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Friday Funhouse January 12 2018

Friday Funhouse January 12 2018

In this Friday Funhouse January 12 2018; NOTE: Guess what? I’M BACK BABY! Yes, I’ve got time to restart the Friday Funhouse and the blog again. It’s been some time but I’m happy to be back in the swing of things. I’m partnering with my man Matt Lollman over at Fin and Flame so check back for some cool happenings in 2018!

The Video of the Week

I’m a sucker for Hemingway. Not only was he a great writer, his love of fishing knew no bounds. For those who haven’t, pick up a copy of The Old Man and the Sea. You won’t be disappointed!

12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This Julius vom Hofe Perforated Fly Reel is incredibly rare, even missing an end cap. How rare? One in the box went for 25k in a past Lang’s Auction!

 


You have got to love this Manitou Minnow.

 


Pflueger Atlapacs in the carrying case are super fun reels.

 


This CCBC Jointed Pikie in Blue Head is very rare.

 


When’s the last time you’ve seen a Union Hardware reel get this much interest???

 


Instant Collection Alert: Storm Wiggle Warts from the pre-Rapala era. Remind me to tell you about Rapala’s purchase of Storm some time!

 


Spears are always fun collectively and this Brainerd, MN made Lewis Gaustas model is pretty great. …

 


An early Heddon Zaragossa in the box is a great classic bait.

 


Been busy laying out an Al Foss book so this cardboard Little Egypt intro box was good to see. Predates his tin boxes.

 


This Penn Model 420 Spinster is a reel with a fascinating history — made in Japan, and rejected by Penn. It was never sold commercially.

 


Any W.D.Chapman Spinner is a nice find.

 


The Salties out there love these Devonshire Surf Plugs.!

 


And it feels good to say once again, have a good weekend, and be good to each other and yourself.

— Dr. Todd

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Creek Chub Beetle Lure

Creek Chub Beetle Lure

The Creek Chub Beetle Lure was first introduced in 1931. Made in Garrett Indiana by the Creek Chub Bait Company this antique fishing lure was a model series number 3800. Produced for 23 years this wooden antique lure measures 2 1/2″ in length and weighs in a 3/4 oz. The lure uses bead eyes instead of the traditional realistic glass eyes. The Beetle has two trebles the first one secured by the traditional cup rig and the rear is fixes inline at the end of a trailing leader. The trailing leader also uses mother of pearl type flashers as an attractant.

The beetle comes standard in only a half a dozen color finishes however it can be found with variants and other special order colors.

50 – Yellow Beetle
51 – Green Beetle
52 – Red & White Beetle (Shown Below)
53 – Orange Beetle (Shown Below)
54 – Gold Beetle
55 – Black Beetle

The Catalog cut below is from 1931 the first year year it was produced and discusses it’s features and functions.

This lure is meant to represent a ” Water Beetle” and travels quite deep, in use it should be reeled at a moderate to fast speed or trolled moderately fast, you will not find it revolving or twisting the line, always runs right side up. Non-fouling hooks, the extended rear hook with spinners is a sure cure for “short biters” and the flashing iridescence of the pearl blade makes this lure irresistibly attractive. Equally good for lake or stream. Fine for small mouth. Finish shown is 3850.

1931 Creek Chub Beetle Catalog 1931 Creek Chub Beetle Catalog

The Creek Chub Beetle Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure is certainly one of the companies mainstays. The Jointed Pikie has a history that spans roughly 5 decades, or 50 years of fishing lure production. From various lure colors, the evolution of eye differences, lure composition, size of diving lips the Jointed Pikie has seen them all. Helping date the lure itself with its single (Post 1936) to double line tie (Pre 1935) this antique lure evolved, stayed relevant with fishermen and certainly has with antique lure collectors as well. 

The antique fishing lure was given a model series 2600. The Deep Diving version shown below is in one of Creek Chubs prettiest fishing lure colors when in nice condition like the antique lure shown, Mullet. The Color code is 07 on the Creek Chub Bait Company’s color chart. This wooden glass eyed example is shown with a deep diving lip, single line, in its correct end stamped box 2607DD and period lure box catalog. Although they probably used the same die cuts for catalogs for some time, the 1931 catalog below touts the new lure as having a wonderful wiggling motion. Even greater than its famous Pikie Minnow lure.

The 1931 Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog states: This new Jointed Pikie has a beautiful wiggling movement, flexible and sinuous, which we believe makes it a still better fish getter than our famous Pikie minnow No. 700. Fishermen everywhere are acclaiming it the most perfect lure ever produced. Changing speed while reeling in adds to its attractive action and seems to create in the fish an irresistible impulse to strike. It is a very easy caster and does not  run quite so deep as the No. 700. We guarantee it to be a great killer.

Some of the Cataloged Colors of the Jointed Pikie were:

00  Pike Scale
01  Perch Scale
02  Red and White
03  Silver Shiner
04  Golden Shiner
05  Red Side
08  Rainbow
13  Black
18  Silver Flash
19  Frog
21  Day and Night
31  Rainbow Fire
32  Fire Plug
33  Black Scale
34 Blue Flash

Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure Gallery

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Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

The Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure was first introduced in 1917 and lasted all the way through 1954. This antique fishing lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was given a model series number 200. This lure is the smaller version of the longer 100 Wiggler and measures in at 2 3/4″ in length. This widely popular lure was the second lure produced by the company. The Featured lure is an early gold wash washer rigged intro model.  The lure is in a Copper Scale finish. During the first year of production you will find a few different color or flavors of sometimes the same named color, such as the Yellow Shiner Scale. These early washer rigged units are hard to come by and are usually the center piece to early Creek Chub or Wiggler centrist collectors.

The Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure is a wooden lure that can be found both with and without glass eyes. You can find it with a single or double line tie, even with a marked or unmarked lip. The standard cup rig hardware can be found on most, however if one looks hard you may be lucky to find a washer rigged on. The lure utilizes two treble hooks like its bigger brother the series 100.

The lure can be found in a dozen standard colors as well as a host of uncatalogued examples produced over its 37 year lifespan.
The 12 standard Colors listed in the 1931 catalog that can be found are as follows.

00 Chub Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White (Shown Below)
03 Silver Shiner (Shown Below)
04 Golden Shiner
05 Red Side / Dace
06 Gold Fish (Shown Below)
07 Mullet
09 Green Back
11 Black and White (Shown Below)
12 Red
18 Silver Flash

This Catalog Cut below is from a 1931 Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog.

