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Shurebite Frog Lure

Shurebite Frog Lure

This Shurebite Frog Lure is the later in the series of Frogs created by Shuebite. Hopping into the picture around 1948 this version upgrade changes its makeup from sponge and wood to what we see here using tenite. Located in 1948 in Bronson Michigan the Surebite antique lure company making its move from Kokomo, Indiana. This plastic lure measures 3″ in length and has a plastic lip inserted into the front of the lure with it’s single line tie which has three different options. The lure maintains its use of the thin rubber legs dangling from the rear of the body. This Surebite fly eat uses a single downward facing hook mounted into the underside which is protected from the weeds by the typical metal tines.

The lure was only ever offered in the green frog color shown. This lure would come housed in the traditional burnt orange colored lure box labeled frog on the top half of the box. The second frog shown in the gallery below is the one who patent was applied for in May of 1941 and granted in October of 1942. The lure is made with a wood top and a sponge bottom, as you can see the one in the gallery below the sponge has deteriorated. It also gives us a view into the Type II box and wording used.

“If its a Shurebite It’s Good”

This box contains one Shurbite Topwater Weedless Frog, carefully designed to imitate a natural frog. Highly flexible rubber legs produce a lifelike action. Takes various fish all hours of the day. To be fished in lilly pads and other water vegetation. Must be retrieved with short quick jerks.

Shurebite MFG. Co. LTD Bronson, Michigan

Patetnt No. 2298811

Shurebite Type II Frog Antique Lure Shurebite Type II Frog Antique Lure

Shurebite Frog Antique Lure Patent Shurebite Frog Antique Lure Patent

Shurebite Frog Lyre Photo Gallery

2017-04-12T07:59:20+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shurebite Frog Lure

Paw Paw Hipp Lure

Paw Paw Hipp Lure

The Paw Paw Hipp lure as it was named by Scott and Reed in the Paw Paw book is a unidentified or unnamed lure. The lure is a green and gold spotted flat face wobbler. The lure is 3 3/8″ in length and resembles a Rush Tango made bait. Reed and Scott go on to state the lure may have been made H&I but painted by Paw Paw. Those 2 co-authored a great book and you should buy it should you get your hands on one.

Paw Paw Hipp Lure Gallery

2017-03-30T08:51:10+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Hipp Lure

Roller Flasher Antique Lure

Roller Flasher Antique Lure

The Roller Flasher Antique Lure was fist introduced in 1949. This lure was made by the B & J Tackle Company of Detroit Michigan. This antique lure measures 2 1/2″ in length. The lure has painted eyes and the bottom of the lure is thinner than the top. The lure has a single forward line tie and diving lip which is inset back into the lure.

The bottom thinner section of the antique lure has a metal strip on the sides adding flash appeal in the water. The brown withe red lettering box states it’s “The Plug with the flash of a spoon”. The top section is a traditional painted eye lure which was available in different colors. The lure has two treble hooks to secure its catch, the middle it attached via a washer screw eye. The first example in the gallery below is housed in a wonderful condition lure box, the second showing a variation in color.

Roller Flasher Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-03-30T08:48:12+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Roller Flasher Antique Lure

Seeing through the Ice Louis Rhead Ice Fishing

Seeing Through the Ice Louis Rhead Ice Fishing

Seeing Through the Ice Louis Rhead Ice Fishing is my meager attempt to assimilate the last two weeks of my life to fishing theme. Some who follow this blog know me and our families tribulations over the last decade. Weve had the rug pulled out from underneath us, but like before we will get up and move forward again. #itsmystorytotell

Ive always been inspired by my Son, who was born 8 weeks early and his journey to enter this life. 3 years later his 7 year battle and walk with his own rare disease, ITP, and its corresponding years of treatments. His strength he has shown to all, his smile, and perseverance nothing short of amazing. His strength through some of his toughest times never wavering, his infectious love of life and all gods creatures heart warming.

 

Watching, looking and reaching below, the ice fisherman uses a small hole as his gateway to a world below. The world that he is so familiar with at times, yet now seems so unfamiliar. His tools he is so familiar with at times can no longer be used in his pursuit, and he must change and adapt if he wants a shot at what is below.

Two weeks ago I went in to have a routine eye exam that I had been putting off for many years. Like most I hasten to admit or give in to life’s sometimes not so subtle changes to us, that we are in fact getting older.  I’ve made the joke a hundred times that I don’t need glasses I just need a bigger phone, and that soon I will be walking around with my computer monitor.

A friend who kindly offered her services convinced me after a whole calendar year to come and see her. The way it unfolded is nothing short of  proof that everything happens for a reason. The reasons why though, is often shrouded like the life below the ice and may never be truly revealed. But I want you to know Sarah I am forever in your debt, your little girl wanting a copy of the “Trolls” movie may have saved my life.

What was just a routine visit turned out to be another dip in the roller coaster of life. 2 1/2 years ago my life changed in thirty seconds. My career as a mailman collided with a homeowner who decided to tie his pitbull to the front door handle. This time as it turned out it would take ten days to play out. However like the dog, I never saw it coming, (no pun intended) I had a small smudge in my right eye but I thought it was due to medications or just age. Thankfully the kind person siting on the other end of the equipment had persevered and kept at me to come in and get checked.

What at first would be […]

2017-03-21T13:42:33+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on Seeing through the Ice Louis Rhead Ice Fishing

Shur Strike Small Dude Lure

Shur Strike Small Dude Lure

The Shur Strike Small Dude Lure was first released around 1941. The Creek Chub Bait Company under the Shur Strike Bait Companies name in Garrett Indiana produced this small wooden lure measuring just a hair over 1 3/4″ in length. With a name like “Small Dude” you know it has to be a cool lure, how could it not. This wooden lure given the Model Number “SD” was only was made for a short time in the lure line up, but had a good representation while it lasted.

The fishing lure only ever had painted eyes unlike like many other of the Shur Shrike Companies lures. This was due in part to its later arrival when most companies were making the transition as to painted tack or painted eyes. The Small Dude is similar to the Paw Paw Punkinseed or the Shur Strike Petite Spinner in shape, a short rounded lure with two smaller trebles connected via an eye screw and a single centered belly weight. The lure had a standard rounded diving lip mounted just under the mid line of the face of the bait, to which atop rests the antique lure’s single line tie.

Noteworthy, while the Small Dude antique fishing lure while shorter lived, it was however available in a litany of color finishes. These colors ranging from the standard Yellow Perch and Red & White’s to some super colors like Goldfish and Strawberry Spotted and White Scale. This in my opinion makes the Shur Strike Small Dude Fishing lure a super lure to collect and display. In conclusion the standard colors of this classic antique lure are wallet friendly while you search out those tougher colors of the Shur Strike Small Dude. The Yellow Perch lure shown in the gallery below is housed in its correct early 1940’s Blue and Orange Style box, Labeled on the end SD-1YP.

