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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

Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

The Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat lure was first introduced in 1938 and given a model series number 5400. Another lure in the series of popular hair baits designed and made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This antique fishing lure has a distinctive face and feature. The front mouth or head of the lure is large and concave with the forward line tie attached within. This wooden fishing lure measures 1 3/4″ in length and weighs 5/8oz.

The Surface Ding Bat was made though 1955 and was available in 9 standard finishes over its production. The lure features two glass eyes, two double hooks and even has a single belly weight. The example below is a complete one, coming its its correct box with hang tag.

The New Surface Ding Bat

A surprise package for both fish and fisherman, remarkably weedless with the hook points turned up and a sure hooker of all fair strikes. Use it in a series of short jerks, and sudden spurts of movement alternated with plenty of lying idly quiet for after night fishing try the all black color. Use this bait along the shallow shore lines and weed patches. Work it slowly and see the big bass go for it.  Made in the following finishes:

No. 5400 – Natural Pike Scale
No. 5401 Natural Perch Scale
No. 5403 Red & White
No. 5404 […]

2017-12-19T08:20:28+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure

Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure

The Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure is a cool little antique lure. The Polly Wiggle is born of the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana, and was a model series number 1700. This smaller wooden lure measures in at 1 1/4″ in length and was first introduced in 1924. The glass eyed antique lure only lasted less than a decade in the Creek Chub lure line up. he lure was originally made with a weed guard and was meant to be fished with a pork rind.

The lure was only cataloged in two colors, frog spot as shown in the photo gallery and red and white. The antique lure can be found with a few different eye configurations. The antique fishing lure came with the double line, one on the top of the lure and the other affixed off the smallish stamped diving lip. The lure had a small inset belly weight off center to the rear of the lure and a large, for its size, , single trailing hook.

Creek Chub Polly Woggle Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:25:51+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure

Old Fighter Lure

Old Fighter Lure

This Old Fighter Lure was first made in 1950. The Old Fighter fishing lure was made by the Beaver Bait Company out of Ambridge, Pennsylvania. The plastic lure feature a distinct row of beads in the middle section of the lure on both sides. The colored beads which have small spinners in between are free to slide up and down the wire. The antique lure has a single forward line tie and two treble hooks. The front of the box reads; Spin Fin Action, Casting and Trolling for all Game Fish. This antique fishing lure is very popular with collectors and came in quite a few different colors making it fun to collect. Frog Spot is shown in the Gallery but these others are available as well
Red and White
Black Bass
Frog
Rainbow
Gold Shiner
Yellow
Blue Shad

Old Fighter Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:35:31+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Old Fighter Lure

Gee Wiz Frog Lure

Gee Wiz Frog Lure

The Gee Wiz Frog Lure was first introduced in 1930. This great frog was made by the All Star Bait Company, out of Chicago Illinois. This is the regular sized from measuring in at 4 3/8″ in length. The frog lure was a musky size version as well. This wood core rubber covered lure looks quite ingenious. The lure features a rolling wheel attached to the bottom to roll over obstacles. The wheel was an option when purchasing.

The string would pull making the legs give a kicking motion upon retrieval. The antique frog lure features a single hook affixed to the aft end to catch its pray. The frog is shown with the correct plain type yellow box, which proclaims: Its the Kick That Gets Em Quick.

Gee Wiz Frog Lure Photo Gallery

2017-11-01T08:19:57+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Gee Wiz Frog Lure

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

The Heddon Plunking Basser Lure is a smaller lure than its bigger brother the Heddon Basser antique lure. The Plunking Basser is a wooden lure measuring 3″ inches in length. The lure was given a model series number 8400 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. This lure features 2 treble hooks instead of the standard 3 on the Heddon Basser 8500 series. The 8400 Plunking Basser is rather scarce in numbers and can be fun but very challenging to assemble a color collection.

The lure in the gallery below is shown with two piece hook hardware, dating it to the early to mid 1930’s through 1948. The lure has a single line tie that is mounted in the mouth above the typical Bass mouth plate. The antique fishing lure would have come in a H.R Brush box.

The antique fishing lure gallery below shows examples in both Perch Color; Code L and Rd and White; Code 02.

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:24:55+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

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

Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

The Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200 series lure is the Bass Size offering. Fred Rinehart of Newark Ohio, began producing this middle size version around 1940, three years after he (technically) started his business. The Bass size Jinx would be produced for over two decades, or 22 years to be more precise. This plastic made lure measures just 2 1/4″ in length and two trebles for securing the fish. The lure was originally made for dual purpose. By adjusting the screw in the diving lip you could turn it from a lure that swims to deep depths and the other way to produce a mode top water oriented lure.

