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South Bend Pike Oreno Lure

South Bend Pike Oreno Lure

The South Bend Pike Oreno Lure was given a model number 957, by the South Bend Bait Company of South Bend, Indiana. The wooden antique lure went through a host of changes in its 21 years. The lure was first introduced in 1931 and lasted all the way until 1952. The Red & White, and Yellow Perch examples below were made around 1941. The lure went through a body length change in 1941 taking it from more of the straight back Vamp or Cigar shape to a more sleek tapered body. It’s length was adjusted as well length from 5 1/4″ in length to 4 3/4″.

Like its fellow lure brothers, length and body style wasn’t the only changes. During the two decade South Bend as well as many other lure makers would transition from Glass Eye, to the Tack Eye shown in the examples to Painted Eye in its final form. The lure features a stainless steel plate or diving lip was a pre-attached wire leader. The lure would be available with 2 Trebles as well as 3 Trebles at certain periods of time.

The 1942 Catalog states “Pike Oreno is is one of the greatest artificial lures. Deep Traveling, these lures float when at rest. Their realistic wiggling, swimming, minnow action is unsurpassed.”

The Pike Oreno was available in a litany of colors, 15 standard versions.

BW – Black Arrowhead
P – Pike Scale
PL – Pearl
Rain – Rainbow
RB – Rainbow Blue Back
RH – Red Head, White Body
RW – Red Arrowhead White Body
RY – Red Arrowhead, Yellow Body
S – Silver Flitter, White Body with Green Stripe
SF – Scale Finish (Green)
SH – Silver Herring
SSS – White Body Silver Flitter, Red Shadow Wave
SSY – Yellow Body, Silver Flitter, Black Shadow Wave
SZ – White Body, Blue Shadow Wave
YP – Yellow Perch

South Bend Pike Oreno Lure Photo Gallery

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Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

The Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure had been around for some time before this version was introduced after 1960. The lure made in Paw Paw Michigan, by the Paw Paw Bait Company, was the final metamorphosis of a lure that had seen both body, hook and size and paint and size modifications. This version of the Weedless Wotta Frog or The Weedless Wow antique lure was given a model series number 75.

This wooden antique lure measured in at 2″ in length. The lure was adorn with its over sized glass eyes and a single forward line tie for retrieval. The lure retained its weedless  properties as it still employed the use of the two rear facing single wires to direct the weeds away from it’s hooks.

From a visual stand point his version of the lure took its body shape from the best selling Paw Paw Wotta Frog. The two afixes single hooks were replaces with a single double hook exiting the rear of the lure. The hair that was used to disguise these hooks was changed, and a set of two rubber legs were affixed to the side of the lure with screw eyes. These legs were a light flimsy type of rubber, and were akin to a more realistic swiming action as the antique fishing lure was retrieved through the water.

We saw another change with the model series number taken down from the 600 and 700 used on previous Wow’s to a Number 75. In the lures previous models the lures were available in a assorted 7 color palate that the lure was finished in. In contrast this newer version was only produced in the Natural Green Frog Finish (Splatter Finish). Finally for my bad joke for the day, Does not fishing using a frog as bait qualify for the purist form of fly fishing?

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure Photo Gallery

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Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

The Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure is probably the most synonymous with the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw, Michigan. Although it should be the Floating Bait line, the Pikaroon with its sleek sexy looks and curves, woos most collectors its way. The Pikaroon wasn’t originally a Moonlight Bait like the Floater, it was a Silver Creek Lure akin to the Polly-Wog. The standard series line as shown in the gallery below is a series 1000. This wooden, glass eyed beauty measures in at roughly 4 – 4 1/4″ in length.

The lure has it’s telltale pointed nose, and its triangular shaped head which is the widest point of the body of the lure. The Pikaroon then tapers backwards towards the aft of the lure to a width that seemingly is just wide enough to hook the rear hook. The Pikaroon Antique Fishing Lure, the model 1000 has only 2T, or trebles to secure its catch. Both being held into the wooden lure via a simple screw eye rigging. The lure is most often found with it pointed upwards glass eye, but during the transition to the Paw Paw Bait Company in 1928 you will be able to locate some painted eye versions.

Moonlight Pikaroon Lure Catalog Cut Moonlight Pikaroon Lure Catalog Cut

Pikaroon Minnow

No. 1000

There’s only one Pikaroon – it’s something more than a mere manufactured product – it’s a fish getter. We say so, because every season scores of anglers take their time to write us of the wonderful catches – under all kinds of fishing conditions.

The Pikaroon, like the jointed Pikaroon, has the shape and finish that fool the fish and is a sure getter of bass and other game fish.

1001 – Red Head Gold Body
1003 – Green Scale
1004 – White Red Head
1007 – Gold Scale
1008 – Blue Scale
1009 – Yellow Perch (Shown in the Gallery Below)

Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

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Shur Strike Pike Lure

Shur Strike Pike Lure

This version Shur Strike Pike Lure was first introduced around 1933 – 1936. This antique lure creation a extension of the Creek Chub Bait Company under the Shur Strike name. The Pike was essentially a similar design of the Creek Chub Pikie minnow that had gained worldwide popularity by this point. The lure was given the P designation for the model. The lure was made of wood and measures approximately 4 1/4″ and weighs in at 3/4 oz. The lure had 2 trebles the forward being held in with cup rig and the rear a screw eye hanger. The lures diving lip was inserted into the lure that held the lures single line tie, just forward of the lures glass eyes. 

The Lure is in of my favorite Shur Strike colors, color code 10, Green Gar. The example in the gallery below shows just how pretty this lure color can be. The Green Gar color was only used for one year on the Shur Strike Minnow making it quite tough to come by. The Green Gar is similar but distinctly different from the Shur Strike Green Scale.

The lure comes housed in its equally hard to find early Green,Yellow and Black Box. The Box besides being stamped correctly on the end bears the NRA stamp. For those unfamiliar, the National Industrial Recovery Act (NRA) was a law passed by the United States Congress in 1933 to authorize the President to regulate industry in an attempt to raise prices after severe deflation and stimulate economic recovery. This combo is certainly a neat to any vintage or antique fishing lure collection.

Creek Chub Shur Strike Pike Lure Photo Gallery

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Trenton Surface Doodler Lure

Trenton Surface Doodler Lure

The Trenton Surface Doodler Lure was introduced around 1946. From the same company that brought us the Mad Mouse we have highlighted before, The Trenton Manufacturing Company, Located in Trenton Ohio. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 2 5/8″ in length. The lure seems to take it shape from crossing a Heddon Crazy Crawler and a Arbogast jitterbug lure.

The lure has a single forward line tie attached to it’s tapering “V” Shaped hull face giving way to its rounded body. The lure has two fixed aluminum wings extending out horizontally to its body which would create a surface popping motion when retrieved. The Surface Doodler has two treble hooks to secure its catch, one about mid line on the bottom of the lure secured with a surface hardware, the second trailing the fishing lure. The lure can be found in different colors and has its name stenciled on its back.

A change was made in 1949, the naming of the Surface Doodler was transitioned to the Gurgle Head. I’m unsure as to why the change was initiated, maybe for patent or commercial reasons. You’ll find the later ones marked Gurglehead on the back such as the black example below.

Trenton Surface Doodler Lure Photo Gallery

 

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Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

The Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures are a very distinctive and identifiable series within the Paw Paw Antique Lure line up. The Bonehead refers to Paw Paws molted brown spotted or striped finish. The antique lures were first produced in 1956 and lasted for roughly 8 years. The lures were always found with the tell tale rhinestone eyes, some that were clear and or sometimes ruby in color. I have photos of most all the antique lures offered in the Bonehead finish and will share over time.

The Southern Torpedo Minnow Lure measures 4″ in length not including the hardware. You’ll notice that this lure has painted tack eyes instead of the traditional rhinestone variations. The lure has 3T held on my surface hardware and is made in the same shape of its other Paw Paw torpedo brothers. Ironically the lure  was given a series number 2455, the 2400 is the same model number Paw Paw gave to one of its Torpedo lines.

Paw Paw Bonehead Southern Torpedo Minnow

The Jointed Swap Minnow was 2 3/4″ inches in length and was a series #12-B. The smallish antique lure has a un-jointed brother as well in Paw Paws lure lineup. The lure shown is housed in the typical plain wood grained Paw Paw Box and I’m uncertain what era or outfit might have sold these for them.

Paw Paw Bonehead Jointed Swamp Minnow Lure Gallery

The Paw Paw Southern Swamp Minnow, is a Model Series 8555.  This 4″ molted brown finish wooden antique lure was always adorn with the rhinestone eyes, sometimes clear other times with a Ruby color. The Southern swamp minnow has 3T, or trebles attached via surface rig hardware and has both a front and aft unmarked prop. This version inside the Bonehead line up is one of the harder to find in the series so a great opportunity to add a tough one to your collection.

Paw Paw Southern Swamp Minnow

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Brook Trout Baptism

Brook Trout Baptism

Here in the Brook Trout Baptism, out of the book Speckled Brook Trout with Illustrations by famed artist and fisherman Louis Rhead. The book was printed in 1902 and is filled with some great illustrations and even writings by lure maker, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast W.C Harris.

