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Lakeland Products Mystery Lure

May 22nd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , |

Lakeland Products Mystery Lure The Lakeland Products Mystery Lure has gone by a few names in its lifetime. This version of the Mystery lure was made in the early 1950's by the Lake-Land Products Company out of Detroit Michigan. This antique lure is a plastic lure made in a leg bait type fashion. The lure [...]

W D Chapman Lure Article Closure 1893

May 21st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , |

W D Chapman Lure Article Closure 1893 In this W D Chapman Lure Article Closure 1893 we see WD Chapman say adieu to the fishing tackle industry in a Jewelers trade rag in 1893. Sorry for the blurry article. A lot of the older magazines and paper articles don't scan well. Fishing Tackle Proves a [...]

Biff Surface Wobbler Lure

May 21st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: |

Biff Surface Wobbler Lure The Biff Surface Wobbler Lure was patented in 1925. This Single Wobbler was made by the Biff Bait Company out of Milwaukee Wisconsin. The antique lure itself is a kidney shaped piece of cork affixed to a aluminum frame. The lure features the frame that is attached to the front propeller [...]

Bear Creek Tweedler Lure

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

Bear Creek Tweedler Lure The Bear Creek Tweedler Lure is a odd looking lure at first glance. Most people are more familiar with the line of ice spearing Decoys that the Bear Creek Bait Company out of Kelva Michigan. The company started by two brother and a best friend. This wooden antique fishing lure was [...]

Heddon Dowagiac Minnows Newspaper Ad 1919

May 20th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , |

Heddon Dowagiac Minnows Newspaper Ad This Heddon Dowagiac Minnows Newspaper Ad comes to us from 1919. Often we think only to look to magazines for ads, artwork and for information. This Ad is from the Arizona Republican Newspaper published in 1919. The Palace Hardware and Arms store provides us with this outside the box glimpse [...]

Superstrike Shrimp Lure

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

Superstrike Shrimp Lure The Superstrike Shrimp Lure was first introduced in the late 1920's. The lure made by the Florida Artificial Bait Company of Saint Augustine Florida. This celluloid lure has quite a interesting history. The lures celluloid was salvaged from the wings of an experimental airplane purchased by George Ettles and Henry Farrin. I [...]

Detroit Bass Caller Lure

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

Detroit Bass Caller Lure The Detroit Bass Caller Lure was first introduced in 1939. Made by the Detroit Bait company out of Detroit Michigan kind of looks like an airplane at first glance. This antique wooden lure measure 3 1/2" inches in length. The lure has a scooped popper type mouth with the front line [...]

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad 1904

May 19th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: |

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad This Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad comes to us from a vintage 1904 Enterprise Manufacturing Company; Pflueger Lure and Reel Catalog. The May Bug spoon itself dates back into the 1800's and can be fished bait casting as well as skittering. The May Bug has always been a favorite among [...]

Wilson Flanged Wobbler Lure

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

Wilson Flanged Wobbler Lure The Wilson Flanged Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1914. The lure was also deemed the Winged Wobbler as shown on the front of the accompanying antique lure box. The Lure made by Wilson, the Hastings Sporting Goods Company of Hastings Michigan. The lure itself is wooden in composition, with a [...]

Pflueger Wooden Minnows Article 1918

May 18th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , , |

Pflueger Wooden Minnows Article This Pflueger Wooden Minnows Article was printed in 1918. The article proclaims and lays out in detail the evolution of its lures asserting it was the first, or the industry leader in the artificial minnow production. It lays out a time line for the production of the Pflueger Crystal Minnow, The [...]

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

May 18th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , , , |

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure, or the Swimming Mouse as its referred to sometimes was introduced around the late 1930's or early 1940's. The Shakespeare Company of Kalamazoo Michigan labeled it as new in the 1940 antique lure catalog, but Ive learned that sometimes print doesn't change from year to [...]

The Thrill of the Hunt Country Living June 2016

May 17th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , |

The Thrill of the Hunt Country Living June 2016 The Thrill of the Hunt speaks volumes to many of us collectors, either in spirit or in dedication. Whether its that crazed passion that wakes us up in the morning 4 hours early to get to be first in line at the estate sale or travel [...]