“Has all the features of our larde No. !00 series bait, except does not run so deep.” Weight 1/2 oz. Shown is No. 205″

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

The Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat lure was first introduced in 1938 and given a model series number 5400. Another lure in the series of popular hair baits designed and made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This antique fishing lure has a distinctive face and feature. The front mouth or head of the lure is large and concave with the forward line tie attached within. This wooden fishing lure measures 1 3/4″ in length and weighs 5/8oz.

The Surface Ding Bat was made though 1955 and was available in 9 standard finishes over its production. The lure features two glass eyes, two double hooks and even has a single belly weight. The example below is a complete one, coming its its correct box with hang tag.

The New Surface Ding Bat

A surprise package for both fish and fisherman, remarkably weedless with the hook points turned up and a sure hooker of all fair strikes. Use it in a series of short jerks, and sudden spurts of movement alternated with plenty of lying idly quiet for after night fishing try the all black color. Use this bait along the shallow shore lines and weed patches. Work it slowly and see the big bass go for it.  Made in the following finishes:

No. 5400 – Natural Pike Scale
No. 5401 Natural Perch Scale
No. 5403 Red & White
No. 5404 Golden Shiner (Shown Below)
No. 5413 All Black
No. 5418 Silver Flash
No. 5419 Frog
No. 5424 Red Wing Blackbird 
No. 5425 White Scale

Surface Ding Bat Catalog Page 1941 Surface Ding Bat Catalog Page 1941

Surface Dingbat Antique Lure Gallery

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Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure

Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure

The Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure is a cool little antique lure. The Polly Wiggle is born of the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana, and was a model series number 1700. This smaller wooden lure measures in at 1 1/4″ in length and was first introduced in 1924. The glass eyed antique lure only lasted less than a decade in the Creek Chub lure line up. he lure was originally made with a weed guard and was meant to be fished with a pork rind.

The lure was only cataloged in two colors, frog spot as shown in the photo gallery and red and white. The antique lure can be found with a few different eye configurations. The antique fishing lure came with the double line, one on the top of the lure and the other affixed off the smallish stamped diving lip. The lure had a small inset belly weight off center to the rear of the lure and a large, for its size, , single trailing hook.

Creek Chub Polly Woggle Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure

Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure

The Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure was first produced in 1939. The classic Creek Chub made in Garrett Indiana was a model number 6000. The Baby Beetle lure is exactly the same as its bigger brother except the antique fishing lure was only 2″ in length. This wooden lure was decorated with bead eyes a frontward facing diving lip and had a single flasher adorned tail leader. The rear wire not only was a place for the MOP type flasher it was was the rear hook was held to. The other hook was held with the traditional Creek Chub Cup rigging. This antique lure came in 6 standard colors as well as a few non cataloged color schemes including the Midget Bettle Shown in the feature image and first gallery.

The colors that came standard on the Midget or Baby Beetle were
50 Yellow Beetle (Shown Below)
51 Green Beetle
52 Red and White Beetle
53 Orange Beetle
54 Gold Beetle (Shown Below)
55 Black Beetle with Red

Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure Photo Gallery

Creek Chub Midget Beetle in Black and Gold Model 6054 Gallery

 

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Creek Chub Castrola Lure

Creek Chub Castrola Lure

The Creek Chub Castrola Lure is a lure that I’ve always wondered its namesake origin. The lure was given a model series number 3100 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. I’ve never figured out why and when looking it up it appears it may be a surname or the name of a cave, but I doubt there is any tie in there. The antique fishing lure, the Castrola, was a wooden, glass eyed lure that measured 3 5/8″ in length and was 3/4 oz. The antique lure was first made in 1927 and was in production for less than 15 years up until 1941. The lure features or imitates a fish swimming forward with its mouth open chasing an attached leader with a small spinner to imitate a bug or a fly. The came in a half a dozen standard colors. 

The Standard Colors that can be found are:

00  Pike Scale (Shown in Gallery Below)

01  Perch (Shown in Gallery Below)

02  Red and White

04  Golden Shiner

08  Rainbow

18  Silver Flash

The Creek Chub Antique Lure catalog states:

“Something new in motion, just like a real live minnow chasing a fly hither and tither up and down sideways; the most erratic, puzzling, teasing motion you ever saw. You cant imagine it until you see it just vary the speed at which you reel now fast, now slow, then a little jerk and the antics this baby cuts will tease the wariest old He-Bass into an excited rush and viscous strike. It is a perfect caster and equally good for trolling.” All for just $0.85 cents

creek chub castrola lure Creek Chub Castrola Lure

Creek Chub Castrola Lure Gallery

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Creek Chub River Rustler Lure

Creek Chub River Rustler Lure

The Creek Chub River Rustler Lure was a short lived lure, first introduced in 1930 and only lasting until 1935. This lure a model series number 3700 was produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This smallish chunk type antique fishing lure is made of wood and measures 2 5/8″ in length and tips the scales at 5/8 oz. I’ve always liked this little lure as when you hold it its not a flimsy lure and has some girth to it and feel like it could hold its own against most of the mid size game-fish, both small and large mouth bass.

It obviously was never to popular with the fisherman with its short run. The lure made of wood was adorn with glass eyes and a single line tie at the point of its nose. The lure has two treble hooks using the typical cup hanger in the center and a screw eye for the aft. The point of consternation (I cant believe I just used that word in a sentence) for both fisherman and collectors alike is its diving lip. The lip is what gives this lure its life in my opinion and keeps it from just turning out to be another Wee Dee or Weed Bug knock off. However the lip will not keep paint with any type of use and more than not on the ones I’ve run across the lip has a chip in it.

Standard Colors:

3700 – Pike Scale
3701 – Perch Scale
3702 – Red & White
3704 – Golden Shiner
3708 – Rainbow
3718 – Silver Flash

Below is a cool ad from the National Sportsman, 1930 where the New River Rustler Fishing Lure introduces itself to fishermen.

Here I am, Fishermen – the latest addition to the famous line of Creek Chub True to Nature Lures! And, without bragging, I’m frank to confess I have a number of advantages not found in other lures!

For River fishing, I’m a “WOW” yet I work equally well in lakes! I’m rather small and light yet my compact shape makes me an easy caster! I run just deep enough under the surface to miss the weeds and I’m mighty effective along the shire! When you get an eyeful of my erratic side dart and continuous wiggle. To say nothing of my snooty, saucy impudence that dares ’em all to strike. Man, how even this wise old game fish do wallop me, I’ll bet a copper that “Old Spring Fishing Fret” grips you good and plenty. Look for me now at your Dealers!

Creek Chub River Rustler Lure Ad Creek Chub River Rustler Lure Ad

The 1931 Creek Chub Antique Lure Catalog Below gives us an idea of its standard colors and thoughts for use

The New Creek Chub River Rustler

No. 3700

Price $1.00

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Creek Chub Jigger Lure

Creek Chub Jigger Lure

The Creek Chub Jigger Lure was first introduced in 1933 and was available for 13 years. The wooden antique lure was a model number 4100 made by Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. This glass eyed wooden lure featured, has a head at a 45 degree angle which would guide the water to its rounded or shovel shaped diving plate forcing water up through hole that was in the midsection of the body. Thereby creating almost a whale’s spout or blow hole if you will, in the lure. The antique Creek Chub lure was 3 5/8″ in length and weighed 3/4 ounce having 2 trebles to secure its catch.

Though shown below in the gallery in the Silver Flash & Frog Spot color, the Lure was also available in the following catalog colors:

02  Red and White
05   Red Side / Dace
11   Black and White
14   Yellow Spotted
18   Silver Flash (Shown in the Gallery)
19   Frog Spot (Shown Below)

Creek Chub Jigger Lure Gallery

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Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure

Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure

The Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure was first introduced in 1925. The lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana would be a staple in their antique lure line up for more than a quarter of a century. This wooden, glass eyed lure was a model 2400 and measures 3 1/2″ in length, and tops the weighs in at 3/4 oz. This antique lure can be found with a double line tie, dating to pre 1935-36 era or with a single line tie for post 36. This lure was meant to dive and had a step lip to help it get to the depth of its prey. Taking after it’s name, the Wiggle fish, the lure is a segmented lure with the tradition U pin connections securing the two halves. The lure was made to make a life like wiggling motion in the water complete with fluted, rear flasher fin, sometimes found in gold, bringing up the rear. 

You’ll Notice a variation in Wiggle Fish over the years, in size, shape and even hook size. The first example shown is an early version which can be differentiated by this longer slimmer body sections and if you ll notice the front treble hook, the shaft of the treble is longer than on the later version in the gallery. The featured lure in this gallery also has broad stroke hand painted gill marks.

The second example in the gallery below is shown housed in it’s correct end stamped box. Completing this package it has the correct era pocket lure catalog and reorder form.

The Wiggle Fish

No. 2400 Series

The Aristocrat of all Wigglers. All Creek Chub nature lures are noted for their wonderful movements but in this new double jointed lure with its swaggering, fluted, nickle tail and patented mouth-piece, there is a fast, flexible, swimming movement not found in any other lure. As its name indicated, the New Wiggle Fish looks just like a fish, swims like a fish, floats, dives, wiggles its way along just below the surface – or deeper if pulled faster. This is the bait to use when trolling for the big one. A guaranteed getter of Bass, Pickerel, Pike, and Muskies. Length of body, 3 1/2″ inches. Weight 3/4 oz.

Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure

The Creek Chub Wiggle Fish came standard in 8 Colors and can be found in special order colors so keep digging:

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale
02 – Red and White
04 – Golden Shiner
05 – Red Side & Dace (shown in the Gallery Below)
18 – Silver Flash

Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure, Model 6800 came on the scene a lot later compared to the rest of the Pikie lure family, making its introduction in 1950. The antique lure made it almost 3 decades in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog, and disappeared with many of the other lures around 1978. This lure is available to collectors and fisherman in both glass and tack eyes. This wooden fishing lure measures 6 1/4″ in length weighing a whopping 3 1/2 oz. The lure having a heavy duty through wire construction attaching the two pieces of the body together as well as its three large treble hooks. The lure was made to focus on the big game fish such as striper, tarpon, musky and other salt and fresh water large game fish. 

The Jointed Striper Pikie antique lure can keep you as a collector busy trying to collect its 14 standard colors if trying to get each eye variant in each color. You will find the lure housed in its over-sized box either end labeled or end stamped.

The colors available are:
00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale (Shown Below)
02 – Red & White
04 – Golden Shiner
07 – Mullet
08 – Rainbow
13 – Solid Black
18 – Silver Flash (Shown Below)
31 – Rainbow Fire (Shown Below)
32 – Fire Plug (Shown Below)
34 – Blue Flash
35 – Blue Eel (Shown Below)
37 – Yellow Flash

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure

Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure

The Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1939. The Creek Chub Bait Company out of Garrett Indiana assigned it a model Number 5800. The antique fishing lure was a larger version of the already successful Plunker lure, and measures in at 4 1/4 inches in length. Made for only 16 years this Heavy duty wire through constructed lure was never shown in any Creek Chub Bait Company lure catalogs. The Husky Plunker would take on a few different body type variations in its 16 years but its concept and intent the same. The Husky Plunker antique fishing lure was made for large freshwater and salt water game fish such as Pike and Musky. The Husky Plunker fishing lure had two over sized treble hooks, both having heavy duty hook hardware to assist in hold its prey while being reeled in. 

The Husky Plunker can be found in a bakers dozen or thirteen different period color paint scheme finishes. The lure will be found housed in a over-sized Creek Chub lure box

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
04 Golden Shiner (Shown Below)
07 Mullet Scale (2 Different Shades of the same color Shown in the Gallery Below)
08 Rainbow
13 Solid Black
19 Frog
24 Red Wing Black Bird
25 White Scale
31 Rainbow Fire
32 Fire Plug

Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure

The Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure was born in Garrett, Indiana. The Creek Chub Bait Company was looking to capitalize on its widely successful Plunker Lure line up. The midget plunker, made of wooden measuring 2 1/4″ would be the second to smallest in the line and the smallest wooden variant. This little brother would mimic in shape, style and popping top water style fishing as the regular Plunker. Creek Chub would assign to it a model series 5900. 

