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Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

The Heddon Tiny Spook Lure is a model series number 310. This small spook antique fishing lure measure a mere 1 7/8″ in length. The lure only lasted for two years in Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure product line up starting in 1955 and gone by 1957.

This antique lure has painted eyes and uses Bell Rig Hardware to hold its 2 Trebles. The lure was available in a half a dozen colors including the one shown below in the Gallery. The lure is shown in its correct 2 Pc Plastic top box with red bottom. White with Black Spot as shown in the gallery is one of the more difficult finishes to find on the Tiny Spook.

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure Photo Gallery

2017-11-01T08:16:21+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny Spook 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|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

The Heddon Big Tiger Lure is a model 1040 and was first introduced in 1968. The lure would only make a short run for 3 years until it was discontinued in 1971. Although it would make a brief appearance again in 1980 it would again be phased out in three years in 1983. This plastic lure is the largest in the Tiger series. Instead of the traditional names used to describe the largest in a Heddon Series Such as Muskie or Husky or Magnum, someone settled for simplicity using the word “Big”. This lure being plastic in construction, is often referred to as a spook, measures 5 1/4″ in length. The lure like its little brothers uses two trebles to secure its prey. These hooks are held to the body by a through body construction where the heavy duty rings are inset into the mold during construction.

Consistent in the family of tigers, the “Big” Tiger has a single forward like tie at the point of its nose. Its square staggered heavy duty diving lip molded within the construction of its body sets back about a inch onto the underside. The Big Tiger with its limited production is hard to find, its colors remain consistent throughout the line up made up of generally of Solid color backs with clear sides showing off a metallic insert. Once and a while it can be found in collector […]

2017-06-14T08:45:53+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

Heddon Top Sonic Lure

Heddon Top Sonic Lure

The Heddon Top Sonic Lure was a Heddon Dowagiac Series number 300. This antique lure was made from 1966 to 1969, so it was a short run in comparison to some of its other sonic lure brothers. The Top Sonic fishing lure features a tail and a tiny dorsal fin the would allow the antique fishing lure to vibrate upon retrieval. The lure was made in some of the traditional Heddon lure color schemes as well as a few uncatalogued colors. The Top Sonic was always made of plastic, a spook, and measures about 1 /38″ in length. The antique fishing lure was stamped on the belly of the lure for identification, and had a line tie below the mouth but before the diving lip.

The Heddon Top Sonic Lure can be found in the following Color Codes

RH White Red Head
SUN Natural Sunfish
PUM Natural Pumpkinseed
NSP Natural Spotted Bass
NSD Natural Shad
BGL Natural Blue Gill
PS Purple Scale
BS Black Scale
Y Yellow
SD Shad
Uncatalogued  SF Silver Fish (in First Gallery)
Uncatalogued  Green and Gold Scale (in First Gallery)

Heddon Uncatalogued Top Sonic Lures

 

 

Heddon Top Sonic Color Gallery

2017-04-04T08:54:36+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Top Sonic Lure

Heddon Chugger Spook Lure

Heddon Chugger Spook Lure

The Heddon Chugger Spook Lure has a long history that begins in 1938. The antique lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan would take on a model number 9540. This painted eye spook lure measure right at 3″. Like many of the base model lures they would be the inspiration for other variations to come from. Thus is true for the Chugger as there would be no less than three variations, a larger and two smaller series born from its success. This antique fishing lure was a top water popping lure, The lure at its largest point, its open concave mouth would then taper down in size over the 3 inch body to the tail. As the Chugger spanned the decades certain small changes would be done as with with the other Heddon Lures, a small change in hardware hanger type from flap rig in the 30’s to surface rig where it would spend most of the rest of its production cycle. The lure in this form would always have two trebles to secure its catch.

The Chugger spook lure is a great lure to collect as it spanned the decades the myriad colors that the lure was offered in can make for a lifetime collection. Being able to not only keep you looking, but allow you to pick up colors and variations that wont break the bank. As time goes forward I’ll continue to add to the Photo Gallery […]

2018-02-06T08:04:44+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Chugger Spook 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

Heddon Big Hedd Spook Lure

Heddon Big Hedd Spook

The Heddon Big Hedd Spook lure was a series number 9330 . The lure was first introduced around 1974 and was only available for a handful of years. The fishing lure was offered in many colors, the one shown is Black Shore, Heddon’s color code XBW which is a very desirable color on this model. The antique lure was housed in a cellophane window box, and has 2 trailing treble hooks. The lure had both white and gold eyes and was stamped on the underside in gold lettering, and was 3 1/4″ in length, and 5/8 oz. The Big Hedd was made to dive upon retrieval and float while at rest. The lure comes in quite an array of colors and can be fun and a challenge at the same time to find them all with or without the corresponding lure boxes.

Heddon Big Hedd Gallery

2016-07-13T02:31:39+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Big Hedd Spook Lure