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Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

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 lure has painted eyes and uses Bell Rig Hardware to hold its 2 Trebles. The lure was available in a half a dozen colors including the one shown below in the Gallery. The lure is shown in its correct 2 Pc Plastic top box with red bottom. White with Black Spot as shown in the gallery is one of the more difficult finishes to find on the Tiny Spook.

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure Photo Gallery

2017-11-01T08:16:21+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure

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 his lure line up for such a lure. Jim started his business in the late 1920’s out of his garage in Florida. Jim Pfeffer lures seem to be the Heddon of the Florida lure makers to add and assimilation. Like Heddon, most of Jim’s work was copied or imitated by other Florida antique lure makers. 

The Crippled Minnow antique wooden lure features painted eyes and unmarked floppy props both for and aft of the lure. The lure features 3 treble hooks, two on the inside portion of the lure and the third at the rear after the prop. The two body trebles were attached via inset rimless cups. The lure was a flat slab made to swim on its side and is painted in the more common Pfeffer traditional paint scheme. This version, the largest of the three sizes available, measures close to 4″ in length. There are a couple subtitle body variations such as nose size and shape to give lure collectors more to search for. However other than roughly a half dozen colors and 3 sizes the Cripple Shiner lure is limited compared to […]

2017-11-01T08:17:03+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Jim Pfeffer Cripple Minnow Lure

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

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 got a start. J.C. Griner, of Orlando Florida used all of the lures he created to catch fish, as time went on and the original versions of the lures became harder to find or too expensive, JC took matters into his own hands (Pun Intended). Most of J.C.’s creations we the decade between the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The Orlando Shiner Lure looks and acts like the more famous original. The lure has a slender slab shaped wooden body measuring in at 4″ in length. The lure has the traditional painted eyes of the original. The antique fishing lure has dual props, both fore and aft, and 3T held on by a simpler eye screw. The Orlando Shiner is painted in a Green Back, Yellow belly with flitter. The paint combination is very similar to Pfeffer’s but being hand painted it gives rise to his artistic impression of the original.

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure Photo Gallery

2017-11-01T08:17:57+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Comments Off on JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare’s Indian Silk Lines

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 of this Indian who appeared on the line spool labels of Shakespeare’s “Indian Silk Lines” (1909 – 1923), but few, if any, have ever known who the Indian might actually be.

My research into his identity has revealed that the Indian in question was none other than the famous Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota (one of the seven tribes of the Sioux nation). Chief Red Cloud (1822 – 1909) was a renowned warrior and highly respected leader and later a diplomat between the Sioux nation and Washington D C. The announcement of Red Cloud’s death and the recognition of his many accomplishments were printed in many newspapers across the country. The Shakespeare Tackle Company continued to honor him on their fishing line spool labels for 13 more years following his death.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-10-24T07:16:44+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare’s Indian Silk Lines

Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure

Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure

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

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

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

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

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

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

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

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

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

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 of the other lures around 1978. This lure is available to collectors and fisherman in both glass and tack eyes. This wooden fishing lure measures 6 1/4″ in length weighing a whopping 3 1/2 oz. The lure having a heavy duty through wire construction attaching the two pieces of the body together as well as its three large treble hooks. The lure was made to focus on the big game fish such as striper, tarpon, musky and other salt and fresh water large game fish. 

The Jointed Striper Pikie antique lure can keep you as a collector busy trying to collect its 14 standard colors if trying to get each eye variant in each color. You will find the lure housed in its over-sized box either end labeled or end stamped.

The colors available are:
00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale (Shown Below)
02 – Red & White
04 – Golden Shiner
07 – Mullet
08 – Rainbow
13 – Solid Black
18 – Silver Flash (Shown Below)
31 – Rainbow Fire (Shown Below)
32 – Fire Plug (Shown Below)
34 – Blue […]

2017-10-29T09:28:02+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure

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 Snook Pikie, a model 5400. While it took 8 years past the 5400 to make it to production, the Model Number 5500 was assigned to this antique fishing lure which measures just under 5″ at 4 7/8″ and weighed 1 1/8 oz.

This mid sized Creek Chub lure was made out of wood with heavy duty through wire construction and a improved diving lip. This was done to no doubt add strength to its mid size so that just in case you met up with a beast from the deep you would be prepared. This glass eyed dandy came standard with three larger hooks to secure its game fish once caught.

Over its life span the Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure would be produced in a standard finish in a pallet of 14 colors. The Rainbow Fire Example shown below is a collector Favorite, and the Silver Shiner is Uncatalogued in a Box marked Special. The antique fishing lure in the gallery below is shown housed in its correct over sized, end stamped box adding value to the package.

