South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure

South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure

The South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure was first made in 1929 and was only made a few years and was gone around 1933. The lure was fashioned after the success of other lure makers such as Heddon and Creek Chub with their injured minnow and SOS lure products. This South Bend Crippled Minnow antique fishing lure is a series number 965, and measures 3 1/4″ in length and was 5/8 oz. The antique lure as with many South Bend shares a model number, the 965 is shared with the Midget Lunge Oreno Lure. The lure shown is in a beautiful rainbow color pattern with blue eye shadow and is a solid excellent or E+ condition. This antique wooden minnow has flawless glass eyes as shown. The lure has forward and rear marked props and the lure is designed to swim on its side replicating a fish in distress and has both a mid and rear hanging treble hook. 

The South Bend Bait Company 1929 Catalog States; “The Crippled Minnow will drive any drowsy or up and at em game fish minnow to action. There’s something about the way it acts that brings on that mad rush then they strike. Is it because it appears to be injured or crippled, with most of its strength spent or is it because, lying on its side with just a little lifelike motion, it makes the big ones mad. At any rate it gets action and often times when you’ve tried most everything else.”

The South Bend Crippled Minnow lure can be found in the following cataloged colors:

LUM  Luminous

MS  Minnow Scale

RB  Rainbow

RH  Red Head White Body

SF  Scale Finish Green

SS  Silver Speckled Body  

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2017-12-19T08:36:22+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Comments Off on South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

The Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure was first introduced in 1953. This lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was given a model series number 350. This Plastic spook lure was made in the likeness of all the previous runt spooks yet just made smaller. The antique fishing lure was made of the later more stable version of plastic, thus adhering to it’s “spook” roots. The lure had two smaller treble hooks both attached via bell rig hardware. The lure was stenciled or labeled on its belly Heddon Tiny Runt.

The lure can be found in a vast array of colors both cataloged and uncatalogued making it a joy to collect. The lure shown below is in one of those uncatalogued finishes Crystal Shad, or CS, and a Green Crawdad GRA. The lure would have come houses in the red bottom two piece plastic topped box marked 350Cs.

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure Photo Gallery


2017-07-25T07:25:04+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

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