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure

May 16th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , , |

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure The Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure was first advertised in 1908. The lure was Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan model series number 41. This wooden glass eyed antique lure measures 3 1/4" inches in length. The Floating Bait lure shape would wide at the top rounded edge tapering towards the belly, an upside [...]

Shakespeare Mermaid Lure

May 15th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , , |

Shakespeare Mermaid Lure The Shakespeare Mermaid Lure was first introduced around 1915. The lure was Shakespeare of Kalamazoo series numbers 582 and 583. This wooden, no eyed fishing lure however did not start its life with the Shakespeare Bait Company. The lure was made by Thomas McCormic who just happened to also resided in Kalamazoo. [...]

Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure

May 14th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Tags: , , |

Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure The Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure sounds like a name given to everyone favorite uncle. While it may not be a part of our own lineage the Crazy Mike lure is part of the Flap Jack Family series of lures released in the early 1940's. This antique fishing lure is [...]

Pflueger Muskellunge Minnow Ad 1904

May 14th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: |

Pflueger Muskellunge Minnow Ad This Pflueger Muskellunge Minnow Ad is brought to you from 1904. The Ad itself is out of the 1904 Pflueger or Enterprise manufacturing Company from Akron Ohio. I've always loved this giant lure and had wished I had kept my example of this giant rubber minnow. The ad is a really [...]

Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

May 14th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Tags: , , , |

Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure The Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure is created in the late 1950's early 1960's. This antique fishing lure made by Paw Paw of Paw Paw Michigan and was a lure model series number 5500. This wooden lure measured in at 4" inches in length and was a top water fished [...]

Shakespeare Evolution Lure

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , , |

Shakespeare Evolution Lure The Shakespeare Evolution Lure was one of Shakespeare's earliest lures being first introduced in in 1902. There were a few versions of the lure which also corresponded to a few different length measurements. Shakespeare in their first catalog made its lures almost out of opposing or different materials. Its Revolution and Worden [...]

Heddon Dummy Double Ad 1917

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: |

Heddon Dummy Double Ad 1917 This ad is a Heddon Dummy Double Ad 1917 copy. Believe it of not this ad came out of a Shakespeare Lure Catalog. I've got a bunch of ads to share out of there and I've always found it funny that The Shakespeare lure company would advertise its direct competitors. [...]

Pflueger Pakron Minnow Lure

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , |

Pflueger Pakron Minnow Lure The Pflueger Pakron Minnow Lure was first introduced around 1930. The Pflueger Lure company of Akron Ohio gave it model number 7000. This smallish lure has always been one of my favorite lures as it combines two of my favorite wooden lure features, a wooden tail and the use of no [...]

Shakespeare Darting Shrimp Lure

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , , |

Shakespeare Darting Shrimp Lure The Shakespeare Darting Shrimp Lure is a series 6535. This antique wooden lure was first introduced by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo around 1925. This antique fishing lure was a multi segmented wooden fishing lure that measured 4 1/4" in length. The lure had some resemblance of a shrimp in [...]

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure Ad 1922

May 12th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: |

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure Ad This Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure Ad comes to us from what I believe is a 1922 Shakespeare Lure Catalog. I say what I believe is, as it says Catalog #20 in it, and knowing Shakespeare printed its first catalog in 1902 Im just making the assumption. However, the lures in [...]

South Bend Callmac Fly Bug

May 12th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, South Bend Lures|Tags: , , |

South Bend Callmac Fly Bug The South Bend Callmac Fly Bug was a series model number 860. This South Send Antique Fly Rod Lure was made for over two decades beginning in 1921 and ending in or around 1942. This antique fly lure was available in 2 different lure sizes and were always well adorned [...]

Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure

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

Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure The Jamison Convertible Coaxer Lure was introduced around 1905-1909. I give a date range as the books say one thing and I have dug up advertising that says it was new that dates to 1909. Either way its a very early lure and another one of our century club members. The [...]