Standard Jointed Snook Colors […]

2017-10-29T09:26:30+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure

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 for only 16 years this Heavy duty wire through constructed lure was never shown in any Creek Chub Bait Company lure catalogs. The Husky Plunker would take on a few different body type variations in its 16 years but its concept and intent the same. The Husky Plunker antique fishing lure was made for large freshwater and salt water game fish such as Pike and Musky. The Husky Plunker fishing lure had two over sized treble hooks, both having heavy duty hook hardware to assist in hold its prey while being reeled in. 

The Husky Plunker can be found in a bakers dozen or thirteen different period color paint scheme finishes. The lure will be found housed in a over-sized Creek Chub lure box

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
04 Golden Shiner (Shown Below)
07 Mullet Scale (2 Different Shades of the same color Shown in the Gallery Below)
08 Rainbow
13 Solid Black
19 Frog
24 Red Wing Black Bird
25 White Scale
31 Rainbow Fire
32 Fire Plug

Creek […]

2017-10-29T09:25:40+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure

Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure

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 been a prototype of sorts and has some modifications from the normal ones found. You ‘ll notice the reinforcement of the rear of the lure where the line tie enters the back compared to the Golden Shiner example in the gallery. This has almost the same type of reinforcement a certain South Bend Surf Oreno Models. The wire through rigging seems to be a bit beefier (is that a word) than most and you’ll notice the absence of the rimmed cups.

Another eye catcher is this Husky Injured Minnow only has 2 treble hooks to secure its prey after its caught, while most have 3 on the Golden Shiner Production model below. Even the props look different and have more of a rounded mickey mouse look than the normal. The Husky Injured Minnow was in and out of production from its release in 1929 to 1961.

The lure was made and can be found in your typical Creek Chub Antique Lure colors:

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
04 Golden Shiner (Shown Below)
05 Red Side / Dace
18 Silver Flash […]

2017-10-29T09:24:02+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow 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

Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure

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 type lure has large bulbous eyes reset back towards the midpoint of the antique lure. The lure made of a single piece of molded tenite/plastic has a diving lip just below its head and forward line tie to break the water.

The Terror lure had two trebles secured with a simple screw eye rig. The larger version as shown below measures roughly 3 3/8″ in length. The lure had a patent applied for but I don’t believe they were in business very long based on the frequency of which theses neat little miscellaneous lures show up. The lure touted to be successful for all game fish, from Muskie and Pike, to Walleye and Trout. This unique lure has with its its correct Box and Insert Paperwork making it the complete package.

Lamprey Lure and Tackle Company

2017-10-29T09:32:02+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

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

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

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure YBB Yellow Bloack Bone Photo Gallery

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure Antique Fishing Lure Color Example Gallery

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

Barracuda Blooper Lure

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 shown. The wooden lure is 4 1″2″ inches in length taking a standard popper lure type shape. The antique lure has a line tie in the recessed mouth or front of the lure. The lure has two trailing treble hooks one secured with a rimless cup the other attached with the screw in loop at the rear of the lure. The lure shown in the photo gallery below is shown with the earlier correctly stamped on the end model box, and can be found in a plastic topped one later on as well. 

Barracuda Blooper Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:33:31+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Barracuda Blooper Lure

Springfield Novelty Reel Lure

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 to Stanley Myers in the Springfield Novelty lure company was an employee of the Charmer Minnow Company some 20 years earlier. So when no direct conclusion can be drawn we can certainly imply the reason they look so much like a half a Charmer lure is because of said association.

The Reel Lure is a shorter lure at just 2″ in length with a forward weighted keel sinker just behind the front line tie. The no eyed wooden lure had a treble hook hanging from the front line tie as well as a treble hook right behind the rear prop to secure its catch when caught. The lure was available in a few different colors and colored stripe versions. The Patent Number for the reel lure was 1,931,932 and was granted in 1933.

 

Springfield Novelty Reel Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:34:17+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Springfield Novelty Reel Lure

Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel

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 after 1953. The reel sold for just under $10.00 making it not a cheap reel by any means, but it was a step down from the P41 series. The reel has beautiful almost sea foam in color side plates and green swirl or molted bell shaped knobs.

No. P51 Dowagiac Reel

This is an extremely light, durable and easy casting reel with Heddon’s exclusive patented feature – the famous removable head ring. Without the use of a single tool, the head ring can be unscrewed in a jiffy, thus exposing gears for easy lubricating, and replaced just as quickly, without changing or making a single adjustment. Another outstanding feature is the adjustable anti backlash cap which will entirely eliminate backlashes. This cap carries a full years supply of lubricant. End plates anodized in beautiful moss green to prevent corrosion. Featherweight aluminum spool starts easy, permitting casting of all weight lures. Bronze gears, quadruple multiplying. Capacity 100 yard 18lb test line. 

