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Rinehart Musky Buzer Lure

Rinehart Musky Buzer Lure

The Rinehart Musky Buzer Lure was a creation of the Fred Rhinehart Tackle Company out of Ohio. The Musky Buzzer lure was first introduced in 1948 and made through 1962. At 5″ the Musky Surface buzzer antique lure was the largest of the molded plastic (Tenite) lures offered by the Fred Rhinehart Company. Expounding upon the success of its smaller brethren the Jinx the Buzer filled a certain niche inside the Rhinehart line up.

We have a Rinehart Musky Buzer Lure in con consignment this week and can be viewed by clicking below.
Rinehart Musky Buzer Lure
If you have lures you would like to sell or consign, please contact me.

The paperwork for the Buzer states “The Musky Surface Lure Buzer is a top water lure floats high and makes a buzzing noise. The Spinners make a commotion on the surface that attract the Musky and Pike. Also Salt water Game Fish. Made in Tenite, in hard durable finishes that will not crack peel or chip. Recommended for Musky, Great Northern Pike and other large fresh and salt water game fish. Weight approximately one ounce and a quarter, length 5 inches. Packed in individual boxes one dozen to master box in assorted color or straight patterns.”

The Musky Buzer was made in the three categories of finishes, Transparent, Not Transparent and Luminous. Inside these three categories an astonishing amount of variations were available, […]

2018-02-18T09:31:52+00:00 February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

The Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure is the second to the largest in the family of 4. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1928 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. The wooden fishing lure measures in at roughly 4 1/2″ in length. The lures main focus was the larger of the game fish, the Large Mouth  Bass, Walleye, Great Northern, Salmon on up. The lure has a pair of glass eyes at the front to add to the realism of this “Swims on Sides” genre or niche inside the fishing tackle industry. With the imitation being the dearest form of flattery, everyone was looking to get a piece of the giant market share that Creek Chub had garnered with its widely popular Injured Minnow Lure. It should be of no surprise then that Heddon would come forth and present 4 different sizes in this category.

The lure would go through a series of hardware options and changes over time to hold its three trebles or 3T as its sometimes called. The first version would be the L Rig, then into the 1930’s the Two Piece Flap Rig, as shown in the gallery. The 170 lure would always come standard with its dual scripted props. The lure would be offered in an array of colors over the years from the standard or basic colored finishes to some great uncatalogued gems hiding out there. The […]

2018-01-12T11:22:36+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon SOS 170 Minnow 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

Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure

Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure

The Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure is one of Heddon’s most iconic, and identifiable golden age lures. The antique lure first was introduced in 1918 and wouldn’t last as long as most of the other under-water minnow versions. The Spin Diver made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan was given a model series number 3000 and was made to float while at rest, and dive when retrieved. This wooden lure features a inscribed front spinner behind the forward line tie. This Spin Diver also has a inscribed signature metal diving lip. The antique lure has a wooden fish shaped tail and two traditional glass eyes. The lure shown has L rig hook hardware for the two belly mounted hooks and uses the tradition screw eye loop for the trailing treble. The fishing lure was rather large and used for larger game fish measuring in at 4 1/8″ in length. 

The Spin Diver lure was made in quite a variety of cataloged standard colors from the perch scale shown below to colors such as goldfish scale or salt water flitter. This game fish minnow would be housed in the various versions of the down leaping bass box.

Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-09-02T14:08:01+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure

Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure was first introduced in 1957. This giant behemoth of a fishing lure was Creek Chub, of Garrett, Indiana’s largest production fishing lure. The antique fishing lure was assign a model series 800. Truth be told this thing is larger than most fish I catch. This wooden, glass eyed fishing lure measures 14″ in length. The lure features the heavy duty wire through construction that most of the Husky baits do.

Its shape mimics the traditional Pikie family and both segments are straight. The lure can be found with both glass and painted tack eyes. The lures eyes however arent exponentially bigger and seem small in comparison to the lure size. The lure has 3 large trebles to secure its catch. No doubt this lure was marketed toward the fisherman in certain niche markets. One can imagine the ruckus this would make having been taken by a giant musky or great northern pike game fish.

This lure was only made in roughly 9 standard color palates, 3 of which can be seen below. The Orange and Black spot version of this is really quite hard to find and was made only from 1957-63 a half dozen years. The lure can be found in an oversize box that matches the lure in proportion. However they made it a plain green front instead of use the traditional graphics they used on […]

2017-07-25T07:29:56+00:00 July 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure

The Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure was first introduced in 1919. This large wooden lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana had a model number 600. While its said its intent was to be salt water fished lure as it was first introduced in Mullet Scale only it can not be disputed this is for large fish. The Husky Musky measures in at 5″ in length and is a solid lure when girth is included. The earliest or early versions of the Husky Musky had a flat head such as the red and white one shown in the gallery. The lure dates to around 1922 and has the flat head, no eyes and double line tie. The antique lure utilized a heavy duty wire through construction to ensure its strength could match it prey. The lure having two large trebles secured with a heavy duty rigging to make sure once on, its catch would stay secured. The other Example shown in Silver flash below dates to between 1935 and 1954. The lure when compared to the other example has just a single line tie and a rounded head adorn with larger glass eyes.

The Husky Musky lure as stated above intiially was produced in Mullet scale only , however, five standard colors were produced. The lure was also available in special order finishes so keep your eyes our for some other great […]

2017-07-10T07:52:39+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure

Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

The Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure was introduced in the 1940’s. This gigantic wooden lure was made to fish the beasts of the great north country. It should be no surprise that the Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan would have a series that directly target large fresh and salt water game fish. The model 5100 would fit that bill, and offer fishermen a myriad of options and colors. These lures were the largest lures that Paw Paw would make in its half a century history. As Heddon had its larger series Musky and Giant Vamp series Paw Paw had the Dreadnought.

This large wooden lure would measure in at around 6 1/4″ in length and tip the scales at a whooping 2 3/8 oz. The lure as true to its maker would only be offered in a painted tack eye model. The lure could be purchased in a straight series or jointed as shown in the gallery below. This jointed antique fishing lure is one of the early model as shown with the “Piano” hinge style of connecting the two halves. The lure has three over size hooks to guarantee its hold on it’s catch once the strike has been made.

The Jointed Dreadnought was offered in roughly 9 standard finishes.

5100 – Shiner
5100T – Trout
5100C – Chub
5101 – Yellow Perch
5104 – Red Head White Body (Shown in […]

2017-01-17T09:25:00+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure