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Tight Lines Tuesday the Puritan

By | 2017-11-21T07:44:33+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday the Puritan by John Etchieson Sometime in the fall of 1621, the Puritans invited their Indian friends to join them in a three-day festival which we now call the first Thanksgiving. As an avid collector of all kinds of antique fishing tackle items, I just had to show off this 93 year [...]

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

By | 2017-11-17T14:21:07+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History This Wright McGill Eagle Claw History tale was taken from an excerpt from the Company in 1974. Stories like these breath life into the companies that we as collectors seek out. Being able to bring the different pieces of the puzzle to the table and recreate history with lore. Wright [...]

Heddon Basser Antique Lure

By | 2017-11-17T07:38:26+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Basser Antique Lure The Heddon Basser Antique Lure was first introduced in 1922. The great wooden Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure was in the Heddon lure line up for over three decades. The Basser lure was given a series model 8500. This glass eyed fishing lure was 4 1/4" in length and traditionally came [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika

By | 2017-11-14T07:06:46+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika by John Etchieson Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika; The Swastika was not always an evil symbol - 100+ years ago in 1914 this very rare "Speckled Beauty" fly fishing line featuring the lithographic image of a leaping Brown Trout was introduced and sold by the Ashaway Line and Twine Company [...]

Creek Chub Castrola Lure

By | 2017-11-07T06:59:12+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Castrola Lure The Creek Chub Castrola Lure is a lure that I've always wondered its namesake origin. The lure was given a model series number 3100 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. I've never figured out why and when looking it up it appears it may be a surname or [...]

Creek Chub River Rustler Lure

By | 2017-11-03T09:30:42+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub River Rustler Lure The Creek Chub River Rustler Lure was a short lived lure, first introduced in 1930 and only lasting until 1935. This lure a model series number 3700 was produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This smallish chunk type antique fishing lure is made of wood and [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday Pawtucket Braided Line Company

By | 2017-11-07T07:06:55+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday by John Etchieson Pawtucket Braided Line Company The Pawtucket Braided Line Company established in 1882 in Pawtucket Rhode Island by Alphonso G. Hazard, this firm produced cotton, linen and silk fish lines as well as shoe laces until about 1928 when the firm was sold to Horrocks Ibbotson of Utica New York. [...]

Old Fighter Lure

By | 2017-11-06T07:24:34+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

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 [...]

South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure

By | 2017-11-03T09:15:57+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure The South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure was first made in 1929 and was only made a few years and was gone around 1933. The lure was fashioned after the success of other lure makers such as Heddon and Creek Chub with their injured minnow and SOS lure products. This South [...]

Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure

By | 2017-11-01T08:35:33+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure The Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure is said it can be compared to the Shiner Lure series in overall sales. The Cast Top came in a multitude of sizes to meet the needs of most fishermen. The two sizes shown on this page are the the Rare 3 1/2", which [...]

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure

By | 2017-11-03T07:23:29+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure The Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure is a neat fishing lure. The lure had two distinct body evolution, the first of which was wood having 4 hooks set up very similar to the flat fish, than then moving to a plastic based body with only 2T. This curved body antique [...]

South Bend Min Oreno Lure

By | 2017-11-02T07:10:20+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Min Oreno Lure The South Bend Min Oreno Lure was first introduced around 1933 and was gone by 1939. This antique fishing lure made by the South Bend Bait Company was given a model number 927. The Minn Oreno fishing lures shown below are the Jr and middle sized version, or standard size, [...]

Creek Chub Jigger Lure

By | 2017-11-01T07:15:21+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jigger Lure The Creek Chub Jigger Lure was first introduced in 1933 and was available for 13 years. The wooden antique lure was a model number 4100 made by Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. This glass eyed wooden lure featured, has a head at a 45 degree angle which would guide [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday the Black Witch

By | 2017-10-31T08:42:53+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday the Black Witch by John Etchieson For Halloween today the BLACK WITCH brand fishing line would be the Ideal one to use. Made in the late 1930s by the Newton Line Company of Homer, New York, this black colored supreme silk casting line had a label featuring an image of a black [...]

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

By | 2017-10-29T22:29:45+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure The Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure is reported to have been one of his earliest lures. There are those who will argue that the Orlando shiner is the first. But what we cant argue about is the success of the Banana Lure. Fashioned in the Shape of a Banana this wooden lure [...]