Heddon P51 Reel Catalog Heddon P51 Reel Catalog

Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:35:18+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel

Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special

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, if you look closely you will see just a little bit of our “blue light” peeking out from behind the left hand side of our KRESGE SPECIAL label shown here from 1925. When we had these quality silk fishing lines made for us 90+ years ago by the Newton Line Company of Homer, New York we had them leave that little round red price dot next to the fish blank so that we could fill in a special discounted price whenever we had one of those special “blue light” moments occur in our store. That’s all for now Kmart shoppers … Thanks for your attention and have a nice day.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-10-10T11:18:23+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

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 line. The large Dilly lure shown is made of wood and measures around 4″ in length. The lure can be found with Jim’s name stenciled on the belly.

The Pfeffer Dilly can be found in and outstanding amount of colors, over 50! Just keeping track of all those variations when inventorying or ordering would prove a feat in and of itself. This alone makes it a super lure to collect as with the different size, color, and hardware variants, one can spend many many years building out this antique lure collection. The Dilly like the other Pfeffer antique lures came only with painted eyes. The lure had two trebles one belly and one rear trailing, both using the typical screw eye and cup rig hook hardware. The lure has belly weights to get it down to the depths where it provides a vibrating type action to entice its catch.

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:36:16+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

South Bend Combination Minnow

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 roughly 13 years in South Bends lure line up and disappear around 1925. This wooden antique lure is on the smaller side, measuring only 2 5/8″ in length. The lure is touted to been a carry over from the Worden Company for those interested in the early history.

The Combination Minnow lure a simple wooden minnow with a single front propeller to slice through the water upon retrieval, and a single belly weight to help drop it to its prey. The lure has a single treble hidden inside its voluptuous buck tail which in the early years were available in three shades; white, white/brown and white/grey. After 1916 they only came in the natural deer shade.

Believe it or not the South Bend Combination Minnow came in an astonishing 18 standard colors, which is a ton for this little fishing lure. Although the 1912 catalog doesn’t list them, some of the Color available were:

GCB – Green Crackle Back
LUM – Luminous
Rain – Rainbow
RH – Red Head White Body (Shown in the Gallery Below)
SR – Red Body Dark Shaded […]

2017-10-29T09:37:10+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Combination Minnow

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

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 creates. Be it insects, bugs and smaller creatures, fishermen throughout time have tried to match the hatch, for a fly rod term. The Dunks line of the swim a lure series was that as well, from insects to creatures Mr. Dunkelberger after the merger with Carters created this series line up.

The Chipmunk is a multi segmented wooden lure measuring in at around 5″ in length. The antique lure has painted eyes and two trebles to secure its catch. The lure is crudely painted to match the colors of a typical northern chipmunk, probably more to catch a fisherman buying lures than the muskie or great northern pike it was intended for. The lure has a large diving plane or lip that can be adjusted by the fisherman to swim or dive depending on its placement. The whole series of 11 lures in the swim a lure line up had this feature. I dont think Ive ever seen a complete collection of these, and if you have one I would live to see them. Even just singles inside this line up as they don’t come around too […]

2017-10-29T09:38:05+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

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 Creek Chub. Paw Paw entered the market earlier under a different name that’s written to have cause some issues with Creek Chub and its patent. This version of the Injured Minnow was the traditional Paw Paw Tack eyes and measures 3 1/2″ in length. The lure weighed in at a whopping 3/4 oz.

The Old Wounded Minnow antique fishing lure was given a model series 2500 in this form and dates to the late 30’s early 1940’s. The lure a standard 3 trebles, but they’ve offered a 2 Hook in this larger body size as well. The traditional painted cup rigging for the side hooks and the single screw eye for the rear. The wounded minnow like most of the injured industry wide series, and swam on its side to replicate an injured fish. The lure can also be found with Moonlight props but more often than not you will find them with the cheaper, more thin Paw Paw floppy props.

The lure can be found in a host of colors, making it fun to collect and sometimes easy on the wallet, depending […]

2017-10-29T09:39:04+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure

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 variant. This little brother would mimic in shape, style and popping top water style fishing as the regular Plunker. Creek Chub would assign to it a model series 5900. 

The lure would come in roughly 14 different standard palate of colors. Many examples of uncatalogued colors can be found as well. A neat side note is written that this midget Plunker can be found in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog for 4 years, 1950-54 although it was produced for more than 30.

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure Series 5900 Gallery

2017-10-29T09:39:57+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure

Shur Strike Crab Lure

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 lure bears striking similarities to the Heddon Crab Wiggler with it’s own flash and flare.

The lure was produced a rear line tie and the traditional rounded diving lip. This antique lure has trailing feelers/antenna to mimic crawdad series. This antique Shur Strike uses two screw eyes to secure the two treble hooks the lure has. The Lure is painted in a series 18 Color, which is a beautiful Silver Flash, an coincides with the same Silver Flash Creek Chub used. This has always been one of my favorite Shur Strike Lures

Shur Strike Crab Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:40:38+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Shur Strike Crab Lure

Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow Lure

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 in 1924 and lasted for half a century, although the last few decades it was made of plastic. This Junior size version is 2 3/4″ in length, has a rear and front unmarked floppy props and has two treble, or double hooks attached. 

You will also find the Baby Injured Minnow lure with the hook positioned on the hand side on some occasions. This antique lure was available in a many colors both standard and special order, making it fun to try and collect them all. The Lure Below in the Gallery is shown in the popular Creek Chub Rainbow Fire color finish in the correct box with pocket catalog.

The Baby Injured Minnow Lure came Standard in Many different colors of the years some of them are:

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
03 Shiner Scale
04 Golden Shiner
05 Red Side / Dace
09 Greenback
11 Black and White
13 Black
14 Spotted
18 Silver Flash
19 Frog
21 Day and Night
24 Red Wing Black Bird
25 White Scale
31 Rainbow Fire
32 Fire Plug
38 Pearl

Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow 1935 Catalog

Looks Like a nice little Meal for […]

2017-10-29T09:42:38+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow 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

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

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

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

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

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure Photo Gallery

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

Creek Chub Surfster Lure

Creek Chub Surfster Lure

The Creek Chub Surfster Lure was first introduced in 1953. The lure was given a model series 7200 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This wooden, glass eyed lure looks at first glance very similar to the Pikie with the exception of its hump back styling. This version the smallest, measures in at 4 1/4″ in length, and tops the scales at 3/4oz.

While being the smallest in the Surfster family the 7200 series still used 3T and the traditional cup rigging to hold them to the body. The lure can be found with two different diving lips, and even a slight body change. You note the lure is stenciled on the upper part of the back into the flattened head area. The lure can be found in roughly a dozen standard colors over its time, including the Silver Flash with Red Eye Shadow example shown in the gallery below.

Creek Chub Surfster Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:46:34+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Surfster Lure

Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare

Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare

by John Etchieson
Here is a rare 80 year old ACE STORES “QUALITY” brand Japan silk casting line from 1937 that was manufactured by the Shakespeare Tackle Company. In 1924, to increase buying power and profits, entrepreneurs Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke and Oscar Fisher united their Chicago, Illinois hardware stores into “Ace Stores”. The company was named after the ace fighter pilots of
World War I, who were able to overcome all odds, and the company’s logo of an airplane was selected to honor them. Ace Stores was incorporated in 1928, and the company opened its first warehouse a year later. In 1931, the name was changed to Ace Hardware Corporation. ACE STORES used the logo on this label from 1931 – 1950, but Shakespeare’s Japan silk lines were discontinued in 1941 after Japan attacked the USA at Pearl Harbor. So. this particular line was made for the 5 year period from 1937 through 1941
Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-09-26T07:12:27+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

The South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1912 by the South Bend Bait Company. Assigning it a model 920-through 922, all are relatively the same with small or unique differences. The Surface Minnow lure is made of wood, has traditional glass eyes, measures 3 1/2″ in length and weighs in at 3/4 of an ounce. This version of the series has a single forward prop and two weedless or Bing’s style hooks.

The 1912 South Bend Bait Catalog states: “When a surface bait is desired, these minnow prove very successful, the under-hung hooks meeting the strike in the most effective manner. The Solid White, Known as “The White Ghost” makes one of the best know baits for moonlight fishing.”

The Surface Floating Minnow Came in roughly 8 different colors:

F – Frog (Shown Below)
Lum – Luminous
MSF – Mullet Scale
RAIN – Rainbow
RH – Red Head White Body
RSF – Scale Finish Red Blend
W – Solid White

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

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Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest

Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest

Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest by John Etchieson –

In the early 1920s (1921 – 1924) several expeditions were undertaken by different parties of men to ascend to the top of Mount Everest, the worlds tallest mountain at 29,035 feet above sea level which is located midway between Tibet and China in the Himalayas. Mount Everest had been named by the Royal Geographical Society in 1865 to honor Colonel Sir George Everest (pictured) who was responsible for the surveying of India from 1830 through 1843. The world wide attendant publicity and media news coverage (including a silent film documentary by the Royal Geographical Society distributed to theaters world wide) of the several attempted but unsuccessful ascensions to the top of Mount Everest by George Mallory (3 times), Andrew Irvine, and others made the name of Mount Everest a house hold name and part of the contemporary popular culture 90+ years ago in 1924.

