either changing certain features, or painting them in their own fishes. T

This first DAM mouse lure is an example of that. The lure is a Heddon mouse, where by items such as the lip has been changed as well as surface hardware added. The wooden mouse, has beaded eyes, screwed in leather ears and a leather rope inserted for the tail. This antique mouse lure uses two double hooks to secure its catch when caught. The second DAM Mouse lure seems to mimic in construction the Heddon flocked or F4000 series mouse. The same notable differences being the screw in ears and most notably its smaller size. 

Dam Mouse Antique Lure Photo Gallery


2017-09-02T13:55:05+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Dam Mouse Antique Lure

Aqua Sport Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure

Aqua Sport Storm Diving Doodle Bug Lure

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

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

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

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

The Bagley Bass N Shad Lures were first introduced in 1984 and 1985 respectively. Made by the Bagley Bait Company which draws its roots from Winter Haven Florida in a sense. I say that because Jim Bagley Had purchased his first Company in 1954 from “The Dean Brothers” in Georgia. The lures were given the model D92 as a designation and were offered in a standard version and a Deep Dive versions that is credited to famous fisherman Bill Dance. Its said these deep divers ran at a depth of 12 feet.

The colors of the lures are Fluorescent Green Head With Chrome Body Code FGRC and Fluorescent Yellow With Chrome Body.

These Bagley Lures have taken off over the last few years in popularity and desirability, as they should. Jim Bagley got his start in the Pork Rind business in the 1950s. The lures would come later in the year 1960 as Jim came out with a line of a half a dozen lures. The lures still to this day are sought not only by collectors but professional fisherman alike.

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

2017-08-07T08:06:37+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

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

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

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

01 – Rainbow
02 – Red & White
BK – Brook Trout
N – Dace
P – Shiner Scale (Shown Below)

2017-08-07T07:58:52+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

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

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

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

We saw another change with the model series […]

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

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

The Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1924. This antique fishing lure was fashioned by Charles W. Lane of Madrid, New York. Charles Lane a prominent resident of Madrid was known locally as a fine clock maker and jeweler. The Wag-tail wobbler lure was hand painted in shades of green, silver and brown with scale marks running along the sides to mimic natural scaling. This painted eye lure measures close to 2 3/4″ in length.

The Wagtail featured a scooped front lip over the mouth where the single forward line tie is. The bait was used to entice medium size game fish such as large mouth bass and pike. Its often found with a leader already attached to the line tie. The antique lure features a hinged rear metal tail and two belly hooks secured with a cup rig style hardware to secure its prey. This lure can be found with a few different hardware, color, and body variations.

Charles Lane had already had a successful venture with the Lanes Automatic Minnow and the Lane’s Harness prior to the production of the Wagtail Wobbler antique lure. I’ve often wondered if the books didn’t have the wrong information about the Wagtail Wobbler, and its date of production being almost a dozen years after the Automatic Minnow.

Madrid New York, is a small far north town built upon the Grass River. The Grass River like so many […]

2017-06-25T10:09:21+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

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

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

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

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

Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure

Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure

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

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

Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure Photo Gallery

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

Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure

Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure

The Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure was released somewhere around the early teens.  This wooden chunk bait type series of lure carried the same model number of the previous and of the all future Pflueger Frog lures, a model series 2555. Born in Akron, Ohio of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger,  it would take on a multitude of names over its life span such as, the Kent Champion and the Kent Floater. While the lure would start off with glass eyes, it would transition to the wood eye then back to glass. The wood eye version is easily identifiable as the bulbous type eyes raise above the surface of the lure even more than the glass eye. These tell tale raised wooden eyes help date this antique fishing lure to around 1916.

The wood eye version lure shown in the gallery has the traditional never fail hardware holding the two side treble hooks in place, the rear hook is attached via screw eye. The glass eyed version below dates to the mid 1920’s, and has the belly and rear treble hooks with the belly hook being held on by a surface rig type hardware. The wooden frog lures body would roughly measure 2″ in length. Although this is a rough estimate as there were a myriad size variations throughout the lifespan of the series. You will also find that the prop on the front will help you […]

2017-07-10T07:50:26+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

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

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

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

Detroit Bass Caller Lure

Detroit Bass Caller Lure

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

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

Detroit Bass Caller Lure Photo Gallery

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

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure

The Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure is the smallest size in this collector favorite series. The lure a model 3400 was first introduced by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan in 1927 and only lasted through 1931. The lure is made of a plastic, or pyralin substance and measures 3 3/4″ in length. The lures attempt using its life like shape is to reek havoc and solicit strikes from smaller size game fish in the bass family. The lure imitates a closed leg frog, from which a larger single hook trails from an eyelet or rivet in the the feet, and a double hook from it belly to secure its prey. The lure employs the use of the Toilet Seat Hardware rigging to hold the belly hook to the body. The lure has a single forward line tie which is stationed in the center of the face of the lure. Identifying this antique lure is pretty easy compared to most as its name is stenciled in black on its underside.

