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ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure

By | 2017-03-19T14:58:49+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure The ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure is Circa 1939. The ShurKatch Bait company out of Richfield Springs, New York is thought to have been a distributor of Horrocks Ibbotson fishing lures. This wooden, painted eye mouse vintage fishing lure comes adorn with even a leather tail. This antique fishing lure uses a [...]

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Hanson Sub Master Lure

By | 2016-12-13T09:19:00+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Hanson Sub Master Lure The Hanson Sub Master Lure was patented in 1951, while being made as early as 1950. This lure was distributed by Hanson's Custom Loading out of Bonner Springs, Kansas. This little known lure has a large clear plastic diving lip almost the same length of its body.  This lure is 3 [...]

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Jamison Humdinger Lure

By | 2016-11-29T10:41:02+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Jamison Humdinger Lure The Jamison Humdinger Lure was first introduced in 1916. This wooden no eyed fishing lure was made by William J Jamison Company out of Chicago Illinois, know affectionately as "Smilling Bill". This antique fishing lure measures 3 1/8" inches in length and is really a larger version of the struggling mouse which [...]

Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure

By | 2016-12-13T08:26:46+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure The Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure is a series model number 6535. The antique fishing lure is Circa late 1930s to 1940 for a time frame. The Kingfish Wobbler minnow is 5" in length made of wood and has pressed painted eyes. The lure has a distinctive keel underneath and is a [...]

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Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

By | 2016-12-13T08:28:15+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers, Shakespeare Lures|

Rhodes Mechanical Frog The Rhodes Mechanical Frog lure in the correct wooden box combines 2 different things that antique lure collectors get excited about. First off, a wood box lure, who doesn't like just the sound of that. This antique lure box shows the printed images clearly, and shows the patent date of October 31, [...]

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Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

By | 2016-11-24T09:17:00+00:00 November 24th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad Since today's motif is Turkey, I found  this apropos. This Skinner Turkey Wing Ad came from 1884. The Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett Company was a large seller of many items fishing tackle included. GM Skinner Clayton NY Silver Plated Oval and Kidney Pattern. These Baits are noted for superior workmanship and [...]

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Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure

By | 2016-12-13T08:36:09+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure The Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure was introduced in 1938. This antique Heddon lure made in Dowagiac, Michigan was given a Model E9400RW. This version of the iconic Heddon lure is a floater river runt series. This lure was born of an experiment to blend the paint into [...]

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Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

By | 2016-12-13T08:38:35+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure The Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure was first introduced in 1933. This Creek Chub lure was made in Garrett, Indiana was to be sold under the Shur Strike Lure line up. The lure is quite a unique lure and isn't a knock of of any Creek Chub lure. [...]

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Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler

By | 2016-11-20T12:34:35+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|

Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler 1918 In this Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler article you will find an amazing read. I was truly excited when I ran across this gem. If you love antique lures and you love the history bind them, you will love the article from the May [...]

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Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure

By | 2016-11-20T10:44:37+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure The Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure in first introduced around 1930. The Flapper Crab antique lure was made by The Wright and McGill Company out of Denver Colorado. The lure was available in a few different sizes. The Flapper Crab fishing lure was made from the traditional molded composition that [...]

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Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure

By | 2016-12-13T08:42:13+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure The Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure was also called the Petite Spinner model PS. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1938. Although made by Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana and marketed under the Shur Strike name this was made of good quality. This wooden lure, made with glass eyes measured [...]

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Keller Gets Em Lure

By | 2016-11-17T19:04:14+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Keller Gets Em Lure The Keller Gets Em Lure was first introduced in 1916. Made in Rochester, Indiana this antique fishing lure is just cresting the century old mark. This colorful wooden, antique fishing lure measures in at 3 1/4" in length. This vintage minnow came in a painted eye and no eye version. The [...]

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Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure

By | 2016-12-13T08:45:51+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure The Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure was introduced in the early 1930's. The antique fishing lure was given a series code IM. Unlike the Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana Injured Minnows, the Shur Strike antique fishing lure was produced with two treble hooks. The lure hooks used a standard type of [...]

