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Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

The Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure is the second to the largest in the family of 4. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1928 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. The wooden fishing lure measures in at roughly 4 1/2″ in length. The lures main focus was the larger of the game fish, the Large Mouth  Bass, Walleye, Great Northern, Salmon on up. The lure has a pair of glass eyes at the front to add to the realism of this “Swims on Sides” genre or niche inside the fishing tackle industry. With the imitation being the dearest form of flattery, everyone was looking to get a piece of the giant market share that Creek Chub had garnered with its widely popular Injured Minnow Lure. It should be of no surprise then that Heddon would come forth and present 4 different sizes in this category.

The lure would go through a series of hardware options and changes over time to hold its three trebles or 3T as its sometimes called. The first version would be the L Rig, then into the 1930’s the Two Piece Flap Rig, as shown in the gallery. The 170 lure would always come standard with its dual scripted props. The lure would be offered in an array of colors over the years from the standard or basic colored finishes to some great uncatalogued gems hiding out there. The […]

2018-01-12T11:22:36+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

Heddon Wounded Spook Lure

Heddon Wounded Spook Lure

The Heddon Wounded Spook Lure was a series 9140. This antique lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was first introduced in 1939. Many of the early spooks have all but disappeared or transformed into a lure box full of dust and hooks due to the chemical instability of the plastic. Just try to find yourself a few of the Musky sized version the 9160 and you’ll see what I mean. The Heddon wounded spook was a transformation and capitalization of the success of the Heddon SOS or Swims on Sides. Although still concurrently making the wooden SOS version up and through the painted eye surface rig age, this new wounded spook was its plastic brethren.

The 9140 series Heddon Wounded Spook Lure measure in at 3″ in length. This antique plastic lure had a standard front screw eye line tie,  front and rear unmarked propellers. The fishing lure would have gold painted eyes early on in its life and transitioning into the black iris later on. The lure just like the SOS featured a treble hook attached via a two piece rig, later a surface rig hardware. The lure would be trailed by the 2nd treble hook behind the rotating rear prop.

Over the decades the Wounded Spook lure can be found in different colors and hook hardware configurations. The lure will be found in the typical era boxes such as the Banner, the Diamond and others. The […]

2016-12-13T09:32:17+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Wounded Spook Lure