The Little Luny was only ever produced in two different colors a Green Frog and a Meadow Frog Finish.

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-08T20:04:56+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure

Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure

Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure

The Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure is Circa late 1930’s. The three hook underwater antique lure was not a cataloged option and is highly sought after. This wooden, glass eyed, antique minnow measures 3 1/8″ in length. The lure was produced with only a single floppy prop, unlike the Heddon 3 Hook 100 lure.

The lure is shown in a very desirable Frog Spot Color making it even more collectible. The Shur Strike Underwater minnow lure uses a cup and screw eye rigging for its side hooks and the rear treble is affixed to the rear screw eye. You will notice a small cap at the rear of the lure that the rear screw is inserted through for reinforcement. I point that out to preface what Ill state below that Shur Strike was not built by Creek Chub like most “Economy” line lures. 

Born in the early 1930’s, the Shur Strike line of lures was introduced by fishing lure industry giant Creek Chub. Creek Chub, while late to the game in this area, wanted to increase it’s already massive market share of the American Fishing lure industry. While many of the other larger makers such as Heddon, Pflueger and Shakespeare had for decades, produced similar less expensive line ups Creek Chub had yet to come to the table.

Surviving, thriving and trying to increase its market share the great depression was no easy […]

2018-02-06T07:57:20+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure

Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure

Oliver Gruber Glo Worm Antique Fishing Lure

The Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure is quite an interesting story. Over the last few years I’ve touched on a few of the lure makers that thought outside the box. Alfred Oliver and James Gruber thought inside the box, so to speak.

As the Story is Told;

“On May 16, 1918, Alfred Oliver and James Gruber filed a patent for the first triple jointed lure. This patent was granted November 23, 1920. Oliver and Gruber immediately went into production of the lure they decided to call The Glowurm Lure. It was advertised nationally in Outdoor Life magazine, with ads appearing from 1921 through 1923.

Construction & painting had to be simple because these lures were being manufactured by patients at a Medical Lake, Washington Psychiatric Center (near Spokane). Yes, the mental patients of the hospital were turning out the wooden bodies and painting the Glowurm as therapy!

Oliver and Gruber worked at the hospital and also were avid bass fishermen. They saw the chance to help the patients with therapy, AND to help finance their fishing hobby with some cash from the sales of their lure invention. The only problem came when the directors of the hospital discovered the lures were being sold nationally and the hospital wasn’t sharing in on the profits!

The Medical Lake Hospital Board of Directors delivered an ultimatum to the doctor/entrepreneurs; cease and desist with the production of the […]

2018-02-06T07:58:03+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing 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 […]

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

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 […]

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

Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad

Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad

This Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad is one of the earliest lure articles and ads I’ve seen or have run across for Heddon and their antique fishing lures. You just wont find many items in 1902, the same year the Dowagiac Underwater Casting lure and the Dowagiac Expert lures were said to have been made.

Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad

“Dowagiac” Casting Baits

    James Heddon & Sons, Dowagiac Michigan are placing on the market “Dowagiac” Casting Baits, Illustrated. These baits are all hand made.

    The “Dowagiac Expert” bait is made for surface casting for bass etc., and is largely used in warmer waters in the southern parts of the Northern States, and also in the South, The “Dowagiac Underwater” bait is intended for use in deep waters and where the temperature is lower in shallow waters, as will be found in the Northerly parts of states bordering Canada and the lakes. All the baits which are of wood are finished with three preparatory coats and then with three coats of hard enamel which will not crack or rub off and then necessitate frequent painting. The surface is a glistening white that creates a reflection of light which makes it attractive and enables fish to see it a long distance. The sockets or inserts into which the hooks are fastened keep them always outward and presented to the fish. All hooks are […]

2017-04-13T13:27:04+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad

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)

2017-08-14T07:15:14+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Baby Crawdad 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 […]

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

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 […]

2017-04-12T07:59:20+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Shurebite Frog 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 […]

2017-03-30T08:49:23+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Crazy Crawler 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|Comments Off on Wright McGill Mouse Lure

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube

This Rare Pfeiffer Minnow Tube lure is a different class of lure compared to the many seen on this page. This great lure is made from glass instead of usual wood, plastic or metal materials we’ve come to know. This glass test tube shaped lure was made by the Pfeiffer’s Live Bait Company out of Detroit Michigan. This antique fishing lure dates from between 1914-1916, making it Over 100 years old. This lure features 4 treble hooks 2 on each side and measures 3 1/2″ in length.

Striking resemblance is seen between this and the Detroit Minnow tube. It should come as no surprise when you find out both companies operated during the same time from the same city. The minnow tubes were not a very practical or ECO friendly lure especially when dropped on the shore or rolling around in a tackle box.While the two ads below are similar youll notice an address change.

1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad

Pfeiffer’s Bait Gets The Big Ones

Pfeiffer’s is the origional bait of its kind on the market today. It Protects the minnow and lures the big fellows as no other bait can. None genuine unless Pfeiffer’s name is on the stopper. Three sizes: Trout and Small Bass, $.75; Bass and Pike, $1.00; Muscallonge, $1.50.