There are a few different version of boxes you can find them paired with from the early Blue and white to the later red & yellow, and sandwiched in the middle is the more recognized tri-color, fish jumping flavor. The Rinehart Jinx can be a fun one to collect as they came in a sizable host of various colors, and not only will the colors differ from each other, but lures similar in color may vary by the location or which factory produced it. As you peel back the layers of the Rinehart Jinx you learn of the 3 different distinctive eras which had different molds and processes. The Jinx can provide many years of enjoyment collecting it with the box and paper and color differences and usually […]

2017-10-29T09:43:32+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

The Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure was first introduced in 1953. This lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was given a model series number 350. This Plastic spook lure was made in the likeness of all the previous runt spooks yet just made smaller. The antique fishing lure was made of the later more stable version of plastic, thus adhering to it’s “spook” roots. The lure had two smaller treble hooks both attached via bell rig hardware. The lure was stenciled or labeled on its belly Heddon Tiny Runt.

The lure can be found in a vast array of colors both cataloged and uncatalogued making it a joy to collect. The lure shown below is in one of those uncatalogued finishes Crystal Shad, or CS, and a Green Crawdad GRA. The lure would have come houses in the red bottom two piece plastic topped box marked 350Cs.

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure Photo Gallery

 

2017-07-25T07:25:04+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

Clewell Snakerbait Lure

Clewell Snakerbait Lure

The Clewell Snakerbait Lure was first introduced in 1926. Robert L Clewell from Canton, Ohio came up with this strange looking antique fishing lure that is very sought after by antique lure collectors. This painted early form of plastic or rubber wound or built onto a wire harness, in the shapes of a snake, or an earth worm measures 4 1/4″ in length. The antique lure features three standard removable or detachable hooks was well as a suspended weight that acts as a keel to prevent line twist upon retrieval. The Snakerbait was available in only three different colors, the red shown in the gallery and a green color and brown.

The Snakerbait shown below comes with its equally tough to find Orange and black border box. The box states “Snake Em Out With a Snakerbait”. Exclaiming, “For bass, pike or any game fish that will eat eel or a night crawler or that will fight a snake, the natural fish enemy. Reel Slowly. Give the fish a chance to wollup it”. It calls the weighted keel a “Roller Bearing Swivel”. The end flap of the lure box read that it’s a number 4. I assume that it’s for the burnt red-ish orange color.

Mr. Clewell also patented a Jointed head Snakerbait antique fishing lure, however non has ever been found to my knowledge. However, a picture of the patent for the Jointed Snakerbait can be seen in the […]

2017-06-28T16:45:54+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Clewell Snakerbait Lure

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

SJ Meyer Manhattan Lure

SJ Meyer Manhattan Lure

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

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

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

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

Long time collector Bill Sonnet adds: “The name “Manhatten” is the trade name for […]

2017-04-18T21:15:15+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Comments Off on SJ Meyer Manhattan 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

Shur Strike Small Dude Lure

Shur Strike Small Dude Lure

The Shur Strike Small Dude Lure was first released around 1941. The Creek Chub Bait Company under the Shur Strike Bait Companies name in Garrett Indiana produced this small wooden lure measuring just a hair over 1 3/4″ in length. With a name like “Small Dude” you know it has to be a cool lure, how could it not. This wooden lure given the Model Number “SD” was only was made for a short time in the lure line up, but had a good representation while it lasted.

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

Noteworthy, while the Small Dude antique fishing lure while shorter lived, it was however available in a litany of color finishes. These colors ranging from the standard Yellow Perch and Red & White’s to some super colors like Goldfish and Strawberry Spotted and […]

2017-03-30T08:47:25+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Shur Strike Small Dude Lure

Paw Paw Hair Mouse lure

Paw Paw Hair Mouse Lure

The Paw Paw Hair Mouse lure is a great little critter type antique lure. Popular with Mice and general collectors alike, the lure is circa 1930’s. The lure is a series number 60 in the Paw Paw Bait Company lure line up. The lure is the smaller version of the 2 natural hair mice produced. The antique fishing lure used real dear hair, that is banded at the head and again 75 percent of the way down the body. The lure can be seen below having a front prop on some and not on others.  Regardless of the front hardware, all have a single trailing treble hook in the rear of the lure.

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

Paw Paw Natural Hair Mouse Lure Gallery

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

Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure

Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure

The Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure is a unique lure even from its very name. This antique fishing lure was first introduced to the Creek Chub Bait Company line up in 1950. Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana, made the model number be this lures name. Although this Wooden Crawfish type lure is similar, the Seven Thousand Lure is distinctly different. The antique lure made of wood measures 2 3/4″ in length and weighs in at 3/4oz. The lure uses the same bead eyes and rubber legs that we have seen previously on the 300-400 series Crawdad. These little fellas are actually quite hard to find as Creek Chub only produced this lure for 4 years and was out of production by 1954. The lure features a larger diving lip to allow it to dive deeper that the traditional Crawdads.

The Seven Thousand Lure came standard in seven finishes.