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Creek Chub Pop It Lure

By | 2016-12-13T08:53:39+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Rod Lures|

Creek Chub Pop It Lure The Creek Chub Pop It Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Fly made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana was made for almost a half of a century coming in just shy at 47 years. That is quite a run for any lure made by any [...]

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Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure

By | 2016-11-10T19:32:37+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure The Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure is one of my favorite Shakespeare antique lures. This lure is very similar to the Heddon 175 Heavy Casting Minnow lure. The lure is a 3T or 3 Hook underwater minnow made of wood with glass eyes to props both fore and aft. This [...]

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Heddon Musky Vamp Lure

By | 2016-11-10T09:13:31+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Musky Vamp Lure The Heddon Musky Vamp Lure is a series model number 7600. The antique Heddon lure first appears in 1925 and is housed in a giant box made especially for the Heddon Musky Vamp Minnow Lure. This rather large antique lure is sometimes affectionately referred to as the Baseball Bat Vamp for [...]

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Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

By | 2016-12-13T08:55:24+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure, or the Swimming Mouse as its referred to sometimes was introduced around the late 1930's or early 1940's. The Shakespeare Company of Kalamazoo Michigan labeled it as new in the 1940 antique lure catalog, but Ive learned that sometimes print doesn't change from year to [...]

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Nifty Minne Minnow Tube

By | 2016-11-08T10:57:20+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Nifty Minne Lure Minnow Tube The Nifty Minne lure, Circa 1913 falls into the minnow tube lure category. I've always spelled the name of this antique lure wrong for years Ill admit it. Minnow lure constraint devices vary from tubes to cages to hooks and pins to hold in place the pray to provide the [...]

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Heddon Bubbling Bug Fly Rod Lure

By | 2016-12-13T09:01:49+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Bubbling Bug Fly The Heddon Bubbling Bug fly rod minnow lure is Heddon's Series number 90. The fly rod fishing lure is not your A Typical small trout Fly one thinks of, as you can see in the gallery against a ruler this fly measures 1 3/4" in length. This antique Heddon fly rod [...]

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South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno Lure

By | 2016-12-13T09:03:22+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno Lure The South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno Lure was a series model 961. Made by the South Bend Bait Company of South Bend, Indiana was first introduced in 1928 and lasted fourteen years through 1942.The antique Fly Rod fishing Lure measures 1 1/2" in length and has painted [...]

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Pflueger Pippin Wobbler Lure

By | 2016-12-13T09:05:07+00:00 November 5th, 2016|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger Pippin Wobbler Lure The Pflueger Pippin Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1929. This lure made by Pflueger or Akron, Ohio was given a model series number 6700. The lure was in the Pflueger antique lure line up for roughly a dozen years and was last seen around 1942 in this the largest version. [...]

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South Bend Panetlla Minnow

By | 2016-12-13T09:06:19+00:00 November 5th, 2016|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Panetlla Minnow The South Bend Panetlla Minnow was first introduced in 1912. For three decades this lure a model series 913 was present in the South Bend Bait Company lure catalogs of South Bend, Indiana. I don't think this lure is given the credit it deserves for its longevity and place along side [...]

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Antique Lure History Collage

By | 2016-11-04T16:46:52+00:00 November 4th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Antique Lure History Collage While this Antique Lure History Collage isn't very old all being published in 1986, the author took great care in inserting some wonderful "Easter Eggs" to find. This photo was taken from an article in 1986, from "The Florida Today" newspaper. How many can you find? The Heddon Slope Nose or [...]

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Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV

By | 2016-11-03T11:55:51+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV This a great Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV. CDV or Carte De Viste is a photography format or medium like we a few have discussed before with Samuel Tisdale the Black bass Man. The Carte De Viste CDV was invented and patented by France by photographer André Adolphe [...]

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Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure

By | 2016-12-13T09:07:45+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure The Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure is part of a series of lures created in the late 1930's, around 1938. Abbey and Imbrie in some form or fashion has been in business since around the 1830's as the Andrew Clerk Company. Early in 1930 Abbey and Imbrie was [...]

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Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure

By | 2016-12-13T09:08:56+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure The Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure was first introduced in 1950. Orchard Industries of Detroit, Michigan made a small handful of Antique lures in the 1950. With a name that invokes a smile and is catchy it's hard not to like this small lure. While it's intent is to make [...]