1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Company Ad 1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Company Ad […]

2017-03-30T08:54:56+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Pfeiffer Minnow Tube

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 […]

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

Bug N Bass Antique Lure

Bug N Bass Antique Lure

The Bug N Bass Antique Lure dates to around 1963. The Bug N Bass antique lure a product of the Buckeye Bait Company of Miamisburg, Ohio, later in Council Grove, Kansas. The Bug N Bass was not the only lure made by the buckeye Bait COmpany. The lure itself is roughly 3 inches in length. This hardened plastic fishing lure is chasing a bug or a fly. So the bad pun for the evening is this bass or fly fishing. Again I apologize for my bad sense of humor. Like we have seen on previous lures using the fish chasing its dinner to catch a fish. The Bug N Bass has two treble hooks in which it will catch its prey. The front one uses a surface type hardware and the back uses the screw eye.

The lure has around 16 standard colors you can collect. This is also the larger of the two Bug N Bass lures. There are a few uncataloged colors floating around as well if your looking to make a collection of them. The antique fishing lure shown in the gallery below is a Rainbow Trout color, and is shown with its correct box and paperwork.

Bug N Bass Antique Lure Photo Gallery


2017-02-15T20:01:13+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Bug N Bass Antique 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.

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

2018-02-06T08:00:14+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure

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.

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 […]

2018-02-06T08:10:16+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure

Clark Water Scout Lure Chart

Clark Water Scout Lure Chart

This Clark Water Scout Lure Chart gives us a birds eye view into the lures features, functions and color palates. I wish there was a date on these dealer sheets but I would assume based on the other paperwork that is with them that we are in the 1950’s.

For excelled quality and performance in deep running lures these series were designed. Both have tremendous action at great depth, even on slow retrieve. Here again is an example of where 26 years of doing one thing on doing it well, gives you a better bait for fishing.

Water Scout Duckling Lure Water Scout Duckling Lure

500 Series
Water Scout Duckling

An ideal series for those who prefer light tackle, yet want a deep running lure. It has great action at any speed. Excellent for trolling. A sinking lure, for all game fish.

Water Scout Duck Bill Lure Water Scout Duck Bill Lure

600 Series
Water Scout Duck Bill

Another deep Running lure with that Clark balanced action, floats when not in motion, but will reach extremely deep on retrieve.

Clark Little Eddie Water Scout Clark Little Eddie Water Scout

Little Eddie Water Scout

For the light tackle enthusiast, the 1000, and 2000 series are ideal lures. Light Weight, yet cast like a […]

2017-01-09T11:14:24+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Clark Water Scout 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 […]

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

Smithwick Lure Early Sales Sheet

Smithwick Lure Early Sales Sheet

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

2017-01-07T14:30:03+00:00 January 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Smithwick Lure Early Sales Sheet

Bomber Bait Company Press Release

Bomber Bait Company Press Release

This Bomber Bait Company Press Release and accompanying letter from one of the founders is a neat breadcrumb that I came across in sizable pile of research docs, catalogs, and salesman brochures I had amassed over time. It was hidden behind some papers I had looked at many many times and didn’t know they were underneath. What a great surprise for me, and being able to share it, that much better. The press release is accompanied by a letter from the Bomber Bait Company in 1976 also shown. I have never heard the full version of the story, only pieces, until I read the letter, and the story even though I must admit even living a stones throw away from Lake Murray. Our family camps many weeks of the year at Lake Murray, and it is the place my boys threaded and threw their first worms. Lake Murray has provided countless memories for my kids whether it be biking or hiking the trails, roasting marshmallows or taking “night walks”, and telling ghost stories along the way.

The letter is in a response to a letter from Tom Rainy, to Bomber in 1976 asking them if they had any old baits they might send him. I’m assuming this as they say they are shipping him in another package lures, dust and all. The letter is signed C.S. Tubrbeville one of the inventors and founders of the Bomber Bait Company.

Being […]

2016-12-29T13:16:17+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Bomber Bait Company Press Release

Heddon Gamby Lure

Heddon Gamby Lure

The Heddon Gamby Lure was part of a spinning series lure introduced around 1955. The Heddon Gamby produced in Dowagiac, Michigan was given a model series number 421 and 423. The 421 can be differentiated by the length and measures 2 3/4″ while the 423 measures 3 3/4″ in length. The lure was in production for only a very short time between 1955 and 1958. Shown in the Gallery below the lure was sold on a store counter display.

Gamby Spinner

For Spinning and Trolling
This spinning lure features a spinning blade designed to start at a whisper and spin very close to its axis. Also the body is keel shaped to add extreme stability and prevent line twist. Couple these two features together and you have a deadly lure for trout and bass, as well as a most productive bait for all game fish. Hooks are extra sharp for sure hooking even on light strikes. Excellent for trolling. Made in 1/4 and 1/8th oz sizes.

Heddon Gamby Lure Gallery

2016-12-21T08:37:43+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Gamby Lure