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Hanson Sub Master Lure

Hanson Sub Master Lure

The Hanson Sub Master Lure was patented in 1951, while being made as early as 1950. This lure was distributed by Hanson’s Custom Loading out of Bonner Springs, Kansas. This little known lure has a large clear plastic diving lip almost the same length of its body.

 This lure is 3 1/4″ in length with lip and 1 3/4 without. The antique lure has a rubber skirt which hides the single trailing treble hook. The fishing lure has an already affixed leader to which to tie your line to. The lure has its name and patent pending stamped into the underside of the lure. The Sub Master lure was a one hit wonder for the company, and although the patent was granted no other lures were made by them. With it being a one hit wonder finding the complete package can take a bit for those who collect miscellaneous antique fishing lures.

The Box States” Truly a natural trolling Plug-It Floats or Goes Very Deep. And it will stray perfectly balanced at any depth. No Weights needed to be added.”

The antique lure reminds me of the alien that used to chase bugs bunny around and blow him away with a ray gun, Marvin the Martian.

Marvin_the_Martian

Hanson Sub Master Lure Photo Gallery

 

2016-12-13T09:19:00+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Hanson Sub Master Lure

Fly Boy Antique Lure

Fly Boy Antique Lure

The Fly Boy Antique Lure is a neat little fishing lure out of Kansas City Missouri. The lure dates to the early 1970’s and is on what I call the cusp of being antique. I have a hard time calling it antique because we are both the same age and Id rather not like to think of my self as that, although my kids do already.

The plastic lure shown is almost 3 1/4″ in length and has an adjustable diving lip to set the retrieve depth. The lure was available in two different sizes the size shown being the smallest. It ranged in colors from Solid Yellow as shown to Perch, and Bass, Bluegill and Honey and more. The lure is always found in a clear plastic clam shell box.

Fly Boy Antique Lure Photo Gallery

 

2016-12-13T08:32:17+00:00 November 26th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Fly Boy Antique Lure

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

The Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure was first introduced in 1933. This Creek Chub lure was made in Garrett, Indiana was to be sold under the Shur Strike Lure line up. The lure is quite a unique lure and isn’t a knock of of any Creek Chub lure. The wooden glass eyed lure is a style H, and measures 3 1/2″ in length. The lure was only ever made for its short life span with glass eyes. This wide bodied lure has a sloped or slanted nose which leads to its single forward line tie. The antique lure is 5/8 oz and uses two treble hooks to secure its prey, the forward of which uses cup rig hardware, the rear is secured with screw eye. The lure would have made a great Black Bass slayer.

This antique fishing lure was originally offered in eight standard colors. This yellow and black shown below in the antique lure gallery is very hard to find, and is in a color code #4. This floater diver Shovel Nose lure is a tough lure to come by, and in the condition shown it increases its rarity.

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:38:35+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler

Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler 1918

In this Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler article you will find an amazing read. I was truly excited when I ran across this gem. If you love antique lures and you love the history bind them, you will love the article from the May 1918 American Angler, by Sam Stinson. Everyone is always asking what was the first antique lure. I’m not sure if anyone ever will be able to answer that with being a bit more specific. But we see here some antique fishing lure recollection of some great history. The story is also printed in Arlan’s book “19th Century Fishing Lures”,  one of my favorite books, and have worn out the pages of a few copies thumbing through it over the years. I really wish he would do another. There are a few differences of note, in photos (maybe there just wasnt enough room to print them), and his source was from a 1921 issue of American Angler. One could then draw the conclusion, the article was printed many times over the publications life span.

 

Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler

ISNT it curious how things start? The bass had risen fairly well that day but they seemed a bit finicky. The evening had turned chilly as June evenings will and over our pipes we were holding a post prandial post mortem before the blazing log fire; the Magazine Editor, the Artist the Business Man and I. The Magazine Editor and I had been fishing from the same boat, while the Artist and the Business Man had paired in another.

And there was verbal strife and much abuse, after the manner of men who love each other sufficiently well to feel privileged to call each other names. As bass fishermen we seemed to have but one thing in common. We were all devotees of the plug. But which plug to use under which conditions? Ah that was the beautiful luscious rosy cheeked apple of discord.

Now when we were up in those rushes where we had to pole our way through, said the Magazine Editor, turning his profane attention to me, for his language is apt to be profane even when his voice is most gentle, “if we had discarded our Coaxers for a weedless gang with a frog or had even tried a strip of pork rind or pickerel belly we might have”.

Rot I interrupted with the privileged rudeness of a host. For twelve years I have fished those rushes and until Bill Jamison bobbed up with his Coaxer, I never got anything out of them but promised damnation to my soul. If there is anything in the world more calculated to inspire blasphemy than trying to fish a rush grown stretch of bass water without a-

“But the Coaxer was suggested by the old fashioned pork chunk […]

2016-11-20T12:34:35+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure

The Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure in first introduced around 1930. The Flapper Crab antique lure was made by The Wright and McGill Company out of Denver Colorado. The lure was available in a few different sizes. The Flapper Crab fishing lure was made from the traditional molded composition that most all its other life like type series of lures were made. The lure has its line tie on the tail portion of the lure, letting it swim or give a life like action in the water. The lure came with antenna and rubber legs. Due to age and use its hard to find these with the rubber legs fully intact.

The two different Flapper Crab lures shown below in their boxes show 2 of the different sizes available one marked 6 to other 10. The two different galleries also highlight the differences in color or shading of the Crab lure. The Box end flaps also tout its guaranteed to get the big ones.

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure Photo Gallery

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Antique Lure Photo Gallery

 

2016-11-20T10:44:37+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure

Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure

Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure

The Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure was first introduced in 1929. This Heddon mouse lure made in Dowagiac Michigan would last for more than half a century in the antique lure line up. This fishing lure the wooden enameled version is a series number 4000. This antique lure measures 2 3/4″ in length and was made of wood. The antique lure featured leather ears which are screwed into the bait and tail for life like decoration. The lure has black bead eyes, a pin inserted into the nose. The Heddon Meadow Mouse has a forward line tie attached below the pin and a scripted metal diving lip to help it dive down to it’s prey.

