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Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

The Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure is created in the late 1950’s early 1960’s. This antique fishing lure made by Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan and was a lure model series number 5500. This wooden lure measured in at 4″ inches in length and was a top water fished lure. The fishing lure features a single line tie attached to the inverted notched or concave mouth. The lure has 3 treble hooks secured by surface hardware, to secure its prey once it is caught. The antique lure features a single rear spinner to aid in the maintaining coarse and making some noise during its retrieval. The Plenty Sparkle’s most distinguishing traits were its rhinestone eyes and the five rhinestones inset into its belly, thus lending to the legitimacy of the name of the lure. There was a few in the Plenty Sparkle family, the Jr., and the Darter, but the 5500 series was the largest of them all.  I’ve got 4 Great Color examples highlighted in the galleries including some real tough ones.

The Plenty Sparkle antique fishing lure was available in the following color schemes or patterns.

5500 Yellow Belly Silver Scale (Shown in First Gallery)
5501 Natural Perch
5504 Red Head White
5508 Frog White Belly
5509 Yellow, with Red and Black Spots (Shown Below)
5510 Frog Yellow Belly
5511 Black with Gold and Red Spots (Shown Below)
5512 Silver Flash (Shown Below)
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2017-12-19T08:29:58+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

The Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure is a kind of a misunderstood lure, starting with its own name, as its not a Sucker but and Old Chub Lure. This antique fishing lure dates into the 1930’s with its target market being large game fish such as the larger Bass, the Great Northern Pike and Muskie. The Paw Paw Bait Company located in Paw Paw Michigan donned it a model 4000.

Despite the erroneous information most of the written lure guides out there have printed, giving it a everything from a model 2700 to a 2400, its a model 4000. This Paw Paw Bait Company wooden lure has painted tack eyes two treble hooks and measures roughly 4 1/4″ in length. The antique lure has a traditional cup style hardware on the belly of the lure, and uses a screw eye at the rear. The lure can be found in a couple different body shape variations, one being a bit taller than the other. 

This antique fishing lure is considered more scarce then your average Paw Paw fishing lure. The lure was produced in seven standard color finishes.

4003 – Green Scale
4004 – White, Red Head
4005 – Pearl Finish
4006 – Silver Scale
4007 – Gold Scale (Shown in the Gallery Below)
4008 – Frog Finish
4012 – Metallic Finish

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

2017-10-29T09:31:12+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure

Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure

The Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure sounds like a name given to everyone favorite uncle. While it may not be a part of our own lineage the Crazy Mike lure is part of the Flap Jack Family series of lures released in the early 1940’s. This antique fishing lure is 3 1/2″ inches in length and made of a transparent type plastic.

So the lure collector walks in the bar and says, “Hey Bartender, Which one in here is Crazy Mike?” Bartender looks around and says, “Hes the one over there, the one with the two hookers!” Sorry for my bad joke of the day.

The lure was Paw Paw Bait Company of Michigan’s model series number 3300. The lure has two treble hooks,  one mid section held on with surface type hardware, the other place on the aft of the lure. The antique lure has a line tie on the front portion of the lure. The Transparent Crazy Mike is housed in two piece plastic slide top box. Besides the Yellow Scale shown the lure was available in the following colors:

3301 Yellow Scale (Shown in Gallery)
3302 Green Scale
3304 White Red Head Silver Ribs
3306 Silver Scale
3307 Green Silver Flash
3313 Orange Scale Black Ribs, Red Head (Shown in Gallery)
3329 Black Silver Flitter
3300NR Neon Red
3300SY Sodium Yellow
3300FO Fire Orange
3300SG Saturn Green

2017-08-07T08:07:51+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure

Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

The Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure was introduced in the 1950’s, made by the Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan. This version of the Paw paw Bait Company lure arsenal was given a model 3600. This plastic fishing lure measures 3 1/2″ in length and weighs in at 3/4 oz.

Most commonly mistaken for a Helin Flat Fish, the early version of this Antique Lure uses a specific, easily identifiable hardware. The early 1950’s version has a hook hardware that uses a ball and socket type enclosure, in a way like your arm socket. The hardware was also used on the collector favorite, Paw Paw Platypus. The Flap Jack for Paw Paw was the base lure or standard used in the creation of whopping 12 other lure models. The Paw Paw Flap Jack antique lure is a great one to collect, with all the different variations of the lure and the multitude of colors one is able to find it can keep you busy for a while, not to mention not break the bank along the way.