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale
02 – Red & White
13 – Solid Black
18 – Silver Flash (Shown Below)
31 – Rainbow Fire
32 – Fire Plug

Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure Photo Gallery

2017-03-07T09:16:55+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure

Heddon Darting Zara Lure

Heddon Darting Zara

The Heddon Darting Zara lure dates back to 1933 if not a little earlier. This straight bodied fishing lure was Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan’s series model number 6600. The wooden, glass eyed lure measure 3 3/8″  inches in length, and had 3 trailing treble hooks. The Frog Spot Zara’s three trebles are secured with L rig hooks hardware making it one of the earliest versions, while the Silver Scale example is using the two piece flap rig hardware. The Zara is most commonly found in 2 piece flap rig hardware or toilet seat hook hardware.

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

The two cataloged colors seen most are:

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

A Heddon Antique Fishing Lure Lure catalog shows and states:

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

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Heddon Darting Zara Lure Photo Gallery

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

Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure

Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure

This Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure was made roughly around 1941. The Shur Strike Series of lures were Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana’s cheaper line up of lures. The Petite Spinner, Pumpkin Seed series were also referred to as the PS series. This antique lure was made from wood and measured 1 3/4″ in length. The PS was available in a few different configurations, the one shown below has a forward line tie two unmarked propellers. The PS lure had two treble hooks to secure its catch the center one held on with cup rig.

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

Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure Photo Gallery

2018-02-06T07:59:29+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure

Paul Bunyan Lure Counter Display

Paul Bunyan Lure Counter Display

This is a neat Paul Bunyan Lure Counter Display unit. This counter merchandising display dates to the 1940’s or early 1950’s. I also was pleasantly surprised to see they made and sold a combo whistle, I had no idea they ever sold these. If anyone owns one of these tore displays and wants to take a picture that I could add to the article I would welcome it.

Paul Bunyan’s De Luxe Display Cabinet

1 doz.  66     Bunyan “66”   @ $1.00

6 only 2800 Flash Eye Weedless @ $.90
6 only 2500 Flasheye Regular @ $.75
6 only 2300 Ruby Spoon @ $.75
1 doz 1900 Weaver, Regular @ $1.00
6 only 1950 Weaver, Deep @ $1.00
1 doz 2100 Artful Dodger @ $.40
1 doz 110N Pike Spinner @ $.25
1 doz 110S Pike Spinner @ $.25
1 doz 111N 30 in Flasho Long Leader @ $.35
1 doz 111S 30 in Flasho Long Leader @ $.35
2 doz 33 Flasho Spinner @$.15
6 doz 6-in Steel Casting and Trolling Leader @ $.10
6 doz 6-in Steel Casting and Trolling Leader, 2 for $.25
1 doz 7000 Presto Sinker Set @ $.50
2 doz 2000 Fish Scaler @ $.10
1 doz 6000 Torpedo Float @ $.35

Here is Paul Bunyan’s outstanding Merchandising Unit, specially desiged and constructed for the dealer or operator who is limited to space, yet still desires to […]

2017-01-26T10:15:39+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Paul Bunyan Lure Counter Display

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

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

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

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure Photo Gallery

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

Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure

Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure

The Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure is a great little antique lure. The lure was Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana’s model number 6400. This small, pear shaped, painted eye, wooden antique fishing lure measures in a 1 3/4″ in length. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941 and made it all the way to 1978, despite having a minor hiatus between 1955-69. The lure came with the normal patented diving lip, but for a small period when the deep diving lip was made available on the Tiny Tim. There are a few rare examples as shown in the gallery below that have no lip, or eyes. The antique lure had a single forward line tie, and a single belly weight to help it dive deep. Installed on this smallish lure were two treble hooks one forward of the belly weight attached via the typical Creek Chub Cup Hardware, the other secured by the rear inset cup hardware.

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

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White (Shown in Gallery Below)
18 Silver Flash
24 Red Wing Black Bird (Shown in Gallery Below)
25 White Scale
26 Red and White […]

2018-02-06T08:02:12+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure

Barracuda Brand Antique Lure Line Up

Barracuda Brand Antique Lure Line Up

This Barracuda Brand Antique Lure Line Up sheet was part of a catalog sent out to tackle dealers in the 1950’s. The sheet focuses on 12 of its current fishing lure line up and explains to dealers the features, functions, and benefits and packaging of each antique lure. I unfortunately don’t have the entire catalog showing the color palate.

King Cuda Lure King Cuda Lure

King Cuda

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

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

Florida Shiner Lure Florida Shiner Lure

Florida Shiner

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

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

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

Florida Shad Lure Florida Shad Lure

Florida Shad

A Slim flat sided lure […]

2017-01-02T10:44:35+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Barracuda Brand Antique Lure Line Up

Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure

Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure

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

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

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

Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure Photo Gallery

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

Keller Gets Em Lure

Keller Gets Em Lure

The Keller Gets Em Lure was first introduced in 1916. Made in Rochester, Indiana this antique fishing lure is just cresting the century old mark. This colorful wooden, antique fishing lure measures in at 3 1/4″ in length. This vintage minnow came in a painted eye and no eye version. The lure has three treble hooks to secure its catch and uses a screw in type hardware. Probably my favorite part of this antique fishing lure is its use of the external belly weight.