To catch its prey it employs the use of a double forward hook forward of the mid-line of the lure inset and attached with Heddon’s L Rig Hardware in the version below. The lure also had a trailing single hook just below the leather tail. The lure can be found with both stenciled and un-stenciled belly versions.

The Meadow Mouse was available in only a few colors, two of 3 which are shown in the catalog cut below, as well as in the galleries.

Some More Favorite Fish Getters

New! A Fur Finished Mouse Bait No. F4000 Meadow Mouse

Lifelike in shape, ears, eyes and tail, this new Fur Finished mouse has the final touch of a coat of fur that duplicates a mouses skin. A dandy bait for bass especially. Floats, dives when retrieved, and swims lively. Regularly equipped with two treble hooks, but can be supplied with a double and a single as illustrated. Weight 2/8 oz Length 2 3/4″ inches.

Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure Catalog Cut Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure Catalog Cut

Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:41:26+00:00 November 19th, 2016|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure

Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure

Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure

The Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure was also called the Petite Spinner model PS. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1938. Although made by Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana and marketed under the Shur Strike name this was made of good quality. This wooden lure, made with glass eyes measured 2″ in length. The lure featured both a front and rear unmarked propellers consistent with the Shur Strike Line up. The Petite Spinner having two treble hooks, the forward of which used cup style hook hardware and the rear attached to the rear screw eye.

The lure shown below in the gallery is a color code 06, and is defined as a Brown Back Scaled finish in 1933, or Shiner Scale in 1937. This paint finish was even called Dark Scale in 1936. Regardless of indecisive name one thing is clear. The Petite Spinner or Punkinseed is a quality made small underwater minnow made to fish smaller sized fresh water game fish such as black bass.

Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:42:13+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure

Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure

Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure

The Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure was introduced in the early 1930’s. The antique fishing lure was given a series code IM. Unlike the Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana Injured Minnows, the Shur Strike antique fishing lure was produced with two treble hooks. The lure hooks used a standard type of cup rigging. This wooden, painted tack eyed, antique injured minnow measures 3 3/4″ in length. As far as propellers the antique lure was produced with only dual unmarked floppy props just like its more expensive cousin.

The Lure is painted in a 09 Color, which is a beautiful Green Scale. The lure not only shows well, its difficult to find in this color and condition. The lure having no belly weight to utilize its natural buoyancy.  It was fashioned just like its more expensive, best selling, Swims On Sides or SOS niche product.

Shur Strike Injured Minnow Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:45:51+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure

Creek Chub Pop It Lure

Creek Chub Pop It Lure

The Creek Chub Pop It Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Fly made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana was made for almost a half of a century coming in just shy at 47 years. That is quite a run for any lure made by any of the big manufactures and it shows the success it had among fly fisherman.

The fly itself was a simple cork bodied fly which used buck tail and mallard feathers in its making. The lure in total measures 3 1/4″ in length. The Pop It lure was only ever made in three colors.

F100 Chub (Shown in the Gallery Below)
F101 Perch
F102 Brown Bug

Creek Chub Pop It Fly Lure Catalog Creek Chub Pop It Fly Lure Catalog

Made with a Cork Body; No 1 Hollow Point Hook, Bucktail and Mallard Feathers. Feathers and Bucktail Permanently attached to the body without the use of thread guaranteed to stick tighter than if thread tied. Here is a lure which we guarantee to get the bass when pulled so as to make the bait go pop-pop on the surface. The reason it is such a killer is, that though it is a very small and light lure, when jerked it makes a big fuss on the surface, which the bass cant resist. When pulled fast it has a wiggling movement like a minnow hustling for his life. Total length; 3 1/4 Inches. 

Creek Chub Pop It Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:53:39+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Rod Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Pop It Lure

South Bend Panetlla Minnow

South Bend Panetlla Minnow

The South Bend Panetlla Minnow was first introduced in 1912. For three decades this lure a model series 913 was present in the South Bend Bait Company lure catalogs of South Bend, Indiana. I don’t think this lure is given the credit it deserves for its longevity and place along side some of the other big 5 companies underwater minnow series.

The version shown below, a model series 913, is a wooden antique lure measuring 4 1/4 inches in length. The lure would have glass eyes until its transition to tack eye later on in it’s production life cycle. The earliest version of the Panetella having no tail cap at the rear of the lure. After a few years of production as the version presented in the gallery below has the tail cap. The tail cap was used to help reinforce the wood and keep it from splitting.

The underwater minnow was first produced with only three hooks, two on the sides and one at the tail. In 1914, the option to order a five hook minnow version was made available. The antique lure had both a front and rear spinner to help maintain its course upon retrieval.

As far as coloring for the Panetella the lure was made in quite an assortment over time. Certain colors were added to the palette while others removed after a very short period in time. The lure shown below is one of those colors that is considered very hard to find on a Panatella. Color Code G for Gold Body with Red Head was only mad for 3 years between 1919 and 1922, and is said to be rare in the South Bend book written by Terry Wong.

The 1916 South Bend Lure Catalog States: “An underwater minnow of slender shape, such as our Panetella, has proven to be a mighty effective lure, particularly when the gamey ones would not rise or be attracted by the heavier minnow bodies. The Panetella can be credited with saving numerous trips from “fishermans luck.” Therefore, it is, all in all, a very valuable piece of tackle.”

The Standard Colors for the South Bend Panetella Lure are as follows.

F      Frog
G       Gold with Red Head * Shown in the Gallery
GCB       Green Crackleback
R      Red, with a Black Nose
Rain      Rainbow
RB       Rainbow with Blue Back
RH        Red Head White Body
RHA        Red Head Aluminum Body
RHT       Red Head and Tail, White Body
RSF     Scale Finish Red Blend
SA    Solid Aluminum
SF     Scale Finish Green Blend
SR     Red Body Dark Shaded Back
SW      White Body Dark Shaded Back
W     White Body with Spots
Y      Yellow Perch

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2016-12-13T09:06:19+00:00 November 5th, 2016|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Comments Off on South Bend Panetlla Minnow

Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure

Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure

The Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure is part of a series of lures created in the late 1930’s, around 1938. Abbey and Imbrie in some form or fashion has been in business since around the 1830’s as the Andrew Clerk Company. Early in 1930 Abbey and Imbrie was bought by the Horrocks Ibbotson Company. Most people don’t realize they never made lure but had other makers provide this jobber or outsourced service.

The Go Getter series was series of different shaped lures from a Minnow to a Wobbler to a Crawdad to a frog. The lure shown below is painted in a great looking frog color. This wooden tack eyed lure measures 2 1/2″ in length. The lure has a small round diving lip just under the chin of the antique lure. There is a single forward line tie at the front of the lure for retrieval.  The antique lure has two treble hooks, one at the mid line and one at the rear flat part of the tail. Both utilizing the screw eye rig to keep them in place.

The lure was available in a series of shading and different color, such as a crab color. If you look in the third photo in the gallery from the top down view its not just frog spot but the paint detail is actually made down to even painting the legs of the frog on the tail of the lure. In my opinion making this, the best color that was offered .  The antique fishing lure can be found for a reasonable price making it a fun one to collect, and falls in the pocket friendly category as far as 80 year old antique lures go.

Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T09:07:45+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure

Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure

Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure

The Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure was first introduced in 1950. Orchard Industries of Detroit, Michigan made a small handful of Antique lures in the 1950. With a name that invokes a smile and is catchy it’s hard not to like this small lure. While it’s intent is to make you think the lure with its diving lip gets down to where the fish are its hard not think the obvious. The antique lure measures 2 3/8″ in length. The lure in shape is very similar to the Heddon Hedd Hunter lure. The lure has a smallish diving lip that has its single forward line tie built in. The lure features two treble hooks the rear of which can be found dressed with multicolored hair.

The lure comes in a clear plastic clam shell type box. The lures name and Orchard Industries as well as a photo of a jumping bass  imprinted on the top half of the box as shown in the photos. The Bottom Scratcher came in a wide variety of colors, making it a fun and bank account friendly lure to collect. Not all antique fishing lures need to be worth 100’s to enjoy and collect and Orchard Industries provides us with a few.

Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T09:08:56+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure

Creek Chub Faust Special Lure

Creek Chub Faust Special Lure

The Creek Chub Faust Special Lure looks like the cross between a Plunker lure and a Creek Chub Skipper. Dating from the 1940’s to the 1950’s this special order Creek Chub Bait made its appearance. While being made in Garrett Indiana, its written that its destination was not a sporting goods store but a drugstore. Faust and sometimes written Foust’s Drug Store Chain sold the hybrid and special order antique fishing lure.

The production lure itself is most always found with painted eyes and in the standard Creek Chub finish color palette. The lure has a angled and slanted concave head and in its center, a single forward line tie. The mouth painted red like so many other models. The lure has a rear of the mid line treble hook secured with the traditional cup rigging. While at the rear trails another treble secured with its screw eye.

Creek Chub Faust Special Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T09:11:16+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Faust Special Lure

Chippewa Minnow Lure

Chippewa Minnow Lure

The Chippewa Minnow Lure was part of a lure first patented in 1910. The second part of this antique fishing lure was patented in 1911. Both 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

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

This version of the Chippewa is the Bass Size and measures 3″. The Chippewa antique fishing lure at its basics is a glass eyed fish shaped minnow minus the tail that was shown in the original patent. The center concave cavity of the lure is missing and in its place is a rotating metal spiral ribbon. The ribbon is pinned into place and if you read the patents, its intent is to make this part of the lure removable and replaceable. It states it allows the fisherman to replace it with a faster or slower spinning spiral. I don’t think this came to full production fruition where you could buy replacement spirals, but if it did, please let me know so I can share with the readers.

The Chippewa Minnow Lure has a single forward line tie at the midpoint of the lure. The Chippewa Bass Version shown below in the gallery came with both a belly hook and a rear treble. Both of the these are attached via screw eye, with the rear being the only one dressed with a feather.

The colors that were offered are to have been a blended enamel. The colors you will find the lure are primary and shades of primary colors. The lures paint is 100 years old and didn’t age quite s well as say Creek Chub or Heddon and will flake and fall off, so handle and display with care. The Chippewa lure is one of the quintessential lures many antique fishing lure collectors seek out.

Chippewa Minnow Lure Gallery

2016-10-30T11:36:00+00:00 October 30th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Chippewa Minnow Lure

Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

The Pflueger Joseph Spoon was said to have been introduced around the late 1880’s. Pflueger, the Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Akron, Ohio expanded their metal spinner and lure offering through innovations, patent purchases, mergers and aquisitions as well as making things very much like other companies. This antique fishing lure was given a model series number 160 for the luminous version and 161 for the non luminous versions.

The name would be changed later to the Perfect Revolving Heart. That name and that shape had been used decades earlier by the John H Mann Company. The lure is also similar using a spring type design to keep the blade away from the spinner by a Mr Louis Kessler. While some may lean towards the Kessler connection for its design and patent in 1883, I however personally think there is more of a Mann connection. Pflueger where by seeing the success of the lure among fisherman as well as the death of John Mann in 1893. Whatever reson there were multiple companies who used a similar lure with a similar lure function. The reason, to keep the blade of the lure away from the shaft while it revolved around the lure upon retrieval or trolling.

No matter what you collect, be it Pflueger, Heddon, Creek Chub or the litany of other early or later manufactures that used metal, plastic, or wood, appreciating the craftsmanship and the history of the American fishing lure is easy to do with examples such as this.

Lastly, I’d like to thank my friend and fellow antique lure collector, for allowing me access to his bevy of early Enterprise Manufacturing Company lures to share with the readers

Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

2016-10-27T10:35:02+00:00 October 27th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

Clark Goofy Gus Lure

Clark Goofy Gus Lure

The Clark Goofy Gus Lure was first introduced around 1948. The lure made by the C.A. Clark Bait Company, Springfield, Missouri was given a model series 2600. This top water fished wooden lure measures 3 1/8″ in length. The antique fishing lure has both a front and rear unmarked propellers, however it can be found with just a front. The lure has a unique shape having both a pointed or tapered front as well as rear end with its center waist being as thin as its end.