Fishing Tackle Consignments

By | 2017-10-29T08:51:28+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Fishing Tackle Consignments Fishing Tackle Consignments Service. Have lures, reels, rods or sporting items to sell? Let us help you. Yes we directly buy items for our collection too, but if you’d rather enlist our help to make sure you receive current market value, let me help by selling it for you. Have a collection [...]

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

By | 2017-10-22T10:50:37+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure The Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure was first introduced in 1917 and lasted all the way through 1954. This antique fishing lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was given a model series number 200. This lure is the smaller version of the longer 100 Wiggler [...]

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team

By | 2017-10-28T08:34:36+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team Many people are not aware of a Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team and a Antique Fishing Lure company relationship. Well its true, there is a tie in between Americas Favorite Past Times, Baseball and Fishing. Many years ago in doing my research for the Old Fishing Lure website I came [...]

Hi Yo Lure in Box with Papers

By | 2017-10-27T12:42:30+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Hi Yo Lure The Hi Yo lure is a lure that give a fisherman or collectors great pause. Stopping for a minute to think what in heavens were they thinking. The antique lure is Circa 1947, this was a time when we see a increase or influx of fisherman in the US. The years following the great [...]

Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure

By | 2017-10-27T11:41:03+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure The Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure is a beauty to hold and admire. This huge big game fish wooden lure, has painted eyes, a large single red hand painted sweeping gill mark. The Shiner series lures were known far and wide, and was certainly one of, if not the lure [...]

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

By | 2017-11-01T08:16:21+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure The Heddon Tiny Spook Lure is a model series number 310. This small spook antique fishing lure measure a mere 1 7/8" in length. The lure only lasted for two years in Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure product line up starting in 1955 and gone by 1957. This antique [...]

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Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure

By | 2017-11-01T08:17:03+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure The Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure is another antique lure that mimics that of another fish in distress. Many of the major antique fishing lure manufactures of their day had a injured minnow type. It wouldn't be to far of an assertion to say Jim Pfeffer saw a need in [...]

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JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

By | 2017-11-01T08:17:57+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure The JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure is beset upon the old saying that imitation is the nearest and dearest form of flattery. John Chandler Griner is one of those artists. Being a fisherman at heart and having a need is how many of the lure makers both old and new [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare’s Indian Silk Lines

By | 2017-10-24T07:16:44+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare's Indian Silk Lines by John Etchieson 108 years ago in 1909 the William Shakespeare Jr. Tackle Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan adopted a new trade mark for its "Indian Silk Lines" using the profile of an Indian in a full feathered headdress. Many fishing tackle collectors today are familiar with the image [...]

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Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:29:28+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure The Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure was first introduced in 1925. The lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana would be a staple in their antique lure line up for more than a quarter of a century. This wooden, glass eyed lure was a model 2400 [...]

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Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

By | 2017-10-29T09:28:44+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series The Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941. This Crazy Crawler lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan would be a great seller for Heddon over the next few decades. The offered the wooden version in three different models and corresponding sizes. [...]

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Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:28:02+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure, Model 6800 came on the scene a lot later compared to the rest of the Pikie lure family, making its introduction in 1950. The antique lure made it almost 3 decades in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog, and disappeared with many [...]

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Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:27:15+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure is certainly one of the companies mainstays. The Jointed Pikie has a history that spans roughly 5 decades, or 50 years of fishing lure production. From various lure colors, the evolution of eye differences, lure composition, size of diving lips the Jointed Pikie [...]

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Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:26:30+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure was first introduced in 1938. While its inventory continued to be sold and was in the Creek Chub Bait Company lure catalogs until 1978, it was produced after 1965. This large jointed or segmented lure is brother to the traditional and straight [...]

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Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:25:40+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure The Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1939. The Creek Chub Bait Company out of Garrett Indiana assigned it a model Number 5800. The antique fishing lure was a larger version of the already successful Plunker lure, and measures in at 4 1/4 inches in length. Made [...]

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Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:24:02+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure This Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure is a series 3500. This wooden glass eyed Creek Chub Bait Company lure made in Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1929. The antique lure measures 5" inches in length. The Silver Flash Example below in the gallery is believed to have [...]

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Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:31:12+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

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 [...]