Often misidentified and similar to the Meyers & Spellman minnow lures from Shelby Michigan. One of the easiest ways to tell is the shape of the prop. The Keller with come with Keller stenciled on the backbone of the lure. The fishing lure uses two elongated rectangle or square with its tip bent upwards propellers on the for and aft of the antique lure. The lure can be found in a few different color variations of the swirl or sash type color scheme.

Keller Gets Em Lure Photo Gallery

2016-11-17T19:04:14+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Keller Gets Em Lure

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. […]

2016-09-28T10:31:51+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Comments Off on Jamison Nemo Antique Lure

Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure

Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure

The Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure was first introduced around 1965. This wooden antique fishing lure was made by the Smithwick Bait Company, of Shreveport Louisiana. The antique lure was given a series C-2200. The lure is in a black and white shore color, color code #24. The ure is roughly 3″ on length.

This Wood Chug has a scooped face like most top water popper type lures, however this scoop has a slight angle making one side higher than the other. Inset into the center of the dished out face is the single forward line tie. The lure has painted eyes on the under side of the lure. The fishing lure employs the use of two standard treble hooks to secure its catch. It uses a surface style hardware on the body of the treble and the rear loop to hold the aft most hook.

Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-05T18:24:21+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Comments Off on Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure

Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow

Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure

The Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1925. This antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo Michigan was a series number 721. This wooden minnow was another in Shakespeare’s attempts to create a Salt Water bait casting minnow. The lure was very short-lived and is rather tough to come by. This antique lure measures 3″ in length, and is a bit wider than the sea witch which came out a few years later. The lure has glass eyes and a distinctive inverted 90 degree angle chin or cut away. The has a heavy-duty forward line tie and two treble hooks to catch its prey.

The lure was available in a small amount of colors such as the salt water flitter below. You notice the cup rigging is set between 2 belly weights. Finding one in decent shape can be a challenge as well.

Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-23T12:53:10+00:00 July 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow

South Bend Plunk Oreno Lure

South Bend Plunk Oreno Lure

The South Bend Plunk Oreno Lure was a short lived antique fishing lure beginning in 1929 and only lasting 3 years in this form. The lure was given a model series number 929, by the South Bend Bait Company. This antique wooden lure measures 3 3/4″ in length with a weight of 5/8 oz. The lure has a Plunker type scooped out face at the front of a tapering cigar-shaped form.  Its stenciled just rear of the head running horizontally, Plunk-Oreno. The antique fishing lure had 2 treble hooks one just in front of the center point of the bait, and the other at the aft end attached via screw eye. The lure was made with both glass as shown below and painted eyes and has a single forward line tie in the center of the scooped face.

The Plunk Oreno antique lure was available in a half-dozen color scheme configurations.

F Frog
P Pike Scale (Shown in Gallery Below)
Rain Rainbow
RH Red Head White Body
SF Scale Finish Green Blend
YP Yellow Perch Scale Finish

The 1929 South Bend Lure Catalog exclaims; “Designed and approved for the method of fishing that is fast gaining so much popularity, particularly in Florida. The Plunk Oreno is the stand by of many anglers who know the results obtained from using it. Its action is different, it’s weight is just right to place it accurately where you just “know” […]

2016-07-11T23:32:26+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Comments Off on South Bend Plunk Oreno Lure

Harkauf Jacob Mick Rotary Head Lure

Harkauf Jacob Mick Rotary Head Lure

This Harkauf Jacob Mick Rotary Head Lure is a lure I thought I’d share due to some of the great input and responses I got from the Manhattan post. I had also received some great info from Terry Oxley, author and collector of Rotary Head Lures.

Looking through Terry’s Book, I learned a lot, the book is titled  “Rotary Head Lures”  which can be ordered through Dr. Todd and Whitefish Press via the link in the name above. Please support these authors, and purchase these books, who for the price of a few pizzas have given you knowledge that has taken untold costs and decades to amass.

After sharing both lures with Terry He Writes: “ I would be inclined to call the one in the purple box a Harkauf. This lure is exactly the type they made, and they were known for selling lures to other companies for resale. This is probably one of those lures, and unless there are other markings on the box I’m not sure there will ever be a way to tell which company sold it. That is a really neat different trade box label though.

Collector Bill Sonnet writes about the relationship between Harkauf and Jacob Mick on page 58 of his book entitled “Deconstructing Old Ads Vol II” . This work can also be purchased from Whitefish Press and the link inside the book […]

2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Harkauf Jacob Mick Rotary Head Lure

Pepper Roamer Antique Lure

Pepper Roamer Antique Lure

The Pepper Roamer Antique Lure was patented in 1908. Joseph E Pepper of Rome, New York the inventor of this bug type lure. Whether from 235 1/2 South James Street, or 217 Lynch Street in Rome New York Pepper would rival in production the variety of lures to that of any of the top tier lure maker. Pepper would fasten from wood to feather, from metal to rubber composition a multiplicity of fishing lures to attract a great number of types of fish. From a family who’s roots grew deep Joseph would create many items such as the Roamer lure for us collectors to covet.

The Roamer, patent number 855861 was issued in 1908 in the US and 1909 in Canada and can be seen below. With a rounded head and a cigar shaped tapered thorax, the Roamer antique fishing lure was made of wood. The fishing lure featured a series of legs down each side of the abdomen made from rubber at first then string. When reeled in the legs would move back and forth to imitate the motion of that of a live bug. The lure can be found with variations of both eyes and a front and rear spinners or the lack there of.

The Roamer was said to have been made in 5 different sizes and came housed in a Purple labeled picture box. The antique fishing lure had 3 trebles, two located just […]

2016-07-10T17:47:19+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Pepper Roamer Antique Lure

Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure

Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure

The Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure was first introduced in 1919. This wooden chunk bait antique fishing lure measure 2 1/4″ in length and was rather plain in appearance. The lure features a single forward screw eye line tie at the nose of the lure. Having only one double hook atached at the rear face of the lure via a faceted screw eye. This directly apposes or is in the opposite direction at which the lure retrieved, allowing the lure to boast its wededless properties. The lure wass only availble in a small limited amount of colors.

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The ad above exclaims; “Wilsons Grass Widow This chunky little bait shown above is weedless but not fishless. Slides in and out up among the pads and rushes. Sure sets the big ones wild when they are lying up in the shallows. Gathers in every fair strike.

 

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Here is Art Wilson’s Latest- a Black Bass Contest! $200 in Prizes

Art Wilson says that there must be a few really sizable bass still residin in the waters of this here North America. Art allows also that he would kinda like to see the color of their hair. So he has rigged up a friendly little contest for all good bass fisherman. Fair […]

2016-07-07T23:38:30+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure

Weezle Bopper Antique Lure

Weezle Bopper Antique Lure

The Weezle Bopper Antique Lure was introduced around 1946. This wooden model appears to be a featherless version of the it’s brethren the Sparrow. Manufactured by it’s namesake The Weezle Bait Company out of Cincinatti, Ohio. The lure had a single forward line tie that was attached in the center of the rippled face. Instead of a flat or a concave face to the top water lure the Weezle has a very distinguishable rippled face. The antique lure has two treble hooks the denter attached via screw eye and the rear attached via screw eye. This top water fished also has a rear spinner to help attract its prey upon retrieval.

The lure is shown housed in its correct green and white box. The woonde no eyed lure is painted frog spot in color. The end labeled F4, and the fron proclaiming it as “A Superior Top water Lure.”

Weezle Bopper Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-06T23:06:15+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Weezle Bopper Antique Lure

Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure

Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure

The Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure is part of the foundation of the antique fishing lure company. This lure was available in 1902 and was advertised in the early Shakespeare of Kalamazoo catalogs such as “The Art of Bait Casting”, “How to Catch Bass”, and “Finer Points of Fishing Tackle”. This hollow metal fishing lure was advertised to measure 6″ in length, has 3 over sized treble hooks attached via split ring to secure its catch. This Musky Revolution fishing lure features two propellers one on the front the other between the main body and the rear lure section. This antique lure features a fixed front line tie and notched props and is likely a later version around 1909/1910. The earliest came in Black boxes showing a photo of the antique lure on the cover.

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The Baits That Catch Fish

The Shakespeare Revolution bait is a surface bait and is used in casting or trolling in water from three to ten feet deep and just outside the weeds and lily ponds and rushes.

Last season this bait caught literally tons of fish and anglers who never before could catch fish landed big strings of bass it being no uncommon thing to catch one hundred bass in one day.

In the water it struggles as if alive and […]

2016-07-06T13:39:16+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure

Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure

Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure 1914-1924

The Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1914 and assigning it a model number 3900. This wooden antique fishing lure was made by Pflueger, Enterprise Manufacturing Compay of Akron, Ohio. The lure shown is the first version, or the “Hole Eye”version, featuring painted holes for eyes. The antque lure measures 3 3/4” in length and uses the Neverfail hardware (which was patented in 1911) to secure two of the three teble hooks. The lure was offered in 7 lure color schemes consistant with the era and shown in the ad below.

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The Liveliest of the “Live Ones”

Stock this New Floater, Diver and Wiggler and See Your Trade Grow

Brought out at close of the 1914 season this new artificial minnow leaped into instant popularity. The result of 51 Years os successful tackle building is represented in Pflueger “Surpise” Minnow.

We offer this minnow to the trade as representing the highest in artificial bait.

Our reputation as the largest fishing tackle builders in the World stands behind this bait.