The Goofy Gus antique lure features two treble hooks one attached via screw eye towards the front center of the lure, the rear sitting behind the back prop. The lure has its name stenciled usually on the back half of the lure and features small black glass bead eyes. The Goofy Gus was made in a series of different colors from the plain to scale or shore finishes. While made around the same time frame as the Clark Water Scout the Goofy Gus lure is more difficult to find when comparing it to the production numbers of the Waters Scout.

Clark Goofy Gus Lure Photo Gallery

2016-10-25T11:14:43+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Clark Goofy Gus Lure

Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad

Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad

This Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad is out of Forrest and Stream from January 25th, 1885.

Chapman’s Bait Still Ahead

The “New Combination,” Just Out. See Cut

In Three Sizes for Pike, Pickerel, Bass, Trout & Muskellunge

Read the Testimonials:

W.D. Chapman and Son, Theresa, New York: As an old fisherman who has used your baits for the past twenty five years, allow me to congratulate you on the success of your New Combination Bait for Trout, Muskellunge, and Bass. It is very attractive, as the record of catches in Wisconsin last fall will show. I consider it the best bait in its different sizes made, and predict for it the largest sale of Any Bait Ever Made.  

Yours Truly, A.G. Ryther

W.D. Chapman and Son, Theresa, New York: I take pleasure to testifying to the great merits of your New Combination Muskellunge Bait. I gave them a good trial the first of last November and caught 13 Muskellunges in two and a half days fishing, without the loss of a fish, and two of the thirteen weighed over twenty pounds each. You will have a large demand for these baits, sportsman must have them. 

Yours Truly, John S. George

To Produce These Baits at once we will send by mail upon receipt of price: 

No. 1 For Salmon, Trout and Muskellunge $1.50

No. 2 For Pickerel, Pike Bass and Trout $1.25

No. 3 Sure Death to Bass $1.00

Catalog and Price List to Dealers, Send Business Card; Catalog to Sportsmen without Prices;  100 Kinds of Baits 

Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad

2016-10-27T12:56:43+00:00 October 24th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad

Steel Wiggle Frog Lure

Steel Wiggle Frog Lure

This Steel Wiggle Frog Lure dates to 1949. Inventor Frank Steel of Wilmette, Illinois Created this 2 1/4″ plastic lure and was granted a patent in 1952. The lure is constructed on a wire harness and has a large clear plastic lip attached to the mouth that has the single forward line tie. The antique hopper has legs attached to the rear each having a single hook attached. The hooks are dressed with small tufts of white feathers.

This classic antique fishing lure comes housed in a clear plastic test tube that has a black metal cap. Frank Steel offered two different version of the frog, the Wiggle Frog and the Gurgle Frog. Steel also created at minnow lure called the Wiggle Minnow.

Steel Wiggle Frog Patent Gallery

Steel Wiggle Frog Photo Gallery

2016-10-14T19:48:14+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Steel Wiggle Frog Lure

Schnell Fish Getter Lure

Schnell Fish Getter Lure

The Schnell Fish Getter Lure was first introduced around 1926. The lure was made by its namesake August F Schnell of Kankakee, Illinois. The lure a solid metal spinner with a rotating front half spinner or propeller very very similar to the Al Foss Jazz and Shimmy Wiggler series of lures. The front half prop was stamped patented and was allowed to rotate with or apposing the winged metal lure. The antique lure had a single double hook attached at the rear of the lure. Schnell was a teacher by trade and as far as I know only made this one lure. The lure is shown in it’s correctly marked lure yellow picture lure box showing the date of patent.

Schnell Fish Getter Lure

2016-10-12T19:11:59+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Schnell Fish Getter Lure

Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure

Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure

The Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure was first introduced in 1946. The Pachner and Koehler or P&K company was located out of Momence, Illinois. The Spinning Minnie lure measures 2 3/4 inches in length and was also made in a smaller fly rod size that measure 1″ in length. The lure itself was inset into a wire frame allowing the lure to spin and rotate without twisting the line upon retrieval. Attached to the body of the lure was a metal collar wrapping around the body that used the motion of the retrieval to rotate the lure. Attached to the wire frame of the antique lure trailed two treble hooks. The first set roughly just forward of the center of the lure, the other attached and trailed the Spinning Minnie.

The lure was available in a few finishes besides the frog spot shown in the gallery below. The Spinning Minnie is shown in its correct box with the end label marked 46F for the frog finish. The P&K box was a simple design Red with White and black Script showing a bass to depict the & sign in its simplicity.

Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure Photo Gallery

2016-10-12T08:13:10+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure

Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906

Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906

This Shakespeare Antique lure Ad 1906 was taken from “The Evening Star” newspaper and shows us the New addition of the Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog to its Artificial bait arsenal. The ad illustrates the Shakespeare Revolution, The Shakespeare Wooden Minnow and the Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog.

Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906

To Anglers in every part of the United States and Canada, I offer Free a beautiful $10 outfit of Famous Shakespeare Rods, Reels and Baits that Catch Fish.

I was every Angler to know of the exquisitely fine qualities of the Shakespeare Hand made Rod and Reels and the wonderfully successful Baits that Catch Fish. Without question the three most successful baits in the World today are the Shakespeare Revolution Bait, the Shakespeare Wooden Minnow and the New Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog. Game fish strike these baits savagely when the live bait utterly fail to tempt them.

Bass have been seen to rush a distance of more then 50 feet to attack these baits and many cases are reported of two large fish being landed at a single cast. In deep or shallow water, whether trolling or casting, fish actually take these baits more readily than live bait. They have repeatedly taken better and larger strings of fish than live frogs or minnows when used at the same time and place.

Two anglers with the New Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog in 4 hours took 51 Bass and 5 Pickerel. One Boy with a ball of common stout twine trolling with a Shakespeare Revolution Bait in 3 hours caught 19 Bass weighing 45 pounds. The Shakespeare Wooden Minnow has repeatedly taken more than 100 Bass and Pickerel in a single day. In many inland streams and lakes of the United States and Canada these Baits have actually displaced every other kind of bait, and wherever introduced have practically revolutionized previous methods of fishing.

The booklets “The Art of Baits Casting” and “How to Catch Bass” tell how to use these baits. I send these booklets absolutely free of charge together with my large catalog of Fine Fishing Tackle and offer to one angler in every town and county in the United States and Canada free and handsome $10.00 outfit of the Famous Shakespeare Rods, Reels and Baits that Catch Fish. Simply send me your name and the names and addresses of the fishing tackle dealers in your vicinity, and I will send you the booklets and the catalog, and tell you how to get the catalog and tell you how to get the beautiful $10.00 outfit absolutely free.

William Shakespeare Jr 452 Shakespeare Building Kalamazoo, Michigan

Shakespeare Antique lure Ad 1906 Shakespeare Antique lure Ad 1906

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Pflueger Archive Frog Lure

Pflueger Archive Frog Lure

This Pflueger Archive Frog Lure is neat little unit. The only reference for fly eaters (Don Wheeler’s Frog Collectors Guide Book) has and shows a few versions of this Pflueger Archives frog. This Metal lure is comprised of two concave halves affixed together at the rings on both the nose and legs. This antique fishing lure is hand painted and this version has glass eyes. The lure features a single barbed hook attaching to the lure and exiting between the legs and a trailing treble attached at the belly. The Pflueger antique lure measures 2″ in length and had two feet acting as flashers attached to the legs via split rings. This lure differs to the ones shown in the book on page , as the others show different hook, eye and even material compositions.

As we have noted before, many manufactures copied or tried to assemble lures that proved successful for its competition. The book gives these frogs an estimated date of the 1930’s, while others suspect the teens. I assert that this lure may be classic case of experimentation, as a direct result of the Heddon Spoony frog from the late 1920’s. The old phrase of “Monkey See, Monkey Do” comes to mind with makers taking what works for others and adapting, and putting their own spin on it. We may never know the answer to this or to the many other lures that have surfaced over the years with the Pflueger Archives tags attached. The one thing I am certain of is that they should have produced this Pflueger Archive Frog Lure, as it really is a neat piece of history and a work to behold.

Lastly, I would like to add if you don’t have a copy of Don’s book you really should, as the history it contains and it’s use as a reference is well worth the the output.  The book is and will be for a very long time, the most current, relevant and in depth piece of work based on our beloved fly eaters. Click the link to purchase Don Wheeler’s “The Frog Lure Collectors Guide” and help support our collectors who have given so much time, effort and heart to our Antique Lure Collecting Community.

Pflueger Archive Frog Lure Photo Gallery

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Jamison Nemo Antique Lure

Jamison Nemo Antique Lure

The Jamison Nemo Antique Lure is one of my favorite lures made by smiling Bill. Circa 1910 this rotary head antique lure made by the William Jamison Company of Chicago, Illinois. This wooden fishing lure measured 2 3/8″ in length, and was also available in a musky sized version. The lure itself had a removable head so that you could exchange with other Nemo lures to create a myriad color combinations. The 5 colors that the Jamison Nemo antique lure can be found in are Red, White, Blue, Yellow and Green thus making a total of 25 combinations the angler could create.  The Nemo lure had a forward or front dual hook and a single hook attached to the rear which features a weedless tines. My favorite part of the Nemo lure is the hanging belly weight, which could be left on for sub surface adventures or removed to create a top water event.

The Jamison Nemo, like all early Jamison lures came in its own labeled box citing its features, functions and benefits of the antique lure. The early pink box shown below proclaims the same as the catalog cut shown and speaks of the lures use, purpose and abilities as versatile a fish getter.

Thanks to my friend Joe for letting me use this photo of his Nemo lures we took many years ago. A weekend we spent photographing his lures, grilling steaks, talking lure history and enjoying friendship. We as lure collectors need to be grounded sometimes to remember these lures, that while we may be these historical items keepers. The lures in time will come and go, but the friendships we make along the way, last a lifetime.

1916 Jamison Nemo Antique Lure Catalog Cut

“The Nemo Bass Bait while mainly intended for use as a surface bait, can be instantly changed to a underwater bait by moving the weight to the front of the bait. It will then run 15 to 18 inches under the surface; but should you stop reeling, it immediately comes to the surface, which is a great convenience in case of a backlash as it keeps the bait up out of the weeds. It can be  used as a strictly weedless bait by removing the double hook. This bait is the most attractive and effective of all revolving head baits and it is the only one made that does not twist the line. Made of Spanish cedar covered in 9 coats of celluloid enamel, which does not chip or crack and is absolutely waterproof.”

Colors: White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, or any combination.

Jamison Nemo Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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Joe Bob Crippled Critter Crawfish Lure

Joe Bob Crippled Critter Crawfish Lure

The Joe Bob Crippled Critter Crawfish Lure was introduced around 1947. This antique fishing lure was made by the Joe Bob Manufacturing Company, out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The lure itself has been found in a few different variations. This unit is 4 1/8″ in length and is a multi segmented plastic body with the side feelers broken off. There has also been a smaller single body section version found. The lure has two sets of treble hooks on the antique fishing lure. The lure has been found with black eyes as well as the red beaded eyes shown in the example below in the gallery.

The lure is shown in its correct Yellow antique lure box marked Crippled Critter Patent Pending. The side of the box is marked white, so while I assume its incorrect and is for a white crawdad this was the lure that was found with the box. I have seen a couple variations of the actual box as well.

Joe Bob Crippled Critter Crawfish Lure Photo Gallery

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Siren Minnow Antique Lure

Siren Minnow Antique Lure

The Siren Minnow Antique Lure dates to around 1947. This lure was made by the Siren Life Action Lure Company out of Los Angeles, California. The Siren Minnow lure itself measure 2 1/4″ inches in length and came in two different sizes. The lures were sold in tubes, kid of like the Steel Frog Lure. The lure uses a thin rubber band or ribbon that is stretched between the rear of the lure and the end of the bait to vibrate. This Siren lure has two double hooks attached to the lures via the wire framing that the ribbon attached to. The lure has a single forward line tie and has colored glass eyes. The Siren was available in a series of different colors. Needless to say, the rubber sail or ribbon didn’t age well, especially if left to the elements ,so you may find the lure but the ribbon is missing.

You’ll notice the example below doesn’t have any hooks, and the lure has a few patent numbers stamped on the sail or ribbon. A visitor to our other site provided a half dozen or so of these and the Baby or junior sized Siren lures a decade ago and I had always wondered if they just hadn’t been finished.

Siren Minnow Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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Hastings Frog Antique Lure

Hastings Frog Antique Lure

The Hastings Frog Antique Lure was originally made by James T Hastings, of Chicago, Illinois. He patented his version of the fly eater, August 24th, 1895. However, this version of the antique frog lure was made by smiling Bill Jamison, also of Chicago, Illinois. Jamison acquired the rights to this patent somewhere near 1910. So while certain versions of the antique frog fall into the 19th Century fishing lure category, this one doesn’t. The frog lure example shown is made of a rubber composite type material, which over time has been know to shrink dry and crack. The frog lure rides upon or is tethered to the metal frog harness which line tie exits the frog at the nose. The lure has the typical weighted underbelly to add weight to the lure. The Hastings Frog harness has two single hooks which the shanks are upturned at the feet.

The box example shown is white in color, however you can see its in poor condition. You can also find the box in Jamison’s pink version too. You may be fortunate enough to find one with the picture of the frog which would be the Harris version of the frog antique lure box. And alas I wonder would not the frog be considered fly fishing, at its purest form? Those to those that missed that, sorry, I apologize for my attempt at bad humor early in the morning.

Hastings Frog Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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Moonlight Floating Weedless Lure

Moonlight Floating Weedless Lure

The Moonlight Floating Weedless Lure was another in a series of the early Moonlight lure. This version of the self glowing bait red headed bait dates to the early teens. Moonlight, of Paw Paw Michigan used these yellow boxes for a while even though they stated in the early ads that to make sure of your purchase was in a yellow box for authenticity reasons. This Floating bait uses a series of weighted prongs to cover up the lure to help prevent snagging and give the antique fishing lure its weedless properties.  Normally the antique fishing lure would come in a box marked #2, however they used the Number 1 Box and stamped weedless on the front of the Box.

As of note this is smaller version of the Floating Bait and employs the use of two trebles inset with a faceted brass screw eye washer. In the gallery is also shown the accompanying paperwork to along with the lure box completes the package.

Moonlight Floating Weedless Lure Photo Gallery

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Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot

The Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot lure is quite a beauty. I did a post prior on the earliest version of Worden Bucktail Spinner lures, however I thought Id add this asa well to show a different version. This version of the antique lure is a later one. You’ll notice the more bullet like shape body and more of a pointed prop on both the front and rear of the antique lure. I’ve included below a few pages from the early Shakespeare Art of Bait Casting series catalogs to enjoy.

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot Photo Gallery

The Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Spinner is used in the same manner as the Revolution and is equally successful having repeatedly demonstrated that a larger and better string of fish could be caught with it than with live minnows and frogs when used at the same time and place.

For casting and trolling it is a most successful bait and has a record of 104 bass in one day’s fishing. When a fish will not take the Bucktail Spinner nothing but Sure Lure or Evolution bait can tempt him. No one need hesitate to tie to the Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Spinner for it is a sure winner and a most successful bait.

1902 Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Catalog 1902 Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Catalog

A Bait Caster who faithfully uses these baits as suggested in How to Catch Bass will never fail to bring home with him a good string of fish for even a boy with a ball of string and these baits is better equipped than the most expert angler with the best tackle and other bait Read The Art of Bait Casting The Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Spinner.

1902 Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Catalog Page 1902 Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Catalog Page

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Moonlight Floating Bait Lure

Moonlight Floating Bait Lure

The Moonlight Floating Bait Lure is a classic in the history of the american fishing industry. First advertised in 1909 as shown below this wooden collared floating bait was the foundation for the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan. The Floating Bait antique lure was a series Number #1 and this version was the three T for the three treble hooks.  Two of the hooks hanging from the body and one from the rear tail. The lure shown below is in a complete Luminous color pattern. The lure employs the use of a screw eye type hardware . Shown with it is the correct box used to house this antique fishing lure.

Ive shown below quite an array of the antique fishing lure ads used by the Moonlight company to advertise the floating bait.

Moonlight Floating Bait Lure Photo Gallery

 

Moonlight Floating Bait Ad 1909 Moonlight Floating Bait Ad 1909

Brother Fisherman,

If your business interferes with fishing give up your business or buy a Moonlight bait and fish in the evening. 

You will find night fishing delightful. To us, and that “us” represents thousands of users of Moonlight bait, it is all that is to be desired, with no possible regrets. It is cool, time is your own, it does not interfere with your business and the large fish are up.

Fish Are Night And Not Day Feeders

You will not land all the strikes, brother, but the fight is half of the fun. You will get your Full Money’s worth in the thrill and pleasure and expectancy in landing that big fellow, which is sure to be yours, if you “Follow the Cosmic Urge.”

At all first class dealers or sent postage paid by us for $100

Your Brother Nimrods

Moonlight Bait Company

Exclusive Owners and Patentees.

Paw Paw Michigan, USA

 

Moonlight Floating Bait 1910 Ad Moonlight Floating Bait 1910 Ad

 

 

Moonlight Bait Company Ad Recreation 1913 Moonlight Bait Company Ad Recreation 1913

 

The Famous Moonlight Floating Bait

Original and Only Successful Night Fishing Bait

This Bait was designed nearly eight years ago, and has absolutely “made good”. Guaranteed not to peel or crack. Money Back if not satisfied.

Four Styles:


No. 1     Plain Luminous
No. 1 R   Luminous with Red Head
No. 2     Weedless
No. 3     Trout Size

Moonlight Floating Bait Ad 1916 Moonlight Floating Bait Ad 1916

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Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure

The Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure is a classic staple to most advanced lure collections. Circa 1914 this antique fishing lure used the premises to save from having to replace minnows all day long. I’ve never quite understood the thinking with a glass fishing lure. As even the earliest of tackle boxes this is not something you would want rolling around in. One rock, one snag and smash, not only have you lost your lure you’ve created a hazard and pollution in the water.