The G. H. Mansfield Company wasted no time in obtaining a trade mark for the name Mount Everest together with an image of that historic landmark in 1924 which it used to associate its highest quality braided silk fishing line with the highest and most recognizable mountain in the world over the course of the next 9 years prior to Mansfield filing bankruptcy and closing in 1933. From those 9 years of Mansfield’s production of their Mount Everest fishing Line, less that a dozen examples are […]

2017-09-19T09:46:15+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure was a trusted Muskie lure. The Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana would assign the model number 3000 to it. This Giant Jointed Great Northern slayer was first introduced in 1931 and lasted until 1978. This Jointed version of the Husky Pikie measured in at 6″ weighing close to 1 1/2oz. The lure with two segments is made with reinforced wire through construction to handle the beasts from the deep. The lure having 3 over sized trebles to secure its catch.

The lure was available in roughly a dozen and a half standard colors and probably half that and then some for special order lures. While the lure was available in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalogs, the was no image until a decade into its existence.

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The 1941 Creek Chub Catalog Finally shows us an image to go along with its decade of text; “The last word in life-like action and the only large lure made with all the action of a live fish. Same size as the 2300, jointed like the 2600 shown on page 9. Equipped with extra heavy hooks and fittings to withstand hard use. The muskellunge lure pa-excellence.

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:48:22+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale Lure

The Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure is a serious wooden lure and admittingly larger than most of the fish I catch. The model 7350 was wooden, glass eyed, antique fishing lure is 6″ in length, jointed in the middle. This antique lure crafted by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was first introduced in 1933, was made for large fresh and saltwater fish alike. Large striper, Salmon Pike and Musky fish are its target. The antique lure took a few different turns as far as shape over the years and can be found with a blunt as well as a tapered tail. The eyes on the lure can be found in three different configurations, Zinc, Glass and Painted eyes. As far as the hook hardware the lure is found in two piece as well as toilet seat hardware.

 

Boxes that it will show up in are the Up Bass Box, the HR Brush Box (Shown Below ) and the Banner Box. Be on the look out as well, as I have seen treble as well as single hooks on the giant beast. The first lure in the gallery is the very hard to find Frog Scale Lure color, code J with the red eye shadow. The lure has a large diving lip and the line tie inserted under the nose pin and is rigged with the heavy duty toilet seat, and has the […]

2017-09-19T10:00:43+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

The Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure was a model series number 300. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1917 as “The Wiggler”. Hence after 1920 the name would change to the Crawdad and would be so until the end of its lure production cycle in 1964. The 200 series antique lure measures in at around 2 3/4″ in length and tops the scales at 3/4 ounce.

Creek Chub Crawdad Series 300 Lure Catalog Cut Creek Chub Crawdad Series 300 Lure Catalog Cut

The 1931 Creek Chub Catalog States: Natural Shaped body ant tail, black bead eyes, rubber legs, bronze hooks, movement backwards, same as a crab. Wiggle mostly in tail. Floats until Started. Tail guards hooks from snags and bottom. This is the lure to use in stony bottom lakes where bass feed on crayfish. It should be retrieved at such a speed that it will run very close to the bottom in water 4 to 8 feet deep. For small mouth bass it is a dandy as they are particularly fond of crayfish. Has a very fast wiggle, and is a favorite with many fishermen. Casts like a bullet.

The lure was only ever available in just over a half dozen finishes, however there are some great uncatalogued ones such as this black and white out there to […]

2017-09-19T10:03:32+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

Shur Strike Plunker Lure

Shur Strike Plunker Lure

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

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

Shur Strike Plunker Lure Photo Gallery

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

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

by John Etchieson –

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools; All fishing lines, with very few exceptions, had been packaged on solid black color enamel painted wooden spools since 1880. However, 85 years ago at the depths of America’s great depression in 1932, many fishing line spools took on some bright colors to replace that 50 year-long industry standard of using only solid black color line spools.

For example, the Shakespeare Tackle Company adopted a reddish/orange colored spool, James Heddon Tackle Company chose a green color, the South Bend Fishing Tackle Company selected a yellow/orange tint color and the Horrocks – Ibbotson Company used a royal blue color.

While it is not fully known exactly why all these major sellers of fishing line choose 1932 to convert to brightly colored spools, it is generally believed that it was to counter the dark dreary days of America’s great depression and to boost sales with the introduction of this new rainbow of colors which we know from psychologist today would have positively influenced buyers purchase decisions on a subconscious level.