The Surprise is a floating bait which dives the instant reeling it in is commenced the depth being controlled by the speed of reeling. As it comes in it’s peculiar construction causes the bait to wiggle and dart about with the eccentric movements of a live minnow. The motions that arouse the combative instincts of […]

2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure

Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure

Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure

The Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure was introduced around 1946. This odd shaped antique lure was made by the Zinc Artificial Bait Company out of Dixon, Illinois. This wooden cork screw shaped lure measures 2 1/2″ in length. The lure has painted eyes and a two section body.  The front line tie attaches through the forked horizontal metal diving plane. Coming out from underneath the chin is a two prong weedless device. The antique lure itself having only one treble hook hanging from the rear of the lure. The back cork screw section rotates independent of the front. The picture box shows the lure in use, as well as the box exclaims “The Words Only Instant Convertible 2 Purpose Lure”.

This lure as well as many others are available now if you click on the Current Ebay Auctions tab on the right or by following this link. Current Ebay Auctions . If you have any lures you would like to consign please contact us.

Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure Photo Lure

2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure

Keeling Surface Tom Lure

Keeling Surface Tom Lure

The Keeling Surface Tom Lure was first introduced in 1920. This wooden antique fishing lure was 3 1/4″ in length. The lure came with forward setting glass eyes, a line tie under the chin but atop the diving lip part of the sled.  The antique keeling lure is what I believe is called Yellow with Side Stripes color code 08. The antique fishing lure has two treble hooks one to the front attached to the patented sled the rear attached to the rear screw eye. The sled is Marked Keeling on the back of the front circle and the patent date on the rear.

Keeling Surface Tom Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-09T16:38:44+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Keeling Surface Tom Lure

Heddon Wee Tad Lure

Heddon Wee Tad Lure

The Heddon Wee Tad Lure was made around 1980. This Fishing lure only made it a few years in the James Heddon Fishing lure line up and was gone by 1983 and came in the green diamond two piece slide top lure box. This is one of the later lures Ive featured, but it no less important and can be rather ough to seek out and put a color collection together.

The Wee Tad measures in at 1 1/4″ in length is made of plastic. The weed tad has a single small line tie with a split ring attached. The Wee Tad can be identified by the stencil on the back of the lure. The small panfish lure has a small treble to snag it’s catch. The fishing lure was given a series model 590 and was available in various different colors.

This item is available in this weeks Ebay auctions here: Heddon Wee Tad

Heddon Wee Tad Lure Photo Gallery

2016-10-17T13:07:29+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Wee Tad Lure

Creek Chub River Scamp Lure

Creek Chub River Scamp Lure

The Creek Chub River Scamp Lure was a model number 4300. This was first introduced in the Creek Chub antique lure catalog in 1934. The Scamp lure would last almost 2 decades. The Scamp is similar in looks to the Baby Pike although the lure is more of a wedge shape. This wooden, glass eyed minnow lure measured in at 2 1/2″ in length. The lure also differed from Pikie’s as it has a single belly weight making it a underwater lure. The lure had a few changes over time and at one point could be bought with a deep diving lip. The lure has two treble hooks the center connected with cup and the rear connected with the screw eye.
The antique lure was available in a half dozen colors.
00 Pike
01 Perch
02 Res and White
05 Dace (Shown in Gallery Below)
08 Rainbow
18 Silver Flash

Creek Chub River Scamp Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-27T00:29:54+00:00 June 27th, 2016|Comments Off on Creek Chub River Scamp Lure

Joliet Spinner Lure

Joliet Spinner Lure

The Joliet Spinner Lure was introduced around 1902.The Joliet Spinner would end up being made by both G. Bruton of Joliet, Illinois and later by New Jersey Aluminum Co. This metal spiral antique fishing lure is a simple twisting piece of metal that was offered in multiple sizes and had the patent stamped into the metal.The lure has a forward split ring and a rear feathered treble hook. The lure would rotate like a corkscrew when being retrieved through the water.

The antique lure in the gallery below is shown in the correct black box that had no writing, photo or description. The fishing lure is also accompanied by the card stating the size to which the lure would have been sewn. The box and card are much harder to locate than just the lure, making this a very desirable box and antique lure combination.

Joliet Spinner Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-24T22:50:26+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Comments Off on Joliet Spinner Lure

Harlow Casting Spoon Lure

Harlow Casting Spoon Lure

The Harlow Casting Spoon Lure was patented in 1888. This Pre 1900’s fishing lure was made by John H Harlow, of auburn New York. The patent was for the use of the retractable hook and spoon. There isn’t very much info out there about Harlow.There are lures out there stamped with his name, usually kidney spoon or hook to spoon types.  However there are other lures out there that are attributed to him but not marked. There is also speculation of Harlow and a affiliation with Henry Loftie at the end of Loftie’s fishing tackle endeavors.