Baptism of the Brook Trout

I am Salmo Fontinalis,
To the sparkling fountian born,
And my home where is Oxalis,
Heather bell and rose adorn,
The Crystal basin in the dell,
Undine the wood-nymph knows it well,
That is where I love to dwell,

There was I baptized and christened,
Neath the sombre isles of oak,
Mute the cascade paused and listened,
Never a word the brooklet spoke,
Bobolink was witness then,
Likewise Ousel, Linnet, Wren,
And all the brownies joined amen,

Noted Oft in ancient story,
Erst from a immemorial time,
Poets, Anglers, Hermits hoary,
Confirm my vested rights sublime,
All along the mountain range,
Tis writ in mystic symbols strange,
Naught shall abrogate or change,

Thus as Salmo Fontinalis,
Recognized wide worl o’er,
In my limpid crystal palace,
Content with all I ask no more,
Leaping through the rainbow spray,
Snatching Flies the live long day,
Naught to do but live and play.

Brook Trout Baptism

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Brook Trout Baptism

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Sparus Decussatus

Sparus Decussatus

The Sparus Decussatus looks like it belongs off the movie Tron in it geometrical color-scape. I love old color plates, and this plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself. It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has been since renamed a more familiar, Sri-Lanka. The history of fishing is not just in the lures we use to catch them but appreciating some of these natural wonders. Catching this fish on either the fly or spin or surf would certainly be a treat.

Sparus Decussatus

Order Thoracic

Native Name, Helbili-Girawah- Basket Parrot.

S. Decussatus. The back green, gradually softening into a yellow tinge towards the lower fins; the body regularly marked, like wicker work, by graduated purple and grey tints. The head green, ornamented with orange-colored stripes and spots. The fins and tail yellow. 

The Hemblili-Girawah of the Cingalese derives its name from a sort of pouch or basket in which the natives carry their Betel-Leaf, (Piper Betel), Chunam, (Shell Lime), Tobacco, and Areka-Nut, (Areka Catechu), Called Hembili. Girawah, the Cingalese name for Parrot, is a term indisciminatley applied by the natives to a variety of splendid fishes with which the coast of Ceylon abounds. 

The Hembili-Girawah is edible, but is never sought after as an article of food. It inhabits rocky situations, and seldom exceeds fourteen or fifteen inches in length.

 

Sparus Decussatus Sparus Decussatus

 

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Acanthurus Vittatus

Acanthurus Vittatus

The Acanthurus Vittatus a name nearly as eloquent as its striped & colored beauty. This plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself. It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has been since renamed a more familiar, Sri-Lanka. The history of fishing is not just in the lures we use to catch them but appreciating some of these natural wonders. Catching this fish on either the fly or spin would be a treat and I wonder if it was considered rare in 1833 if it even exists today.

Acanthurus Vittatus

Order, Thoracic

Native Name, Seweyah

A. Vittatus. Armed near the caudal fin with a sharp curved spine. Body striated.

The Seweyah is an extremely scarce fish on the southern coast of Ceylon: inhabits rocky situations and is not in request but for the gratification of the Naturalist. It seldom exceeds sixteen or seventeen inches in length, and is well armed near the caudal fin with a sharp curved spine, which it raises or depresses at pleasure: the former is the case when the animal is in a state of excitement or rage. The spine when depressed is scarcely visible within the scabbard which nature has assigned it, resembling in appearance a recent incision. 

For the present figure, six or seven specimens were procured, no two of which were alike in arrangement of the blue and yellow streaks near the caudal fin.

No lateral line visible to the naked eye. 

Acanthurus Vittatus Acanthurus Vittatus

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Heddon 00 Lure 5 Hook Underwater Minnow

Heddon 00 Lure

The Heddon 00 Lure is a 5 sided or flat sided underwater minnow fishing lure. The Dowagiac 00 is a wooden, glass eye 5 hook lure which first came in around 1915, making it one of the many classic Heddon antique lures that came out of the teen years and is over a century old. The wooden antique lure measure in at 3 3/4 inches, roughly the same size as the Heddon 150. I’ve seen a few variations of size of this and the 0, as well as some being a bit more refined or slim in stature. The lure was offered in a few different colors, and is a fun one to find in a uncatalogued color. Most of the time these lures are found in this color as well as the white or yellow strawberry spot.

The antique lure shown is lure photo gallery below is in the L Rig hook hardware . While shown below in L Rig, it did however come in cup rig, as well as toilet seat and up turned toilet seat hook hardware variations. The antique Heddon lure used belly weights to sink it below the surface. The Heddon 00 below has marked or scripted front and rear propellers. The Heddon 00 lure did eventually disappear from the catalog and never made it through the 30’s like its round body underwater minnow kin, the Heddon 150 minnow lure.

In one of my early 1920’s catalogs it talks about the 00 minnow: The bait has a flat surface and sharp body line effect and has proven a most successful lure and game fish getter. The hooks are mounted on a distending sharp line running the entire length of the body on either side. Equipped with five string treble hooks and two spinners. Weight 16 pwts Length of Body 3 1/2″. Supplied in the following Colors:

No. 00 – White Body, red and green decorations
No. 001 – Yellow Body, ref and green and black decorations
No. 002 – Red Body with Black Decorations
Price Each .85 cents

Heddon 00 Lure Gallery

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Scorpaena Volitans

Scorpaena Volitans

The Scorpaena Volitans whose name is an indication of its seductive & deadly beauty. I love old color plates, and this plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself.  It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has been since renamed a more familiar, Sri-Lanka. The history of fishing is not just in the lures we use to catch them but appreciating some of these natural wonders. Catching this fish on either the fly or spin would be a treat until faced with having to dismount this thing off your hook.

Scorpaena Volitans

Native Name, Gini-Maha

Gini, Fire – Maha, Great

Branchiostegous rays 6. Dorsal 24, thirteen spinous, varied with black and reddish brown; the colors stronger on the spinous rays than on the others. Pectoral 14; the connecting membrane bluish and brown. Ventral 6, one spinous, bluish, spotted with white. Anal 10, three spinous. Caudal12. 

The Gini-Maha of the Cingalese accords with the description given by the Bloch of the Scorpaena Volitans, with the exception of the number of radii in the dorsal fin, Bloch gives 12 only. 

 The native fisherman attribute to this fish the power of inflicting wounds, for which there is no cure yet known; but that at present, is a mere hypothesis, and should be received as such.

Although the name given to this animal by Linnaeus would justify the supposition that it possesses the power of flying., the membranes of the pectoral fins are not sufficiently united or proportioned to the body to admit of volitation: a position which the native fishers unanimously confirm. 

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Paw Paw Croaker Lure

Paw Paw Croaker Lure

The Paw Paw Croaker Lure is one of a series of lures that used real frog skin to cover the wooden bait. The lure itself made by the Paw Paw Bait Company out of Paw Paw, Michigan. This antique lure was first introduced in 1940 and was made of wood measuring 3″ in length. The wood blank would then be covered by stretching frog skin from front to back encapsulating the lure blank. Paw Paw used black beaded eyes instead of the traditional painted eye Paw Paw used on most of its fishing lures.  The Croaker Lure to secure its prey used two trailing treble hooks, the center of which used a cup rig for stability, while the rear using the traditional screw eye.

Paw Paw offered a half dozen or so selected fishing lures that were covered in frog skin, the pikie, the croaker, the plunker and injured minnow among them. Unfortunately the skin will over time dry and become brittle if subjected to the elements. 

The smallest fly rod sized croaker is a prize to find and very collectible. The lure definitely appeals to multiple niches or vertical segments inside the lure collecting world, from frog only enthusiasts to Paw Paw Lure collectors and there are even collectors of just antique lures covered in frog skin. There are many lure makers from Eger, to Top Frog,  Shakespeare, Paw Paw and many others that utilized natural frog skin to give the fishing lure a more life like appearance.

Paw Paw Croaker Lure Photo Gallery

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Charles Hibbard Antique Lure

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure Heart Shaped Spoon

This is an early Charles Hibbard Antique Lure. Charles A Hibbard of Grand Rapids Michigan was one of the pre 1900’s antique lure makers. This heart shaped spinner or spoon bears the stamp Hibbard, Pat March 25, 84. Hibbard became part of the L.S. Hill Company in 1879 and may have gone on his own not long after.

Both Hill and Hibbard lures featured patents that used or were center around a way to keep the spinner or spoon blade away from the shaft of the lure upon retrieval. The heart shaped spinner employs the use of his patented device. The Patent was number 295,758 and was granted on March 25th 1884.  You can find a few variations of Hibbard’s spoons, some that look like the typical L.S. Hill willow leaf, another in the shape of a fish and this one. Any that you find are not a common by any means.

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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Clewell Snakerbait Lure

Clewell Snakerbait Lure

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

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

Mr. Clewell also patented a Jointed head Snakerbait antique fishing lure, however non has ever been found to my knowledge. However, a picture of the patent for the Jointed Snakerbait can be seen in the Patent gallery below. Mr. Clewell also created the Big Mouth Min Lure, a Frogerbait and a few fly fishing lures. Robert was a one man show working out of his house to create and sell his antique fishing lures. Its written he was only in business less than a decade exiting around 1934.