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Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:32:02+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure The Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure was introduced in the 1950's. The Lamprey Lure and Tackle Company made its home in Chicago like many other great lure companies. The companies lure portfolio was a pretty small one though making this large version and smaller baby version of the Terror. This plastic slab [...]

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Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:32:49+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure The Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure was first introduced in 1969. This Antique Lure was Heddon / Pradco in Ft Smith Arkansas model series number 362. This plastic spook lure is the largest of the Torpedo Spook lures and measures 3 1/4" inch in length. This antique lure features a single forward [...]

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Barracuda Blooper Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:33:31+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Barracuda Blooper Lure The Barracuda Blooper Lure was made by The Florida Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company, Barracuda Brand and was found in the 1940’s. The wooden lure was a series number 88 in the Barracuda brand line up. The lure can be found in an array of color scheme finishes besides the rainbow color pattern [...]

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Springfield Novelty Reel Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:34:17+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Springfield Novelty Reel Lure The Springfield Novelty Reel Lure was first introduced around 1932. If the antique lure looks familiar, it should. Its strangely similar to the other barber pole lure the Charmer lure. Both companies just happened to be from Springfield Missouri 2  decades apart. Well, to muddy the water a bit, Adolph Kunz partner [...]

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Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel

By | 2017-10-29T09:35:18+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Antique Reels|

Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel The Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel was first introduced in 1952. The beautiful reel expounded on the Heddon Pal line up and was the brother to the P-41. While not nearly as popular this vintage bait casting reel was only made for 2 short years, and gone from Heddon Catalogs [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special

By | 2017-10-10T11:18:23+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special by John Etchieson Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special, "Attention Kmart shoppers!" long before you had ever heard of our "blue light specials" we had specials ... We were called Kresge in those days, after the name of our founder S. S. Kresge who started our Kmart company in 1899. And, [...]

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Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:36:16+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure The Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure was first introduced to the Florida lure market around 1950. As Jim continued to expand, create and sell his successful creations. Having been in business by this point for over two decades he creates a lure very similar to that of the Orlando Shiner [...]

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South Bend Combination Minnow

By | 2017-10-29T09:37:10+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Combination Minnow The South Bend Combination Minnow was an early lure and was first produced in 1912 and was given a model series number 931 / 932. Only three years after the legal formation of the company, the South Bend Bait Co released this a model series 1932. This fishing lure would last [...]

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Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:38:05+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure The Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure comes from a company whose lure history dates back into the early 1920's. The Dunks Chipmunk lure lands on the opposite side of the time line dating to the late 1930's early 1940's. We've seen many lure makers over time try to mimic that what nature [...]

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Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:39:04+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure The Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure was the Paw Paw Bait Company's answer to the industry craving for injured minnows. Imitation being the nearest and dearest sense of flattery, or just pure marketing trying to get a piece of what was a booming business for both Heddon and [...]

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Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:39:57+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure The Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure was born in Garrett, Indiana. The Creek Chub Bait Company was looking to capitalize on its widely successful Plunker Lure line up. The midget plunker, made of wooden measuring 2 1/4" would be the second to smallest in the line and the smallest wooden [...]

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Shur Strike Crab Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:40:38+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Shur Strike Crab Lure This Shur Strike Crab Lure was first introduced around 1938. This Shur Strike minnow was made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana and given a series model, CR. This wooden, antique minnow measures 2 3/4" in length, and can be found in both Glass & Tack eyes. The [...]

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Creek Chub Plunker Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:41:37+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Plunker Lure The Creek Chub Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana fishing lure was assigned a model number 3200. The wooden antique lure was made for over a half a century in the Creek Chub lure line up. The fishing lure measure 3" in length and [...]

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Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:42:38+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow Lure The Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow Lure is an iconic Creek Chub Lure. The Baby Injured Minnow lures is the smaller of it brethren in the Injured Minnow series. This wooden glass eyed Creek Chub Bait Company lure is a model series number 1600. The lure was first introduced [...]

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Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

By | 2017-10-29T09:43:32+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

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 [...]

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Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:44:29+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure The Creek Chub Pop N Dunk lure was a model series number 6300. This antique fishing lure was first produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana in 1941 and ended in 1954. This antique fishing lure is wooden in composition, has glass eyes and measures 2 [...]

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Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

By | 2017-10-29T09:45:34+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

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. [...]

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