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Goo Goo Eyes Lure

Goo Goo Eyes Lure

The Goo Goo Eyes Lure is another one of those lures from the golden age of Striper fishing in New England. Leo Cooper of Stamford Connecticut who’s creation born from his passion of fishing for striper, turned his personal creations into a business sometime between 1956 and 1958. These surf casting lures came in a few shapes and size albeit all with the tell tale large bulbous eyes.

These eyes were actually said to have been found by Cooper’s friend who was a pilot, Art Glowka, on a trip to Hong Kong. This tool and die maker turned inventor would also Call these Jac-Pot lures. In 1967 the state record for striped Bass at 73 pounds would be caught by Charles Cinto, thus propelling Coopers sales alongside the ensuing media and word of mouth tsunami shared among fisherman and boat captains alike. The lure is shown in it’s correct box marked for a Blue Eel,  #50JT and I believe is either the first or the second style of the 4 different eye variations used on this antique fishing lure.

Leo Cooper Goo Goo Eyes Lure Gallery

 

2017-09-19T10:08:39+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Goo Goo Eyes Lure

Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure

Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure

The Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure is the largest in the Surfster family line. This giant piece of lumber was given a model 7400 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. The lure was first produced in 1953 and lasted less than a half dozen years, being discontinued in 1958. The Salt Surfster was a huge lure, larger than most of the fish I catch measuring in at 7 1/4″ in length and weighing 2 1/2 oz. This lure isn’t to be fished by the weak of heart or even those needing Rotator cuff repairs, because if you didn’t need them before, you will after surf casting with this for an afternoon.

The lure has the heavy duty wire through construction to help reinforce it to make sure it can withstand that fight. The lure was actually discontinued not because of lack sale-ability, but due to a shortage of cedar. The lure has three large heavy duty hooks to secure its catch and a pair of glass eyes to give it that extra realistic look.

The colors the Salt Surfster can be found in are

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch
02 – Red & White
04 – Golden Shiner
07 – Mullet
18 – Silver Flash
34 – Blue Flash (Shown Below)
35 – Blue Eel (Shown Below)
37 – Yellow Flash

Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure Photo Gallery

2017-09-02T13:41:38+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure

Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier

Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier

This News article, Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier comes from the Brooklyn Star Circa 1908. We get a chance to see Louis Rhead’s art as well as his Penmanship. I think we as lure collectors forget that sometimes he just wasn’t the fly rod lure maker extraordinaire, but that works of art can be read and viewed in paper format.

While the Pier name may be specified by Rhead, for anyone who lives remotely close to any shoreline or any beach this invokes a previous memory. Whether we got to fish the pier or view the pier from a near by restaurant or simply as our families car has driven by, this scene plays out myriad ways.

Ive attached a PDF Link to the article for easier reading, you should be able to enlarge it to a readable size by clicking Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier

2017-08-08T12:25:21+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier

Acanthurus Vittatus

Acanthurus Vittatus

The Acanthurus Vittatus a name nearly as eloquent as its striped & colored beauty. This plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself. It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has been since renamed a more familiar, Sri-Lanka. The history of fishing is not just in the lures we use to catch them but appreciating some of these natural wonders. Catching this fish on either the fly or spin would be a treat and I wonder if it was considered rare in 1833 if it even exists today.

Acanthurus Vittatus

Order, Thoracic

Native Name, Seweyah

A. Vittatus. Armed near the caudal fin with a sharp curved spine. Body striated.

The Seweyah is an extremely scarce fish on the southern coast of Ceylon: inhabits rocky situations and is not in request but for the gratification of the Naturalist. It seldom exceeds sixteen or seventeen inches in length, and is well armed near the caudal fin with a sharp curved spine, which it raises or depresses at pleasure: the former is the case when the animal is in a state of excitement or rage. The spine when depressed is scarcely visible within the scabbard which nature has assigned it, resembling in appearance a recent incision. 

For the present figure, six or seven specimens were procured, no two of which were alike in arrangement of the blue and yellow streaks near the caudal fin.

No lateral line visible to the naked eye. 

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2017-07-10T12:09:22+00:00 July 10th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on Acanthurus Vittatus

Scorpaena Volitans

Scorpaena Volitans

The Scorpaena Volitans whose name is an indication of its seductive & deadly beauty. I love old color plates, and this plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself.  It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has been since renamed a more familiar, Sri-Lanka. The history of fishing is not just in the lures we use to catch them but appreciating some of these natural wonders. Catching this fish on either the fly or spin would be a treat until faced with having to dismount this thing off your hook.

Scorpaena Volitans

Native Name, Gini-Maha

Gini, Fire – Maha, Great

Branchiostegous rays 6. Dorsal 24, thirteen spinous, varied with black and reddish brown; the colors stronger on the spinous rays than on the others. Pectoral 14; the connecting membrane bluish and brown. Ventral 6, one spinous, bluish, spotted with white. Anal 10, three spinous. Caudal12. 

The Gini-Maha of the Cingalese accords with the description given by the Bloch of the Scorpaena Volitans, with the exception of the number of radii in the dorsal fin, Bloch gives 12 only. 

 The native fisherman attribute to this fish the power of inflicting wounds, for which there is no cure yet known; but that at present, is a mere hypothesis, and should be received as such.

Although the name given to this animal by Linnaeus would justify the supposition that it possesses the power of flying., the membranes of the pectoral fins are not sufficiently united or proportioned to the body to admit of volitation: a position which the native fishers unanimously confirm. 

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2017-07-10T07:36:05+00:00 July 9th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on Scorpaena Volitans

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

The Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure was first offered in 1953. The antique lure was Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana lure model series number 7300. This large wooden cedar lure continued the Surfster line up by adding this salt water or big game Surfster. This large antique fishing lure measures in at 6″ in length. The lure features a heavy duty diving lip mounted to the mouth to which the single forward line tie connects. This glass eyed beauty has two over size treble hooks, this may have been a special order as they usually have three. The hook hardware is the reinforced cup as well as having the reinforced wire through rigging. The lures end of life was around 1958 for all intents and purposes.

The Husky Surfster was only made in eight standard color palate finishes. The antique fishing lure came housed in a large over sized Creek Chub two piece cardboard box with the 7700 model either stamped on the end or printed on a label. The standard finishes for this huge antique lure are:

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
07 Mullet
18 Silver Flash (As Shown in Gallery Below)
34 Blue Flash (Shown in the Gallery Below)
35 Purple Eel
37 Yellow Flash (Shown Below)

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure Photo Gallery

2017-03-30T08:40:49+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

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