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Joliet Spinner Lure

June 24th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|Tags: , , |

Joliet Spinner Lure The Joliet Spinner Lure was introduced around 1902.The Joliet Spinner would end up being made by both G. Bruton of Joliet, Illinois and later by New Jersey Aluminum Co. This metal spiral antique fishing lure is a simple twisting piece of metal that was offered in multiple sizes and had the patent [...]

Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure

June 24th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: |

Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure The Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure was introduced around 1930. This antique fishing lure was Shakespeare's lower end line up which was labeled under the Jim Dandy name. The Spoonbill Wobbler fishing lure used a large wooden lip instead of a traditional metal dive plane. The lure featured [...]

Harlow Casting Spoon Lure

June 23rd, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , |

Harlow Casting Spoon Lure The Harlow Casting Spoon Lure was patented in 1888. This Pre 1900's fishing lure was made by John H Harlow, of auburn New York. The patent was for the use of the retractable hook and spoon. There isn't very much info out there about Harlow.There are lures out there stamped with [...]

John Mann Trolling Spoons

June 23rd, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , |

John Mann Trolling Spoons This John Mann Trolling Spoons Ad dates to 1883. American Angler magazine gives us some great ads and stories. Im pretty partial to John Mann as I've collected his lures and miscellaneous items like tea tins from his general store, personal artifacts, and business items such as trade cards for over [...]

Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure

June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , |

Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure The Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure was first introduced in 1948. The lure was a continuation of Heddon's very popular wooden line, and was given model number 9020. The plastic antique fishing lure was 1 3/4" inches in length. The lure has a single forward line tie under the chin [...]

Heddon Musky Surfusser Lure

June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , |

Heddon Musky Surfusser Lure The Heddon Musky Surfusser Lure was first introduced in 1937. This antique lure of Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan, was given a model series number 350. The antique lure made of wood measured 4" in length. The lure had glass eyed a forward line tine and a forward and rear inscribed propellers. [...]

Creek Chub Spinning Deepster Lure

June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , |

Creek Chub Spinning Deepster Lure The Creek Chub Spinning Deepster Lure was first introduced in 1953 and only lasted a very limited time. The antique lure was a model series number 9600 made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garret Indiana. This small deep diving plug received its name due to the large diving [...]

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , |

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure The Heddon Plunking Basser Lure is a smaller lure than its bigger brother the Heddon Basser antique lure. The Plunking Basser is a wooden lure measuring 3" inches in length. The lure was given a model series number 8400 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. This lure features 2 treble hooks instead [...]

Pflueger Fish Scaler

June 21st, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: |

Pflueger Fish Scaler This Pflueger Fish Scaler ad comes from 1892. The Chicago Journal of Commerce printed or show cased this new to market Pflueger Enterprise Manufacturing Company item. Many people think Pflueger's reach ended at lures and reels, however Pflueger was trying to create a end to end fishing tackle company that could provide [...]

Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box

June 21st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Tags: , , |

Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box This Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box is a great example of a antique fly lure box. Collecting the lures themselves is just one piece of the Antique lure puzzle, or paradigm the boxes which house them and the paperwork inserts is another. Here is a classic [...]

South Bend Min Oreno Lure

June 21st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Tags: |

South Bend Min Oreno Lure The South Bend Min Oreno Lure was first introduced around 1933 and was gone by 1939. This antique fishing lure made by the South Bend Bait Company was given a model number 927. The Minn Oreno shown is the middle sized version, or standard size as there is a Jr. [...]

Gee Wiz Frog Lure

June 20th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: |

Gee Wiz Frog Lure The Gee Wiz Frog Lure was first introduced in 1930. This great frog was made by the All Star Bait Company, out of Chicago Illinois. This is the regular sized from measuring in at 4 3/8" in length. The frog lure was a musky size versionĀ as well. This wood core rubber [...]

Creek Chub Flip Flap Lure

June 19th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , |

Creek Chub Flip Flap Lure The Creek Chub Flip Flap Lure was first introduced into the catalog line up in 1934. This Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana made lure was a series model number 4400. This wooden, glass eyed antique fishing lure measures 3 1/4" inch in length. The tell tale or distinctive large nickle [...]

Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure

June 19th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , |

Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure The Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1940. The lure was very short lived, and from what I can see never was actually in the Shakespeare Reel and Fishing Lure Catalog. This wooden antique fishing lure measures in at 6" in length. The lure features the same [...]

Heddon Vamp Lure

June 19th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: |

Heddon Vamp Lure The Heddon Vamp Lure is a series 7500 and measure 4 1/2" in length. This antique lure was first produced in 1920 and from then on was a regular staple in the James Heddon and Son fishing lure lineup for over 50 years. The antique fishing lure was made in a wide [...]

Scooter Pooper Lure

June 19th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: |

Scooter Pooper Lure The Scooter Pooper Lure was first made in 1948 and kind of falls into the novelty fishing lure category. This antique fishing lure was made by the Scooterpooper Sales Inc company of Columbia, South Carolina. As far as I know, this was the only lure and the only size ever made. This [...]

Spalding Pneumatic Sporting Boat

June 18th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , |

Spalding Pneumatic Sporting Boat This A.G. Spalding Pneumatic Sporting Boat is a classic example of a early float tube. I've always really enjoyed the old ads and find many of them amusing when your pursuing through an old catalog and you stumble upon certain one that make you wonder what the artist print block maker [...]

Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure

June 18th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , |

Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure The Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure was first introduced in 1940. The Shakespeare Bait Company From Kalamazoo, Michigan assigned it, Model series number 6638. This antique fishing lure is wooden, only ever came with painted pressed eyes and measures in at 3 5/8" inches in length. This is the smaller brother to [...]

Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure

June 17th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , |

Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure The Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure was first introduced around 1928. This wooden, no eyed, pointed at both ends torpedo shaped lure measure 4 5/8" in length. The Kee Wig lure is very similar to the Flapper lure, however its more slim or skinnier lure. The antique lure rides on [...]

Antique Fishing Attire 1875

June 17th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Antique Fishing Attire 1875 There have been may discussion over Antique Fishing attire in as much as the ability of the common layman to be able to afford to fish as a leisure or pleasure hobby. Simply put many people in early 19th Century America fished for food not for pleasure. In the span of [...]

Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure

June 17th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , |

Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure The Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure was introduced in the antique lure catalogs in 1928. This lure made by the Shakespeare bait company of Kalamazoo Michigan was a model series number 133. This wooden fishing lure measures 3 3/4" inches in length. If you will notice this salt water lure feature small [...]

Paddle Popper Lure

June 17th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , |

Paddle Popper Lure The Paddle Popper Lure was first introduced in 1966. This cool little lure was made by The Gi Gi Lure Company of Fort Worth Texas. This small plastic antique fishing lure measures 2 1/4" in length body alone. The lure has a standard plastic trailing grass skirt. Inside the skirt is the [...]

WD Chapman Brockville Ontario Lure Ad 1883

June 16th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , |

WD Chapman Brockville Ontario Lure Ad This great WD Chapman Brockville Ontario Lure Ad comes to us from 1883. While this antique lure ad shows the WD Chapman Allure bait it also gives us some other clues to putting together the Antique Fishing Lure Puzzle. We see that it uses the name WD Chapman & [...]

Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure

June 16th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , |

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 [...]

South Bend Fin Dingo Lure

June 16th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Tags: |

South Bend Fin Dingo Lure The South Bend Fin Dingo Lure was first introduced in 1952. The antique fishing lure was given model 1965 by the South Bend Bait Company. he lure was only made for one year under South Bends Roof. The Fin Dingo fishing lure was a round molded plastic lure which used [...]

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

June 15th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , |

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant This great Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant article comes to us from November 10th, 1900. The article found inĀ the trade rag, Hardware; A Review of the American Hardware Market. The article discusses the growth and transition through acquisition of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger. Enterprise Manufacturing [...]

Pflueger Catalina Lure

June 15th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , |

Pflueger Catalina Lure This Pflueger Catalina lure was a model 5500 series. This version of the lure date to the mid 1920's to 1940, This wooden, glass eyed coast minnow type is the 3rd version of the Catalina. This antique Pflueger Lure measures 4 1/8" in length and is torpedo in shape that tapers in [...]

Eger Frog Skin Lure

June 15th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: |

Eger Frog Skin Lure This classic Eger Frog Skin Lure has always been a hit with Florida lure collectors and general antique lure collectors alike. Eger as a fishing lure company started making fishing lures as early as 1932 in Bartow Florida. While they may have made antique lures since the 1930's the antique fishing [...]

Holzwarth Expert Minnow Lure Ad 1901

June 14th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: |

Holzwarth Expert Minnow Lure This Holzwarth Expert Minnow Lure Ad dates to 1901 and was found in a Wisconsin Naturalist Magazine. Really a strange place to advertise the ad for his Expert Minnow lure so far away from Ohio. I say this as there is not much information out there about Holzwarth in general and [...]

Edgren Spinning Minnow Lure

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , |

Edgren Spinning Minnow Lure The Edgren Spinning Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1904. The lure was made by the Edgren Manufacturing Company our of Chicago Illinois. This smallish metal fish shaped antique fishing lure was available in three different models and sizes. Sizes 1-3 were offered for sale, with Size 1 the largest, measuring [...]

Paul Bunyan Electro Lure

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , |

Paul Bunyan Electro Lure The Paul Bunyan Electro Lure was First made in 1938. The Paul Bunyan Antique lure company was out of Minneapolis St Paul Minnesota and was a series model number 1000. The lure was not made at first by the Paul Bunyan, however like many other lures the patents were acquired. The [...]

Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad 1885

June 13th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , |

Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad 1885 This Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad came out in 1885. This makes it 131 years old and a treat to still be able to see. Finding advertising that is this old is certainly a high point for those out there like myself that love old paper that has to do with [...]

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

June 13th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , |

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 Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana in 1941 and ended in 1954. This wooden in composition, glass eyed fishing lure measures 2 3/4" in length. At first glance this [...]

