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. […]

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

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

by John Etchieson –

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools; All fishing lines, with very few exceptions, had been packaged on solid black color enamel painted wooden spools since 1880. However, 85 years ago at the depths of America’s great depression in 1932, many fishing line spools took on some bright colors to replace that 50 year-long industry standard of using only solid black color line spools.

For example, the Shakespeare Tackle Company adopted a reddish/orange colored spool, James Heddon Tackle Company chose a green color, the South Bend Fishing Tackle Company selected a yellow/orange tint color and the Horrocks – Ibbotson Company used a royal blue color.

While it is not fully known exactly why all these major sellers of fishing line choose 1932 to convert to brightly colored spools, it is generally believed that it was to counter the dark dreary days of America’s great depression and to boost sales with the introduction of this new rainbow of colors which we know from psychologist today would have positively influenced buyers purchase decisions on a subconscious level.

Among those who made this colorful change there was one that stood apart from all the rest by changing not to a single new color, but rather to two colors, which required a special double paint cycle for the wooden spool. That firm was the Pflueger Fishing Tackle Company of Akron Ohio (aka Enterprise Manufacturing Company). Pflueger’s half green […]

2017-09-12T08:51:29+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

South Bend BeBop Lure

South Bend BeBop

The South Bend BeBop is a wooden pressed eye antique lure. The lure is a series 902 and is a color RYT, red yellow tail and has pressed eyes and surface rigging. The lure is the smaller of the series at 3 3/8″ in length and there is a larger a series 903. The BeBop lure has a single forward line tie and was fished on the top of the water, both fresh and salt. The lure was first introduced in 1950 and was out of production just a short 2 years later in 1952. The lure is very similar to the wooden Heddon Zaragossa.

South Bend BeBop Gallery

1950 South Bend Lure Catalog States: “Twitch the rod tip constantly during the retrieve and the BeBop will make a herringbone pattern on the surface of the water. Pop it on occasion for variety, work in under the surface with a steady retrieve and dart it side to side at the same time. You’ll find its a Killer!”.

While the lure was only made for a short two years it can be found in the following colors:

F Frog
FF Dark Frog Yellow Belly
MS(2) Blue Mullet Scale
O Orange Body, Red and Black Spots
RW Red Arrowhead White Body
RYT Red Arrowhead Yellow Boday Black Stripes
SFS Scale Finish Green with Silver Speckles
SSY Silver Speckled Yellow Body with Black Shadow […]

2016-06-19T02:09:08+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Comments Off on South Bend BeBop Lure