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Grover Cleveland Fisherman President

By | 2016-11-01T18:56:04+00:00 November 1st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|

Grover Cleveland Fisherman President What do Grover Cleveland Fisherman President and Joseph Decatur, Dr Kassen Gibson and the small town I grew up in in Upstate NY have in common? Grover Cleveland, who in my opinion was one of our best presidents was arguably one of the better fisherman and outdoors sportsmen presidents of all time. [...]

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South Bend Lunge Oreno Lure

By | 2016-12-13T09:10:20+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Lunge Oreno Lure The South Bend Lunge Oreno Lure was first introduced in 1932. Produced at 1108 South High Street, South Bend Indiana this antique fishing lure was given a model series 966. The lure was touted by Ivar Hennings the president of the South Bend Bait Company as being the best Muskie [...]

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1888 Thomas Conroy Billhead

By | 2016-10-31T12:57:27+00:00 October 31st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|

1888 Thomas Conroy Billhead This 1888 Thomas Conroy Billhead is a great piece of Ephemera. Paper goods from the previous century provide us large cookie crumbs along our way to finding out some of the riddles. If for nothing else the Bill head, and envelope provide a picture or window into business names during certain [...]

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Creek Chub Faust Special Lure

By | 2016-12-13T09:11:16+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Faust Special Lure The Creek Chub Faust Special Lure looks like the cross between a Plunker lure and a Creek Chub Skipper. Dating from the 1940's to the 1950's this special order Creek Chub Bait made its appearance. While being made in Garrett Indiana, its written that its destination was not a sporting [...]

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Chippewa Minnow Lure

By | 2016-10-30T11:36:00+00:00 October 30th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Chippewa Minnow Lure The Chippewa Minnow Lure was part of a lure first patented in 1910. The second part of this antique fishing lure was patented in 1911. Both shown below in the antique fishing lure patent galleries. The Immell Bait Bait Company, of Blair Wisconsin was the creation of Omer Immell born of Blair [...]

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Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

By | 2016-10-27T10:35:02+00:00 October 27th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure The Pflueger Joseph Spoon was said to have been introduced around the late 1880's. Pflueger, the Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Akron, Ohio expanded their metal spinner and lure offering through innovations, patent purchases, mergers and aquisitions as well as making things very much like other companies. This antique fishing lure was [...]

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Bite Em Water Mole Lure

By | 2017-02-22T19:25:09+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Bite Em Water Mole Lure The Bite Em Water Mole Lure was first introduced in 1920. The Bite Em Bait Company out of Fort Wayne, Indiana has two versions. The one shown below in the gallery is a type II with a slanted face where as the type I is rounded. This no eyed wooden [...]

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Clark Goofy Gus Lure

By | 2016-10-25T11:14:43+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Clark Goofy Gus Lure The Clark Goofy Gus Lure was first introduced around 1948. The lure made by the C.A. Clark Bait Company, Springfield, Missouri was given a model series 2600. This top water fished wooden lure measures 3 1/8" in length. The antique fishing lure has both a front and rear unmarked propellers, however [...]

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Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad

By | 2016-10-27T12:56:43+00:00 October 24th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|

Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad This Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad is out of Forrest and Stream from January 25th, 1885. Chapman's Bait Still Ahead The "New Combination," Just Out. See Cut In Three Sizes for Pike, Pickerel, Bass, Trout & Muskellunge Read the Testimonials: W.D. Chapman and Son, Theresa, New York: As an old [...]

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Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure 2 T

By | 2016-12-13T09:16:23+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure 2T The Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure 2T was first introduced in 1925. This Pflueger lure made in Akron Ohio was given the model series number 5000. This smaller 2T or two treble version measures 3 1/4" in length although it carries the same model number as the larger version. [...]

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Heddon Flap Tail Junior Lure

By | 2016-10-17T17:25:24+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Flap Tail Junior Lure The Heddon Flap Tail Junior Lure was first introduced in around 1935. Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan assigned it a model series number 7110. The Flap Tail was a close cousin to the successful Heddon Vamp lure. The lure had a very similar tapered cigar shape for its boday. This version [...]

