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Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure

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 fits into the family between the large and medium, and the the traditional large size measuring at 4″ in length. The rare size has two treble hooks secured with Cup Rigging to secure its catch vs the larger which has the 3T.

The Top Cast lure has the traditional screw eye forward line tie in the center of the notched and painted mouth. The Highlighted Top Cast is in a solid yellow with the olive / silver head and a large hand painted red gill mark. The other shown is in a desirable brown bass scale, and has the original correct marked manila envelope Jim Pfeffer used to house his creations with.

Rare Size Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure Photo Gallery

Large Size Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:37:18+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

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

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

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure Photo Gallery

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

Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure

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 that carried the most notoriety in Pfeffer’s Florida lure line up. The standard Shiners were available in 4 different sizes. These were in addition to the large Snook, Tarpon or Big Game sizes of the Sailfish and King Shiner rounding out the largest size available in Shiner series.

This lure shown is the King Shiner model and measures a whopping 4 7/8″ in length. The lure has large trebles, and uses both a front and rear prop to keep it straight during retrieval. My personal opinion the lures coolest feature of this antique lure isits 4 belly weights. The Shiner has a Solid Silver Painted body underneath all silver flitter which still is intact. The lure has obviously never been fished and would be an amazing addition to any antique lure collection, and would easily fit right into the center of a Florida themed group.

Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure Photo Gallery

2018-02-06T07:56:08+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Jim Pfeffer King Shiner 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

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

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

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

Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure

Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure

The Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure is the smallest of the three sizes of Cripples produced by Jim Pfeffer. Jim Pfeffer, Florida Lure maker who history begins in Rome Ny would not make his way to Orlando until 1925, at the age of 1939. As far as Florida lure makers its hard to tell the story without Jim Pfeffer. His artistic impression, his artistic influence with other lure makers, his distribution model, his honor to hold to a promise being put above potential profits. Bill Stuart has dozens of pages of information about Jim, a person some refer to as the James Heddon of Florida lures.

The Spin Cripple is a lure that is just what its name conveys. It definitely didn’t have the resources allocated to the line development as say the Banana or the Orlando Shiner. But its also produced in the mid 1930’s when other giant lure companies we having a windfall on the success of “Injured Minnow” & “SOS” style lures. But much said to Pfeffer’s style and distribution, he dint ramp things up to sell across the country, he kept his agreements in place, even reportedly having turned down and sent back a check for $1200 to Abbey & Imbrie who wanted to buy 100 assorted baits.

The Spin Cripple is a small wooden antique lure, only measuring 2 3/4″ in length and weighing in at 4/10th of an ounce.  The wooden lure […]

2017-09-02T14:05:34+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure

Miss Golddigger Lure

Miss Golddigger Lure

The Miss Golddigger Lure was the invention of Jodell White. Jodell was a simple man, who grew up during the depression. As we have seen before the countries economic woes would supplant many families, including the White’s. Jodell’s family was forced to move around during his early years as many families would experience a consolidation of the family structure to maintain and survive. Jodell growing up on the move, would find himself like so many others of that era part of the great American wartime machine. He would find his mate and his enlistment early on in the 1940’s. After his enlistment and marriage would both come to an end Jodell, like in his early years would find employment and his life around his family.

It was during this period of his life, Jodell would also find fishing lures as an expression of his artistry. Bill Stuart writes in Vol. III of his historical works “Florida Lure Makers and Their Lures” (If you don’t have this series YOU NEED to find and buy them, the information included is a life’s work)  that the base configuration or Golddigger primary material was a type of plastic or acrylic used for making denture base’s. This plastic material would be poured into the mold, with it materials that would provide for some of the oddities that create the lures look. Almost so that I would say that not too many lures would turn […]

2017-09-02T14:07:02+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Miss Golddigger Lure

Four Tees Dolphin Lure

Four Tees Dolphin Lure

This lure is a Four Tees Dolphin lure. This antique fishing lure was made by William of Bill Bales from Tampa Florida in the early 1930’s. Like many lure makers lore begins with a pocket knife and necessity, we hear the same of William’s. As with many Americans in the throws of the great depression, having the luxury and stability of a job and a paycheck was supplanted by the country’s economic woes. The commonplace of structure and the normality and mundane securities  for even this Electro-lux  salesman would change. Had it not been for this, William and his bride, may have never made the journey from Ohio to Tampa. Had it not been for these unfortunate circumstance, it would certainly have changed his place at the table of history as a Florida lure maker.

His home like so many other craftsman, would grow to become the production epicenter. Out of the back of his shop at 705 East Broad Street a dream was turned into reality. This company was not without its debtor’s, for to take his operation from a pocket knife to ban saw would never have happened the way it did, had it not been for his then friend & financier Mr. Leach, and his $150 loan. This loan would carry grave consequences that later on would rattle and change the foundation of not only their friendship, but of the Four Tee’s Bait Company.

The Four […]

2017-09-02T14:08:46+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Four Tees Dolphin Lure

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

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

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

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

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

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

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

In the Black Bass Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley article from 1904 printing of Angling Stories we get this great article from James Heddon, I think. The book is a compilation of Angling stories from other Magazines, such as Sports Afield. We see in the article penned by James Heddon describe his meeting a fish slayer, angler of poise Mrs. Janette Hawley on a trip to Mohawk Florida. The reason I say may have been written is, we see the author use  “Billy Bass” which was a pen name for Will Heddon, and we also see him introduce a person to whom hes never met, Mrs. Janette Hawley. Notice the name spelling difference, as Mrs. Jeantte Hawley is the pen name for Will’s wife Laura, who used the Janette Hawley name as a Pen name as well a year later in 1905. It may just be an accident or different spelling. Just strikes me as odd. We also see them use it on “The Mohawk Casting and trolling Bait” in 1905 as well on the box labels.

Could this be the introduction to the Pen name by James Heddon for Laura to use in later fishing articles as she became more prevalent in the Heddon Company? Could this bee Will writing under his dads name? Or, I ask, could this really have been the person who inspired the fictitious character? I don’t pretend to know early Heddon […]

2017-04-12T12:07:15+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

Barracuda Reyhu Lure

Barracuda Reyhu Lure

The Barracuda Reyhu Lure is a small wooden 2 1/2″ fishing lure. The antique lure was made by The Florida Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company, Barracuda Brand and was found in the 1950’s. The Lure can also be found under the Dandy Lures brand out of Tampa Florida in the Orange Clear top box. The lure can be found in raised eye as well as glass eye and in an assortment of different color finishes.  The lure has a good size diving li equal to about 25 percent of hits body. The lure a series Number #20 in the Barracuda Brand line up was stated as “A slow sinking small bait with lifelike motion”.

Barracuda Reyhu Lure Gallery

2016-06-19T01:52:07+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Barracuda Reyhu Lure