Heddon SOS 160 Lure Strawberry Spot

May 11th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , |

Heddon SOS 160 Lure Strawberry Spot The Heddon SOS 160 Lure was first introduced in 1928. This antique lure made by the Heddon Lure Company out of Dowagiac Michigan was one of the mid sized SOS or Swims on Sides lure made by the company. This wooden, glass eyed lure was made to mimic a [...]

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

May 10th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , |

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure The Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure is reported to have been one of his earliest lures. There are those who will argue that the Orlando shiner is the first. But what we cant argue about is the success of the Banana Lure. Fashioned in the Shape of a Banana this wooden lure [...]

Chippewa Lure Ad Recreation April 1914

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

Chippewa Lure Ad Recreation April 1914 This piece is a Chippewa Lure Ad is from the sporting trade rag, Recreation, Date April 1914. Recreation was another favorite magazine for antique lure and reel makers to advertise in. You Need the Chippewa -The Bait That Made Good= =In Your Tackle Box- First introduced to sportsmen last [...]

Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure

May 10th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Rod Lures|Tags: , , |

Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure The Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure was a series model number F50 and F51. This antique fly rod lure was first introduced in to fly fisherman in 1924. The fly lure was a success for fisherman and for the Creek Chub Bait company out of Garrett Indiana. Fashioned [...]

Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure

May 9th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , , |

Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure The Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure came along in the Shakespeare lure catalog in around 1910. The antique lure was given a model series number 35 and 45 by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo Michigan. The model numbers were based on size of the lure, the smaller being 2 7/8" in length, and [...]

Reuben Wood Forrest Stream

May 9th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Reuben Wood Forrest Stream In this Reuben Wood Forrest Stream article from 1896 Vol. 47 we see an account from Mr Fred Mather about fishing with Reuben Wood. One of my favorite pieces that Ill share from later is a 1897 catalog from his fishing tackle company, its a bit worse for wear on the [...]

Buel Arrowhead Spinner Antique Lure

May 8th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , |

Buel Arrowhead Spinner Antique Lure The Buel Arrowhead Spinner Antique Lure was originally shown in the 1852 patent. There were a few changes over time to the shape and make of the lure. In 1893 Buel re brands his arrowhead with a convenience feature. This antique lure has a deeper notch between the bottom arrows [...]

Buel Original Spoon Bait

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

Buel Original Spoon Bait This Buel Original Spoon Bait article comes to us from a Hardware trade book Iron Age in 1893. What you will find interesting is that it gives us a date of 1834. In discussing this with a friend, and fellow lover of old metal lures he was aware of the story, [...]

Woods Lollacapop

May 7th, 2016|Categories: Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , , |

Woods Lollacapop This tin of Woods Lollacapop is one of those things people can find to ad depth or character to their antique lure collection. Those that know me well know that I love a good story, and a ancillary item such as this as much as I love the antique fishing lures themselves. This [...]

Barracuda Blooper Lure

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

Barracuda Blooper Lure The Barracuda Blooper Lure was made by The Florida Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company, Barracuda Brand and was found in the 1940’s. The wooden lure was a series number 88 in the Barracuda brand line up. The lure can be found in an array of color scheme finishes besides the rainbow color pattern [...]

Fowler Reel Ad Abbey Imbrie 1884

May 6th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Reels|Tags: , , |

Fowler Reel Ad Abbey Imbrie 1884 This Fowler Reel Ad comes to us from a Abbey Imbrie antique fishing tackle catalog. The antique lure and reel catalog was published in 1884 and provides for us this great ad. Enough cant be said about vintage or antique advertising giving us glimpses into the past from which the [...]

Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure Prototype

May 6th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , |

Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure Prototype This Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure is a series 3500. This wooden glass eyed Creek Chub lure made in Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1929. The antique lure measures 5" inches in length. This specific one is believed to have been a prototype of sorts and [...]

Pfleuger TNT Lure

May 5th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , |

Pfleuger TNT Lure The Pfleuger TNT Lure is a series 6900. The metalized minnow lure was first introduced in 1929. This antique lure made by Pflueger of Akron Ohio, measures 3 1/4" in length. It was available in roughly 6 Different colors. The lure features a deep diving lip in the notched mouth and painted [...]