 This actual Snakerbait Lure,  Box and Bait combo came out of Mr. Clewell’s estate with a group that had been in a safe deposit box for decades, thus explaining it’s wonderful condition and lack of box fading. It’s a wonderful honor as a lure collector to own a piece of history like this and to share the story and history of Robert Clewell and his Snakerbait.

Clewell Snakerbait Lure Photo Gallery

Clewell Snakerbait Lure Patent Gallery

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Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure

The Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure was first seen around 1923. The Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan gave this model a series number 2500. By far and away one of the cooler and my favorite Moonlight lures. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 4 1/4″ in length. This slender and sleek looking lure feature two forward facing glass eyes. At the front of the eyes in the center of the pointed nose is the single forward line tie. This lure was made for large wall eye lures or the great northern pike.

This antique lures most eye catching quality is it has a long single hook attached to the belly of the lure and at the tail. The lure is held to the body with a screw and on the aft end of the lure there is a modified hollowed out barrel swivel to allow some but not much movement laterally.

The lure was cataloged in six different color versions

2501 Red Head Gold Body
2503 Green Scale
2504 Red Body White Head
2507 Gold Scale
2508 Blue Scale
2509 Yellow Perch

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure Photo Gallery

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure Catalog Page

A Sportsmans single hook lure, made especially for the Ike Walton’s. Great for Walleye Pike, Great Northern Pike and Pickerel. The No. 7 Hook fastens to the body by a loose sliding swivel that allows a perfect swinging movement darting, diving and wobbling in a manner which makes the big fellows want it.

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Antique Lure Catalog Page Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Antique Lure Catalog Page

 

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Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

The Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1924. This antique fishing lure was fashioned by Charles W. Lane of Madrid, New York. Charles Lane a prominent resident of Madrid was known locally as a fine clock maker and jeweler. The Wag-tail wobbler lure was hand painted in shades of green, silver and brown with scale marks running along the sides to mimic natural scaling. This painted eye lure measures close to 2 3/4″ in length.

The Wagtail featured a scooped front lip over the mouth where the single forward line tie is. The bait was used to entice medium size game fish such as large mouth bass and pike. Its often found with a leader already attached to the line tie. The antique lure features a hinged rear metal tail and two belly hooks secured with a cup rig style hardware to secure its prey. This lure can be found with a few different hardware, color, and body variations.

Charles Lane had already had a successful venture with the Lanes Automatic Minnow and the Lane’s Harness prior to the production of the Wagtail Wobbler antique lure. I’ve often wondered if the books didn’t have the wrong information about the Wagtail Wobbler, and its date of production being almost a dozen years after the Automatic Minnow.

Madrid New York, is a small far north town built upon the Grass River. The Grass River like so many others in Upstate NY receives its water or is a feeder from the mighty St Lawrence.  The area boasted a population of around 1200-1600 in the early part of the 20th century when Charles Lane made his residence. Like many who made the North Country as its sometimes referred to, the primary occupations were logging and farming. Akin to the early fishing lure industry all were dependent on the waterway. The Grass River gave birth to a healthy population of Small Mouth Bass, Pike, Walleye, and the North Country’s prize, Muskellunge.

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

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Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

The Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure was first introduced in 1929. This antique fishing lure invented by Harry Kimmich of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Harry (John) Kimmich was not a lure inventor full-time. He owned a tire shop downtown, the “Kimmich Tire Shop.” We see this with a lot of miscellaneous lure makers, while it was in their heart and in their work, it just was hard to make a long time income out of it. Such is the story of many artisans and was also of the Kimmich mouse, as it wouldn’t be around very long, less than a decade.

The Kimmich Special Mouse lure has a wooden head and beaded glass eyes. The back half of the lure was a stacked or died hair as shown with both examples. There was even a version of the mouse that was a hairless wooden mouse lure. The lure had one treble hook attached at the center of the body using a screw eye hanger and the rear hanging from the rear of the bait.  The Kimmich Mouse had a forward line tie and a diving lip.

The Kimmich examples below are both shown in their respective boxes. The lure and box combos are accompanied by the corresponding paperwork stating the feature function and benefits of use of the Kimmich Special Mouse. On one long end flap the box states, “A Mouse Bucktail Bait with real Motion. The Big Fellows Just Cant Pass It Up.” On the opposite end it states, “The Bait The Old Timers Have Been Waiting For.”

Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure Photo Gallery

Kimmich Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

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Moonlight Pollywog Lure

Moonlight Pollywog Lure

The Moonlight Pollywog Lure, is a series model 700. This antique lure dates to the mid 1920’s. This pointed nose, sloping body, wooden, antique lure is one that is most synonymous with the Silver Creek Brand. Silver Creek as a company which was acquired by the  Moonlight Lure Company in the early 1920’s. The Pollywog lure measures in at 4″ in length, has screw eye hardware holding its 2T or trebles. The glass eyed lure below in the Photo Gallery is painted in a wonderful Moss Back color, code 03, and a Red Head White Pattern, Code 04. Below is a catalog cut from the 1925 Moonlight Brand Minnows Catalog.

Polly-Wog No. 700 Series

The most successful killer made. Has the dip, dive and wiggle of a real fish under motion, travel about fourteen inches under the water with ordinary reeling and floats when not being reeled. Length 4 inches, weight 3/4 ounce. Furnish in the following colors.

701 – Yellow
702 – Rainbow
703 – Moss Back (Shown in Gallery)
704 – Red & White (Shown in Gallery)
705 – Yellow & Black Spots 
706 – White Black Stripes
707 – White
708 – Yellow Perch
709 – Horned Ace

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Moonlight Pollywog Lure Photo Gallery

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Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

Its hard to find a antique lure more identifiable than the Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure. Having two locations then fits with the two names you will find associated with Bite-Em Lures. The lures can be found with both spellings of the word Bate & Bate. The first location for the Company was in Warsaw, Indiana and coincides with the 1917 time frame. The other more popular address found is of course the Ft. Wayne, Indiana location circa 1920. The Bite-Em Bait at first glance looks some what simplistic until one holds and examines the lure more.

The Bite Em Bait lure made its appearance around 1917, is made of wood and is a solid one piece construction. Void of any eyes this conical shaped lure is larger at the front and tapering to just a bit bigger the the wire holding it at its slimmest point. The wooden portion of the lure measures roughly 2 7/8″. The widest portion or front face of the lure is not flat or sloping as most antique fishing lures are. The face of the lure is what I would call spiral in shape, and instead of using a propeller uses the groves in it’s face to displace the water and rotate on its shaft.

The wooden plug rests or should I say rotates on a thin wire pin inserted into the hollow center of the lure. Both the front and the rear portions of the insert are connected via a simple wire apparatus or armature. This thin wire travels from the front to the rear of the lure and even is designed to act as its hook hardware. While simple in nature it really is complex in its workings both in design and strength. The wire even using a series of loops to create the forward line tie.

The Bite Em Bait, or Bite Em Bait, whichever you prefer can be found painted using enameled Reds, Whites, Blacks, and Golds. The lures are painted on the axis or in fashion and conducive to the rotation of the lure.

Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure Photo Gallery

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AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure

AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure

The AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure is one I dont see very often in Oklahoma. This wooden antique fishing lure has made quite a journey beginning in Canada. The lure was created – invented and patented by August W. Saarimaa. This unique lure dates to the early 1940’s along with its brethren the Muskie Head. Its is written the August began his lure making in Lansing, Ontario. The unique looking wooden lure uses a deep diving lip that is inserted into the mouth of the bait that then flanges outward making almost a 1/4″ rounded wing until it is even with the eyes. This I would think was thought of as a to stabilize the antique fishing lure as it makes its dive.

The Fish Hawk lure uses the strength of the metal diving lip by directly attaching two of its three treble hooks. The rear hook uses a simple screw eye to attach to the rear of the bait. The antique fishing lure continues its construction with the use of Nail Tack eyes, the lure can be found with painted eyes as well. The Fish-Hawk was produced in a host of colors advertising 10 finishes such as:

1 – Silver Flash
2 – Brown Pike
3 – Perch Scale Black Stripe
4 – Yellow Perch Scale
5 – Red & White
6 – Orange & Black
7 – Yellow & Red
8 – Herring Scale (Shown Below)
9 – Yellow with Red Ribs
10 – Yellow & Black

The Fish-Hawk Antique Lure was advertised to have been made in a 4 different sizes including a fly rod or fly fishing size. The smallest size would use only the two side hooks and absent the rear. August would go on to produce a half dozen other lures such as the Sarde, the Dabble, Giant Pikie, Jointed Pikie. Somewhere in his lure making process the company was moved to Willowdale, Ontario. August and his lures slowly faded from the fishing industry leaving us some wonderful antique lures to collect including its Fish Hawk.

AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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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 colors such as Orange with Black Spot to compliment your collection.