KK Minnow Lure Ad 1909

June 12th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , |

KK Minnow Lure Ad This KK Minnow Lure Ad comes out of the year 1909 although the Minnow was patented in 1907. That makes this great antique lure 107 years old. The K&K Minnow is lure is always a treat and a delight to add to ones antique fishing lure collection. The Minnow [...]

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

June 12th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , |

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 [...]

Fly Boy Antique Lure

June 12th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: |

Fly Boy Antique Lure The Fly Boy Antique Lure is a neat little fishing lure out of Kansas City Missouri. The lure dates to the early 1970's and is on what I call the cusp of being antique. I have a hard time calling it antique because we are both the same age and Id [...]

Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad 1916

June 11th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Tags: , , |

Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad This Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad comes from a 1916 Shakespeare Lure catalog, yes that wasn't a mistype. The Fish Spear is a classic Moonlight bait we don't get to see advertised much due to the scarcity of early Moonlight antique fishing lure catalogs. I do find it amusing the [...]

Creek Chub Dinger Lure

June 11th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , |

Creek Chub Dinger Lure The Creek Chub Dinger Lure was first produced in 1939 and was made until 1954. This Creek Chub of Garret Indiana antique fishing lure was a model series number 5600. This wooden glass eyed lure falls into the hair bait category. The hair itself stacked vertically on the rear of the [...]

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad 1907

June 10th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: |

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad Here's is Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad from 1907. These ads were for the Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow, an economy minnow for their line up. Very similar to fellow lure make giant Pflueger's Competitor Minnows. Shakespeare advertises the different minnow quality variations in the 1907 catalog. The first version of the [...]

Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad

June 10th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad This Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad is one of the earliest lure articles and ads I've seen or have run across for Heddon and their antique fishing lures. You just wont find many items in 1902, the same year the Dowagiac Underwater Casting lure and the Dowagiac Expert [...]

Rev O Noc Underwater Minnow Lure

June 10th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Tags: |

Rev O Noc Underwater Minnow Lure The Rev O Noc Underwater Minnow Lure dates to the mid and early teens. Like the Shakespeare lure shown in side the "New Winner" wood box, this is a South Bend 3 Hook underwater minnow lure of dual purpose. The Rev-O-Noc name was used as a trade name by [...]

Country Living Facebook Cover Photo Antique Lures

June 10th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: |

Country Living Facebook Cover Photo Antique Lures Just a quick post to note the Country Living Facebook Cover Photo is now showing Fin and Flames Antique Lures They published the article on their Facebook Page here, but got a few of the details mixed up like Heddon being the first lure producer, but O well...Country [...]

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

June 9th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , |

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure The Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1924. This antique fishing lure was fashioned by Charles W. Lane of Madrid, New York. This antique lure was hand painted in shades of green, silver and brown with scale marks running along the sides. The lure measures close to 2 3/4" [...]

Pilot Spinner Antique Lure Ad 1903 Hardware Dealers

June 8th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|

Pilot Spinner Antique Lure Ad This ad comes to us from the Hardware Dealers Magazine Vol.23 1905 and shows the Pilot Spinner Lure. The Pilot Spinner HR Stewart & Co 938 First National Bank Building Chicago Ill are offering the trade the Pilot Spinner illustrated. It is an adaptation of a spinner and a feathered [...]

Donaly Redfin Lure Ad 1915

June 6th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: |

Donaly Redfin Lure Ad This Donaly Redfin Lure Ad Comes to us from the magazine, Recreation, and was published in 1915. The short blurb describing the antique fishing lure properties and set up and how it relates to fish attacking it. Donaly Redfin Lure Weedless Casting Bait A weedless casting bait which seems destined to [...]

Lucky Bunny Lure

June 6th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , |

Lucky Bunny Lure The Lucky Bunny Lure falls into the strange lure category. The antique rabbit fishing lure was first introduced in 1954. This antique lure was made by the American Rod and Gun Company out of Stamford Connecticut. Yes, this is a real rabbits foot. I assume since it is said to bring good [...]

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure

June 5th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , |

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure Heart Shaped Spoon This is an early Charles Hibbard Antique Lure. Charles A Hibbard of Grand Rapids Michigan was one of the pre 1900's antique lure makers. This heart shaped spinner or spoon bears the stamp Hibbard, Pat March 25, 84. Hibbard became part of the L.S. Hill Company in 1879 [...]

Creek Chub Champ Lure

June 4th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: |

Creek Chub Champ Lure The Creek Chub Champ Lure was first introduced in 1936. This antique metal lure was Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana model series number S30. The model number end would change to match the color of the lure for example a green scale one would be S39. This odd metal lure only [...]

Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad

June 3rd, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: |

Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad This Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad comes to us from a 1904 catalog. The Pflueger Enterprise Manufacturing Company Claims to have created the first artificial minnow production with its Crystal Minnow then on to the Flying Helgramite then to the Trory. Its hard to argue with them. The Trory minnow [...]

Streich Flex O Minnow Lure

June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , |

Streich Flex O Minnow Lure The Streich Flex O Minnow Lure was first patented in 1921. This antique lure was made by the Streich's Company out of Joliet Illinois. The lure was a painted metal head with glass eyes and a rubber tail. The antique fishing lure had only a single hook to which the [...]