There are two versions of the Detroit Minnow Tube you can find. The one shown below in the photo gallery and one that has a screw in cap. The glass body of this antique fishing lure measures 3 1/4″ in length. This version has the bail end cap or clip top. The top having two holes so that fresh water could keep the minnow alive. The antique fishing lure having 4 treble hooks two on each side.

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure Photo Gallery

FISHERMEN! A Wonderful New Fish catching Bait Use One Live Minnow All Day.

 This is the new live minnow bait that is making such a great record for itself that is the talk of the country. Excels all other artificial bait Strong clear magnifying glass tube housing a live minnow. Wonderful power of attracting fish lies in fact that when in water the glass apparently disappears leaving minnow clearly visible and greatly magnified. Minnow has fresh water stays alive never mutilated can be used all day Experienced fishermen tell us that it is the most wonderful bait they have ever used.

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure Forrest and Stream 1915 Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure Forrest and Stream 1915

From the magazine of Business 1915 we see all three Detroit Products.

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure and Live Minnow Products 1915 Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure and Live Minnow Products 1915

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Jamison Struggling Mouse Lure

Jamison Struggling Mouse Lure

The Jamison Struggling Mouse Lure was first introduced around 1917. This great little Jamison lure wooden antique fishing lure measures 2 1/4″ in length. The cool little unit has both an upper and a lower line tie. The smallish lure features an upturned diving wing on each side of the lure and angles upward. The lure has 2 standard double hooks to secure its prey. The centermost hook employing the use of a cup style rig. The lure can have no eyes, as shown below, painted and even beaded eyes on some of the models.

The Struggling Mouse vintage fishing lure comes in a host of paint scheme colors (Shown below in a Tan Crab). Combined with the eye combinations this can lead to an impressive showing should you go down this road.

Jamison Struggling Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

The New Jamison STruggling Mouse Lure Circa 1917 Recreation

Fisherman found out a long time ago that a field mouse took an awful chance if he went for a swim accidentally or otherwise where a game fish of goodly size lurked. The new Jamison Struggling Mouse within sight. For years we have had with us the imitation mouse a creature which in the showcase of the tackle store matches the appearance of the live beastie with lividity but is fearfully dead in the water. And as a general thing we believe no self respecting black bass is fond of the cold storage mouse.

Here is an imitation that is something like. True he is made of wood with a double fishhook for a tail nickel plated ears and sports another double hook in place of legs but if he is chock full of pep. He is a regular little water rat with a swimming motion all his own. If you are familiar with bait casting plugs you know he is of the variety that float on the water when at rest and dive and wobble when reeled in or trolled by the caster. We figure that Jamison’s Struggling Mouse will find a lot of takers not onlv among fishermen, but also among fish. Price 65 cents.

1917 Jamison STruggling Mouse 1917 Jamison STruggling Mouse

 

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Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure

The Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1940. The lure was very short lived, and from what I can see never was actually in the Shakespeare Reel and Fishing Lure Catalog. This wooden antique fishing lure measures in at 6″ in length. The lure features the same facial and body features as the Egyptian Wobbler series with a slanted forehead and elongated sloping nose and pressed eye. The Bass Wobbler has a rather small scripted diving lip in comparison to the size of the head. The lure has two over sized treble hooks one forward of the belly keel and the other attached via screw eye at the aft of the fishing lure. The lure came in a few period or era colors that I have seen, but know in any color the lure is not common.

Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

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Rev O Noc Underwater Minnow Lure

Rev O Noc Underwater Minnow Lure

The Rev O Noc Underwater Minnow Lure dates to the mid and early teens. Like the Shakespeare lure shown in side the “New Winner” wood box, this is a South Bend 3 Hook underwater minnow lure of dual purpose.

The Rev-O-Noc name was used as a trade name by the Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett Company. Taking the name and rearranging the letters we come up with Conover. Charles Conover was a Vice President of the HSBC company. This name did not just apply to fishing lures, but to reels, guns, knives and much much more under the HSBC company. Inside we see a beautiful 3 Hook single belly weight underwater minnow painted in green crackle back. This glass eyes beauty is in truth a series 903 made by the South Bend Bait Company of Indiana. The example is sold with a wood slide top box with paper labels affixed on the end caps.

Rev O Noc Underwater Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

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Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure

Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure

The Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure was first introduced in 1940. The Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo Michigan gave this lure the model series number 6509. This wooden fishing fishing lure measures in at 3 3/4″ in length. This lure kinda stays within the same theme we see Shakespeare go with in the 1930’s.

The lure features a wooden tail an essentially is just a un-jointed Tantalizer fishing lure. The lure however was only made with the wooden pressed eyes. The lure features the same under painted keel fin. The antique lure has a notched mouth where the scripted dive plate is affixed using the forward line tie. This antique fishing lure features two treble hooks to secure it prey , one is forward of the keel the other is attached via screw eye in the center of the tail fin. The lure was available in a myriad color scheme finishes and came in the collector favorite photo finishes as well as some of the standard like yellow perch and Strawberry Spot as shown in the antique lure gallery below.

Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure Photo Gallery

Shakespeare Fisher Bait Photo Finish Lure Gallery

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Lakeland Products Mystery Lure

Lakeland Products Mystery Lure

The Lakeland Products Mystery Lure has gone by a few names in its lifetime. This version of the Mystery lure was made in the early 1950’s by the Lake-Land Products Company out of Detroit Michigan. This antique lure is a plastic lure made in a leg bait type fashion. The lure features a long bill or nose which has the front line tie attachment. The lure features two trailing treble hooks both hanging from the antique lure via a wire. This fishing lure is shown in its correct version box that has a graphic photo on the front box label. The lure was offered in few different colors over its lifespan.

Lakeland Products Mystery Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-25T17:47:52+00:00 May 22nd, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Lakeland Products Mystery Lure

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 Frog Spot Photo Gallery

Bear Creek Tweedler Red and White Color Pattern Lure Gallery

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Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure

Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure

The Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure was introduced around 1905-1909. I give a date range as the books say one thing and I have dug up advertising that says it was new that dates to 1909. Either way its a very early lure and another one of our century club members. The Convertible Coaxer was just that it was a coaxer defined or made to be used in different situations wherthe rit be open water or weed filled. The normal Coaxer lure has the standard rear affixed single hook, the convertible has that plus, a detachable double hook under the belly, and another single hook attached to the single hook from the rear allowing a pork rind to be attached to the antique lure. The lure was available in the standard 1 1/4 inch size and a larger musky size measuring in at 2 3/8″ in length.

Jamison unlike the other makers, had different or specific labels affixed to their boxes which described the lure and its use.
This box describes: The only convertible bait made. This bait can be used as a strictly weedless bait when desired by removing the double hook from the bottom of the bait. This can be done in two seconds and it can be put back as readily. The double hook should be used only when in open water out of the weeds.

I did a small article on the Convertible Coaxer that can be viewed by clicking the highlighted link.

Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure Photo Gallery

2016-10-26T11:41:17+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure

Artificial Lures for Black Bass

Artificial Lures for Black Bass Artificial Lures for Black Bass

The Chapter Artificial Lures for Black Bass out of  a 1905 “The Book of Basses”  is a great read. The article is about their opinions on artificial lures and the experience the author has had. You also note the illustrations are done by Louis Rhead. the famous fly tier. They cover great antique lures such as the Coaxer, the Dowagiac, the Yellow Kid, Silver Soldier and many more. I wished there had been a color plate of the lures rather than black and white, but its still enjoyable none the less. I also find interesting his choice of lures as the Coaxer was though to have come out in 1905, and I would think that it would pose an interesting challenge for speedy publishing to release a lure, fish it, evaluate and print an article the same year as the lure was introduced.

I’m also perplexed at to what the Dowagiac Bronze Number 3 is? I’m guessing it would be a modified 400 or series 450 do to the photographed shape and is found in the bronze or gold coloring and without a rear spinner or a Heddon underwater Expert (but that never came in Bronze as far as I know). It couldn’t be an Artistic with a single hook it was said to have been released in 1907. Cant be the #20 Baby Dowagiac as it was 1909. What is it? I would love to hear or see your post in the comments on what it could be, the Heddon Killer or modified underwater expert lure.

Bv JAMES A CRUIKSHANK

     THE black basses have a special interest for the sport loving angler by reason of the variety of methods by which they may be taken In many waters they will rise readily to the artificial fly. A small spinner or spoon preceding a fly of fairly good size furnishes a lure light enough to use with a heavy fly rod and will generally produce abundant sport when the fish are taking a surface bait. Natural bait such as minnows frogs, helgramites, grasshopper,s crickets, worms, and even small mice will each be found taking at times. And artificial lures some in imitation of minnows frogs helgramites bugs and mice others of startling originality as to form color and motion either in air or water and resembling nothing ever seen by the eye of man in the air on the earth or in the waters under the earth are now offered in bewildering profusion. Despite the first impression of the incredulous angler many of these strange devices will bring rises and strikes a plenty. Artificial Lures for Black Bass Artificial Lures for Black Bass

 

    Bass may be taken in swift running rivers by methods analogous to those of fly fishing for trout. In ponds and lakes they may be taken by casting and trolling either […]

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Jacobs Polly Frog Lure

Jacobs Polly Frog Lure

   The Jacobs Polly Frog Lure was patented in 1942, and as stated on its box “Being a lure for all game fish”. From the already famous maker of the Jacobs Hoss or Horse Fly lure, we see a new offering. The Polly Frog antique fly lure was available in 4 Size: 1 1/4″, 2″, 2 1/2″ and 3″ in length. This wooden painted eye, almost always yellow with black iris is a great little catch. The lure is multi-segmented, the front sphere shaped spots the forward line tie and a single double hook underneath the antique lure. The aft section of the lure being the legs, has two single hooks partially covered by colorful tufts of hair. The lure was made in a variety or an array of colors ranging from the traditional frog color to black and white, blue and yellow, red and white, black and yellow, solid gold and many others. Needles to say Edward Lee Jacobs or E.L. Jacobs to whom most refer had another great lure to add to his already Vicksburg Michigan fly and fishing lure offerings.

Jacobs Polly Frog Lure Gallery

2016-06-19T02:01:30+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Jacobs Polly Frog Lure

Chase a Bug Lure

Chase A Bug Lure

The Chase a Bug Lure is just a really really neat neat lure out of Detroit Michigan, and made in a great looked molted green color. The fishing lure was made by Leo Krozaleski, the founder of Leon Tackle Company. The Chase a Bug when pulled through the water spins the propeller moving the mouth up and down, or open and closed, intimating a fish eating. This antique lure is made of plastic is 3″ in length and has two treble hooks. I’m uncertain if the box with it is the correct, that how it was found. The antique fishing lure dates to 1956 and was made in a variety of colors, I don’t believe it lasted very long or was a successful fish catcher. While it may not get credit for being an all around fish getting machine, it gets extra points in the cool or neat column.

Chase A Bug Lure Gallery

2016-12-08T18:41:34+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Chase a Bug Lure

Catch Magazine February March Issue 45

Catch Magazine

Catch Magazine photographically speaking is at the top there’s no one out there better than Todd Moen and Catch Magazine. Issue 45 the Febuary and March issue continues down that path. The path to providing a thinnest veil or window pane between us the end user and the glass itself. Todd videos were some of the first I came across years ago and still today leave me speechless and wanting for more. From the use of Drones to underwater cinematography Todd is top shelf. Issue 45 continues with it s exploration of New Zealand and Cuba. Both destinations are on my bucket list.

The newest issue can be found here… Catch Magazine February March Issue 45

The Season 7 Compilation does not disappoint and will leave you wanting more.

And finally with such a short easy winter one cannot help but yearn to pull a beast up from the deep. Anyone who’s ever latched on to a bass on a fly and felt the strength of a black eyed monster hit, because your fly traversed its nest can attest to the rush.  While this video is 6 seasons older it takes me to where I want to be, rain and all. Not to mention this made me a No. 1 super fan of the Honda CT 110.

2016-06-18T03:01:32+00:00 March 12th, 2016|Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Catch Magazine February March Issue 45

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