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

May 5th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: |

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley In the Black Bass Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley article from 1904 printing of Angling Stories we get this great article from James Heddon, I think. The book is a compilation of Angling stories from other Magazines, such as Sports Afield. We see in the article penned [...]

Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure

May 5th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , |

Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure This is a Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler lure. This a product was made by Leo. Wise out of Detroit Michigan. This antique Leo Wise Lure is a multi segmented fishing lure measuring 4 5/8" in length. The composition is wood, with the a typical Wise fine Splatter enamel paint finish. [...]

Gowan Bumble Bug Lure

May 4th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , |

Gowan Bumble Bug Lure The Gowan Bumble Bug Lure was first produced in 1949. This antique lure was made by the Gowan Manufacturing Company of Gowan Michigan. Doing research on the company itself there wasn't anything out there i could put my fingers on. The lure first made of wood transitioned into plastic somewhere around [...]

Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article 1916

May 4th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , |

Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article 1916 Magazines containing things like this Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article from Recreation Vol 54-55 magazine in 1916 are great. Being able to uncover history's shroud as it pertains to Antique Fishing lures and their makers is great. It was prior though by many reference materials and books that the [...]

Live Action Frog Lure

May 4th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , |

Live Action Frog Lure The Live Action Frog Lure shown in the box below is quite a fishing lure contraption. The fishing lure was first made in 1960 by the Action Frog Corporation out of Long Beach, California. This antique frog lure is 5 1/5" inches in length overall. This crazy frog lure has a [...]

LS Mirro Reel

May 4th, 2016|Categories: Antique Reels|Tags: , , |

LS Mirro Reel in Box The LS Mirro Reel is a nifty miscellaneous reel. The antique reel born of the same make as the famous L&S bait Company, out of Bradley Illinois and Clearwater Florida.The marketing behind the reel was to couple or ride upon the already successful lures and make it a combination that [...]

Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903

May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: |

Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903 In this Great Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903 we see the Advertisement for not only the Worden Bucktail, but the Revolution. SHAKESPEARE BAITS The Shakespeare Revolution Spinner The Shakespeare Bucktail Spinner The Revolution Bait. A new departure in Fishing. Made entirely of Aluminum with First Quality [...]

South Bend Tease Oreno Lure

May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Tags: , , |

South Bend Tease Oreno Lure The South Bend Tease Oreno Lure was first introduced in 1929. The antique lure lasted over a dozen years in the South Bend of Indiana's lure line up. The fishing lure was a series 940 and lasted long enough to go through a few modifications. The Tease Oreno measured in [...]

Heddon Big Hedd Spook Lure

May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , |

Heddon Big Hedd Spook The Heddon Big Hedd Spook lure was a series number 9330 . The lure was first introduced around 1974 and was only available for a handful of years. The fishing lure was offered in many colors, the one shown is Black Shore, Heddon's color code XBW which is a very desirable [...]

Decker Lure Ad Field Stream 1912

May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: |

Decker Lure Ad Field Stream This Decker Lure Ad Field Stream comes from 1912. This ad comes after one of the greatest fishing derbies and challenges Field and Stream had. "The Decker lands so soft and true And spins when drawn in. Its lifelike lines are sure to lure." When you re amongst the big [...]

Hendryx Burdett Bait Lure

May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , |

Hendryx Burdett Bait Lure The Hendryx Burdett Bait Lure is one of the harder to find Hendryx antique fishing lures. If you not familiar with Hendryx baits, or reels, but your familiar with Winchester reels, your actually familiar with Hendryx and just didn't know it. Winchester bought the rights Hendryx in the late teens or [...]

Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure

May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , |

Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure The Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure is a great little lure. First introduced in 1941 this spook lure has become a favorite among collectors. The antique lure takes on the Heddon Dowagiac fishing lure model number N9110. The lure looses its double treble hook and takes on a [...]

Skinner Gananoque Antique Lure Story

May 1st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: |

Skinner Gananoque Antique Lure Story This Skinner Gananoque Antique Lure Story is borrowed from; A souvenir of the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River. by John Haddock, and was written in 1895. We see another famed antique lure maker referenced, WD Chapman of Theresa NY. The old articles are great to be able to associate the [...]