Among those who made this colorful change there was one that stood apart from all the rest by changing not to a single new color, but rather to two colors, which required a special double paint cycle for the wooden spool. That firm was the Pflueger Fishing Tackle Company of Akron Ohio (aka Enterprise Manufacturing Company). Pflueger’s half green […]

2017-09-12T08:51:29+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure was first made in the 1930’s. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company out of Garrett Indiana is exceedingly hard to find. I try not to just throw the word rare around, however in the tens of thousands of lures Ive had come through my hands, I’ve only had two. The lure is 5 1/2″ in length, made of wood, and has glass eyes. This seldom lure is the jointed version of the Husky Musky minnow Lure and feature 3 treble hooks. One treble being attached to the front part of the lure, the other two secures to the aft section of the bait. This heavy duty construction is no doubt used to help the lure survive its battle against large game-fish such as Musky, Great Northern Pike on the Freshwater side.

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure Gallery

2017-09-19T10:12:48+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

The Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure was first introduced around 1935. This antique fishing lure was given the model number 7050 inside the Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan’s lure line up. While not the largest in the Flap Tail series this wooden lure measures 5″ in length. The lure can be found with different size glass eyes, even with tack as shown in the gallery. The lure comes with two larger treble hooks, both secured with heavy duty toilet seat hardware. The lure like its brethren gets its name from the rear trailing flasher attached.

In 1941 we see that the Musky lure was offered in 7 standard colors
BM – Brown Mouse
GM – Grey Mouse
S – Spotted
R – Natural Scale
02 – Red and White
SS – Silver Scale
P – Shiner Scale

At fair speed the “Flaptail Musky” creates the liveliest surface commotion and brings strikes from big lazy Muskies which only “followed” other lures. Fine reports come from everywhere on its luring and hooking qualities. Built extra strong for heavy duty. Length 5 1/4″, weight 1oz. Two Treble Hooks. Equipped with a wire leader. “Mouse” has ears and whiskers and fur finish.

Musky Flap Tail Lure Catalog Cut Musky Flap Tail Lure Catalog Cut

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Photo Gallery

2017-09-19T10:11:27+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure

South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure

The South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure was given a model series number 964. The South Bend Bait Company, out of South Bend Indiana wanting to expound up the success of its smaller or little brother introduced this first version in 1925 and kept it until around 1929. I say first version as there are two very distinct and different versions of the same lure, the later of which would show up around 1936. This first version antique lure was a giant and measured in at 5 1/2″ in length, and almost 2 inches longer then its next in line smaller brother.

2017-09-19T10:15:11+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

The Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail lure was made by Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. Wagtail Chub was being produced by hand since all the way back in 1918. Lets put that into world perspective; 1918 wasn’t a time of peace, relaxation and fishing. 1918 most importantly saw the last year of fighting in the great World War I, which ended in November of that same year. It was also one of the Last battles of the American Indian War that was fought in Arizona. That same year we see the great Pandemic of Influenza killing over 10,000 people. Just a mere 2 hours away (of course at today’s’ speed) we had the great Circus car train crash which killed 86 people.

The lure was in Creek Chub’s lure production line up for over 3 decades. The Deluxe Wag Tail Chub was Creek Chub’s model 800 fishing lure series number. The color code is 06 for the corresponding gold fish color but was offered in under a dozen color choices notated below. This wooden, glass eyed antique lure was 2 3/4 inches in length and weighed in at 1/2oz. The fishing lure came standard with 2 hanging belly double hooks. The Deluxe Wagtail Chub was issued in both a fluted or straight metal tail fin. The wagtail lure also came in both the single and double line tie as shown below.

Some of […]

2017-09-19T10:20:19+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

by John Etchieson

 87 years ago in 1930 the Shakespeare Tackle Company introduced a very high quality enameled “Super Silk” fly line for trout fishing that they called the CADILLAC brand. This new fly line came packaged inside of an orange cardboard box with a checkerboard racing stripe that ran across the top left corner. That particular box design was used by the company between 1925 and 1936 for all of the firms fishing lines.

The design of the label for the card to which the CADILLAC fly line was attached was changed to a hang tag style label in 1935 and the line now came packaged inside of a celluloid two piece round box which also sat inside of the checkerboard box.

This new design and double packaging combination was produced for only two more years until 1937 when still another packaging design change was made for all of the company’s fishing lines. Thus, this particular tackle rarity shown here with the 1935 hang tag and the checkerboard box combination could only have been made in either 1935 or 1936 making it an even shorter lived example of the already rare and famous CADILLAC brand of fly fishing lines.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-09-05T12:01:13+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Here is a great Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card assortment. These rare cards are seldom seen especially in this new old stock condition. The item dates to the turn of the century or a few years after. The lures and flies are carefully tied on the reverse of the card.