00 Chub
01 Perch
02 Red and White
07 Mullet
18 Silver Flash

1931 Creek Chub Lure Catalog Cut

“The Husky Musky bait is for Musky fishing. Has Large, Strong hooks and exceptionally large screw eyes. Made strong yet light enough to cast. When reeled slowly it kicks up an awful fuss on the surface. Has big wiggle below surface. Will catch more Muskies and large fish. Length of Body, 5 inches. “

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure Catalog Cut Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure Catalog Cut

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure Photo Gallery

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South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure

South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure

The South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure was first brought to market in 1932. This wooden antique fishing lure produced by the South Bend Bait Company in South Bend Indiana was given a model number 959. This fly eater was in production for 12 years and was removed from the line up in 1942.

This wooden, glass eyed vintage fishing lure is a collector favorite with its clownish smiling face. The Plug Oreno lure can be found in both Glass Eye and Tack Eye variations. The lure measures 2″ in length and weighs in at 5/8oz. The lure itself having two large single hooks and 2 large wire antenna to help it through the weeds.

The 1930 Catalog states:

“A surface Lure that will come through all the weeds with a slight wobbling action. Weed guards so arranged that all hook are protected from logs, snags and any vegetation. Effectivley used with Wiggle Tail Pork Rind, which can be conveniently attached.”

Standard Catalog Colors are:
B – Black with Red Around the Eyes
F – Frog (Shown in Gallery)
FS – Frog Splotch
RH – Red Head White Body
Y – Yellow with Red & Green Spots

South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

The Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow is certainly a beauty to behold. It has all the qualities of a classic fishing lure. This wooden antique lure was produced in two different models a 3″, 3 Hook and a 4″ 5 Hook minnow. I was reading a 1904 issue of National Sportsman today and I ran across an add in the back of the magazine for one.

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

All the record catches in Kalamazoo lakes and rivers were made with this minnow in the 1903 season. Hooks guaranteed not to tangle. Fred D. Rhodes, 116 Bush Street Kalamazoo, Michigan

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Ad Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Ad

 

“Collector Bill Sonnet dug up this great ad from the 1903 Kalamazoo City Directory”

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Fred D. Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Lure Patent Papers

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Patent Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Patent

SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 777,488, dated December 13, 1904. Application filed Nove ber 2, 1903. Serial No. 179,521. (No model.)

T0 at whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRED D. Rnonns, a citizen of the United States, residing at the city of Kalamazoo, county of Kalamazoo, State of Michigan, have invented certain new and use ‘ful Improvements in Fish Baits 0r Lures, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to improvements in fish baits or lures.

The objects of this invention are, first, to provide an improved fish bait or lure which is adapted for use as a surface or as a casting bait and also as a deep-water or as a trolling bait; second, to provide an improved fish bait or lure which may be readily adjusted to regulate the depth at which the same shall run in the water; third, to provide an improved fish bait or lure adapted to’maintain its proper upright position in the water; fourth, to provide, in a fish bait or lure, an improved means of securing the hooks in position.

Further objects and objects relating to structural details will definitely appear from the detailed description to follow.

ll accomplish the objects of my invention by the devices and means described in the following specification.

The invention is clearly defined, and pointed out in the claims.

A structure embodying the features of my invention is clearly illustrated in the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, in which— Figure 1 is a side elevation view of my improved fish bait or lure. Fig. 2 is a detail transverse sectional view taken on a line corresponding to line 2 2 of Fig. 1 looking in the direction of the little arrows at the ends of the […]

2017-06-17T14:05:00+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

This great Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant article comes to us from November 10th, 1900. The article found in the trade rag, Hardware; A Review of the American Hardware Market. The article discusses the growth and transition through acquisition of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger.

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

    It comes almost in the nature of a surprise to the Hardware trade that every possible part of the fishing tackle store can be furnished complete from one factory. In the history of the Hardware business this has never been known to be within the range of possibility until the present time. It has always been found necessary to go through a number of establishments devoted to the different branches of the business in order to obtain what might be considered a complete line of fishing tackle. At the present time the factory of the Enterprise Mfg. Co. of Akron Ohio supplies this wonder in the way of achievement and as will be noticed by any one in the Hardware trade desirous of adding this line or of increasing it in their present stock the most complete assortment possible of fishing tackle and other appliances pertaining thereto will be found in their wonderful catalog. This business has grown from what might be considered a small beginning to the most extensive known to this particular branch of the trade. We give an illustration herewith of their present factory to justify this statement.

Enterprise Manufacturing Company

Their original premises are indicated in the extreme corner of this illustration showing the dimensions of their plant at the time of inaugurating the business in 1880. In this extensive factory they make everything in the line except rods, and plain lines, and they anticipate before many seasons have passed that these also will be added to their present assortment. It is certainly the intention of this progressive concern that every season that passes shall find them in better shape than ever to take care of the wants of their patrons.

They are constantly adding new machinery and installing other facilities tending to make this condition possible. Their fish Hook department which has been so greatly augmented by the purchase of the business of the American Fish Hook Co of New Haven, Conn., enables them to give special attention to this particular line and produce an article of recognized merit that will add greatly to their prestige.

Their Fishing Reel department is one in which they take the greatest pride and this attention to so important a branch is well deserved for it is beyond doubt the largest, and best equipped plant of the kind in the world as the handsome array given in their latest catalog previously referred to will fully indicate. One of the most important features of their manufacture is that […]

2017-06-10T09:39:50+00:00 May 31st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

JB McHarg Civil War Token

JB McHarg Civil War Token

This great example of a JB McHarg Civil War Token is a prime example of what drives me to collect. Looking off the beaten path for neat items to compliment both my or other lure collections is something I’ve always enjoyed. This drive or niche, or thinking outside the proverbial lure box at times has almost been a obsession. Thankfully my adult ADHD doesn’t let me stay grounded too long and off I go tracking down some other piece of knowledge or theory worm hole. Whether it’s paperwork, historical accounts, tidbits of information, photos or what have you, they all allow us the ability to follow the bread crumbs. Being able to piece together information to help complete or assemble a bigger picture.

JB McHarg Civil War Token Photo Gallery

 

Russell Rulau writes in his reference material titled “United States Tokens 1700-1900 ” 4th edition, Printed in 2004, that examples have both been found struck on Copper and Silver coinage. Using the example cited, as like the 1826 example above, it has been found on a 1819 United States Large Copper Cent, and a  Silver 1777 Spanish American Reales 2, a Spanish Colonial coin. For the Large Copper Cent it rates it a RM-7, Very Scarce, 10-19 known examples. The Silver Reales being even more scarce, rates a RM-8, which qualifies it as Rare, with 5-9 examples known to exist.

Neither coin being special unto themselves, the Silver Reales 2 was circulated world wide throughout the many Spanish Colonies. The 1826 Large cent U.S. circulation strike numbers total roughly at about 1.5 million. The cited reference work then goes on to estimate and date its stamping between 1859-1866. This dates puts it into two categories for you numismatists. The categories being US Civil War Tokens and US Merchant Tokens, each having a set time range or space they existed in.

JB McHarg Civil War Token Information

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While the date of circulation falls into two different categories for numismatists, it also places it into two different time frames for McHarg or 19th Century Lure collectors.  The early portion of that time frame McHarg was by himself, his family and another partner. Being a gun manufacture, champion fly caster, and noted sports writer J.B Mcharg was involved with all matters coupling sporting goods with the outdoors. During this aforementioned period he was also in business with both Jesse Armstrong and James Hildreth. At the later end of that spectrum, we see in 1860 the combination of Hook, Pepper and Company. While his name is not mentioned, McHarg being the senior member of the firm.

One thing is certain, the bits and pieces of the history surrounding the token parallel itself with the scraps of early history known of John Brainard Mcharg. His family was an integral piece of the […]

2017-05-31T09:09:00+00:00 May 31st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on JB McHarg Civil War Token

Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

This great Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad falls in line with our thoughts and thanks. For those that made the ultimate sacrifice we thank you.

And thank you Mr. Bill Sonnet for finding this and allowing me to share it with my readers.

A Boy Fished and Went to War……A Man Came Back to Fish Some More!

In 1941 both Sam Jester and Heddon’s went to war. Sam packed his tackle away and came back a honored veteran of the North African and Italian Campaigns. Heddon stopped making tackle and won honors in war production.

Now Both are back doing what they love. Sam is using River Runts again and Heddon is Making them.

Be patient the River Runts are coming, the midgets, the sinkers, the floaters, also Crazy Crawlers, Chugger Spooks Lucky 13’s and others. Coming too are the famous Pal tubular steel rods and those made of tempered split Bamboo.

Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

2017-05-29T14:31:45+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

The Heddon Big Tiger Lure is a model 1040 and was first introduced in 1968. The lure would only make a short run for 3 years until it was discontinued in 1971. Although it would make a brief appearance again in 1980 it would again be phased out in three years in 1983. This plastic lure is the largest in the Tiger series. Instead of the traditional names used to describe the largest in a Heddon Series Such as Muskie or Husky or Magnum, someone settled for simplicity using the word “Big”. This lure being plastic in construction, is often referred to as a spook, measures 5 1/4″ in length. The lure like its little brothers uses two trebles to secure its prey. These hooks are held to the body by a through body construction where the heavy duty rings are inset into the mold during construction.

