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Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure

March 19th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure was first introduced in 1938. While its inventory continued to be sold and was in the Creek Chub Bait Company lure catalogs until 1978, it was produced after 1965. This large jointed or segmented lure is brother to the traditional and straight [...]

Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure

March 9th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

March 8th, 2017|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 [...]

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube

February 27th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube This Rare Pfeiffer Minnow Tube lure is a different class of lure compared to the many seen on this page. This great lure is made from glass instead of usual wood, plastic or metal materials we've come to know. This glass test tube shaped lure was made by the Pfeiffer's Live Bait [...]

Creek Chub Seven Thousand Lure

February 26th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

Bug N Bass Antique Lure

February 8th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bug N Bass Antique Lure The Bug N Bass Antique Lure dates to around 1963. The Bug N Bass antique lure a product of the Buckeye Bait Company of Miamisburg, Ohio, later in Council Grove, Kansas. The Bug N Bass was not the only lure made by the buckeye Bait COmpany. The lure itself is [...]

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Shur Strike Plunker Lure

February 7th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Shur Strike Plunker Lure The Shur Strike Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1938. This antique fishing lure made by Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana was labeled under the Shur Strike lure line up. The wooden fishing lure was a copy of the famous Creek Chub lure, and was actually fashioned like the early humpback [...]

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Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

January 31st, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure The Heddon Tiny Spook Lure is a model series number 310. This small spook antique fishing lure measure a mere 1 7/8" in length. The lure only lasted for two years in Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure product line up starting in 1955 and gone by 1957. This antique lure has [...]

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Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

January 30th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure The Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure is a neat lure released in the late 1920. Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan gave it a model series number 140. The Flipper lure came about during a time the nation as well as the fishing industry faced mounting challenges. The Great Depression had begun its grasp [...]

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Creek Chub Beetle Lure

January 28th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart

January 27th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , |

Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart This Bottom Scratcher Lure Color Chart give us a cool look at the sale sheet for a uniquely named antique fishing lure. The Bottom Scratcher came out in around 1950 and helps us date the piece, as it talks about the "New" bait. Bottom Scratcher A New, Deep Diving Bait [...]

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Creek Chub Castrola Lure

January 27th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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Kumm Fish Spotter Lure

January 25th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kumm Fish Spotter Lure The Kumm Fish Spotter Lure was first introduced around 1933 when the patent was applied for. The patent wasnt granted to Arthur J Kumm of Dearborn Michigan until 1935. This first version wooden lure measures 2 7/8" in length.The antique lure has very small glass eyes inset into the head or [...]

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Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure The Creek Chub Tiny Tim Lure is a great little antique lure. The lure was Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana's model number 6400. This small, pear shaped, painted eye, wooden antique fishing lure measures in a 1 3/4" in length. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941 and made [...]

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Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure

January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure The Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure is one of those timeless classics that was first introduced in 1925. Made in Akron Ohio, this lure was a staple in the Pflueger Fishing Tackle Company lure line up for close to half a century. This straight uni-body Pal O Mine was given [...]

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Creek Chub Husky Dingbat Lure

January 7th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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Creek Chub Dinger Lure

January 7th, 2017|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 [...]

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Bomber Bait Company Press Release

December 29th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Bomber Bait Company Press Release This Bomber Bait Company Press Release and accompanying letter from one of the founders is a neat breadcrumb that I came across in sizable pile of research docs, catalogs, and salesman brochures I had amassed over time. It was hidden behind some papers I had looked at many many times [...]

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Storm Glop Antique Fishing Lure

December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , |

Storm Glop The Storm Glop lure falls into a saying or category among antique fishing lure collectors that you can and will often hear. "Its more valuable because it didn't catch fish." Although that makes little sense from a pragmatic point of view, it makes sense if you apply a little logic. If it didn't catch [...]

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Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

December 8th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure The Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure was first introduced in 1950. This antique fishing lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan is part of a lineup of quintessential lures. The 9630 was later in the life cycle for this top Heddon seller. The 9630 is made of plastic instead of wood like [...]

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ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure

November 30th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , |

ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure The ShurKacth Baits Mouse Lure is Circa 1939. The ShurKatch Bait company out of Richfield Springs, New York is thought to have been a distributor of Horrocks Ibbotson fishing lures. This wooden, painted eye mouse vintage fishing lure comes adorn with even a leather tail. This antique fishing lure uses a [...]

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Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

November 30th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure The Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure was first introduced in 1969. This Antique Lure was Heddon / Pradco in Ft Smith Arkansas model series number 362. This plastic spook lure is the largest of the Torpedo Spook lures and measures 3 1/4" inch in length. This antique lure features a single forward [...]

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Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure

November 21st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure The Shur Strike Shovel Nose Wiggler Lure was first introduced in 1933. This Creek Chub lure was made in Garrett, Indiana was to be sold under the Shur Strike Lure line up. The lure is quite a unique lure and isn't a knock of of any Creek Chub lure. [...]

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Winnie Stump Dodger Lure

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

Winnie Stump Dodger Lure The Winnie Stump Dodger Lure was born in Traverse City, Michigan. Albert Winnie received his patent for the Stump Dodger Lure in 1915. While the patent dates to 1915 his lures were being created earlier. It is no surprise that Traverse City would be home to a great lure maker. The [...]

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Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler

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

Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler 1918 In this Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler article you will find an amazing read. I was truly excited when I ran across this gem. If you love antique lures and you love the history bind them, you will love the article from the May [...]

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Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure

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

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure The Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure in first introduced around 1930. The Flapper Crab antique lure was made by The Wright and McGill Company out of Denver Colorado. The lure was available in a few different sizes. The Flapper Crab fishing lure was made from the traditional molded composition that [...]

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Keller Gets Em Lure

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

Keller Gets Em Lure The Keller Gets Em Lure was first introduced in 1916. Made in Rochester, Indiana this antique fishing lure is just cresting the century old mark. This colorful wooden, antique fishing lure measures in at 3 1/4" in length. This vintage minnow came in a painted eye and no eye version. The [...]

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Shur Strike Flat Face Lure

November 16th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

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Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure

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

Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure The Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure was first introduced in 1940. This antique fishing lure was manufactured in Heddon's plant in Dowagiac Michigan and was assigned a model series number 2150. This giant lure makes quite a commotion coming across the top of the water. The lure lasted 17 years [...]

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Creek Chub Faust Special Lure

October 31st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Creek Chub Faust Special Lure The Creek Chub Faust Special Lure looks like the cross between a Plunker lure and a Creek Chub Skipper. Dating from the 1940's to the 1950's this special order Creek Chub Bait made its appearance. While being made in Garrett Indiana, its written that its destination was not a sporting [...]

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Chippewa Minnow Lure

October 30th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , |

Chippewa Minnow Lure The Chippewa Minnow Lure was part of a lure first patented in 1910. The second part of this antique fishing lure was patented in 1911. Both shown below in the antique fishing lure patent galleries. The Immell Bait Bait Company, of Blair Wisconsin was the creation of Omer Immell born of Blair [...]

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Bite Em Water Mole Lure

October 26th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , |

Bite Em Water Mole Lure The Bite Em Water Mole Lure was first introduced in 1920. The Bite Em Bait Company out of Fort Wayne, Indiana has two versions. The one shown below in the gallery is a type II with a slanted face where as the type I is rounded. This no eyed wooden [...]

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Clark Goofy Gus Lure

October 25th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , |

Clark Goofy Gus Lure The Clark Goofy Gus Lure was first introduced around 1948. The lure made by the C.A. Clark Bait Company, Springfield, Missouri was given a model series 2600. This top water fished wooden lure measures 3 1/8" in length. The antique fishing lure has both a front and rear unmarked propellers, however [...]

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JB McHarg Civil War Token

September 22nd, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , , |

JB McHarg Civil War Token This great example of a JB McHarg Civil War Token is a prime example of what drives me to collect. Looking off the beaten path for neat items to compliment both my or other lure collections is something I've alway enjoyed. This drive or niche, or thinking outside the proverbial lure box [...]

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Martin Injured Minnow Lure

August 1st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , |

Martin Injured Minnow Lure The Martin Injured Minnow Lure in Circa late 1930's. Martin is a name synonymous with the Salmon Fishing tackle world. Thier standard plugs being great fish catchers for decades. This is a bit of a deviation for the company but this Injured Minnow lure was trying to capitalize on the successful [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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" [...]

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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 [...]

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Dam Mouse Antique Lure

May 31st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , |

Dam Mouse Antique Lure The Dam Mouse Antique Lure is a neat little lure. Dam a German fishing tackle company has been around since the late 1800's in some form. Widely popular with European collectors Dam can kind of be equated to our Abbey and Imbrie. More notably known for their version of spinning reels [...]

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Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure

May 30th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure The Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure was first introduced in the early 1920's by the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw, Michigan. This wooden, glass eyed lure was deemed a series 1900 before being Called a Zig Zag which was previously used on another earlier Minnow. This jointed or segmented [...]

Shoff Socko King Lure

May 24th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , |

Shoff Socko King Lure The Shoff Socko King Lure is by far and away one of the cooler looking lures made in the 40's. I've always enjoyed this little lure when they have come in on consignment. The lure was introduced around the late 30's early 1940's and falls into the North West Salmon plug [...]

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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 [...]

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Shakespeare Strike It Minnow Lure

April 4th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , |

Shakespeare Strike It The Shakespeare Strike It minnow was made in 1930. This antique lure is a wooden glass eye jointed minnow. The lure having 2 segments with 2 treble hooks one attached to each side. The rear of the Strike antique lure is usually held on with the ball hanger hardware. The antique fishing [...]

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Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure

March 17th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure The Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure was first introduced in 1963. The Woggle Bug series WB-900 shown with a lip, bears a striking similarity to the 20 year young Fred Arbogast Jitterbug Circa 1942, even the name is very similar to Jitterbug. The wooden, pressed and painted eye, antique fishing [...]

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