Joe Pepper’s

Big Four

Spinners

Are Sure Winners

A Great Killer for Wall Eye, Pike and Bass,

Troll Slow and Deep

2017-09-02T13:34:13+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Kurz Buck Skin Lure

Kurz Buck Skin Lure

The Kurz Buck Skin Lure is over 100 years old. Given that it is a piece of folded rawhide it looks pretty darn good for being over the century mark. The Kurz Bros. Co. were based in Chicago, Illinois @1369-89 North Branch Street.and during a time in the mid teens where lure inventors experienced making lures our of everything from glass to metal it would only be logical the someone would choose raw hide.

The Kurz Buck skin lure is essentially a folded piece of rawhide. The lure claims that when fished it has a lifelike softness. The antique lure was made in three different sizes, two of which are shown below. The lure was painted in three different finishes as well, Silver , Gold (Shown Below) & Brown (Shown Below). The Buck Skin Lure uses a steel rivet to hold the pieces together, and small weight inserted between the two layers on the bottom. The lure has a single upwardly turned fixed hook midway on the top portion of the lure.

Kurz Buck Skin Paperwork Kurz Buck Skin Paperwork

Kurz Buck Skin Bait

Embodying an Entirely New Principle in Artificial Bait

Real Skin

Strong, Raw calf or buckskin, treated under a special formula, so that it will soften in cold water to produce the effect and touch of a living fish – that is the idea behind Kurz […]

2017-09-02T13:35:15+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Kurz Buck Skin Lure

Harpers Weekly April 1872

Harpers Weekly April 1872

In this edition of Harpers Weekly April 1872 we get a glimpse in to some of the lifes work for a man who’s name and work are embedded in fish-lore, fly fishing and sporting. Mr Seth Green in no an uncommon name to read when doing any type of research into the history of fishing. Whether it be stocking Tout or taking them on a fly Mr Green’s persona was only equaled by his lifes work and dedication to fishing.

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APRIL 27, 1872.

In April, 1868, the Legislature of the State of New York passed a much-needed act for the protection of fish. The Hudson River was at the moment practically closed by various nets of so small a mesh that mature shad could not ascend to the usual spawning beds.

This act specifies four and a half inches as the smallest mesh to be used in a shad net, and provides, under penalty, for the opening of all nets or traps from sun-down of Saturday until sunrise of the following Monday. It also designate the season for shad fishery to be those days between the 15th of April and the 15th of June. Horatio […]

2017-08-21T17:03:39+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Harpers Weekly April 1872

Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure

Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure

The Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure is the largest in the Surfster family line. This giant piece of lumber was given a model 7400 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. The lure was first produced in 1953 and lasted less than a half dozen years, being discontinued in 1958. The Salt Surfster was a huge lure, larger than most of the fish I catch measuring in at 7 1/4″ in length and weighing 2 1/2 oz. This lure isn’t to be fished by the weak of heart or even those needing Rotator cuff repairs, because if you didn’t need them before, you will after surf casting with this for an afternoon.

The lure has the heavy duty wire through construction to help reinforce it to make sure it can withstand that fight. The lure was actually discontinued not because of lack sale-ability, but due to a shortage of cedar. The lure has three large heavy duty hooks to secure its catch and a pair of glass eyes to give it that extra realistic look.

The colors the Salt Surfster can be found in are

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch
02 – Red & White
04 – Golden Shiner
07 – Mullet
18 – Silver Flash
34 – Blue Flash (Shown Below)
35 – Blue Eel (Shown Below)
37 – Yellow Flash

Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure Photo Gallery

2017-09-02T13:41:38+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure

South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure

South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure

The South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure is a model series 962. This lure is touted as being one of the South Bend Bait Company out of South Bend Indiana’s longest lasting lures. The lure first appearing in 1916 and lasted all the way through 1952. Its no wonder that during this span the lure would be produced in over a whopping 21 different standard colors. That doesn’t take into account all the special order and non-standard colors. The Midget Surf Oreno lure is a smaller version measuring in at 2 3/4″ in length, and topping the scales at 1/2-3/4 oz.

The lure lasting 36 years would experience all the same changes that many lures that have longevity in their corner would. The lures most notable changes would be having Glass Eyes, then transitioning to Tack Eye, and Finally on to a Painted Pressed Eye. The props are unmarked and are different from their underwater brethren. The lure would come with 2T one hanging from the rear screw eye, the other from the standard cup rig. The lure being able to spot has its name stenciled across the upper back of the lure.