The Casting spoon itself is a horizontally stamped ribbed and fluted front and back. Running vertical in the center of the front is the Patent date, Fed 28, 88. The antique lure is usually found with a small box swivel already attached to the line tie. On the reverse of the antique fishing lure at the end of the line tie is the covered mechanism that allows the hook to retract behind the front pf the spoon.

The Casting spoon was also marketed by Reuben Wood’s Sons, and listed as the “Wood’s Crown Weedless Spoon”.

Harlow Casting Spoon Lure

 

2017-06-20T08:17:27+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on Harlow Casting Spoon Lure

Heddon Musky Surfusser Lure

Heddon Musky Surfusser Lure

The Heddon Musky Surfusser Lure was first introduced in 1937. This antique lure of Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan, was given a model series number 350. The antique lure made of wood measured 4″ in length. The lure had glass eyed a forward line tine and a forward and rear inscribed propellers. This large and fat fishing lure was fished on the top of the water. This Heddon Musky antique fishing lure was meant to fish for large game fish such as musky and northern pike and had large treble hooks to secure its catch once caught. The front large hook was held by an oversize toilet seat hook rigging and the rear used the large screw eye. The lure shown is in the Strawberry Spot color, however was offered in a few handfuls of standard colors.

Heddon Musky Surfusser Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-23T00:26:51+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|2 Comments

Creek Chub Spinning Deepster Lure

Creek Chub Spinning Deepster Lure

The Creek Chub Spinning Deepster Lure was first introduced in 1953 and only lasted a very limited time. The antique lure was a model series number 9600 made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garret Indiana. This small deep diving plug received its name due to the large diving lip it possessed and it light weight causing it to make deep dives and erratic moves. This small wooden antique fishing lure on ever had painted eyes and its single line tie attached to the diving lip. The antique lure had two treble hooks to secure its catch. The Deepster lure was available in five different color scheme finishes but has been found in uncatalogued colors as well.
00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
18 Silver Flash (Shown in the Gallery Below)
36 Black Sucker

Creek Chub Spinning Deepster Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-22T14:21:16+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Creek Chub Spinning Deepster Lure

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

2017-06-29T08:37:21+00:00 June 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure

Biff Surface Wobbler Lure

Biff Surface Wobbler Lure

The Biff Surface Wobbler Lure was patented in 1925. This Single Wobbler was made by the Biff Bait Company out of Milwaukee Wisconsin. The antique lure itself is a kidney shaped piece of cork affixed to a aluminum frame. The lure features the frame that is attached to the front propeller making the whole lure rotate upon retrieval. The antique lure has a good sized front counter weight hanging off the front as well. The antique fishing lure has only the single treble hook trailing from the rear of the shaft. The lure was available in only a few different mottled type color paint schemes.

Biff Surface Wobbler Lure

2016-07-25T17:45:01+00:00 May 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Biff Surface Wobbler Lure

Creek Chub Fin Tail Shiner Lure

Creek Chub Fin Tail Shiner Lure

The Creek Chub Fin Tail Shiner Lure was first introduced in 1924. This glass eyed, wooden, antique lure was Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana model series number 2100. The Fintail shiner is 4 inches in length. The lure has glass eyes and the new improved lip which held one of the two lines ties on the lure. Its tell tale features however were its dorsal, pectoral and rear fins.

The antique lure evolved over time as far as the composition or type of product used. The first were made of rubber then on to cloth and finally it was changed over to metal fins that could weather the environmental changes sitting in a metal tackle box much better. The fishing lure used two large treble hooks secured by the traditional cup hardware to snag and hold its prey. The lure was available in a half dozen different colors besides the Perch Scale shown in the gallery.

01 Perch Scale (Shown in Gallery)
02 Red and White
03 Silver Shiner
04 Golden Shiner
05 Red Side / Dace
18 Silver Flash

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The catalog ad states:

“With its beautiful, natural colors, scale finish, flat sides, swishing tail, flexible fins-and patented mouthpiece-this lure is as near like a living, breathing, wiggling minnow as […]

2016-10-26T11:41:19+00:00 April 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Creek Chub Fin Tail Shiner Lure

Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure with Buoy

Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure with Buoy

The Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1907. This wooden glass eyed Heddon Dowagiac antique fishing lure was a series number 50. The lure was available with a single, a double and a triple belly weight in this tiny unit. The lure was available with a solid black buoy that had a line tie on each end. The lure was first introduced in a maroon double border intro box. This box was dual purpose and was used for the Baby Dowagiac series 20 minnow lure as well. This antique Heddon lure was roughly 1 3/4″ in length and featured a front propeller and often times a single trailing dressed buck tail treble hook.

As stated in a 1908 Abbey and Imbrie Catalog showing the Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure:

“This Bait carries with it a novelty which we can term a “weight buoy.” It is enameled dark lead color and can be attached on the like 3 inches above the minnow, there by giving additional weight when desired for casting, and to prevent the minnow from sinking too rapidly in shallow water.”