Some of the Colors of the Small Dude you can expect to find are;
0 – Pike Scale
1YP – Yellow Perch (Shown Below)
2 – Red & White (Shown Below)
5 – New Red Side
6 – Shiner Scale
8 – Rainbow
14 – Bar Chain or Chain Perch
18 – Silver FLash
19 – Frog
20 – White Scale (Shown Below)
41 – Blue Back
42 – Goldfish
43 – Spotted

Shur Strike Small Dude Lure Photo Gallery

2017-03-30T08:47:25+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Small Dude Lure

Wright McGill Mouse Lure

Wright McGill Mouse Lure

The Wright McGill Mouse Lure was introduced with a host of other life-like lures around 1930. The Swimming Mouse antique fishing lure was made by The Wright and McGill Company, out of Denver Colorado. The lure was available in a 2 different sizes, the size shown in the gallery being the smallest bass sized version. The Mouse was made from the traditional molded rubber composition that most all its other life like type series of lures were made.

This smallish antique lure has its line tie at the nose, letting it swim or give a life like action in the water. The fishing lure came in detail, with whiskers and a tail. This lure is in super condition compared to most you will find, as rubber, use and age dont mix well.

Wright McGill Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

2017-03-30T08:54:15+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Wright McGill Mouse Lure

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube

This Rare Pfeiffer Minnow Tube lure is a different class of lure compared to the many seen on this page. This great lure is made from glass instead of usual wood, plastic or metal materials we’ve come to know. This glass test tube shaped lure was made by the Pfeiffer’s Live Bait Company out of Detroit Michigan. This antique fishing lure dates from between 1914-1916, making it Over 100 years old. This lure features 4 treble hooks 2 on each side and measures 3 1/2″ in length.

Striking resemblance is seen between this and the Detroit Minnow tube. It should come as no surprise when you find out both companies operated during the same time from the same city. The minnow tubes were not a very practical or ECO friendly lure especially when dropped on the shore or rolling around in a tackle box.While the two ads below are similar youll notice an address change.

1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad

Pfeiffer’s Bait Gets The Big Ones

Pfeiffer’s is the origional bait of its kind on the market today. It Protects the minnow and lures the big fellows as no other bait can. None genuine unless Pfeiffer’s name is on the stopper. Three sizes: Trout and Small Bass, $.75; Bass and Pike, $1.00; Muscallonge, $1.50.

1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Company Ad 1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Company Ad

1915 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad

1915 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad 1915 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad

 

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure

Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure

The Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure is a unique lure even from its very name. This antique fishing lure was first introduced to the Creek Chub Bait Company line up in 1950. Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana, made the model number be this lures name. Although this Wooden Crawfish type lure is similar, the Seven Thousand Lure is distinctly different. The antique lure made of wood measures 2 3/4″ in length and weighs in at 3/4oz. The lure uses the same bead eyes and rubber legs that we have seen previously on the 300-400 series Crawdad. These little fellas are actually quite hard to find as Creek Chub only produced this lure for 4 years and was out of production by 1954. The lure features a larger diving lip to allow it to dive deeper that the traditional Crawdads.

The Seven Thousand Lure came standard in seven finishes.

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale
02 – Red & White
13 – Solid Black
18 – Silver Flash (Shown Below)
31 – Rainbow Fire
32 – Fire Plug

Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure Photo Gallery

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Heddon Darting Zara Lure

Heddon Darting Zara

The Heddon Darting Zara lure dates back to 1933 if not a little earlier. This straight bodied fishing lure was Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan’s series model number 6600. The wooden, glass eyed lure measure 3 3/8″  inches in length, and had 3 trailing treble hooks. The Frog Spot Zara’s three trebles are secured with L rig hooks hardware making it one of the earliest versions, while the Silver Scale example is using the two piece flap rig hardware. The Zara is most commonly found in 2 piece flap rig hardware or toilet seat hook hardware.

The lure shown in the gallery below is in a collector favorite frog spot color scheme.

The two cataloged colors seen most are:

00 – Green Crackle Back
BF – Bull Frog (Shown Below)
D – Green Scale
SS – Silver Scale (Shown Below)

A Heddon Antique Fishing Lure Lure catalog shows and states:

“Zara, one of the most popular Heddon minnows in Florida where it was first introduced a number of years ago, and has now gained popularity in all of the South Atlantic States both for fresh and salt water fishing. Excellent results in northern waters have been reported, especially for bass.

heddonlurecatalog193414

 

Heddon Darting Zara Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure was first introduced to the fishing lure public in 1921. This lure a model 900 series was produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. This smaller version of the industry changing and dominating Pikie minnow was made of wood and measured 3 1/4″ in length and weighing 1/2oz. The Baby Pikie antique fishing lure would retain its wooden composition until 1963, there in it would be composed of plastic. The lure was primarily made with glass eyes but can be found in a no eyed version as well. The lure can be found with the Double Line Tie (Shown on the Rainbow Below) prior to the 1936 switch to the single line tie variation. The antique lure came standard with two treble hooks to secure the catch, the rear attached via screw eye and the center using a cup rig.

The Baby Pikie came standard in roughly 7 colors but can be found in dozens of special order or short run finishes.

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale
02 – Red & White
03 – Silver Shiner
04 – Golden Shiner
08 – Rainbow (Silver Back Variation Shown Below)
18 – Silver Flash

The Baby Pikie is made exactly like the famous Pikie Minnow, except it is smaller in size, and is in answer to the demand for a smaller bait of this popular type lure, which has been making the record catches of gmae fish in every part of the country. It has a wicked wiggle and all the good qualities of the larger lure. A light, strong killer. Lenght of body 3 1/4inches. Weight 1/2 oz. Illustration is No. 904

Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure Catalog Cut Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure Catalog Cut

Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure

The Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure was first introduced in 1925. This antique lure made by Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana was a model series number 2500. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 2 1/2″ in length and is a multi segmented lure weighing only a half ounce. This smaller version of the Wiggle Fish series of lures didn’t make it as long as its older full size 2400 series brother. The lure was gone in roughly eight years by 1933.

The lure only ever had glass eyes, and enjoyed the double line tie placed on the top of the forehead of the lure and the diving lip. The antique lure had the typical improved lip of which I’ve found upside down on a few occasions, I’m not sure if that was done to order or just a fisherman’s fancy. The Baby Wiggle Fish used a single treble hook that is attached to the forward segment of the antique lure, to secure its catch. The lure is found with and without a fluted metal tail and traditional cup rigging.

The lure was available in 6 different color patterns:

01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
03 Silver Shiner
04 Golden Shiner
05 Red Side
18 Silver Flash

Below was taken from a 1931 Creek Chub Catalog, stating:

“With the Same flashy movement as its larger namesake, the Baby Wiggle Fish has but one treble hook-all that is necessary because of the size of the lure and the placing of the hook. And like its big brother, its a wiggling wicked killer of all kinds of game fish.” 