The lure would come in roughly 14 different standard palate of colors. Many examples of uncatalogued colors can be found as well. A neat side note is written that this midget Plunker can be found in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog for 4 years, 1950-54 although it was produced for more than 30.

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure Series 5900 Gallery

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Shur Strike Crab Lure

Shur Strike Crab Lure

This Shur Strike Crab Lure was first introduced around 1938. This Shur Strike minnow was made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana and given a series model, CR. This wooden, antique minnow measures 2 3/4″ in length, and can be found in both Glass & Tack eyes. The lure bears striking similarities to the Heddon Crab Wiggler with it’s own flash and flare.

The lure was produced a rear line tie and the traditional rounded diving lip. This antique lure has trailing feelers/antenna to mimic crawdad series. This antique Shur Strike uses two screw eyes to secure the two treble hooks the lure has. The Lure is painted in a series 18 Color, which is a beautiful Silver Flash, an coincides with the same Silver Flash Creek Chub used. This has always been one of my favorite Shur Strike Lures

Shur Strike Crab Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Plunker Lure

Creek Chub Plunker Lure

The Creek Chub Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana fishing lure was assigned a model number 3200. The wooden antique lure was made for over a half a century in the Creek Chub lure line up. The fishing lure measure 3″ in length and was 5/8 oz. This fishing lure was fished on top water having a tapered shape with a concave rounded mouth which held the single forward facing line tie. The lure uses two treble hooks, one just forward of the mid center restrained with a cup hardware and the rear just using an eye screw. 

This fisherman and collector alike favorite was made in 16 standard colors making it a wonderful lure to collect. The lure can be found in many special order colors adding to its collect-ability. Besides the Red Wing Black Bird finish shown in the photo gallery below it can be found in the following finishes

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch
02 Red and White
03 Silver Shiner
04 Golden Shiner
08 Rainbow (Shown Below)
09 Shad
13 Al Black
14 Yellow Spotted
18 Silver Flash
19 Frog
24 Red Wing Blackbird
25 White Scale
31 Rainbow Fire
32 Fire Plug
33 Black Scale
38 Pearl

Creek Chub Plunker Lure Catalog Cut 1931

The Plunker

No. 3200 Series

Here’s a splendid lure. When the bass seem to be “loggy” and inclined to strike, try one of these. We call it the “Plunker” on account of the peculiar sound it makes when in action – “Plunk” “Ker” “Plunk”. Its a great cure for the lazy bass and say, the pike seem to like it too. Its not a fancy bait at all no “hookum” on it to make it sell, on looks but try it on just one trip and you’ll swear by it. Toss it into a likely looking pocket in the reeds or pads and give it a series of very short jerks with a rod. Dont try and make it move around too much just twitch it enough to keep it bobbing, dancing, fussing and “kerplunking” in one place for a few seconds, then reel it in a few feet, and do it again.

Creek Chub Plunker Catalog Cut Creek Chub Plunker Catalog Cut

 

Creek Chub Plunker Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

The Creek Chub Pop N Dunk lure was a model series number 6300. This antique fishing lure was first produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana in 1941 and ended in 1954. This antique fishing lure is wooden in composition, has glass eyes and measures 2 3/4″ in length. At first glance this antique lure is almost exactly the same or a mirror image of the Creek Chub Plunker lure, the series 3200. There are small and large differences in telling them apart, the smallest is its design, the mouth being concave is cut on a more vertical axis. The largest difference is the addition of the large half moon diving lip that is affixed to the lower part of the mouth. The antique fishing lure still has a single line tie in the center of the mouth. The lure relies on two treble hooks, one held via cup rig, the other a screw eye,  to catch and retain its prey.

The Pop N Dunk lure was available in 8 different color scheme finishes.

00 Pike Scale (Shown Below)
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
05 Dace ( Shown Below)
18 Silver Flash (Shown Below)
19 Frog (Shown Below)
24 Red Wing Black Bird (Shown Below)
25 White Scale

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Surfster Lure

Creek Chub Surfster Lure

The Creek Chub Surfster Lure was first introduced in 1953. The lure was given a model series 7200 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This wooden, glass eyed lure looks at first glance very similar to the Pikie with the exception of its hump back styling. This version the smallest, measures in at 4 1/4″ in length, and tops the scales at 3/4oz.

While being the smallest in the Surfster family the 7200 series still used 3T and the traditional cup rigging to hold them to the body. The lure can be found with two different diving lips, and even a slight body change. You note the lure is stenciled on the upper part of the back into the flattened head area. The lure can be found in roughly a dozen standard colors over its time, including the Silver Flash with Red Eye Shadow example shown in the gallery below.

Creek Chub Surfster Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure was a trusted Muskie lure. The Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana would assign the model number 3000 to it. This Giant Jointed Great Northern slayer was first introduced in 1931 and lasted until 1978. This Jointed version of the Husky Pikie measured in at 6″ weighing close to 1 1/2oz. The lure with two segments is made with reinforced wire through construction to handle the beasts from the deep. The lure having 3 over sized trebles to secure its catch.

The lure was available in roughly a dozen and a half standard colors and probably half that and then some for special order lures. While the lure was available in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalogs, the was no image until a decade into its existence.

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The 1941 Creek Chub Catalog Finally shows us an image to go along with its decade of text; “The last word in life-like action and the only large lure made with all the action of a live fish. Same size as the 2300, jointed like the 2600 shown on page 9. Equipped with extra heavy hooks and fittings to withstand hard use. The muskellunge lure pa-excellence.

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

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.

Creek Chub Crawdad Series 300 Lure Catalog Cut Creek Chub Crawdad Series 300 Lure Catalog Cut

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.

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

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Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure was first made in the 1930’s. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company out of Garrett Indiana is exceedingly hard to find. I try not to just throw the word rare around, however in the tens of thousands of lures Ive had come through my hands, I’ve only had two. The lure is 5 1/2″ in length, made of wood, and has glass eyes. This seldom lure is the jointed version of the Husky Musky minnow Lure and feature 3 treble hooks. One treble being attached to the front part of the lure, the other two secures to the aft section of the bait. This heavy duty construction is no doubt used to help the lure survive its battle against large game-fish such as Musky, Great Northern Pike on the Freshwater side.