The Flap Jack Came Standard in 15 Different colors:

3604 – White, Red and Black Spots
3607 – Pike Scale
3608 – Natural Frog
3612 – Silver Flitters
3625 – Orange, Red and Black Spots (Shown Below)
3629 – Black, Silver Flitters
3630 – Light Orange, Red Tip, Black Top […]

2017-08-07T08:04:13+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

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

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

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

We saw another change with the model series […]

2017-07-25T07:17:03+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

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

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

Moonlight Pikaroon Lure Catalog Cut Moonlight Pikaroon Lure Catalog Cut

Pikaroon Minnow

No. 1000

There’s only one Pikaroon – it’s something more than a mere […]

2017-07-25T07:22:39+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

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

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

Paw Paw Bonehead Southern Torpedo Minnow

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

Paw Paw […]

2017-07-25T07:27:45+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

Paw Paw Croaker Lure

Paw Paw Croaker Lure

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

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

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

2017-07-10T07:38:55+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Croaker 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|Comments Off on Paw Paw Hipp Lure

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

2017-03-07T09:21:51+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Young Wounded Minnow 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 […]

2017-01-17T09:24:11+00:00 January 12th, 2017|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 […]

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

Paw Paw Hungry Bass Lure

Paw Paw Hungry Bass Lure

The Paw Paw Hungry Bass Lure was produced roughly around the 1940’s. This lure is listed as a Unknown in the Paw Paw Bait Company Book written both Reed and Scott. They deem it the Hungry Bass so Ill follow their lead. This antique lure made of wood measures 3″ in length. The lure is shaped like a industry favorite, the Plunker. The lure was a top water fished popping lure with a rounded concave mouth forming to a point or nose on top. Inset into the mouth is the lures single forward line tie. The lure has two hooks to secure its catch, both secured with an eye screw rig.

The lures has painted eyes as most all Paw Paw lures. It’s main attribute pointing to Paw Paw as its manufacture, is the traditional Splatter Paint shown on many Paw Paw lures such as the Wotta Frog. This splatter is the same in application however its a black shading splatter instead of the usual.

Paw Paw Hungry Bass Lure

2016-12-13T09:34:15+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Paw Paw Hungry Bass Lure

Paw Paw Musky Natural Hair Mouse Lure

Paw Paw Musky Natural Hair Mouse Lure

The Paw Paw Musky Natural Hair Mouse Lure was first introduced in 1929. This antique lure was had a wooden painted head and a stacked deer hair tail, with a large treble hook on the rear. This fishing lure is pretty big at 4 3/4″ in length. This was Paw Paw’s series number 80,and it had a smaller counter part that was made before it the series 60. The 60 can be found with both a spinner and non spinner versions, but the 80 never had one.

The standard cataloged colors on the Musky Sized Mouse Lure were

80   Gray

81   Yellow Head

84   Red Head

88   White Head

Paw Paw Musky Natural Hair Mouse Lure Gallery Both Red and Gray Finishes

2016-12-13T09:23:23+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Paw Paw Musky Natural Hair Mouse Lure

Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure

Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure

The Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure was first introduced in 1963. The Woggle Bug series WB-900 shown with a lip, bears a striking similarity to the 20 year young Fred Arbogast Jitterbug Circa 1942, even the name is very similar to Jitterbug. The wooden, pressed and painted eye, antique fishing lure is 3″ in length and was 5/8 oz. The antique fishing lure was offered in 2 different sizes, the WB-900 being the larger and the WB-700 coming in at 2″ in length.

While at first the word Woggle Bug would seem unique in name and in nature however the word first appears in 1905 and was the title of a Children’s Book written by the same author as the famous Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum. From the book there was created Woggle-Bug postcards and buttons, a Woggle-Bug song, and a Woggle-Bug board game from Parker Brothers. The book like the lure never really took, or became as popular and was said to deliver zany absurdities. The Paw Paw Woggle Bug antique lure was found with and without the diving lip although its said to only have ever been found referenced in a catalog with the diving lip. The antique lure was labeled or stenciled on the belly, had a forward line tie on the lip creating a wake upon retrieval, and had 2 treble hooks to secure your catch.

Along with the Silver Flitter shown below in the […]

2016-10-26T11:41:23+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure