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Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure

Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure

While it may have taken years to refine the Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure was the first lure ever commercially produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. The year, 1916, the World was in the in the middle of what it termed as the “Great War” or WWI. While its grasp was felt around the globe it wasn’t strong enough to quell the formation of what would become one of the largest and most significant fishing lure companies to date.

The Wiggler would grow into one of Creek Chubs most celebrated lures and would make what was a almost half a century appearance in it lure line up. This wooden antique fishing lure was given a model series number 100. Although there are slight differences the lure would measure roughly 3 1/2″ in length and weigh in at 3/4 oz.

With the lure being the first produced it is no surprise that we will see quite an evolution to the lure as improvements and changes were made to it and other Creek Chub lures. You can find the lure in its earliest stages with a washer rigged hook hardware. It would then develop into a few different Cup styles to hold its 2T, or trebles.

With more changes then to the physical hook hardware the lip would evolve going from a Plain lip in 1916, to one having its named stamped on the lip in […]

2018-01-12T11:47:42+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

The Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure was a model series number 300. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1917 as “The Wiggler”. Hence after 1920 the name would change to the Crawdad and would be so until the end of its lure production cycle in 1964. The 200 series antique lure measures in at around 2 3/4″ in length and tops the scales at 3/4 ounce.

Creek Chub Crawdad Series 300 Lure Catalog Cut Creek Chub Crawdad Series 300 Lure Catalog Cut

The 1931 Creek Chub Catalog States: Natural Shaped body ant tail, black bead eyes, rubber legs, bronze hooks, movement backwards, same as a crab. Wiggle mostly in tail. Floats until Started. Tail guards hooks from snags and bottom. This is the lure to use in stony bottom lakes where bass feed on crayfish. It should be retrieved at such a speed that it will run very close to the bottom in water 4 to 8 feet deep. For small mouth bass it is a dandy as they are particularly fond of crayfish. Has a very fast wiggle, and is a favorite with many fishermen. Casts like a bullet.

The lure was only ever available in just over a half dozen finishes, however there are some great uncatalogued ones such as this black and white out there to […]

2017-09-19T10:03:32+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure

South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure

The South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure was given a model series number 964. The South Bend Bait Company, out of South Bend Indiana wanting to expound up the success of its smaller or little brother introduced this first version in 1925 and kept it until around 1929. I say first version as there are two very distinct and different versions of the same lure, the later of which would show up around 1936. This first version antique lure was a giant and measured in at 5 1/2″ in length, and almost 2 inches longer then its next in line smaller brother.

2017-09-19T10:15:11+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure

South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure

South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure

The South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure is a model series 962. This lure is touted as being one of the South Bend Bait Company out of South Bend Indiana’s longest lasting lures. The lure first appearing in 1916 and lasted all the way through 1952. Its no wonder that during this span the lure would be produced in over a whopping 21 different standard colors. That doesn’t take into account all the special order and non-standard colors. The Midget Surf Oreno lure is a smaller version measuring in at 2 3/4″ in length, and topping the scales at 1/2-3/4 oz.

The lure lasting 36 years would experience all the same changes that many lures that have longevity in their corner would. The lures most notable changes would be having Glass Eyes, then transitioning to Tack Eye, and Finally on to a Painted Pressed Eye. The props are unmarked and are different from their underwater brethren. The lure would come with 2T one hanging from the rear screw eye, the other from the standard cup rig. The lure being able to spot has its name stenciled across the upper back of the lure.

The 1921 South Bend Bait Company Catalog States: “The same comments applying to our New Babe Oreno have also been so pronounced for a baby size of the well known Surf Oreno Minnow. This bait is of the same general design and construction as […]

2017-09-02T13:43:55+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure

South Bend Pike Oreno Lure

South Bend Pike Oreno Lure

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

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

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

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

BW – Black […]

2017-08-07T07:59:56+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Pike Oreno Lure

Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

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

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

The wooden plug rests or should I say rotates on a thin wire pin inserted into the hollow center of the lure. Both the front and […]

2017-07-10T07:44:38+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure

South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure

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

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

The 1930 Catalog states:

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

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

South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:56:16+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure

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 […]

2017-03-07T09:18:31+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Baby Pikie 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

2016-12-13T09:25:39+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Carters Dunks Dunk It Lure

Keller Gets Em Lure

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 lure has three treble hooks to secure its catch and uses a screw in type hardware. Probably my favorite part of this antique fishing lure is its use of the external belly weight.

Often misidentified and similar to the Meyers & Spellman minnow lures from Shelby Michigan. One of the easiest ways to tell is the shape of the prop. The Keller with come with Keller stenciled on the backbone of the lure. The fishing lure uses two elongated rectangle or square with its tip bent upwards propellers on the for and aft of the antique lure. The lure can be found in a few different color variations of the swirl or sash type color scheme.

Keller Gets Em Lure Photo Gallery

2016-11-17T19:04:14+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Keller Gets Em Lure

South Bend Panetlla Minnow

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 some of the other big 5 companies underwater minnow series.

The version shown below, a model series 913, is a wooden antique lure measuring 4 1/4 inches in length. The lure would have glass eyes until its transition to tack eye later on in it’s production life cycle. The earliest version of the Panetella having no tail cap at the rear of the lure. After a few years of production as the version presented in the gallery below has the tail cap. The tail cap was used to help reinforce the wood and keep it from splitting.

The underwater minnow was first produced with only three hooks, two on the sides and one at the tail. In 1914, the option to order a five hook minnow version was made available. The antique lure had both a front and rear spinner to help maintain its course upon retrieval.

As far as coloring for the Panetella the lure was made in quite an assortment over time. Certain colors were added to the palette while others removed after a very short period in time. The lure shown below is […]

2016-12-13T09:06:19+00:00 November 5th, 2016|Comments Off on South Bend Panetlla Minnow

Bite Em Water Mole Lure

Bite Em Water Mole Lure

The Bite Em Water Mole Lure was first introduced in 1920. The Bite Em Bait Company out of Fort Wayne, Indiana has two versions. The one shown below in the gallery is a type II with a slanted face where as the type I is rounded. This no eyed wooden antique fishing lure measures three inches in length. The lure features a single forward line tie just below where the slant reaches its apex. The lures bowling pin type shape holds the lure’s two treble hooks. The forward hook employs the use of a screw hook similar to the Heddon L Rig  minus the cup to hold its treble, and the rear is secured with a screw eye.

Covering the bottom section of the rear half of the lure is a fixed oblong shaped flasher. The Water Mole lure was housed inside a picture box which used a photo of the lure in its design. The box exclaims “The Nickle Plated Spoon on the Tail makes the Bait Active and Very Attractive. Skitters, Wiggles, and Wobbles on the Surface.”  They use the ability to change the front hook out with a double hook to be able to help with its weedless properties.

The Bite Em Water Mole lure can be found in a assorted selection of colors. They used a more plain or primary color palate for its color options. The Water Mole was offered in a smaller […]

2017-02-22T19:25:09+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Bite Em Water Mole Lure