Consistent in the family of tigers, the “Big” Tiger has a single forward like tie at the point of its nose. Its square staggered heavy duty diving lip molded within the construction of its body sets back about a inch onto the underside. The Big Tiger with its limited production is hard to find, its colors remain consistent throughout the line up made up of generally of Solid color backs with clear sides showing off a metallic insert. Once and a while it can be found in collector favorite colors such as the example shown here in “Baby Bass”. Identification is made easy with this Heddon Model besides its obvious length, the lure is Stenciled ” Heddon Big Tiger” on its belly.

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass Photo Gallery

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Detroit Bass Caller Lure

Detroit Bass Caller Lure

The Detroit Bass Caller Lure was first introduced in 1939. Made by the Detroit Bait company out of Detroit Michigan kind of looks like an airplane at first glance. This antique wooden lure measure 3 1/2″ inches in length. The lure has a scooped popper type mouth with the front line tie attached to the center. Besides the inserted painted metal rear wings added to the lure, it has a notched out rectangle just aft of the top of the lip adding to its uniqueness. The antique lure has two treble hooks to secure its prey when caught.

The Detroit Bass Caller was available in quite a few wonderfully colored paint patterns. The lure was housed in a black and white striped box stating “Its a Honey of a Lure”, and had a price tag of $1.00 each.

Detroit Bass Caller Lure Photo Gallery

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Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure

Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure

The Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure was first produced in 1953, crafted in the same fashion as the logo on the popular adult beverage. The lure falls into a few categories in the antique lure world. Collectors who amass Logo or advertising lures, those who collect “Brewerina”, and finally those who collect metal and or Paw Paw Lures. The lure itself was made in Paw Paw Michigan by the Paw Paw Bait company.

This antique fishing lure measure 2 3/4″ in length. The lure has a single treble hook fixed to the body of the lure with a split shot ring. The lures were often sold on a counter stand up cardboard display. The lure is stamped on the reverse for identification purposes for both the manufacture and the advertiser. I tend to think if not from a pure novelty standpoint this lure would have to have been made for trolling for thirsty fish.

Shown in the gallery below is an example shown with its very tough and some may even use the word rare to find box and insert. While I’ve sold dozens of the lure by itself over the last few decades this is the first one Ive seen in a box.

Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure Photo Gallery

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Mercury Minnow Lure

Mercury Minnow Lure 

This Mercury Minnow Lure Sales Sheet discusses the feature functions and benefits of the Mercury Minnow antique lure. The Mecoy Tackle Company of Grosse Point Michigan introduced this fishing lure in 1949. The Mercury minnow is just that it’s namesake coming from the ball of Mercury that rolls around inside the lure creating a wobble action as the lure is retrieved.

Mercury Minnow
The Red Hot Lure with 4 Way Action

Darts – Dives – Climbs – Wiggles Moving Mercury Does It!

It acts alive!
The constantly shifting weight of the Mercury creates a startling new action. With the Mercury in positions: (A) It Climbs (B) It Darts (C) It Wiggles (D) It climbs and Wiggles (E) It Darts and Dives Patent Pending

Check These Features
More Action over the Counter – You have something to sell – A New Principle – Using moving Mercury to create a Life-like, 4 way action on every retrieve. No other lure has it.

More Sales Appeal – A quality lure made of Tenite II – Will not chip, peel, or water log. Individually boxed in a colorful display carton. Fully Guaranteed.

More Profit – Retailing at $1.50 the Mercury Minnow at standard discount allows greater margin of profit – and it is easy to sell.

Two Popular Sizes – Model 10 5/8 oz. Standard casting and trolling size.
Model 20 3/8 oz. Spinning, light tackle, and trolling size.

Only Eight Proven Colors – to stock – Red-White, Pearl, Frog, Perch, Orange, Yellow, Black, and Pike.

Attractive Display Board – Available for salesman and dealers, showing mounted the two models (4 of each) in the eight colors. Write for details.

Mercury Minnow Lure Sales Sheet Mercury Minnow Lure Sales Sheet

2017-06-08T20:03:48+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Mercury Minnow Lure

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure

The Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure is the smallest size in this collector favorite series. The lure a model 3400 was first introduced by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan in 1927 and only lasted through 1931. The lure is made of a plastic, or pyralin substance and measures 3 3/4″ in length. The lures attempt using its life like shape is to reek havoc and solicit strikes from smaller size game fish in the bass family. The lure imitates a closed leg frog, from which a larger single hook trails from an eyelet or rivet in the the feet, and a double hook from it belly to secure its prey. The lure employs the use of the Toilet Seat Hardware rigging to hold the belly hook to the body. The lure has a single forward line tie which is stationed in the center of the face of the lure. Identifying this antique lure is pretty easy compared to most as its name is stenciled in black on its underside.

The Little Luny was only ever produced in two different colors a Green Frog and a Meadow Frog Finish.

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure Photo Gallery

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Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure

Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure

This is a super Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure dealer sheet introducing this new and unique lure. The sheet exclaims its a new lure, and is stamped, Nov 3 1953. This plastic jointed lure a really a unique piece and would be fun to collect a complete color set.

Presenting the new and Unique
Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure

For the first time in the history of artificial lures a precision plastic fraud has captured the remarkable life-like reality and writhing fluid action of a live bait. The eastern spring lizard of the Great Smokey Mountain region. For decades this little creature has been highly prized by anglers as a most effective live bait, it’s irresistible swimming action tantalizes the most stubborn bass into striking.

The Spring Lizard has been the doom of many prize bass, large and small-mouth as well as other species of game fish, fresh and salt water. The spring lizard is an interesting and shy little creature, although snake like in appearance he is harmless, living in and around the beautiful fern like moss and vegetation of cold clear mountain springs and branches he is considered by thousands of anglers as the most effective of all live bait. Recognizing the tremendous fish catching possibility of an artificial reproduction of the spring lizard, Jim Gasque, nationally known authority on fishing, author-sportsman and special representatives of Whopper Stopper baits, combined his creative talents with J. Fred Eder, United Press Outdoors consultant and originator of the famous Whopper Stopper “Back Running” lures to create precision plastic version of the spring lizard.

Jim flew eight live lizards to Texas for study and observation. Many models were carved and tested, after extensive reaserch perfect reality was accomplished, plastic craftsman produced precision molds for the little fraud and a new lure was born. Nature Herself molded the unique color patterns taken from the live lizard models with the expert guidance of Jim Gasque. Jim and Fred combined a total of 40 years of lure designing to perfect the lizard.

The deadly lizard lure is available in seven unique color phases and Two sizes for either Casting, Trolling or Spinning.

For Best results, let Lizard sink and retrieve medium fast with momentary pause, every few feet – work along bottom occasionally, retrieve towards surface.

1/4 oz. weight for Spinning, Light Tackle and Trolling

L701 – Ghost Grey Lizard, Milky Belly
L702 – Ghost Black Lizard Milky Splotches
L703 – Rusty Orange Lizard, Speckled Black
L704 – Ghost Black Lizard, Rusty Splotches
L705 – Rusty Head, Green Lizard
L706 – Pearl White Lizard, Black Splotches
L707 – Clear Transparent Lizard

1/4 oz. weight for Casting and Trolling

L801 – Ghost Grey Lizard, Milky Belly
L802 – Ghost Black Lizard Milky Splotches
L803 – Rusty Orange Lizard, Speckled Black
L804 – Ghost Black Lizard, Rusty Splotches
L805 – Rusty Head, Green Lizard
L806 – Pearl […]

2017-06-08T20:05:53+00:00 May 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure

Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure

Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure

The Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure was a transition from its very popular Cork Bodied fly lures over to plastic, or spook bodied lures. The Wilder Dilg itself came to be 16 years prior to this culmination. The spook bodies began production in 1939 and were in the Fly lure catalog line up until 1954. These two examples shown are the larger of the Wilder Dilg feathered fly, and are a model number 910. The 910 series measures 3 1/4″ in length. The lure has painted eyes a feather hackle and the largest using a fixed, barbed No. 1 size hook to secure its catch.

The Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly was offered in a half dozen cataloged finishes.

XRW Red & White Shore Minnow
XBW Black & White Shore Minnow
XRG Green Shore Minnow
XRS Silver Shore Minnow
XRY Yellow Shore Minnow
XSK Goldfish Shore Minnow

Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure Photo Gallery

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Winnie Stump Dodger Lure

Winnie Stump Dodger Lure

The Winnie Stump Dodger Lure was born in Traverse City, Michigan. Albert Winnie received his patent for the Stump Dodger Lure in 1915. While the patent dates to 1915 his lures were being created earlier. It is no surprise that Traverse City would be home to a great lure maker. The city is situated on two separate arms or Bays of the Great Lake Michigan. The East Arm and West Arm of Grand Traverse bay are right at the front door of Alert (Bert) Winnie. While most notably known for its 360 Million pounds of Cherrys the area produces each year, we lure collectors are thankful for Bert’s Contributions to our hobby.