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure Gallery

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Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

The Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail lure was made by Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. Wagtail Chub was being produced by hand since all the way back in 1918. Lets put that into world perspective; 1918 wasn’t a time of peace, relaxation and fishing. 1918 most importantly saw the last year of fighting in the great World War I, which ended in November of that same year. It was also one of the Last battles of the American Indian War that was fought in Arizona. That same year we see the great Pandemic of Influenza killing over 10,000 people. Just a mere 2 hours away (of course at today’s’ speed) we had the great Circus car train crash which killed 86 people.

The lure was in Creek Chub’s lure production line up for over 3 decades. The Deluxe Wag Tail Chub was Creek Chub’s model 800 fishing lure series number. The color code is 06 for the corresponding gold fish color but was offered in under a dozen color choices notated below. This wooden, glass eyed antique lure was 2 3/4 inches in length and weighed in at 1/2oz. The fishing lure came standard with 2 hanging belly double hooks. The Deluxe Wagtail Chub was issued in both a fluted or straight metal tail fin. The wagtail lure also came in both the single and double line tie as shown below.

Some of the other finishes you may find on this antique lure include

00 Chub (Shown Below in Box with Papers)

01  Perch Scale

02  Red and White (Shown Below)

04  Golden Shiner

05  Red Side / Dace

06  Goldfish Scale (Shown Below)

18  Silver Flash (Shown Below)

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Chub Antique Lure Gallery

The Deluxe Wagtail Chub

“A bait which apparently swims with its tail. Looks like a minnow, swims like one and is a real fish getter. Has a nickle-plated tail which swings back and forth as the bat travels through water, and the flash of the nickle makes a more attractive lure. Double hook so placed that the fish get hooked when striking and at the same time the bait is practically weedless. With one half turn of screw eye, hooks can be turned up.”

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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

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Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure was first introduced in 1957. This giant behemoth of a fishing lure was Creek Chub, of Garrett, Indiana’s largest production fishing lure. The antique fishing lure was assign a model series 800. Truth be told this thing is larger than most fish I catch. This wooden, glass eyed fishing lure measures 14″ in length. The lure features the heavy duty wire through construction that most of the Husky baits do.

Its shape mimics the traditional Pikie family and both segments are straight. The lure can be found with both glass and painted tack eyes. The lures eyes however arent exponentially bigger and seem small in comparison to the lure size. The lure has 3 large trebles to secure its catch. No doubt this lure was marketed toward the fisherman in certain niche markets. One can imagine the ruckus this would make having been taken by a giant musky or great northern pike game fish.

This lure was only made in roughly 9 standard color palates, 3 of which can be seen below. The Orange and Black spot version of this is really quite hard to find and was made only from 1957-63 a half dozen years. The lure can be found in an oversize box that matches the lure in proportion. However they made it a plain green front instead of use the traditional graphics they used on the other antique boxes.

00 – Pike Scale (Shown Below)
01 – Perch Scale
02 – Red & White
13 – Black
18 – Silver Flash
30 – Orange with Black Spots (Shown Below)
33 – Black Scale (Shown Below)
34 – Blue Flash
35 – Purple Eel

Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure

Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure

The Creek Chub Wee Dee lure is a favorite among antique fishing lure collectors. The antique lure was first produced in 1936, and lasted around 10 years in the Creek Chub lure line up. This wooden, glass eyed, chunk bait style lure was a Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana series model number 4800. The lure itself has 3 single hooks to secure its pray when caught, which also can fold up next to the body in the carved recessed slots. Another neat or unique features two large weed guards the act like as antenna as well.

The antique fishing lure was only made in 3 cataloged paint scheme finishes: 00 Bug Finish ( As shown in Gallery), 02 Red and White, and 19 Frog Finish. Although there were on 3 finishes, diligent collectors will note there are special order colors out there to hunt for.

Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure

The Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure was first introduced in 1919. This large wooden lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana had a model number 600. While its said its intent was to be salt water fished lure as it was first introduced in Mullet Scale only it can not be disputed this is for large fish. The Husky Musky measures in at 5″ in length and is a solid lure when girth is included. The earliest or early versions of the Husky Musky had a flat head such as the red and white one shown in the gallery. The lure dates to around 1922 and has the flat head, no eyes and double line tie. The antique lure utilized a heavy duty wire through construction to ensure its strength could match it prey. The lure having two large trebles secured with a heavy duty rigging to make sure once on, its catch would stay secured. The other Example shown in Silver flash below dates to between 1935 and 1954. The lure when compared to the other example has just a single line tie and a rounded head adorn with larger glass eyes.

The Husky Musky lure as stated above intiially was produced in Mullet scale only , however, five standard colors were produced. The lure was also available in special order finishes so keep your eyes our for some other great colors such as Orange with Black Spot to compliment your collection.

00 Chub
01 Perch
02 Red and White
07 Mullet
18 Silver Flash

1931 Creek Chub Lure Catalog Cut

“The Husky Musky bait is for Musky fishing. Has Large, Strong hooks and exceptionally large screw eyes. Made strong yet light enough to cast. When reeled slowly it kicks up an awful fuss on the surface. Has big wiggle below surface. Will catch more Muskies and large fish. Length of Body, 5 inches. “

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure Catalog Cut Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure Catalog Cut

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure Photo Gallery

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Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure

Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure

The Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure is Circa late 1930’s. The three hook underwater antique lure was not a cataloged option and is highly sought after. This wooden, glass eyed, antique minnow measures 3 1/8″ in length. The lure was produced with only a single floppy prop, unlike the Heddon 3 Hook 100 lure.

The lure is shown in a very desirable Frog Spot Color making it even more collectible. The Shur Strike Underwater minnow lure uses a cup and screw eye rigging for its side hooks and the rear treble is affixed to the rear screw eye. You will notice a small cap at the rear of the lure that the rear screw is inserted through for reinforcement. I point that out to preface what Ill state below that Shur Strike was not built by Creek Chub like most “Economy” line lures.

We have a great Bar Chain Underwater Minnow in on Consignment this Week, Click below to view

Shur Strike Bar Chain Underwater Minnow Lure

If you have lures you would like to sell or consign, please contact me. 

Born in the early 1930’s, the Shur Strike line of lures was introduced by fishing lure industry giant Creek Chub. Creek Chub, while late to the game in this area, wanted to increase it’s already massive market share of the American Fishing lure industry. While many of the other larger makers such as Heddon, Pflueger and Shakespeare had for decades, produced similar less expensive line ups Creek Chub had yet to come to the table.

Surviving, thriving and trying to increase its market share the great depression was no easy feat. Bait Casting itself was not a poor mans leisure. One would not only have to have a rod, but a reel, and a assortment of expendable wooden lures, that were not cheap when you put into context with the great depression. What would make a common man spend his hard earned dollars during what was Americas largest and longest economic downturn. The answer in and of itself has always been create a lower priced item, or provide a product or service that suits it time.

Creek Chub however was not willing to sacrifice is quality in building Shur Strike lures. You will find that whether it was the paint, its use of glass eyed, and use of some of the same type hardware, Creek Chub created a quality product that wasn’t that much of an inferior product to its original design. What the Shur Strike line up did instead of making a “cheaper” product, they used a different type of distribution network to accomplish this task. Being sold and distributed through a network of sometimes non conformist type shops, Shur Strike would become a large entity in the secondary bait market.

Yes will find Shur Strike housed and Sold inside of its own “Shur Strike Minnows” […]

2017-04-30T17:48:20+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure

Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure

Creek Chub Baby Crawdad

The Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Lure was first introduced in 1918 and was first called the Crab Wiggler, later the Crawdad. The antique lure was a Creek Chub model series 400, and was a smaller version of the crab or crawdad. The Crawdad lure had quite a production run and was intermittently cataloged up into and through the 1960’s. The River Peeler antique lure shown is actually in the incorrect Creek Chub Lure Box, with a reorder slip, and it should be in a end label or end stamped box marked 316 for the River Peeler color. However, the Natural Crab example shown below is in its correct end labeled antique lure box.

 You can see from the photos the rubber band legs, which usually deteriorate on the bottom are in great shape and the antique lure hasn’t been fished or used. This Garret Indiana made fishing lure came or can be found in a handful of different colors listed below. The lure has a metal rear diving plane and black bead eyes and two smaller treble hooks and was retrieved in reverse as a crawdad moves in nature. The lure is 2 3/4 inches in length and 1/2 oz.

Some of the Cataloged Colors the were available on the Creek Chub Baby Crawdad antique lure were:

00  Natural Crab (Shown Below)

01  Perch Scale

02  Albino

15  Tan Crab

16  River Peeler (Shown Below)

18 Silver Flash

Below is a copy of a page out of a 1931 Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog showing the Baby Crab/Crawdad.

The Baby Crawdad

In it it states: “If you like a spoon, pork rind or spinner you will like the albino crab even better. Has more wiggle than a rind, and more flash than a spoon, and does not sink. Will not twist the line tie. This is just right for use in stream fishing, and proves a tempting lure for the river bass. Will be equipped with double hooks when ordered, and with the points turned up becomes practically snag proof.”

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Creek Chub Baby Crawdad Gallery 

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Shur Strike Flat Face Lure

Shur Strike Flat Face Lure

The Shur Strike Flat Face Lure is a uncatalogued lure. Made by Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana but sold under the Shur Strike line up this lure is similar to the G or Slope Nose. This antique fishing lure is wooden, with no eyes, and is cigar in shape with a wooden collar. This antique minnow measures 3 3/4″ in length. The Flat Face has two treble hooks, the most forward is secured with a cup rig and the rear with screw eye. The antique fishing lure has a single forward line tie in the center of the face of the lure.

We have a Uncatalogued Pike Scale in on Consignment this week you can view by clicking below.

Shur Strike Flat Face Antique Lure

If you have lures you would like to consign, please contact me.

You’ll note that both the front line tie, and the rear screw eye, both employ the use a washer. As I expressed in the Shur Strike company history in the Underwater Minnow Lure post the other day. Shur Strike was meant to be a cheaper line, but in truth it didn’t accomplish this or sacrifice the quality of the antique fishing lure in its operations.

The top water fished Lure is painted in a 1YP Color, which is a Yellow Perch. This model was made early on in the Shur Strike time frame and was only for only a couple years at most.

Shur Strike Flat Face Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter

Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter

The Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter was a short lived or produced antique lure. The antique lure was first produced in 1955 and was out by 1958, so only was present for three years worth of production. This wooden, painted eye, antique fishing lure was given a model series number 7700 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana.

Although it was only made a few years it underwent some body size and hardware changes. The lure was made to continue Creek Chubs Surf Casting line up. One of the lures shown in the gallery is 5 1/2″ inches in length and has a brass over sized line tie in the top of the head in addition to the one inside the mouth. The other two examples shown below are absent of the reinforced brass line tie at the top of the head. Two of these great Creek Chub Surf Casting antique fishing baits are shown in their corresponding extra long end stamped lure boxes.

Besides the lure shown below in the Gallery the Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter was available on the following colors.

02 Red and White
18 Silver Flash
34 Blue Flash (Shown Below)
35 Purple Eel (Shown Below)
37 Yellow Flash (Shown Below)

Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter Lure Gallery

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Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure

Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure

The Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure is a unique lure even from its very name. This antique fishing lure was first introduced to the Creek Chub Bait Company line up in 1950. Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana, made the model number be this lures name. Although this Wooden Crawfish type lure is similar, the Seven Thousand Lure is distinctly different. The antique lure made of wood measures 2 3/4″ in length and weighs in at 3/4oz. The lure uses the same bead eyes and rubber legs that we have seen previously on the 300-400 series Crawdad. These little fellas are actually quite hard to find as Creek Chub only produced this lure for 4 years and was out of production by 1954. The lure features a larger diving lip to allow it to dive deeper that the traditional Crawdads.

The Seven Thousand Lure came standard in seven finishes.

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale
02 – Red & White
13 – Solid Black
18 – Silver Flash (Shown Below)
31 – Rainbow Fire
32 – Fire Plug

Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure was first introduced to the fishing lure public in 1921. This lure a model 900 series was produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. This smaller version of the industry changing and dominating Pikie minnow was made of wood and measured 3 1/4″ in length and weighing 1/2oz. The Baby Pikie antique fishing lure would retain its wooden composition until 1963, there in it would be composed of plastic. The lure was primarily made with glass eyes but can be found in a no eyed version as well. The lure can be found with the Double Line Tie (Shown on the Rainbow Below) prior to the 1936 switch to the single line tie variation. The antique lure came standard with two treble hooks to secure the catch, the rear attached via screw eye and the center using a cup rig.

The Baby Pikie came standard in roughly 7 colors but can be found in dozens of special order or short run finishes.

00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale
02 – Red & White
03 – Silver Shiner
04 – Golden Shiner
08 – Rainbow (Silver Back Variation Shown Below)
18 – Silver Flash

The Baby Pikie is made exactly like the famous Pikie Minnow, except it is smaller in size, and is in answer to the demand for a smaller bait of this popular type lure, which has been making the record catches of gmae fish in every part of the country. It has a wicked wiggle and all the good qualities of the larger lure. A light, strong killer. Lenght of body 3 1/4inches. Weight 1/2 oz. Illustration is No. 904

Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure Catalog Cut Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure Catalog Cut

Creek Chub Baby Pikie Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure

The Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure was first introduced in 1925. This antique lure made by Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana was a model series number 2500. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 2 1/2″ in length and is a multi segmented lure weighing only a half ounce. This smaller version of the Wiggle Fish series of lures didn’t make it as long as its older full size 2400 series brother. The lure was gone in roughly eight years by 1933.

The lure only ever had glass eyes, and enjoyed the double line tie placed on the top of the forehead of the lure and the diving lip. The antique lure had the typical improved lip of which I’ve found upside down on a few occasions, I’m not sure if that was done to order or just a fisherman’s fancy. The Baby Wiggle Fish used a single treble hook that is attached to the forward segment of the antique lure, to secure its catch. The lure is found with and without a fluted metal tail and traditional cup rigging.

The lure was available in 6 different color patterns:

01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
03 Silver Shiner
04 Golden Shiner
05 Red Side
18 Silver Flash

Below was taken from a 1931 Creek Chub Catalog, stating:

“With the Same flashy movement as its larger namesake, the Baby Wiggle Fish has but one treble hook-all that is necessary because of the size of the lure and the placing of the hook. And like its big brother, its a wiggling wicked killer of all kinds of game fish.” 

 

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure 1931 Catalog Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Lure Photo Gallery Red Side

Creek Chub Baby Wiggle Fish Photo Gallery Golden Shiner

Red & White Baby Wiggle Fish Gallery

2017-03-15T11:56:57+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|1 Comment

Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure

Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure

This Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure was a series number 2900, or GM. Creek chub like the other antique lure makers branched out its normal lure line up and created a new company to sell a cheaper priced lure. This wooden torpedo shaped lure was called the Gar minnow. The Gar Minnow Lure can be found with tack or glass eyes. The examples below are shown with the tack eyes.

The first lure is painted in a Florida pattern which they called, Ghost. The lure featured unmarked front and rear props with a single forward line tie in front. The lure features three treble hooks secured by the typical cups to secure its prey. The lure and had a single belly weight to counteract the natural wood bouncy.

Shur Strike Gar Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Midget Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Midget Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Midget Pikie lure is a series, 2200. The Midget Pikie Minnow lure was first made by the Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana in 1924 and lasted until 1961. This wooden antique fishing lure lure has glass eyes, 2 treble hooks. The lure has a single line tie, which helps date this package to post 1936. The lure has the desirable military stencil, again helping us date to between 1935-1950. This Midget Pikie Minnow lure package comes with it’s correct desirable end labeled box. A a collector it would be hard to ever upgrade this one.The lure is in Silver Flash color, Code 18.

Creek Chub Midget Pikie Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure was first introduced in 1938. The Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana assigned this antique fishing lure model 4900. The Jointed Darter was Leap frogging off the success, sales, and accomplishments of it’s straight one piece brother the model 2400 series darter that had been in production for 14 years. This antique wooden fishing lure measure 3 3/4″ in length, and was only ever made with painted eyes. The lure was a top water success and would last over 40 years in the production line up. The lure had three treble hooks one on the front sections and two on the aft. Both hooks that were on the underside of the lure being held by the traditional cup rig, and the rear the traditional screw eye.

If you’ve ever wanted to fish an antique lure, the Darter and the Jointed Darter should be in your top 5. These two top water twitching baits are bass slayers. I wouldn’t fish any uncatalogued colors or excellent quality ones, but finding these two lures with some honest wear should be no problem and well worth your efforts.

The Jointed Darter was at first only made in 5 standard colors, later to be expanded to 10 standard color selections.

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch
02 Red and White
14 Yellow Spotted
18 Silver Flash
19 Frog Spot
31 Rainbow Fire
32 Fire Plug
33 Black Scale
38 Pearl

As well as some great uncatalogued colors like
05 Dace/Red Side (Shown Below in the Gallery)

Creek Chub Jointed Darter Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure

Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure

The Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure was first produced in 1938 and only lasted 8 years and was out of production by 1946. Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana assigned it a model number 5300. This is the largest of the Creek Chub Dingbats and measures 2 1/2″ in length with just its wooden body. It in whats termed “The Hair Bait” family and when measuring the standard factory installed tufts of hair the lure reaches 4″ in length. This glass eyed antique fishing lure 1 1/8 oz. and is a pretty stout lure almost hockey puck size. The lure is made with a heavy duty wire through construction, as were many of the antique lures made to secure large game fish such as Northern Pike, and Musky. The lure has two larger treble hooks secure with the reinforced methods.

The Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure came standard in seven color palate finishes. The fine example is shown in its correct end labeled box marked 5301. I have seen both the long over sized box  shown below, and the taller box house this lure.

00 Pike Scale (Shown in the Gallery)
01 Perch
02 Red and White
04 Golden Shiner
13 All Black
18 Silver Flash
19 Frog

Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure Photo Gallery

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Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure

Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure

The Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure was also called the Petite Spinner model PS. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1938. Although made by Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana and marketed under the Shur Strike name this was made of good quality. This wooden lure, made with glass eyes measured 2″ in length. The lure featured both a front and rear unmarked propellers consistent with the Shur Strike Line up. The Petite Spinner having two treble hooks, the forward of which used cup style hook hardware and the rear attached to the rear screw eye.

The lure shown below in the gallery is a color code 06, and is defined as a Brown Back Scaled finish in 1933, or Shiner Scale in 1937. This paint finish was even called Dark Scale in 1936. Regardless of indecisive name one thing is clear. The Petite Spinner or Punkinseed is a quality made small underwater minnow made to fish smaller sized fresh water game fish such as black bass.

Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:42:13+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Punkinseed Lure

Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure

Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure

The Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure was introduced in the early 1930’s. The antique fishing lure was given a series code IM. Unlike the Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana Injured Minnows, the Shur Strike antique fishing lure was produced with two treble hooks. The lure hooks used a standard type of cup rigging. This wooden, painted tack eyed, antique injured minnow measures 3 3/4″ in length. As far as propellers the antique lure was produced with only dual unmarked floppy props just like its more expensive cousin.

The Lure is painted in a 09 Color, which is a beautiful Green Scale. The lure not only shows well, its difficult to find in this color and condition. The lure having no belly weight to utilize its natural buoyancy.  It was fashioned just like its more expensive, best selling, Swims On Sides or SOS niche product.

Shur Strike Injured Minnow Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:45:51+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Injured Minnow Lure

Creek Chub Pop It Lure

Creek Chub Pop It Lure

The Creek Chub Pop It Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Fly made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana was made for almost a half of a century coming in just shy at 47 years. That is quite a run for any lure made by any of the big manufactures and it shows the success it had among fly fisherman.

The fly itself was a simple cork bodied fly which used buck tail and mallard feathers in its making. The lure in total measures 3 1/4″ in length. The Pop It lure was only ever made in three colors.

F100 Chub (Shown in the Gallery Below)
F101 Perch
F102 Brown Bug

Creek Chub Pop It Fly Lure Catalog Creek Chub Pop It Fly Lure Catalog

Made with a Cork Body; No 1 Hollow Point Hook, Bucktail and Mallard Feathers. Feathers and Bucktail Permanently attached to the body without the use of thread guaranteed to stick tighter than if thread tied. Here is a lure which we guarantee to get the bass when pulled so as to make the bait go pop-pop on the surface. The reason it is such a killer is, that though it is a very small and light lure, when jerked it makes a big fuss on the surface, which the bass cant resist. When pulled fast it has a wiggling movement like a minnow hustling for his life. Total length; 3 1/4 Inches. 

Creek Chub Pop It Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:53:39+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Rod Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Pop It Lure

Creek Chub Fin Tail Shiner Lure

Creek Chub Fin Tail Shiner Lure

The Creek Chub Fin Tail Shiner Lure was first introduced in 1924. This glass eyed, wooden, antique lure was Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana model series number 2100. The Fintail shiner is 4 inches in length. The lure has glass eyes and the new improved lip which held one of the two lines ties on the lure. Its tell tale features however were its dorsal, pectoral and rear fins.

The antique lure evolved over time as far as the composition or type of product used. The first were made of rubber then on to cloth and finally it was changed over to metal fins that could weather the environmental changes sitting in a metal tackle box much better. The fishing lure used two large treble hooks secured by the traditional cup hardware to snag and hold its prey. The lure was available in a half dozen different colors besides the Perch Scale shown in the gallery.

01 Perch Scale (Shown in Gallery)
02 Red and White
03 Silver Shiner
04 Golden Shiner
05 Red Side / Dace
18 Silver Flash

Creek Chub Fin Tail Shiner Lure Creek Chub Fin Tail Shiner Lure

The catalog ad states:

“With its beautiful, natural colors, scale finish, flat sides, swishing tail, flexible fins-and patented mouthpiece-this lure is as near like a living, breathing, wiggling minnow as human skill can make it. Made to fool the big old wise fish.”

Creek Chub Fin Tail Shiner Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure

The Creek Chub Fly Rod mouse lure was first introduced in 1931. Creek Chub recommended using a 9ft 5-6 weight fly rod to fish these new pan fish fly rod lures. The graphic photo shown at the bottom of the page is out of that catalog. The antique fly Lure was a series F213, correlating to its black color. The antique lure was first found in a Yellow and Red printed Mouse Intro box.

The Fly Rod Mouse Lure below is shown in the True to Nature Box with black insert card, however this example is unmarked. The fly rod mouse came in 3 colors, the F213 All black, the F200 Gray Mouse , and the F202 which was all white in color. The Creek Chub antique fly rod sized Mouse lure lasted 15 years in the Creek Chub Fly Fishing lure line up.

Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure Gallery

The New Fly Rod Mouse No. F200 Series as shown in the 1931 Catalog that year for just $.75 cents : “The Baby mouse has long been a favorite food of the big trout and bass of lake and stream and in this little lure we have brought to perfection the looks and action of a tiny mouse struggling in the water. Very Lightly made and lifts easily from the surface; so well covered by the hook that very few strikes are missed and so life like that the wary old fish cannot resist it.”

Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure

2016-10-26T11:41:21+00:00 April 10th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner Lure

Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner Lure

The Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner antique lure resembles the Darter lure somewhat as both having the notched mouth. The lure was actually named the Open Mouth Weedless at first. The antique lure was first introduced around 1918/1919 and was a creek chub series 500. The antique fishing lure shown is red and white in color and would be Creek Chubs color code 02.

The wooden lure is roughly  3 1/4″ in length and I say roughly as there are small variations in sizes in this thing. The lure was short lived at just around 13 years. The antique lure gets a bad wrap with most of the love from fisherman being shown to the Darter, however I really like the Open mouth Shiner as a classic under appreciated Creek Chub  lure. The lure was offered in no eye and painted eye versions aike. The antique fishing lure came in under a half dozen different color variations. The lure has a single line tie in the front and has 2 treble hooks the front which pulls up next to the body upon retrieval. The fishing lure can be found in a regular Creek Chub Green box as well as a Intro box showing a picture of the lure. There are a few ads out there in Outdoor Recreation, and Field and Stream both in 1922 advertising the Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner for Sale for .75 cents.

Some of the other finishes available on the antique lure are:

00  Natural Shiner

02  Red and White

05  Red Side 

18  Silver Flash

Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner Antique Lure Gallery

This image shows the Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner lure being advertised in the 1931 Creek Chub Lure Catalog.

It states “Closely resembles the shiner (silver side) minnow. Its a surface or near surface wiggler and darter. When reeled slowly, wiggles and plays about on the surface: Faster reeling causes bait to go deeper. A quick pull causes the bait to dart about like a frightened minnow. Never revolves.”

Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner Lure Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner Lure

2016-10-26T11:41:23+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Open Mouth Shiner Lure

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