Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure
The Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure was a model series number 300. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1917 as “The Wiggler”. Hence after 1920 the name would change to the Crawdad and would be so until the end of its lure production cycle in 1964. The 200 series antique lure measures in at around 2 3/4″ in length and tops the scales at 3/4 ounce.
The 1931 Creek Chub Catalog States: Natural Shaped body ant tail, black bead eyes, rubber legs, bronze hooks, movement backwards, same as a crab. Wiggle mostly in tail. Floats until Started. Tail guards hooks from snags and bottom. This is the lure to use in stony bottom lakes where bass feed on crayfish. It should be retrieved at such a speed that it will run very close to the bottom in water 4 to 8 feet deep. For small mouth bass it is a dandy as they are particularly fond of crayfish. Has a very fast wiggle, and is a favorite with many fishermen. Casts like a bullet.
The lure was only ever available in just over a half dozen finishes, however there are some great uncatalogued ones such as this black and white out there to seek out for your antique lure collection. The Crawdad had the traditional rubber legs or feelers, these and father time tend to not get along and become brittle and break over time. The lure came standard with the traditional bead eyes at the front, and a rear line tie from the tail to imitate a real crawdad swimming backwards. The Crawdad only ever had 2 trebles and Im unaware of an special orders with a single treble.