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Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow

By | 2016-10-16T08:38:45+00:00 October 16th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow The Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow lure was first introduced around 1934. The antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan was given a model series number 6510. This wooden lure tried to meld the body of a underwater minnow with that of a more tradition SOS or [...]

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Pflueger American Spinner Lure

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:06+00:00 October 15th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger American Spinner Lure The Pflueger American Spinner Lure was first introduced around 1894. The Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Akron, Ohio would not be the only one to make this lure. A very similar with notable differences was produced and patented by John B. McHarg in 1896 as well as The Hedryx Bait Company. With [...]

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Bill Crowder Flash Minnow

By | 2016-10-15T08:22:41+00:00 October 15th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Bill Crowder Flash Minnow The Bill Crowder Flash Minnow was introduced in 1958. Bill Crowder lures being made in Newark, NJ all carried a similar motif and style. This solid metal antique fishing lure features a life like fish pattern compete with scales, eyes and even the ridge marks on the tail. This antique fishing [...]

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Pflueger Angle Worm Lure

By | 2016-10-14T10:28:58+00:00 October 14th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger Angle Worm Lure The Pflueger Angle Worm Lure was first introduced in 1894. While the Angle Worm would be new, making rubber lures was not a new thing for the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger, of Akron Ohio. I've said for a before that I believe Pflueger's choice of rubber as a antique lure medium [...]

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Schnell Fish Getter Lure

By | 2016-10-12T19:11:59+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Schnell Fish Getter Lure The Schnell Fish Getter Lure was first introduced around 1926. The lure was made by its namesake August F Schnell of Kankakee, Illinois. The lure a solid metal spinner with a rotating front half spinner or propeller very very similar to the Al Foss Jazz and Shimmy Wiggler series of lures. [...]

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Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure

By | 2016-10-12T08:13:10+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure The Pachner Koehler Spinning Minnie Lure was first introduced in 1946. The Pachner and Koehler or P&K company was located out of Momence, Illinois. The Spinning Minnie lure measures 2 3/4 inches in length and was also made in a smaller fly rod size that measure 1" in length. The [...]

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Pflueger Archive Frog Lure

By | 2016-09-28T08:39:03+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger Archive Frog Lure This Pflueger Archive Frog Lure is neat little unit. The only reference for fly eaters (Don Wheeler's Frog Collectors Guide Book) has and shows a few versions of this Pflueger Archives frog. This Metal lure is comprised of two concave halves affixed together at the rings on both the nose and [...]

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Jamison Nemo Antique Lure

By | 2016-09-28T10:31:51+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Jamison Nemo Antique Lure The Jamison Nemo Antique Lure is one of my favorite lures made by smiling Bill. Circa 1910 this rotary head antique lure made by the William Jamison Company of Chicago, Illinois. This wooden fishing lure measured 2 3/8" in length, and was also available in a musky sized version. The lure [...]

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Shakespeare Sure Lure

By | 2016-09-26T13:36:22+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Sure Lure The Shakespeare Sure Lure was one of the companies first and primary baits. The Sure lure was introduced in 1902. This antique fishing lure was comprised of a molded rubber composite. The antique lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo, Michigan measures 2 3/4 in length. This antique fishing lure [...]

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WD Chapman Minnow Propeller Definition

By | 2016-09-21T13:30:34+00:00 September 21st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|

WD Chapman Minnow Propeller Definition This WD Chapman Minnow Propeller Definition proves that life was simpler back then. In a day and age where everything seems to be complicated from our fishing bots to the equipment installed upon them we have come a long way. These two ads from 1884 are amusing, as they use [...]

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Bonafide Minnow Antique Lure

By | 2016-09-20T10:40:58+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Bonafide Minnow Antique Lure The Bonafide Minnow Antique Lure is timeless classic. The Bonafide lure made by its namesake the Bonafide Manufacturing Company was located out of Plymouth, Michigan. The patent for this metal minnow lure was given on January 15th, of 1907. The patent was divided equally between both Mr. Hiram Passage and Mr. [...]

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Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:07+00:00 September 13th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait The Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait fishing lure was introduced some time after 1886. The Enterprise manufacturing Company of Akron Ohio is said to have purchased the patent rights to a lure. The antique lure called the Hamilton, originally made by the Nye Creaser Company. This antique lure can be [...]

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