 

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure 1931 Catalog Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure Photo Gallery Red Side

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Photo Gallery Golden Shiner

Red & White Baby Wiggle Fish Gallery

2017-03-15T11:56:57+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|1 Comment

Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow lure

Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow

The Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow lure was first introduced in 1941. The antique lure is shown housed in a I Go For Lucky Lures Red box. This antique lure made in Paw Paw, Michigan, would go through a series of body and weight changes over its lifespan. Ranging in size from 2 1/”- 3 1/2″ in length this painted eye antique wooden lure was a Paw Paw Lure series model number 1500. The lure also has a bigger brother, a series 2500 Old Wounded Minnow, and the two can be differentiated by the number of hooks. The Young Wounded minnow having 2 trebles to secure its catch once caught, as well as a forward and aft revolving unmarked propellers. The antique lure was made to swim on its side and was Paw Paw’s version of the very popular lures, the Injured Minnow and SOS made by Creek Chub and Heddon respectively.

The Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow Lure came in a variety of colors:

1501 Yellow Perch
1503 Green, Gold Dots, or Green Gold Scale (Shown Below)
1504 White Red Head (Shown Below)
1505 Rainbow
1506 Pike Scale
1507 Gold Scale
1508 Frog
1512 Silver Flitter
1523 Dace
1529 Black Flitter
1539 Gold Shiner Scale

Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow Lure Gallery

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Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure

Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure

This Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure was a series number 2900, or GM. Creek chub like the other antique lure makers branched out its normal lure line up and created a new company to sell a cheaper priced lure. This wooden torpedo shaped lure was called the Gar minnow. The Gar Minnow Lure can be found with tack or glass eyes. The examples below are shown with the tack eyes.

The first lure is painted in a Florida pattern which they called, Ghost. The lure featured unmarked front and rear props with a single forward line tie in front. The lure features three treble hooks secured by the typical cups to secure its prey. The lure and had a single belly weight to counteract the natural wood bouncy.

Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

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Shurbite Shedevil Lure

Shurbite Shedevil Lure

The Shurbite Shedevil Lure was introduced in the 1930’s. This plastic lure was made by the Shurbite Bait Company out of Bronson Michigan. The company would also move and or have locations in Kokomo, Indiana and Lorain, Ohio. This nondescript odd shaped plastic lure measures 4″ in length. The antique lure has two trebles by which the catch is secured.

I didnt know until doing research on this that the lure was available in an astonishing amount of colors, 18 to be exact. Most of what Ive come across is the plain of solid colors. This lure shown in the gallery is in whats called Frog Spot. Obviously there is some interpretation involved.

Shurbite Shedevil Lure Photo Gallery

2017-03-25T19:46:10+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shurbite Shedevil Lure

Bug N Bass Antique Lure

Bug N Bass Antique Lure

The Bug N Bass Antique Lure dates to around 1963. The Bug N Bass antique lure a product of the Buckeye Bait Company of Miamisburg, Ohio, later in Council Grove, Kansas. The Bug N Bass was not the only lure made by the buckeye Bait COmpany. The lure itself is roughly 3 inches in length. This hardened plastic fishing lure is chasing a bug or a fly. So the bad pun for the evening is this bass or fly fishing. Again I apologize for my bad sense of humor. Like we have seen on previous lures using the fish chasing its dinner to catch a fish. The Bug N Bass has two treble hooks in which it will catch its prey. The front one uses a surface type hardware and the back uses the screw eye.

The lure has around 16 standard colors you can collect. This is also the larger of the two Bug N Bass lures. There are a few uncataloged colors floating around as well if your looking to make a collection of them. The antique fishing lure shown in the gallery below is a Rainbow Trout color, and is shown with its correct box and paperwork.

Bug N Bass Antique Lure Photo Gallery

 

2017-02-15T20:01:13+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Bug N Bass Antique Lure

Creek Chub Midget Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Midget Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Midget Pikie lure is a series, 2200. The Midget Pikie Minnow lure was first made by the Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana in 1924 and lasted until 1961. This wooden antique fishing lure lure has glass eyes, 2 treble hooks. The lure has a single line tie, which helps date this package to post 1936. The lure has the desirable military stencil, again helping us date to between 1935-1950. This Midget Pikie Minnow lure package comes with it’s correct desirable end labeled box. A a collector it would be hard to ever upgrade this one.The lure is in Silver Flash color, Code 18.

Creek Chub Midget Pikie Photo Gallery

2017-02-15T19:56:39+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Midget Pikie Lure

Comstock Flying Helgramite Lure

Comstock Flying Helgramite Lure

The Comstock Flying Helgramite Lure was made by Harry Comstock, Fulton, New York. Circa 1883. This is considered one of if not the first glass eyed antique fishing lures produced. The inventor Harry Comstock was not only a lure maker but at the time a noted gun enthusiast, salesman, inventor and designer and world traveler from Fulton Ny.

The Comstock flying Hellgramite embodies not only the future or what the artificial minnow or lure would evolve from, but also has ties and roots in a common insect that was used in Fly Fishing. Matching the hatch is a term used in Fly Fish where one analyzes his or her surroundings and the entomology available (Bugs) and tries to match nature with fly. The Dobson fly in its Larvae stages is called a Hellgrammite, and is a water dwelling insect which ferociously fees on its predators.

However, what I find interesting is that the lure itself resembles the Dobsonfly an not namesake. Also noted for its nocturnal feeding habits, the Dobsonfly had 2″ wings which folded down its back. Interesting enough by themselves, Harry’s eccentricity, combined with his travels to China as a gun salesman, his noted efforts as a inventor of guns, and yet we only ever would see this one fishing lure come from this worldly thinker.

The Enterprise Manufacturing Co., Pflueger, would eventually take over this fishing lure from 1883-85 still calling it the Flying Hellgramite, while utilizing its own patent process of applying a luminous paint to its wings for its addition. It would also later have in its lure line up another Hellgrammite, which resembled the real water dwelling insect more than the current namesake does.

As far as I know Harry is one of the more famous, antique fishing lure maker to ever commit suicide, as well as WD CHapman’s Son, Byron. Harry ingested carbolic acid in April of 1895 to end what must have been his own complete metamorphosis from the Hellgrammite to the Dobsonfly.

Comstock Flying Helgramite Lure

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Bomber Knothead Lure

Bomber Knothead Lure

The Bomber Knothead Lure was first produced around 1948 and this larger version given a Model number 1300. The Bomber Bait Company of Gainsville Texas produced this line of lures for roughly only 3 years making them harder to come by than the average Bomber lure. The Knothead lure was the companies top water popping bait and was available in two sizes. This painted eye lure the largest of the two measures 3 3/8″ in length. The antique fishing lure has two trebles to secure its catch. The lure has a single line tie in the center of its red paint mouth, very similar to Heddon’s Chugger Lure.