This wooden antique fishing lure, the Michigan Stump Dodger has a larger more bulb type head and tapers down until it reaches its tail. The head and front of the lure are where the Stump Dodger and it’s unique double diving lipped lure gain its personality. Affixed to the top diving lip is its single forward line tie. Inset into the head of the lure are it’s tell tale unique tack and brass washer eyes, however the lure can also be found with no eyes. The lure itself uses two simple screw eyes to hold its two treble hooks.

Winnie Stump Dodger Lure Patent Gallery

The Stump Dodger came in at least 3 different sizes, the lure highlighted here is the standard size. If you read the patent papers you’ll notice that not only did he state the lure could be made from wood, cork or a hollow metal composite to maintain its bouncy but that he uses the word guide planes. At first glance one thinks he is referring to the two front lips of the lure, however in illustration 3, he had intended to make wings to angle up or down to the fisherman discretion as to where or what depth he wanted the lure to swim. While these ideas seem to never have come to fruition the Stump Dodger itself would makes it impact on fisherman and antique lure collectors alike.

Stenciled Across the back of the lure Bert made sure his lure was marked and in vivid colors for its time the lure can be found.
One of the great highlights of this combination lure, box and paperwork gives us is Bert’s sense of humor on paper. On the reverse of the rare paperwork Bert uses a cartoon charter to describe shooting the lure out to the fish. Using a character holding a shotgun with a reel attached to the top and his dog giving him props below, we see an Elmer Fud type character land a fish in the middle of the pond.

The caption under the illustration reads; “Don’t Shoot the Michigan Stump Dodger out too far. If you do, dip it in salt brine for 5-8 of a second because a fish will swallow it […]

2017-06-20T07:42:56+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Winnie Stump Dodger Lure

Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure

Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure

The Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure is Circa late 1930’s. The three hook underwater antique lure was not a cataloged option and is highly sought after. This wooden, glass eyed, antique minnow measures 3 1/8″ in length. The lure was produced with only a single floppy prop, unlike the Heddon 3 Hook 100 lure.

The lure is shown in a very desirable Frog Spot Color making it even more collectible. The Shur Strike Underwater minnow lure uses a cup and screw eye rigging for its side hooks and the rear treble is affixed to the rear screw eye. You will notice a small cap at the rear of the lure that the rear screw is inserted through for reinforcement. I point that out to preface what Ill state below that Shur Strike was not built by Creek Chub like most “Economy” line lures.

We have a great Bar Chain Underwater Minnow in on Consignment this Week, Click below to view

Shur Strike Bar Chain Underwater Minnow Lure

If you have lures you would like to sell or consign, please contact me. 

Born in the early 1930’s, the Shur Strike line of lures was introduced by fishing lure industry giant Creek Chub. Creek Chub, while late to the game in this area, wanted to increase it’s already massive market share of the American Fishing lure industry. While many of the other larger makers such as Heddon, Pflueger and Shakespeare had for decades, produced similar less expensive line ups Creek Chub had yet to come to the table.

Surviving, thriving and trying to increase its market share the great depression was no easy feat. Bait Casting itself was not a poor mans leisure. One would not only have to have a rod, but a reel, and a assortment of expendable wooden lures, that were not cheap when you put into context with the great depression. What would make a common man spend his hard earned dollars during what was Americas largest and longest economic downturn. The answer in and of itself has always been create a lower priced item, or provide a product or service that suits it time.

Creek Chub however was not willing to sacrifice is quality in building Shur Strike lures. You will find that whether it was the paint, its use of glass eyed, and use of some of the same type hardware, Creek Chub created a quality product that wasn’t that much of an inferior product to its original design. What the Shur Strike line up did instead of making a “cheaper” product, they used a different type of distribution network to accomplish this task. Being sold and distributed through a network of sometimes non conformist type shops, Shur Strike would become a large entity in the secondary bait market.

Yes will find Shur Strike housed and Sold inside of its own “Shur Strike Minnows” […]

2017-04-30T17:48:20+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure

Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby was Born and raised in Philips Maine in 1854. Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby was a writer, fly fisher, hunter, and outdoor enthusiast who worked for the Maine Central Railroad promoting the sporting life in Maine at the turn of the century.

She held the first Maine Guide license issued and allegedly was the the first woman to legally shoot a caribou in Maine and rumored to have shot against Annie Oakley in a sharpshooting competition. Her column “Fly Rod’s Note Book” was syndicated throughout the Eastern United States. She died in 1946.

2017-04-28T18:33:45+00:00 April 29th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure

Oliver Gruber Glo Worm Antique Fishing Lure

The Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure is quite an interesting story. Over the last few years I’ve touched on a few of the lure makers that thought outside the box. Alfred Oliver and James Gruber thought inside the box, so to speak.

We have a very Nice Oliver & Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure in on consignment this week, click below to view.
Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure
If you have lures you would like to consignor sell, please contact me.

As the Story is Told;

“On May 16, 1918, Alfred Oliver and James Gruber filed a patent for the first triple jointed lure. This patent was granted November 23, 1920. Oliver and Gruber immediately went into production of the lure they decided to call The Glowurm Lure. It was advertised nationally in Outdoor Life magazine, with ads appearing from 1921 through 1923.

Construction & painting had to be simple because these lures were being manufactured by patients at a Medical Lake, Washington Psychiatric Center (near Spokane). Yes, the mental patients of the hospital were turning out the wooden bodies and painting the Glowurm as therapy!

Oliver and Gruber worked at the hospital and also were avid bass fishermen. They saw the chance to help the patients with therapy, AND to help finance their fishing hobby with some cash from the sales of their lure invention. The only problem came when the directors of the hospital discovered the lures were being sold nationally and the hospital wasn’t sharing in on the profits!

The Medical Lake Hospital Board of Directors delivered an ultimatum to the doctor/entrepreneurs; cease and desist with the production of the Glowurm, and everything would be forgotten. Otherwise, they would face charges for using illegal labor and face termination. Oliver and Gruber decided that doctoring was more important than lure making, so they went out of the lure business.”

(Heddon later bought the patent rights and came out with their own version of the lure called a “Gamefisher”.)

Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

2017-04-27T13:23:21+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure

Tempter Frog Antique Lure

Tempter Frog Antique Lure

The Tempter Frog Antique Lure is always a fun lure to find. The antique fly eater was made around 1930 and comes from a place we don’t see a lot of lure manufacturers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its namesake being the name of the company, The Tempter Bait Company located at 707 Forbes Street. This frog type fishing lure is made of a rubber composite. Using a cloth type material the Tempter Frog has jointed legs which bend to run parallel to the rear hook. The antique lure has a single forward line tie that also has weedless whiskers, for the lack of a better term protruding from the line tie. The frog lure has a forward downward facing single hook inset into the belly of the lure. From between the legs you will find it has a larger longer single upward facing hook. The large rear hook is also protected by the whiskers to help with its weedless properties.

The Tempter is a hand painted fishing lure giving it a classic look for any antique lure collector to enjoy. Whether you specialize or focus just on collecting frog lures or have a miscellaneous collection of all the Tempter will fit in nicely. This musky or large bass versions measures in at 4″ in length. While the Tempter Frog can be found in a smaller Fly Fishing or Spinning size at 2 1/4″ in size. If you r lucky enough to find one, you can then seek out its box. A plain brown in color antique lure box with two small green frogs in the center at apposing sides with “The Tempter Bass Bait” above them and “The Tempter Bait Co.” below.

Tempter Frog Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-04-24T13:47:43+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Tempter Frog Antique Lure

Antique Lure Logo

Antique Lure Logo

Check out our new Antique Lure Logo! A fellow collectors wife took many hours of her own time to help me become official by now having my own logo. She did a great job and went above and beyond and wanted to thank her publicly! Thanks Sharon!

Will start work on a T Shirt and a few other goodies soon. Would love to hear your thoughts!

There are actually Two!

Antique Lure Fin and Flame Antique Lure Fin and Flame

Antique Lure Logo Antique Lure Logo

2017-04-20T19:05:26+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Friends & Clubs|Comments Off on Antique Lure Logo

Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure

Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure

This Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure dates to 1925. The model Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan asigned this was a model 300 which had been being produed already for 20 years, just another version of it. This bohemoth of a antique lure was a wooden fat body 300, with 7 hooks attached in just about every spot you could with the exception of the front line tie.

This lure proves if you cant catch a fish, you certianly can catch yourself. I dont even enjoy holding this antique fishing lure when given the chance for fear of becoming prey to it myself as a antique lure collector. This version wouldnt even be legal to fish in many states today. The lure was used most certianly as a trolling minnow or atleast the people in the same boat as yourself would hope you were. This underwater minnow lure was used to bring up large game fish such as Northern Pike or Musky.

This wooden, glass eyed, fishing lure measure 3 3/4″ in length. The antique lure features two marked propellors, both fore and aft. It also uses 6 sets of L Rig hook hangers to secure them to the lure and sometimes yourself, the 7th free hanging from the rear screw eye. The antique lure was availble in the standard era colors. The fishing lure example shown is in green scale, Heddon’s, color code D. The lure could have been housed in a large up or down leaping bass box. You can find examples using different hardware such as two piece or toilet seat rigged hardware or a mixture of both on the same bait, usuallyusing a different on the belly hooks.

Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2017-04-18T10:28:35+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure

Pflueger Maybug Spinner Lure

Pflueger May Bug Lure

The Pflueger May Bug Lure was introduced in the late 1880’s. The May Bug is one of the early quintessential Pflueger, or Enterprise Manufacturing Company Lure made in Akron Ohio.  The lure was produced for around 3 decades or thirty years until 1916. The May Bug was made to be fished or “Skittered” across the water. The Ad below touts that “The body is separated from the wings, gives life-like action to the bait when drawn through the water.”

The Pflueger May Bug was only made in one size, and measures roughly less than two inches in length. And although being made in only one size, this antique fishing lure was made in two different models. Such as many of the 19th Century Pflueger produced, they offered the May Bug both a Luminous and a Non Luminous version. The Luminous version is a model series number 975 and the Non-Luminous a series number 976.  The May Bug is beautifully painted, its wings an emerald shade of green, and spotted  abdomen and painted black eyes. The thorax is a black striped red, and its its legs and feet black as well. The underside of the lure can be found in two flavors. The Non Luminous is primarily painted in red and the Luminous as shown below in the gallery has both the luminous and red paint to attract the fish from below.

As were many of the early Pflueger lures, it was hand sewn to a card. The early versions bore no marking but the last versions bearing the Pflueger Bulldog. To the lure was attached at the rear a single treble to snare its prey. There was a factory installed box swivel on the top of the lure and if you wanted you could add a gimp leader for and extra sum.

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad

Pflueger May Bug Lure

2017-06-15T07:50:27+00:00 April 14th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Maybug Spinner Lure

Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure

Creek Chub Baby Crawdad

The Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure was first introduced in 1918 and was first called the Crab Wiggler, later the Crawdad. The antique lure was a Creek Chub model series 400, and was a smaller version of the crab or crawdad. The Crawdad lure had quite a production run and was intermittently cataloged up into and through the 1960’s. The River Peeler antique lure shown is actually in the incorrect Creek Chub Lure Box, with a reorder slip, and it should be in a end label or end stamped box marked 316 for the River Peeler color. However, the Natural Crab example shown below is in its correct end labeled antique lure box.

 You can see from the photos the rubber band legs, which usually deteriorate on the bottom are in great shape and the antique lure hasn’t been fished or used. This Garret Indiana made fishing lure came or can be found in a handful of different colors listed below. The lure has a metal rear diving plane and black bead eyes and two smaller treble hooks and was retrieved in reverse as a crawdad moves in nature. The lure is 2 3/4 inches in length and 1/2 oz.

Some of the Cataloged Colors the were available on the Creek Chub Baby Crawdad antique lure were:

00  Natural Crab (Shown Below)

01  Perch Scale

02  Albino

15  Tan Crab

16  River Peeler (Shown Below)

18 Silver Flash

Below is a copy of a page out of a 1931 Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog showing the Baby Crab/Crawdad.

The Baby Crawdad

In it it states: “If you like a spoon, pork rind or spinner you will like the albino crab even better. Has more wiggle than a rind, and more flash than a spoon, and does not sink. Will not twist the line tie. This is just right for use in stream fishing, and proves a tempting lure for the river bass. Will be equipped with double hooks when ordered, and with the points turned up becomes practically snag proof.”

Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure

Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Gallery 

2017-08-14T07:15:14+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure

Ball Minnow Trap

Ball Minnow Trap

The Ball Minnow Trap is really a great piece of angling history. Let me first add by saying yes, this is the same maker as the famous Ball jar line.

For those that may not know here is a piece borrowed from the Society of Historical Archaeology Inc. Although its roots go back to the 1880 making wooden covered milk cans and then to glass inserts for metal cans that wasn’t the era of the minnow trap production.

 

“Ball Brothers Co., Inc. (1922-1987)
Between 1913 and 1929, Ball acquired four more of its competitors and reorganized
again on December 19, 1922, as the Ball Brothers Co., Inc. The firm replaced the now-outdated
Owens machines with Ball-Bingham, Miller JPM, and English Moorshead machines in the
1930s. The firm purchased the Three Rivers Glass Co. in 1936 and closed it down after filling
existing orders, a fate visited on many of the earlier acquisitions (Roller 1983:456-457;
2011:659; Smith 1989; 1996).
The Owens license expired in 1933, so Ball began negotiations with Hartford-Empire and
acquired a license for those machines on March 25. On January 8, 1935, Ball executive Fred
Petty announced that Ball would begin production of packers’ ware in response to a major
decline in fruit jar sales over the past three years (Birmingham 1980:115). Ball (1937:96)
illustrated a birds-eye view drawing of the Muncie plant in 1936 (Figure 4).
By 1937, the Ball Brothers made “fruit jars, packers and preservers ware, bottles” by
machine at 14 continuous tanks – reflecting the list of five factories at Muncie, Indiana; Wichita
Falls, Texas; Huntington, West Virginia; Hillsboro, Illinois; and Okmulgee, Oklahoma
(American Glass Review 1937:81). On December 11, 1939, the U.S. Government sued the Ball
Brothers, the Hazel-Atlas Glass Co., and the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. under monopoly charges
based on the Hartford-Empire and Owens licensing agreements. The plaintiff claimed that small
producers were being frozen out of business or prohibited from entering manufacture by the
nature of the licenses.
Almost a decade later, in 1947, the justices rendered a final verdict. The court prohibited
the Ball Brothers from purchasing or otherwise controlling any other businesses engaged in the
same manufacturing processes – in other words, the small jar producers. In addition, Ball had to
divest itself of the Three Rivers Glass Co. (already closed for almost a decade) that Ball had
acquired in 1936. Ball sold the property (Birmingham 1980:115-116).
Beginning in 1942, Ball shifted production to other glass containers, zinc shells for
batteries, and various rubber products – in addition to fruit jars – to support the World War II
effort (Birmingham 1980:116). Muncie Plant No. 1 burned in 1945. By 1952, fruit jar
production made up less than 10% of sales (Birmingham 1980:153, 159).
The rest of the decade was mostly quiet, with no notable changes. The firm opened the
Mundelein, Illinois, plant in 1961 and ended glass making at the Muncie plant the following
year (Roller 1999; […]

2017-04-11T12:20:18+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on Ball Minnow Trap

Shur Strike Flat Face Lure

Shur Strike Flat Face Lure

The Shur Strike Flat Face Lure is a uncatalogued lure. Made by Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana but sold under the Shur Strike line up this lure is similar to the G or Slope Nose. This antique fishing lure is wooden, with no eyes, and is cigar in shape with a wooden collar. This antique minnow measures 3 3/4″ in length. The Flat Face has two treble hooks, the most forward is secured with a cup rig and the rear with screw eye. The antique fishing lure has a single forward line tie in the center of the face of the lure.

We have a Uncatalogued Pike Scale in on Consignment this week you can view by clicking below.

Shur Strike Flat Face Antique Lure

If you have lures you would like to consign, please contact me.

You’ll note that both the front line tie, and the rear screw eye, both employ the use a washer. As I expressed in the Shur Strike company history in the Underwater Minnow Lure post the other day. Shur Strike was meant to be a cheaper line, but in truth it didn’t accomplish this or sacrifice the quality of the antique fishing lure in its operations.

The top water fished Lure is painted in a 1YP Color, which is a Yellow Perch. This model was made early on in the Shur Strike time frame and was only for only a couple years at most.

Shur Strike Flat Face Lure Photo Gallery

2017-04-09T09:08:22+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Flat Face Lure

South Bend Underwater Minnow 905

South Bend Underwater Minnow 905

The South Bend Underwater Minnow 905 series is Circa 1912. This 905 series wooden, glass eyed minnow lure was made for over 20 years. The lure was South Bends 5 Hook Underwater minnow lure was the companies industry standard 5 hook lure at the time. The lure had a front and a rear prop, standard South Bend cups and had both glass and tack eyes over its life span. The 905 featured a single belly weight centered underneath.

The antique lure was 3 3/4″ inches in length a typical length used by most of the other makers. The lure if the props are not marked can be differentiated by say from a Hedon 5 Hook by the forward right cup placement. On the South Bend the Right front cup will be offset forward, on a Heddon it will be the left cup that is offset forward.

The South Bend 905 Series Underwater Minnow Can be Found in the following finishes:

G(1) Gold, Red Head
GCB Green Crackle Back
R(1) Solid Red
R(3) Red with Black Nose
Rain Rainbow
RCBY Red Crackle Back, Yellow Body
RH Red Head White Body
RHW Red Head White Body
RHTW Red Head and Tail, White Body
RSF Scale Finish, Red Blend
SA Solid Aluminum
SCBY Sienna Crackle Back Yellow Body
SF Scale Finish. Green
SR(1) Red Body Dark Shaded Back (Shown Below)
SW White Boday Dark Shaded Back
W(1) Solid White
W(3) White with Spots
Y(2) Yellow with Spots
YP Yellow Perch (Shown in the Gallery)

South Bend Underwater Minnow 905 Lure Gallery

 

2017-04-08T12:56:35+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Comments Off on South Bend Underwater Minnow 905

Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure

Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure

The Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure date to around 1905. The lure distributed and made by the William Mills and Sons Company of New York, New York. While advertised to be a combined 6 inches in length, the lure itself was 3 inches in length. Mounted to the shaft were a unique set of horizontal front and rear propellers. The antique Hoptacong minnow featured tiny glass eyes and a trace leader behind the front prop that held two single shank hooks. The lure also held a single hook behind the rear horizontal prop. The 6 inch lure shaft held clear glass beads in front of and behind each prop, and was made of a wire though construction.

