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Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

By | 2017-01-25T13:12:24+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure The Kumm Fish Spotter Lure was first introduced around 1933 when the patent was applied for. The patent wasnt granted to Arthur J Kumm of Dearborn Michigan until 1935. This first version wooden lure measures 2 7/8" in length.The antique lure has very small glass eyes inset into the head or [...]

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Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure

By | 2017-01-25T12:34:05+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure The Paul Bunyan Mouse lure was first introduced in the late 1940's. Made and brought to market by the Paul Bunyan Bait Company out of Minneapolis Minnesota. This antique lure is akin to the Lady Bug type series, the mouse, is a plastic (Tenite) flat top water fished lure is a [...]

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Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure

By | 2017-01-23T09:24:46+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure The Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure is one of those timeless classics that was first introduced in 1925. Made in Akron Ohio, this lure was a staple in the Pflueger Fishing Tackle Company lure line up for close to half a century. This straight uni-body Pal O Mine was given [...]

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Heddon Chugger Spook Lure

By | 2017-01-22T09:05:32+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Chugger Spook Lure The Heddon Chugger Spook Lure has a long history that begins in 1938. The antique lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan would take on a model number 9540. This painted eye spook lure measure right at 3". Like many of the base model lures they would be the inspiration for [...]

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South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure

By | 2017-01-19T08:24:13+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure The South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure was first introduced in 1932 and lasted only a decade and was out of production by 1942. This lure mad by the South Bend Bait Company of South Bend Indiana is a model series #949. This bead eyed, flocked cheese eater measure 2 3/4" [...]

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Eger Junior Dillinger Lure

By | 2017-01-18T11:27:57+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Eger Junior Dillinger Lure The Eger Junior Dillinger Lure is part of a series of lures at the heart of the Eger antique fishing lure center. The Dillinger Junior lure is a model series 200. The lure first entered the market in 1941. It's hard to think of Eger without thinking Dillinger in the same [...]

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Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure

By | 2017-01-17T09:21:53+00:00 January 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure The Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure was first introduced around 1946. This lure was made in Cincinnati, Ohio manufactured by the Weezle Bait Company. This wooden lure is touted to have been covered in real Mallard Duck Feathers. This ingenious idea was based on the predator and prey theory of some of [...]

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Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure

By | 2017-01-17T09:24:11+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure The Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure from the 1940's is a lure who history is riddle with confusion, misconceptions, false identification and even patent infringements. This lure had me pulling out my hair for a while trying to figure out what it was. Its body style said Pike, its marked [...]

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Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

By | 2017-01-17T09:25:00+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure The Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure was introduced in the 1940's. This gigantic wooden lure was made to fish the beasts of the great north country. It should be no surprise that the Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan would have a series that directly target large fresh [...]

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Clark Popper Scout Darter Lure Chart

By | 2017-01-10T11:01:48+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Clark Popper Scout Darter Lure Chart This Clark Popper Scout Darter Lure Chart coinsides with the Water Scout, Little Eddie and Streamline posted yesterday. Giving us another look at a few lure models. Clark's Popper Scout Clark's Darter Scout Whichever series of Clark's lures you choose, they are yours for better fishing. They are designed [...]

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Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure

By | 2017-01-17T09:26:44+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure was first introduced in 1938. The Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana assigned this antique fishing lure model 4900. The Jointed Darter was Leap frogging off the success, sales, and accomplishments of it's straight one piece brother the model 2400 series darter that [...]

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Buckeye Bait Mad Minno Lure Color Guide

By | 2016-12-31T10:05:44+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Buckeye Bait Mad Minno Lure Color Guide This Buckeye Bait Mad Minno Lure Color Guide give us a an example by color Salesman or Dealer Sheet. Fining out what colors certain lures come in not only help us collectors by giving us a color guide to go by, but can help when trying to find [...]

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Martin Hotter N Ell Lure

By | 2017-01-17T09:36:21+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Martin Hotter N Ell Lure The Martin Hotter N Ell Lure lure falls into its own type category. More in the Hook & Harness and Spring Loaded catagroy. The 1951 lure catalog features two pages on the "Hotter'n'ell". One of the things I enjoy most about doing Fin and Flame is featuring some of these [...]

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Bomber Bait Company Press Release

By | 2016-12-29T13:16:17+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Bomber Bait Company Press Release This Bomber Bait Company Press Release and accompanying letter from one of the founders is a neat breadcrumb that I came across in sizable pile of research docs, catalogs, and salesman brochures I had amassed over time. It was hidden behind some papers I had looked at many many times [...]

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Sam the Black Bass Man Part I Sunday Sounds

By | 2016-12-16T14:01:53+00:00 December 16th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

Sam Sam the Black Bass Man Part I In introducing Sam the Black Bass Man, I must digress back a bit, and say thanks for all the views , likes comments, emails and texts I've received. The last 12 Months with Fin and Flame has been fun. I have even bigger expectations and plans for [...]

Heddon Gamby Lure

By | 2016-12-21T08:37:43+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Gamby Lure The Heddon Gamby Lure was part of a spinning series lure introduced around 1955. The Heddon Gamby produced in Dowagiac, Michigan was given a model series number 421 and 423. The 421 can be differentiated by the length and measures 2 3/4" while the 423 measures 3 3/4" in length. The lure [...]

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Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Lure

By | 2016-12-21T08:43:27+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Lure The Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Lure was first introduced in the early 1920's. This jointed version of the Famous Pikaroon made by the Moonlight Bait Company. The lure comes from the acquisition of the Silver Creek Novelty Work's either through ingenuity or process. This wooden glass eyed minnow was given a model [...]

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Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

By | 2016-12-13T09:30:48+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure The Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure was first introduced in 1950. This antique fishing lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan is part of a lineup of quintessential lures. The 9630 was later in the life cycle for this top Heddon seller. The 9630 is made of plastic instead of wood like [...]

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Worth Flutter Fin Lure

By | 2016-12-13T09:27:43+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Worth Flutter Fin Lure This version of the Worth Flutter Fin Lure is Circa 1962. The Worth Fishing Tackle Company was located out of Stevens Point Wisconsin. The Flutter Fin nicknamed by many "The Mustache Lure" was an invention made by Delbert Patterson of the Nova Tackle Company. The lure was sold around 1961 to [...]

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Carters Dunks Dunk It Lure

By | 2016-12-13T09:25:39+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Carters Dunks Dunk It Lure The Carters Dunks Dunk It Lure was first introduced around 1931-1933. This Indianapolis Indiana, and Dayton Ohio Produced lure like many other makers was the culmination and consolidation of multiple lure companies coming together. Milt Dunkelberger owned American Display and it is believed he bought the patents to The Carters [...]

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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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