Bomber Knothead Photo Gallery

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Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

The Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure is a neat lure released in the late 1920. Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan gave it a model series number 140. The Flipper lure came about during a time the nation as well as the fishing industry faced mounting challenges. The Great Depression had begun its grasp on the countries citizens. Capitalism and the trickle down affect made ripples on just about any non essential purchase made including fishing tackle. We see this in many of the lures we collect during that time period in truth using what they had, and wasting nothing.

The Flipper antique lure is a scarce lure, that was produced during only a few years at the end of the 1920’s. This wooden, glass eyed fishing lure measures 3 3/4″ in length. You can find the lure with normal props, or, you can find it with an even scarcer version, the Stanley Bow Tie props as shown on this model. The Flipper used both L Rig Hardware and the hardware shown below which is called a shallow cup. There are even different hook variations to find in such a small period of time as it used both treble and double hooks.

The Flipper can be found in some of the standard era colors, such as Red & White, Natural Scale.

Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

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Best Of Luck Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

Best Of Luck Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

The Best Of Luck Jointed Pikie Antique Lure was first introduced in 1935. The wooden antique lure is a model series number 931. Like the other large makers of fishing tackle, South Bend would have another company it would sell and create lures under, that company was Best of Luck. While one might think that they would be in number greater than the 1st quality line up, the opposite is true of the Best of Luck. The lures were only made for 5 years, beginning as mention in 1935 and ending in 1940. They would borrow inspiration from their other lures to make unique lures that do bear in some resemblance their cousins.

The Jointed Pikie, model 931 is a wooden, jointed lure that measures 4 1/2″ in length, and tops the scale at 5/8 oz. Best of Luck lures were only offered in Painted Eye and Painted Tack Eye. The example in the gallery below has the tapered and shaped long bill and under it a diving lip to bring the lure down to its prey. The lure has only two trebles one on each segment. The Jointed Pikie below is in a SF color finish, or green scale. There were eight color finishes for the fisherman to pick from.

Best Of Luck Jointed Pikie Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-02-15T19:51:25+00:00 January 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Comments Off on Best Of Luck Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart

Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart

This Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart give us a cool look at the sale sheet for a uniquely named antique fishing lure. The Bottom Scratcher came out in around 1950 and helps us date the piece, as it talks about the “New” bait.

Bottom Scratcher

A New, Deep Diving Bait Designed by L.D. “Pop” Adam

Here’s a great line of baits that will set new sales records as well as new fishing record!

There is just no other diving bait like the Bottom Scratcher! It goes down 6-8 feet on regular reeling speed….actually to 30 feet on ordinary trolling speed! And it’s got a nasty wiggle all the way up and down. 

Bottom Scratcher is plastic, weighs 9/16 oz. The six color patterns, as shown above, were chosen from years of fishing experience.

Models: 100-RW (Red and White), 101-SA (Spotted Ape), 102-YR (Yellow & Red), 103-BW (Black & White), 104-BR (Black & Red), 105-GS (Green Scale). List $1.25

 

Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart

 

2017-01-27T11:09:20+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart

Chautauqua Trolling Minnow

Chautauqua Trolling Minnow

The Chautauqua Trolling Minnow although looking the part is not a pre 1900’s lure. Ive grouped it in there, as if to suggest while in truth it was made in 1909, if fits better with it the Pre 1900 friends made by Chapman, Buel, Mann Loftie and the slew of others. This stamped metal lure is one of the top lures in many miscellaneous or New York themed collections. The Lure Produced in Jamestown, NY had gill marks, eyes and fins stamped into its suit of armor. This classic lure only measures a mere 3 1/2″ in length not including the leader. While I stated earlier it fit more into the 19th Century I say that as its also a mechanical spring hook. The two string wrapped side single hooks are tucked inside the tail, until a fish strikes at which time the hooks are released into the sides of mouth of its prey.

Chautauqua Trolling Minnow

2017-01-26T10:14:36+00:00 January 26th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Chautauqua Trolling Minnow

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

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 front half of the lure. The rear half of the lure is actually the lure that revolves upon retrieval. The inset metal wings on the rear half of the lure make it the revolving part. The antique fishing lure only has a single feather dress treble hook that is attached at the rear of the lure. The Kumms Fish spotter has a single forward line tie attached to the faceted eye screw inset into the nose.

The Fish Spotter lure would evolve over time and morph into 2 more or different versions. These other versions would be made of plastic and retain the same general length. I’ve only ever seen the white spotted or strawberry as well as the frog color, both of which are shown below in the photo gallery, and I’m not sure if there are other colors. The lure came in a plain type box with the picture of the Fish Spotter lure and the Makers Name and address. The antique lure box for the Kumm fishing lure is very hard to find.

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-25T13:12:24+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure

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 model series 1400. There were different sizes available as well as colors and flocked and non flocked finishes throughout its production cycle. The lure having plastic molded eyes, and a dorsal type ridge running fore and aft on the antique lure. As an added bit of realism some models had a trailing cord tail. This “Musky” 4″ inch version shown below, is made in a straight plastic/tenite construction, with a single trailing treble hook to secure its prey when caught. The lure is in a black scale type color pattern.

We have a Great Tenite Version available in this weeks Consignments.

Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure

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

Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure Catalog Cut:

No 1400 Mouse

Here’s a unique surface lure made of tenite and finished with “fuzzy flock” to give it the exact appearance of a swimming mouse. A perfect lure for surface fishing. Recommended for Bass, Pike, Pickerel and other fresh water species.

Paul Bunyan Mouse Catalog Cut Paul Bunyan Mouse Catalog Cut

Paul Bunyan Mouse Catalog Cut Paul Bunyan Mouse Catalog Cut

 

Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-25T12:34:05+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Paul Bunyan Mouse Lure

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure

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 a model series number 5000. As with all lures that made it that long, there were many variations to it as the company and the industry evolved. This wooden lure measures 4 1/4 inches in length and you’ll note has pressed eyes. So while the Pal O Mine was introduced in 1925 this version shown was brought in to production around 1948. The antique lure came standard with three treble hooks and used a surface style hook hanger to secure them.

This Great Color Pal O Min came in with this weeks consignments.
Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure
If you have any lures you would like to consign please contact me.

The Pal O Mine is a super lure to collect as it has variations in both body, hardware and colors. You could enjoy many many years trying to fill up a collection of them. The lure shown in the gallery below is one of my favorite Pflueger colors. The color is a color code 39, a Scramble finish of Red, Green, and Yellow a tie dye of sorts.

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-23T09:24:46+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure

Heddon Chugger Spook Lure

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 other variations to come from. Thus is true for the Chugger as there would be no less than three variations, a larger and two smaller series born from its success. This antique fishing lure was a top water popping lure, The lure at its largest point, its open concave mouth would then taper down in size over the 3 inch body to the tail. As the Chugger spanned the decades certain small changes would be done as with with the other Heddon Lures, a small change in hardware hanger type from flap rig in the 30’s to surface rig where it would spend most of the rest of its production cycle. The lure in this form would always have two trebles to secure its catch.

We have this very tough colored Chugger in on Consignment this week.
Heddon Chugger Spook Lure
If you have lures you would like to consign please contact me.

The Chugger spook lure is a great lure to collect as it spanned the decades the myriad colors that the lure was offered in can make for a lifetime collection. Being able to not only keep you looking, but allow you to pick up colors and variations that wont break the bank. As time goes forward I’ll continue to add to the Photo Gallery below, as I have dozens of colors in my Lure Photo Library to share.

The 1941 Heddon Lure Catalog Cut below states:

More Heddon Spook or Fish Flesh Baits

No. 9540 Series “Chugger Spook” A top water tantalizer.

A special Bait for Popping Chugging or Plunking. Has No Action on retrieve except when jerked. 

Fresh Water and Salt Water can be teased to strike by clever manipulation of a bait on the Surface.

This new model is made solely for this use. It is very buoyant and sits in the water at a slant with cupped mouth and head sticking up. 

When line is jerked lightly, the Chugger dives under, catching a big bubble and bobbing quickly to the surface. Particularly effective in quiet waters and in pockets among the pads.

Chugger Spook Lure Catalog Cut Chugger Spook Lure Catalog Cut

Heddon Chugger Spook Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-22T09:05:32+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Chugger Spook Lure

South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure

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″ in length. and tips the scales at 5/8oz. The lure has only a single treble and uses cup rig hardware to secure it. The lure has been known to have a few different bead eye colors and there is a variation in the grey coloring to hunt for as well. The lure comes with a leather tail detail for even more realism. The antique lure has a diving lip and a pre attached leader for ease of set up. Shown below in the photo gallery it’s house in its correct marked box, 949GM and has its pocket lure catalog making it a complete package.

We have a nice Mouse, Box and Paperwork Combo in on Consignment.
South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure
If you have lures you would like to consign, please contact me.

The South Bend Mouse antique lure came only in three different colors: There was for 1 year in 1932-33 a Grey Mouse that has a White Belly but its extremely hard to come by.
B – All Black
GM – Grey Mouse
W – White Body with Red Blend Around Eyes, Grey Stripe Down Back.

The 1931 South Bend Catalog States: “Watch a Mouse swim through the water and then seethe action of the new Mouse Oreno in the bait casting size. You’ll hardly be able to tell any difference between the two. That’s how closely the action of a swimming mouse, a delicacy for bass and other game fish at certain season, has been imitated.”

South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-19T08:24:13+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Comments Off on South Bend Mouse Oreno Lure

Eger Junior Dillinger Lure

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 thought. I sometimes equate the as the Dillinger is to Eger, the Pikie is to the Creek Chub Bait Company. The Junior is a painted eye, wooden model that measure 3 3/8″ in length and has the shape of a tapering body shape. The lure like its older brothers has both a front and rear prop, utilizes screw eye rig to secure its belly hook and rear trailing treble. The antique fishing lure contains a single belly weight just forward of the belly hook to help it reach the depths of its prey.

The Dillinger is a fun lure to collect as there are many different sizes, colors and hardware variations to hunt down along the way. One of the toughest you will find for the standard colors is the Christmas Tree (Code 13) pattern shown below in the gallery. Not only is it in my opinion one of the toughest to find its also the best looking color. You can take a run through current and past auctions and you wont find this color on any Eger lure, let alone one in its correct box.

We have a Great Christmas Tree version as shown in on consignment.
Eger Junior Dillinger Lure
If you have lures you would like to consign, please contact me.

The 1951 catalog cut below states:

A slightly smaller version of the Master Dillinger. Runs Deep or medium depending on the retrieve. Like it’s big brother, it’s a deadly killer. A line of casting bait that really takes bass and other fresh water game fish.

 

Eger Junior Dillinger Lure Eger Junior Dillinger Lure

Eger Dillinger Lure Color Chart from 1951

Eger Dillinger Lure Color Chart Eger Dillinger Lure Color Chart

Eger Dillinger Junior Dillinger Photo Gallery

2017-01-18T11:27:57+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Eger Junior Dillinger Lure

Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure

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 the larger game fish. Of note, the face or mouth of the lure is a stair stepped patterning angling in as it comes down, unlike most of the top water popping lures of it’s era. This makes the lure appear to be wounded as its being retrieved. Mimicking that of a wounded or distressed sparrow and or duckling and appealing to the hungry Large Mouth Bass, Pike or Musky game fish.

This antique lure has a single forward facing line tie, and was void of any eyes. The lure has two treble hooks to secure its catch. The combo is made complete by being housed in its correctly marked box and corresponding paperwork. The box has a small graphic of a large mouth Bass eyeing its prey from below. The paperwork is quite detailed in its features functions and benefits of the Sparrow and the Reverse discusses the Blooper Lure. While the lure never made out to be much more than a novelty and wasn’t around as long as its Jig Head brethren the company also focused on.

Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure

2017-01-17T09:21:53+00:00 January 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure

Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure

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 curved diving lip and hardware said Paw Paw, however its size said Dreadnought. Moving from book to book I couldn’t officially quite put my finger on it. I shouldn’t feel bad because even Paw Paw themselves had quite an identity crisis with the Pike line up. As a noted jobber for many many other companies, Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan would produced the Pike antique lure line up, albeit sometimes nothing like its original form. The lure would range from no eyes, to tack eyes, even in rare instances glass eyes. The Pike can be found with different features such as groove heads to plain or flat heads. Changing model numbers, shapes, and forms Paw Paw even drew the ire of the Creek Chub bait company for patent infringement on its widely successful Pikie Minnow. You can read more about the Paw Paw Pike in Reed and Scotts book on page 134-137.

I finally stumbled across this lure in a book and it put my mind to ease that I was the only one it confused. The lure is shown on page 193 of Scott and Reeds Paw Paw book, and listed as a Musky Pike on the Unknown lure page. This antique fishing lure measures 6″ in length, and has the cut away facial features. The lure uses heavy duty construction in its make up and is used to catch large game fish such as Musky and the Great Northern Pike. The Musky Pike has the typical large cup but yet has features not seen in most Paw Paw lures to make sure it keeps its catch. The lure is painted in a Silver Shad, or Silver Shiner type color.

Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-17T09:24:11+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure

Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

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

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

The Jointed Dreadnought was offered in roughly 9 standard finishes.