No. 50   Yellow Body, Fancy Mottled Back (Crackle Back)
No. 51   Gold Body, and Greenish Cast Back.

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Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure with Buoy Photo Gallery

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2016-10-26T11:41:21+00:00 April 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure with Buoy

South Bend King Andy Lure

South Bend King Andy Lure

The South Bend King Andy Lure was a very short lived lure. The King Andy was once again another antique lure that was a victim to the model sharing number scheme of the South Bend Bait Company. The lure was a model series number 975, which was also shared by the Two Oreno and the Pike Oreno. The lure however was only made for roughly 2 years, and is not easy to find due to the short run. The lure when found used is also usually poor due to being fishing in salt water. The King Andy lure was first introduced in 1951 and gone by 1953. The wooden, pressed eye Bass Oreno type lure was 4 5/8″ in length and was a beefier salt water or big game version of the Bass Oreno. The fishing lure also features a silver plate on its back, a flasher of sorts to attract more fish. The King Andy is marked on its belly up by the forward or front cup.

The lure was available in less than a half dozen colors:

AW    All White
RW    Red Arrowhead White Body
RY    Red Arrowhead Yellow Body
W(3)    White Body with Spots
Z    Zane Grey (Shown Below)

As stated in the 1951 South Bend Bait Company Lure Catalog: “Another Very effective lure for taking many surface and shallow water feeding salt water species, and for large Great Northern, […]

2016-10-26T11:41:21+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Comments Off on South Bend King Andy Lure

Moonlight 3 Hook Underwater Minnow Lure

Moonlight 3 Hook Underwater Minnow Lure

This Moonlight 3 Hook Underwater Minnow Lure dates to probably around 1928. The question as to why it took Moonlight 18 more years to jump into the popular style of fishing minnow we will never know. The 3T or 3 Hook glass eyed wooden lure features a forward and aft this style unmarked prop. This Moonlight Underwater Minnow Lure has painted eyes and is shown in what was a very popular Strawberry Spot color finish which was successful for other  makers such as Heddon and Pflueger. This underwater minnow lure has smaller cups than most underwater lures of this time and are attached via a screw eye. The antique fishing lure below is most likely a transitional lure going from Moonlight to Paw Paw.

Moonlight Underwater Minnow Lure Gallery

2016-06-23T15:28:07+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Comments Off on Moonlight 3 Hook Underwater Minnow Lure

Thoren Minnow Chaser Lure

Thoren Minnow Chaser Lure

The Thoren Minnow Chaser Lure was produced by its namesake A.H. Thoren. The lure was made in Chicago Illinois at 7407 Rhodes Ave. I’m not sure if they’ve ever pinned down a true start date. Some resources state 1928 and made by another manufacturer, Blake, of Casper Wyoming. While others that are later, such as this version shown dated to around 1940. What a cool and popular lure though no matter when it was made. Predator chasing its prey so to speak. We’ve seen this in other lures where they mimic the fish chasing a bug or another smaller fish. Both the two units are held together by a wire harness or leader of sorts. The lure was available in a few different color variations over the years.

Paperwork that is found with this version States: The Silvery Minnow swimming for dear life being chased by a fish. The latest 1940 lure. Something entirely new for the fisherman. This is a combination double action lure which works just as well for trolling as well as casting. It travels close to the surface when retrieved, with an action you have never seen before. You will get a big kick out of it just to watch it come in. The box its with tells us “Patent Pending”, a “New Bait with New Action”, For Fresh or Salt Water Fishing” gives a bit of insight but actually confuses matters even more as […]

2016-06-22T01:12:40+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Thoren Minnow Chaser Lure

Whirling Dervish Lure

Whirling Dervish Lure

The Whirling Dervish Lure is interesting antique lure. The lure itself is made plastic in the form of a drill bit of sorts. The lure dances across the top of the water as does its namesake across the dance area. The lure has a single trailing dressed treble hook. The Whirling Dervish was made by the Whirling Dervish Bait company out of Oklahoma City. The lure was somewhere in the late 40’s early 1950’s. The antique lure is shown in its correct box, and was available in 2 different sizes as well as a host of antique lure colors.

The Whirling Dervish gets its name from the action it makes while being retrieved. The Whirling Dervish is what we as westerners has called a certain sect or Turkish folk of the Mevlevi Order. They lived in what we might call coisters or monasteries, like monks. The group gets its name from the religious rituals it performs.

As written on another page: “The rituals of the Rumi’s followers (Whirling Dervishes) are among the enduring as well as the most exquisite ceremonies of spirituality. The ritual whirling of the dervishes is an act of love and a drama of faith. It possesses a highly structured form within which the gentle turns become increasingly dynamic as the individual dervishes strive to achieve a state of trans. The music that accompanies the whirling from beginning to end ranges from somber to rhapsodical; its […]

2016-06-22T01:09:38+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Whirling Dervish Lure