The 1921 South Bend Bait Company Catalog States: “The same comments applying to our New Babe Oreno have also been so pronounced for a baby size of the well known Surf Oreno Minnow. This bait is of the same general design and construction as […]

2017-09-02T13:43:55+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure

South Bend Fin Dingo Lure

South Bend Fin Dingo Lure

The South Bend Fin Dingo Lure was first introduced in 1952. The antique fishing lure was given model 1965 by the South Bend Bait Company.  Surprisingly, the antique lure was only made for only a single year under South Bends Roof. The Fin Dingo fishing lure was a round molded plastic lure which used two molded fins to keep the lure upright while being retrieved. The lure has a smaller single hook to secure its catch. The lure is shown in its unique shaped plastic tube type box with papers. The following are a list of the standard color scheme finishes:

FR Frog
GP Green Perch (Shown Below)
RW Red and White (Shown Below)
Black Uncatalogued (Shown Below)
SG Spotted Gold Fish Scale
YE Yellow with black spots (Shown Below)
YP Yellow Perch Scale

The 1952 South Bend Lure Company Catalog States: The Fin Dingo is the sensational, new Slow sinking plastic lure with internally molded fins which give it amazingly true to life swimming action during the retrieve

South Bend Fin Dingo Lure Photo Gallery

2017-09-02T13:48:24+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Fin Dingo Lure

Dam Mouse Antique Lure

Dam Mouse Antique Lure

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

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

Dam Mouse Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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

Shakespeare Jacksmith Antique Lure

Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure

The Shakespeare Jacksmith lure was Series 6561. The wooden, pressed eye lure was first introduced in the 1930’s by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This antique fishing lure  measures 4 1/8″ in length.  It features 3 standard size treble hooks, the rear of which is held on by Shakespeare’s Ball Hanger. The antique fishing lure had a cupped face inset to body which there rested the lures single line tie. As shown in the gallery below the fishing lure featured a unique metal fin or keel underneath of it. This was done no doubt just like in a ship to keep the lures trajectory straight while being retrieved through the water.

There was also a smaller, and rather tough to find,  Jr version produced shown below, a model 6560, called  the Jacksmith Jr. While very similar to it’s bigger brother there are some differences. Most notably the removal of the keel, Im not sure if this was done as the smaller the size the less the wobble on retrieve or to save on cost and materials. The antique Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure was no doubt made to be similar to Heddon’s very successful Basser Lure, the Heddon 8500 series. The lure is most often found in the photo finish scheme.

Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure Gallery

2017-09-02T13:56:04+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Shakespeare Jacksmith Antique Lure

Louis Rhead Obituary

Louis Rhead Obituary

This Louis Rhead Obituary was printed by the same newspaper the Rhead had penned and contributed for decades earlier. His range was from fly Fishing the Gentleman’s Trout to landing the Gamy Black Bass and wrestling the Muskie from the deep. Rhead was born in England in 1857 and would pass in 1926 at the age of 69. Rhead lived a life befitting of his talents, how ironic or apropos was it then “Nature” something that gave Rhead purpose, subject and a foundation of which to use for inspiration would ultimately be mentioned in the casualty of his death. For Rhead, nature, and the species it’s cast of characters within, would provide a lifes study, a lifes work. Rhead was an artist in the true purest sense, for his expressions were not only displayed and read during his life, but generations after his death. From Children to Anglers to Naturalists the subject and audience & world would benefit.

Fight with Turtle Hastened Death of Louis Rhead

Heart Attack Followed Over Exertion by Noted Amityville Angler-Artist

Louis Rhead, widely known as an artist and angler, died suddenly of heart disease at his home here yesterday. It is believed that overexertion brought on the heart attack that caused his death. 

Mr. Rhead , formerly a Brooklyn-ite, took up fishing as a hobby. It came to be one of his greatest interests and he wrote two books on trout “American Trout […]

2017-08-11T13:02:44+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Louis Rhead Obituary

Snook Minnow Lure

Snook Minnow Lure

The Snook Minnow Lure is a creation of Bob Ousley. Bob, a technician for Sears whose job eventually would transplant him from Tennessee to Florida had many hobbies. A man whose who careers and hobbies intersected and involved the use of his hands. To be handy in trades and his endeavors from stock cars, to motor cycles to spear fishing and collecting tropical fish would ultimately lead him to the Snook. While many were and still are lured (Pun Intended) to the sea via the magical and mystical properties and tales of the Tarpon, Bob would become enchanted with the Snook.

The Snook is a fish whose habitat extends from the Coast of Georgia, Florida, throughout the Gulf and even on down to the Brazilian coast line. The Snook itself does not prefer the coastline, it finds solace in the estuaries, inland tributaries, coastal ponds and Island Networks. The Snook is said to have an uncanny ability to detect abnormalities in its environment and will use such environmental factors from things such as the waters salinity to decide where it will make its habitat.

Bob would become enamored with the snook and fishing for it, like many other lure makers created his lure to fit a need. He wanted a lure that when fished would run 3-5″ under the water and run true. In 1965 he created his first Snook Minnow Lure. Bob’s familiarity with the snook would […]

2017-09-02T13:58:50+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Snook Minnow Lure