5100 – Shiner
5100T – Trout
5100C – Chub
5101 – Yellow Perch
5104 – Red Head White Body (Shown in the Gallery Below)
5107 – Gold Scale / Natural Pike Finish
5112 – Silver Flitter
5118 – Iredescent Silver Scale, Grey Back
5121 – SIlver Scale, Red Head and Stripes

Paw Paw Jointed Dreadnought Lure

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

Clark Popper Scout Darter Lure Chart

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 from years of experience, and produced from the finest materials available. With a choice of nine series to choose from, there is certainly a lure for every type fishing under any condition. Clark’s lures are definitely not just another gadget, as each series has been thoroughly tried tested and proven before being offered to you, the fisherman. For these and many other time tested reasons we maintain, we offer you “A Better Bait For Better Fishing.”

Clark Popper Scout Lure Chart Clark Popper Scout Lure Chart

Clark’s Popper Scout Lure

Developed for those times when the big ones are striking on the surface. Clark’s Popper Scout is excelled by any top water lure for day or night fishing. It is balanced perfectly, resting in the water in an upright position, the deep cupped head responds to the slightest twitch of the rod tip.

Clark Darter Scout Lure

Clark Darter Scout Lure

Clark Darter Scout Lure

An Excellent lure for surface or underwater fishing as it floats when at rest yet has a fine swimming motion when retrieved. Use it as a popper, then take advantage of its action under water when you reel in.

Comes in the Following Colors

01 – Pearl
08 – Rich Green Scale Etched with Black
14 – Perch Scale
16 – Solid Black
21 – Solid Yellow
24 – Green Frog Spot

2017-01-10T11:01:48+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Clark Popper Scout Darter Lure Chart

Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure

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 had been in production for 14 years. This antique wooden fishing lure measure 3 3/4″ in length, and was only ever made with painted eyes. The lure was a top water success and would last over 40 years in the production line up. The lure had three treble hooks one on the front sections and two on the aft. Both hooks that were on the underside of the lure being held by the traditional cup rig, and the rear the traditional screw eye.

If you’ve ever wanted to fish an antique lure, the Darter and the Jointed Darter should be in your top 5. These two top water twitching baits are bass slayers. I wouldn’t fish any uncatalogued colors or excellent quality ones, but finding these two lures with some honest wear should be no problem and well worth your efforts.

The Jointed Darter was at first only made in 5 standard colors, later to be expanded to 10 standard color selections.

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch
02 Red and White
14 Yellow Spotted
18 Silver Flash
19 Frog Spot
31 Rainbow Fire
32 Fire Plug
33 Black Scale
38 Pearl

As well as some great uncatalogued colors like
05 Dace/Red Side (Shown Below in the Gallery)

Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-17T09:26:44+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure

Buckeye Bait Mad Minno Lure Color Guide

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 or match the correct antique lure box. The Buckeye Bait Company was originally located in Ohio thus its namesake, (Buckeye) however later on was bought out and moved to Council Grove, Kansas.

The Mad Minno lure was very similar to the Aqua Sonic Swimming Minnow and of Course the Fisherman and collector favorite Pico Perch. Using the small Chevron or V located on the bottom chin of the lure on both the left and right side we can quickly identify an often misidentified lure. And I must admit, I’m guilty of this mis-identification of this vibrating antique fishing lure myself.

The Mad Minnow the Buckeye Bait Corp touts it’s 1/3 oz. Lure for Spinning , Casting and Trolling: “Knocks out all types of Bass, Pike, Pickerel, Perch, Crappie, Musky, Channel Cat, Walleye Trout and Saltwater fish. The lure came in 12 standard colors and 12 colors in what it deems the “Flash Patterns”.

Buckeye Lures are scientifically designed and constructed by true fishermen – they will produce many fine catches for you! And, they will run as shallow or as deep as you require depending on the speed of your retrieve.

Buckeye Bait Mad Minno Lure Color Guide

2016-12-31T10:05:44+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Buckeye Bait Mad Minno Lure Color Guide

Martin Hotter N Ell Lure

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 neat, and obscure items that are tucked away in the annals of history. Every dog deserving of its day, and every lure story deserving to be told, regardless of value, was a mantra my good friend Joe Nelson lived by. When I received these in on Consignment to sell, I chuckled a bit but had never seen them. This morning I was going through a pile of salesman or dealer sheets and lure catalogs doing some research and came by the advertisement for them in the 1951 catalog.

To start with the Hotter”n”ell hook rigging, or lure, uses a play on words that weren’t exactly allowed in the 1950’s. While there seem to be no moral boundaries in advertising today, the calling a lure Hotter than Hell in the 50’s would more than likely have garnered some unfavorable attention in the age of the Cleavers.

The 1951 Catalog States:

Feeding Habbits of fresh or salt water game fish are similar the world over. From the Arctic Circle to the warm waters of the Tropics – “Big Fish Eat Little Fish”

Commercial fisherman have long recognized the fact that nothing equal appeal of live bait. Game fish like their food alive (very much alive) and they’ll gobble one more, hungry or not, when their super critical eye sees it as a crippled or frightened minnow.

Hotter’n’ell clear plastic lures are scientifically engineered to produce a most realistic live minnow action at all fishing speed. See the new Hotter’n’ell lure (invisible when submerged) in action baited with fresh, bottled or frozen minnow and you’ll see sure fire fish getting capers that mere words fail to describe.

Martin Hotter N Ell Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-17T09:36:21+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Martin Hotter N Ell Lure

Bomber Bait Company Press Release

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 and didn’t know they were underneath. What a great surprise for me, and being able to share it, that much better. The press release is accompanied by a letter from the Bomber Bait Company in 1976 also shown. I have never heard the full version of the story, only pieces, until I read the letter, and the story even though I must admit even living a stones throw away from Lake Murray. Our family camps many weeks of the year at Lake Murray, and it is the place my boys threaded and threw their first worms. Lake Murray has provided countless memories for my kids whether it be biking or hiking the trails, roasting marshmallows or taking “night walks”, and telling ghost stories along the way.

The letter is in a response to a letter from Tom Rainy, to Bomber in 1976 asking them if they had any old baits they might send him. I’m assuming this as they say they are shipping him in another package lures, dust and all. The letter is signed C.S. Tubrbeville one of the inventors and founders of the Bomber Bait Company.

Being able to peer back into a time, to the era that was at the root of the Nation Fishing Lure Collectors Club is a treat. Im not certain if Tom was a Member from the beginning but I would guess yes if not the beginning he was involved early on.

Bomber Bait Company Press Release

Years ago, Ike Walker, John Parker, and C.S. Turbeville were real fishing nuts. (They Still are.) Most of thier fishing was done in Lake Murray which is a deep brushy lake. If they let the lure sink, there was no way to get it back. The kept fooling around trying to come up with something that would go deeper, yet not get tangled up. They finally came up with a bait which we call the Bomber. It would dive deeper than most baits would sink in a reasonable length time, and it would also back off from the brush. Someone made the remark that it resembled a bomb, and from then on it was called “Bomber”.