The antique fishing lure has always had an allure of itself on me, and I’ve always been fascinated by it. It employs an almost seductive 19th Century Phantom and English made characteristics, while using the underwater minnow characteristics we see in the minnows of the pre-teens. Offering both a Floating and a Sinking model to accommodate both types of fishing.

William Mills Hoptacong Perch Minnow Lure Ad 1909

Floating Perch 6 Inches long over all, with either single or treble hooks $1.00

Floating Perch 6 Inches long over all, with either single or treble hooks $1.00

William Mills Hoptacong Perch Minnow Lure Ad 1909 William Mills Hoptacong Perch Minnow Lure Ad 1909

Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure

Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure

 

2017-04-03T10:35:29+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Hoptacong Perch Minnow Antique Lure

Sunday Sounds April Edition

Sunday Sounds April Edition

On a rainy Sunday morning strolling through FB and Ebay with a cup of coffee in hand I came across a post of a Frog Spot Jamison Coaxer lure for sale, and if there is one thing that goes with Jamison in my head, its my buddy Joe.

Jamison Coaxer Colors Jamison Coaxer Colors

These were owned by a good friend of mine who passed last winter. He was my traveling buddy to nationals and many of the regional shows. This was taken one weekend he brought his collection down and spent the weekend at the house, while the wife and kids were gone, we ate like kings (grilled steaks), talked lures, history, the club, collecting and life till the wee hours each night which usually was capped off with a nightcap of a good single malt.

It was like having a lure show at my own house. We photographed, talked about, shared our knowledge about each lure we both had like we just had purchased them. We did this despite having owned and seen each others items many many times before before. Or like we would do at shows at the end of the night. Joe would gather a pile of my items together, tell me to put together a pile of his, and we would swap, and if any money changed hands its was secondary in nature. He would say, its your turn Matt to take care of these things for a while. While we exchanged these we would pass on any stories of where we got them and from who or how. You see it wasn’t about the money, or even the lures themselves, it was about the story, the people behind the lures. This was a theme that many who knew Joe would come to know that there was a greater picture not just in lures but in life.

While this was 6-8 years ago, never thought at the time it would be one of those times I would remember forever or not be able to do again with him. Moral of the story baits/lures are great but they are just the vehicles by which we are driven to what is really important and that is the friendships we make along the way.

I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Ocular Melonoma two weeks ago at the age of 44, and will have my first surgery and radiation treatment this week. They say the odds were 5 in a million to get this, and how fitting for those that know me. Ive never seemed to pick the easy way in anything in life, either by choice or happenstance, not even as a child. With that, Im not sure if I miss my buddy Joe more to talk about lures with, or to talk about the C word more. Many who knew my friend knew he […]

2017-04-02T14:10:19+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Friends & Clubs|Comments Off on Sunday Sounds April Edition

Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad

Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad

This Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad window sign was published in a 1905 Vol. 23 of “The Hardware Magazine”. The ad specifies how dealers in Pflueger’s Fishing Tackle can get one.

I will take a dozen please.

Finding Point of Sale or store displays for the Antique Lures, Reels and Tackle we love is a double edged sword. As I have written before in the article South Bend Counter Display, making yourself aware of fakes and counterfeits can save many dollars, heart break, and even misunderstanding for current or future antique lure collectors.  Its hard not to go to a flea market or antique store today and not run into newly made, made to look old, porcelain or tin signs. I’m as guilty as the next person for wanting to adorn the walls of my man den or tackle room with antique fishing like type items. I’m not one to tell anyone what to do; however, maybe take a minute the next time you go to buy one of these things and think about an alternative option for antique lure room decoration. This isnt the late 90’s anymore and prices have come back down to earth for many antique lure and tackle related items. Just take for instance the common rod or reel or even bamboo rods with condition issues. Youl can pick the things up for a few dollar a piece and incorporate this into a wonderful display, that’s authentic to boot!

If anyone has a photo of a real one of these Id love to add it to the article, or just even see a photo. Drop me a line or post below.

I received and Email from fellow NFLCC member Merrick Burr who was able to not only provide a Photo of an original sign but also was able to add to the discussion as to how it ties in with AL&W

Pflueger Antique Sign Pflueger Antique Sign

AL&W Lure Company Sign AL&W Lure Company Sign

Here is the cover of the 1928 ALW catalog. They have taken the bass from the original sign and added to the 2 men in the boat and some background.
“Also circa 1928, ALW started using these lure boxes with a bass and bright red fly in its mouth.
I am assuming this box is based on the sign and in particular the Pflueger bass.”

AL&W Lure Catalog Cover AL&W Lure Catalog Cover

AL&W Lure Box AL&W Lure Box

This ALW silk screen Sign is from the same time frame as the catalog.
Silk screening made it impossible to replicate the bass accurately, but they did include the two men in the boat and also the red fly.
This sign is quite a bit larger than […]

2017-04-01T20:03:13+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad

Hustle Kindness Auctions For Peach

Hustle Kindness Auctions For Peach

Hustle Kindness Auctions For Peach? What on earth does this have to do with antique fishing lures and just what are you talking about?

Every now and then people come and go through our lives for certain reasons, many which are unbeknownst to us at the time. Many of you who follow this blog or know me personally know of my youngest son Sam and his battle and walk with his own disease, ITP. And, some even know of my most recent diagnosis of my own ten days ago, cancer, more specifically Ocular Melanoma. I know that before this is over I will again count on someone like Peach to be kind and lend a smile.

Less then a half a dozen years ago, my son Sam was given a gift a random act of kindness that was facilitated through Madison Steiner, Peach for those who have come to know her story. You see Peach is a hustler, no, no, no silly, dont jump to conclusions, Peach is a Hustler of Kindness. Peach is one of those people that when her life intersects with yours will make you smile, maybe even shed a tear, a good one of course. She restores your faith that there are still people out there motivated by kindness, both in what the preach as well as what they practice.

As a parent of a child who has a rare disease, we learn very early on that we must be our children’s greatest advocates. For if we dont fight for our children, who will. As a parent of a child who has a life long chronic or incurable illness we realize that life is not meant to be fair, its meant to be cherished. We understand that with those two tiny hands we are bestowed the hope the future and the faith. As a parent of a child we realize that sometimes we alone cant hold the wheel through the storms, and we rely on others to help by offering their love and faith.

Then there are those that truly must be angles, Peach is one of those people. Peach is a person who made it her mission and her life’s work to hustle, hustle kindness. Peach has quite a story to tell and she tells it well on her page; Peaches Neet Feet

Peach takes her kindness, her hope and her love her compassion and puts it into her art, work and mission. She creates shoes based on the childs own dreams, hopes, heros and puts them on a pair of Chuck Taylor’s. Be Kind, Hustle Kindess is her mantra, if you dont know Peach, take a few minuted to visit her site above, and even maybe take a minute to sponsor a pair of shoes for a young kid.

I said all that to say, your still wondering what that and antique lures have in common. Like Ive said […]

2017-03-29T14:09:14+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Friends & Clubs, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hustle Kindness Auctions For Peach

Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure

Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure

The Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure is reported as being first introduced to the fishing world sometime in 1950, its patent shows it was applied for in 1946. Shown below, the patent was finally granted in January of 1951 almost 6 years later (Must have had a pretty good back log) and was gone from production in less time than it took for its patent to be granted. Robert A LaFluer of Ferndale, Michigan its inventor sought to produce a lure ranging in size from a Fly Fishing lure all the way through the muskie fishing size. However, with its short production run we can surmise it never quite lived up to the fishing communities response of them. Finding this great little Miscellaneous lure is actually quite tough, tougher than its collector value assigned would indicate.

The Curv A Lure was only produced 2 Sizes although the intent was far more. As far as a color pallet it was available in roughly a half a dozen different colors. From Silver Spotted, to Rainbow, to the Orange with Black Stripe shown below in the gallery, trying to find these half a dozen colors and their corresponding boxes can actually be quite a challenge.

Patent 2536553 Made a Few Distinct Claims that coincide with its Namesake.

1. A fishing lure comprising an elongated body having a concave lower surface, a convexed upper surface, a concaved side surface and a convexed side surface, said body having leading and trailing ends, said body having a front face sloping rearwardly from the convexed side surface of the body toward the concave side of the body.

2. A fishing lure comprising an elongated body having forward and rear ends, a first convex side surface and a second concave side surface, said forward end having a face sloping rearwardly from the first side surface to the second side surface, and said face also sloping downwardly and forwardly from the upper periphery of the body to the lower periphery of the body.

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2017-04-12T07:59:58+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure

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