The Bomber was made of Northern White Cedar, and at that time the only place they knew of to get cedar was from old light poles the local light company let them have. The tail piece was cut from the back of old cook stoves. The grommets were shoe eyes, the pulling connection was a paper clip bent to fit and the wrap on the clip was cut from a tobacco can. This was immediately after the war, […]

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|Comments Off on Bomber Bait Company Press Release

Sam the Black Bass Man Part I Sunday Sounds

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 the next year. Your continued support and acknowledgement, is your enjoyment, and that is enough to keep me digging up more. I know I’ve been remiss in doing the Sunday Sounds, or the Friday Fly Fishing Features to which I need to return to a regular basis. I did them early on with the blog and with a smaller audience and have since gotten side tracked. I think of this issue as my adult ADHD, as I’m easily sidetracked down new paths when antiques collide with fishing; My wife calls it hoarding.

I’m an avid fishing lure collector and overall fishing and general history lover. I have a fascination with history, antiques, and it’s an added bonus when anything can tie the two together. I must confess, my appreciation and capacity for having a vivid imagination with these items to which I view, study or collect, is way larger than my memory or knowledge of any one single piece of it. I’m great at remembering a few tidbits about a lot of little things, rather than being a true expert at one.  So, As I introduce Sam any information that you may have on him, his friends, their stories, or leads pointing to information, I would welcome.

For over a decade, I’ve always wanted to find a way to give Sam his adue, and while doing it would hope I could stumble upon the missing link to the American fishing lure, reel or rod industry. Therein lies the irony to this whole story, because without Sam, the entire American Fishing history would change. At a minimum, black bass fishing at the least in the North East part of the country, and especially Massachusetts, may never have evolved as it did. One can intelligibly argue and conclude, had it not been for Sam, a negative effect on the New England fishery may have occurred or at least have taken decades longer to progress. Not just for Black Bass, but for those involved in fly fishing, for trout, or Salters as well. I also would note, if not for our stately friend, and his wide berth of friends, who’s specific contributions to the finny tribe, and their subsequent teachings may have changed fishing as we know it.

I could assimilate Sam’s story to the Christmas story classic “It’s a wonderful Life” where George, wonders what might have been without him.

So as time has a way to escape us, I’ve been waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop for many years.  All it took was me taking the advice I gave to someone else recently;  “There is always a greater story, its just how you turn your head to […]

Heddon Gamby Lure

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 was in production for only a very short time between 1955 and 1958. Shown in the Gallery below the lure was sold on a store counter display.

Gamby Spinner

For Spinning and Trolling
This spinning lure features a spinning blade designed to start at a whisper and spin very close to its axis. Also the body is keel shaped to add extreme stability and prevent line twist. Couple these two features together and you have a deadly lure for trout and bass, as well as a most productive bait for all game fish. Hooks are extra sharp for sure hooking even on light strikes. Excellent for trolling. Made in 1/4 and 1/8th oz sizes.

Heddon Gamby Lure Gallery

2016-12-21T08:37:43+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Gamby Lure

Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Lure

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 series number 2000. With the lure and it’s wiggle action in mind the lure is hinged just forward of its mid-line.

The lure resembles that of the straight version, a flatter horizontal antique lure than most of the round body underwater minnows on the market. The front half having its two glass eyes, with its nose tapering to a point. Just back from its tip of the nose of the lure is it’s single forward line tie. The lure uses the simple screw eye to hold its two treble hooks.

The lure came standard in six different color finishes. Moonlight used some of the typical color palates of the era as well as expounding on a few using it’s wonderful rendition of the Deep Blues and Golds and Yellows.

Jointed Pikaroon

2000 Series

More Lifelike than our jointed series cannot be designed. – Countless experiments have proven that this one pattern is most effective – theyre so attractive, so lifelike – that the big fellows cant resist them. Made in a range of colors that will suit the most finiky Bass or Pike.

2001 – Red Head Gold Body

2003 – Green Scale

2004 – White Body Red Head (Shown Below)

2007 – Gold Scale (Shown Below)

2008 – Blue Scale

2009 – Yellow Perch 

$1.00 Each 

Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Catalog Page Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Catalog Page

Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-21T08:43:27+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Moonlight Jointed Pikaroon Lure

Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

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 its earlier kin. The transformation from the wooden 730 Punkinseed completed the body transformation however there were stages inside the 9630 life cycle.

The lure shown in the gallery below was its final stage and made from 1974 to 1977. The lure has the later creame eyes instead of the earlier gold. The bell hardware that’s used on the lure’s both fron and rear treble hook hanger is the date indicator.

The Punkinseed lure was made in six different standard colors. The lure in the gallery below is an example of the Bluegill color. From its black back or ridge line the Blue Blends into yellow ind finally into it light pink belly. The colors are intersected by its blackened vertical bars and its coloring complete with the cream eyes and red mouth.

Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

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Worth Flutter Fin Lure

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 the Worth Tackle Company.

This small round plastic lure measures 1″ in length and weighs 1/2 oz. This lure shown is the hollow eye mold version. There are small subtleties to help differentiate or to collect variations. There are multiple kinds of eyes that were produced on this lure, from hollow to solid pins. The Flutter Fin Antique Lure also at times contained a internal rattle. The lures “mustache” is what makes the lure flutter and is two single props spinning at the front of the lure just behind the single forward line tie.

The lure was made in six standard colors from White to Black, Brown, Green, Yellow, Orange all with scales colored in a different color or shade. The lure has a single trailing feathered treble hook to snare its prey. Later models will have a weed guard on the treble. The box states the Flutter Fin, Flutters, Pops and Rides the Surface

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Worth Flutter Fin Lure

2016-12-13T09:27:43+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Worth Flutter Fin Lure

Carters Dunks Dunk It Lure

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 Lures in the early 1930’s.

Unlike most of the Carter’s Bestever or Dunks line up, the Dunk it lure has glass eyes. This wwoden, glass eyed antique fishing lure measures in at roughly 2 1/2″ in length. This top water popper lure has the slogan “A Real Alarm Clock for Sleepy Bass”. The lure has a painted and concave mouth which inset into it is the lures forward line tie. The lures mouth angles upward to and nose or point of the circle. This antique fishing lure has two treble hooks, the forward-most being secured with a cup rig type hardware.

This seldom seen lure is quite hard to find but if found, can be seen in a few different colors and can be found without eyes. The paint scheme can range from a solid colors to a more ornate spotted to a tiger stripe paint scheme finish.

Carters Dunks Dunk It Lure

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ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure

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 single treble hook to secure its prey.

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Shurkatch Baits Mouse

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The Shurkatch Mouse Lure just measuring in at 2 3/4″ in length was used for the smaller end of game fish, such as the northern black bass. The lure is red and white in colors and has a single forward line tie just under the nose of the fishing lure. The lure shown below comes with its correct type box, however its unmarked with the exception of the pencil mark on one end. This has always been one of my favorite pictures boxes.

ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

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Hanson Sub Master Lure

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 1/4″ in length with lip and 1 3/4 without. The antique lure has a rubber skirt which hides the single trailing treble hook. The fishing lure has an already affixed leader to which to tie your line to. The lure has its name and patent pending stamped into the underside of the lure. The Sub Master lure was a one hit wonder for the company, and although the patent was granted no other lures were made by them. With it being a one hit wonder finding the complete package can take a bit for those who collect miscellaneous antique fishing lures.

The Box States” Truly a natural trolling Plug-It Floats or Goes Very Deep. And it will stray perfectly balanced at any depth. No Weights needed to be added.”

The antique lure reminds me of the alien that used to chase bugs bunny around and blow him away with a ray gun, Marvin the Martian.

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Hanson Sub Master Lure Photo Gallery

 

2016-12-13T09:19:00+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Hanson Sub Master Lure

Jamison Humdinger Lure

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 would come a year after the Humdinger.

I didnt feel much like story telling this morning, after loosing my dear friend Joe yesterday. Joe had amassed until recent the largest and most extensive Jamison antique lure collection to date. Joe, an honest, admirable, hardworking man of unquestionable ethics, a man whose dedication and love of this lure collecting community and its club members from its inception. His love of lures, the hobby and the club, only usurped by the love for his wife, kids and grand kids. I was honored to be Joes friend, and not just from a fishing lure standpoint. I often sought advice from my friend for many of my own struggles with health or life. Joe was 20+ years my senior and at times it was like talking to my best friend and at times it was like speaking to my own Dad. I knew Joe would provide the his opinion and I knew he did it from a place of love. I could hear Joe telling me his answer, as those who know Joe know he didn’t mince his words and often let you know his opinion like it or leave it. Never from a place of malice, but from a place of passion and love and truth.

When I woke this morning I had hoped yesterday was a dream but as I rubbed my eyes and filled my cup of coffee I realized yesterday wasn’t just a bad dream. I’ve never been an outwardly emotional person, its a fault or a flaw I’m not proud of. So weeping in front of my two young sons both yesterday and this morning is really out of character for me. I’ve often used the pen or paper to convey what is to be said and a way to express those feelings. This morning as I drove them to school with tears running down my face they both wanted to know more about Joe, what he was like, and why their Dad was crying, but, what they knew was that Joe was a special man to many and to me.

Im not afraid to seem weak from emotion, what Im afraid of is never telling someone how much they have meant. I learned from a very young age as I buried my best friend at the age of 12, don’t wait to tell someone how you feel. I’ve known this day was coming for years on end as Joe’s fight was long and hard, but Joe was never afraid to talk about it. But knowing it was coming doesn’t make it any easier.

Through the years […]

2016-11-29T10:41:02+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|6 Comments

Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure

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 single piece lure with three trailing treble hooks.

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Another distinctive feature of this antique lure is the metal flash plate on the top of the lure. This unmarked flasher plate running from just behind the eyes to the center of the lure aligned with the back section of the lower keel. The lure has a diving plane recessed into its lip which is held to it with a dual purpose line tie screw.  The diving lip plate is Marked Shakespeare as with most lures from the 1930’s and 1940’s. The lure can be found in a array of colors that were typical of Shakespeare to use on this era of lures.

Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

 

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Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

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, 1905 and a second date of July 3rd, 1906 on the end label of the box. It also give you a glimpse in the world of a 100 or century old lure marketing and cataloging with a No. 3 GWF model.

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On the front on the wood box it exclaims; Always Alive, Always Kicking, Never Tires Never Dies.

Secondly in the Combos a great antique frog lure. The Shakespeare Rhodes frog is a early 1900’s rubber frog antique lure that when the line tie is pulled the legs kick. For every good one out there there’s 10 that the legs are broke and unfortunately that’s just the nature of early rubber and fishing lures, time is not on their side. The lure itself dates to around 1909 or before. Shakespeare purchased the rights to this lure from Rhodes. The lure is 3 1/4 inches and can also be found in a cardboard gray picture box. The lure has a weighted abdomen, one forward double hook, and two rear single hooks attached via a wire through construction on each side of the legs.

Rhodes Mechanical Frog Gallery

Here’s an neat read, and incredibly old article from 1906 describing what they deem interesting new lures .  I apologize, as its hard to read due to the quality of the paper and scan and trying to blow it up to make it readable. But it says:

The Rhodes Mechanical Frog in wonderful imitation of the real frog with legs that draw up to the body when the frog is at rest, and which spring out to full length as the frog is drawn through the water, is another of this season’s novelties. Nothing better in the way of imitation of natural motion of any lure used in fishing has so far come on the market and it is safe to say that this lure will do great execution during the coming season.

Rhodes Mechanical Frog Lure Article from 1906 Rhodes Mechanical Frog Lure Article from 1906

 

2016-12-13T08:28:15+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

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 piscatorial success. The fluting beautifies, stiffens and preserves the shape. Each Bait is finely plated and mounted with first quality Scarlet Ibis, and other natural color flies, on the very best Brass wire, Treble hooks and Swivels making it the best trolling Spoon Now on the Market. 

Nickled Plated – Oval Pattern Only.

These Spoons are mounted first quality feathered treble hooks and swivels and are all made with the same dies as these in Silver Plate, and will therefore be of standard size. Each Spoon will be stamped with the makers name. 

 

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884 Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

 

2016-11-24T09:17:00+00:00 November 24th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure

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 the plastic of the lure. This explains the E in the antique fishing lure model name as it was nicknamed, Ever Last. Instead of the traditional painting of lures Heddon, the master of marketing and leader in lure innovation always moving forward in innovations in the American fishing lure industry.

The Ever last series contained a floater and a sinking version of the River Runt. The colors available were:

Blended Red RW
Yellow and Black Blend YB
Green and Black Blend GB

As antique lure collectors, these Water Wave River Runt lures are highly coveted,as they were only ever made that one year, 1938 and were gone from the lure catalog line up the next season. These antique fishing lures will be found housed in the H.R. Brush series two piece cardboard box marked either E9400 for the floating, or E9110 for the sinking, and if your lucky you may find the elusive Deep Diver. The lures will all utilize Heddon’s two piece flap rig hardware to hold the two treble hooks. All will have gold eyes for easy identification. They will also all be stenciled on the belly for identification with either a sinker or floater.

Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:36:09+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

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. The wooden glass eyed lure is a style H, and measures 3 1/2″ in length. The lure was only ever made for its short life span with glass eyes. This wide bodied lure has a sloped or slanted nose which leads to its single forward line tie. The antique lure is 5/8 oz and uses two treble hooks to secure its prey, the forward of which uses cup rig hardware, the rear is secured with screw eye. The lure would have made a great Black Bass slayer.

This antique fishing lure was originally offered in eight standard colors. This yellow and black shown below in the antique lure gallery is very hard to find, and is in a color code #4. This floater diver Shovel Nose lure is a tough lure to come by, and in the condition shown it increases its rarity.

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:38:35+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

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