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Shur Strike Small Dude Lure

March 21st, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Shur Strike Small Dude Lure The Shur Strike Small Dude Lure was first released around 1941. The Creek Chub Bait Company under the Shur Strike Bait Companies name in Garrett Indiana produced this small wooden lure measuring just a hair over 1 3/4" in length. With a name like "Small Dude" you know it has [...]

Paw Paw Hair Mouse lure

March 8th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Tags: , , , |

Paw Paw Hair Mouse Lure The Paw Paw Hair Mouse lure is a great little critter type antique lure. Popular with Mice and general collectors alike, the lure is circa 1930's. The lure is a series number 60 in the Paw Paw Bait Company lure line up. The lure is the smaller version of the [...]

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 [...]

Heddon Darting Zara Lure

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Darting Zara The Heddon Darting Zara lure dates back to 1933 if not a little earlier. This straight bodied fishing lure was Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan's series model number 6600. The wooden, glass eyed lure measure 3 3/8"  inches in length, and had 3 trailing treble hooks. The Frog Spot Zara's three trebles are secured [...]

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Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure

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

Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure This Shur Strike Petite Spinner Lure was made roughly around 1941. The Shur Strike Series of lures were Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana's cheaper line up of lures. The Petite Spinner, Pumpkin Seed series were also referred to as the PS series. This antique lure was made from wood and [...]

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Paul Bunyan Lure Counter Display

January 26th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , |

Paul Bunyan Lure Counter Display This is a neat Paul Bunyan Lure Counter Display unit. This counter merchandising display dates to the 1940's or early 1950's. I also was pleasantly surprised to see they made and sold a combo whistle, I had no idea they ever sold these. If anyone owns one of these tore [...]

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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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Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

January 16th, 2017|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 [...]

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Barracuda Brand Antique Lure Line Up

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Barracuda Brand Antique Lure Line Up This Barracuda Brand Antique Lure Line Up sheet was part of a catalog sent out to tackle dealers in the 1950's. The sheet focuses on 12 of its current fishing lure line up and explains to dealers the features, functions, and benefits and packaging of each antique lure. I [...]

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Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure

December 21st, 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 [...]

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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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Jamison Nemo Antique Lure

September 27th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Jamison Nemo Antique Lure The Jamison Nemo Antique Lure is one of my favorite lures made by smiling Bill. Circa 1910 this rotary head antique lure made by the William Jamison Company of Chicago, Illinois. This wooden fishing lure measured 2 3/8" in length, and was also available in a musky sized version. The lure [...]

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Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure

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

Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure The Smithwick Wood Chug Fishing Lure was first introduced around 1965. This wooden antique fishing lure was made by the Smithwick Bait Company, of Shreveport Louisiana. The antique lure was given a series C-2200. The lure is in a black and white shore color, color code #24. The ure is [...]

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Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow

July 23rd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , , , |

Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure The Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1925. This antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo Michigan was a series number 721. This wooden minnow was another in Shakespeare's attempts to create a Salt Water bait casting minnow. The lure was [...]

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South Bend Plunk Oreno Lure

July 11th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Tags: , , , |

South Bend Plunk Oreno Lure The South Bend Plunk Oreno Lure was a short lived antique fishing lure beginning in 1929 and only lasting 3 years in this form. The lure was given a model series number 929, by the South Bend Bait Company. This antique wooden lure measures 3 3/4" in length with a [...]

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Harkauf Jacob Mick Rotary Head Lure

July 11th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , |

Harkauf Jacob Mick Rotary Head Lure This Harkauf Jacob Mick Rotary Head Lure is a lure I thought I'd share due to some of the great input and responses I got from the Manhattan post. I had also received some great info from Terry Oxley, author and collector of Rotary Head Lures. Looking through Terry's [...]

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Pepper Roamer Antique Lure

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

Pepper Roamer Antique Lure The Pepper Roamer Antique Lure was patented in 1908. Joseph E Pepper of Rome, New York the inventor of this bug type lure. Whether from 235 1/2 South James Street, or 217 Lynch Street in Rome New York Pepper would rival in production the variety of lures to that of any [...]

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SJ Meyer Manhattan Lure

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

SJ Meyer Manhattan Lure The SJ Meyer Manhattan Lure is one of those antique fishing lures we haven't found too much information about. There is an estimated 10 year time frame that this lure is being attributed to 1910-1920. This antique fishing lure made of wood is typical of the rotary head style of lures [...]

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Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure

July 7th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , |

Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure The Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure was first introduced in 1919. This wooden chunk bait antique fishing lure measure 2 1/4" in length and was rather plain in appearance. The lure features a single forward screw eye line tie at the nose of the lure. Having only one double hook [...]

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Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow

July 7th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , |

Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow The Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow, was only ever cataloged in 1911. This was the smaller of the Swimming Minnows. This antique lure made by James Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was another in the part of a marketing series called "It Swims" or focusing on how the lure swims. The [...]

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Weezle Bopper Antique Lure

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

Weezle Bopper Antique Lure The Weezle Bopper Antique Lure was introduced around 1946. This wooden model appears to be a featherless version of the it's brethren the Sparrow. Manufactured by it's namesake The Weezle Bait Company out of Cincinatti, Ohio. The lure had a single forward line tie that was attached in the center of [...]

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Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure

July 6th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , , |

Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure The Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure is part of the foundation of the antique fishing lure company. This lure was available in 1902 and was advertised in the early Shakespeare of Kalamazoo catalogs such as "The Art of Bait Casting", "How to Catch Bass", and "Finer Points of Fishing Tackle". This hollow [...]

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Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure

July 1st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , |

Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure 1914-1924 The Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1914 and assigning it a model number 3900. This wooden antique fishing lure was made by Pflueger, Enterprise Manufacturing Compay of Akron, Ohio. The lure shown is the first version, or the "Hole Eye"version, featuring painted holes for eyes. The antque [...]

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Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure

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

Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure The Zinc Screwtail Antique Lure was introduced around 1946. This odd shaped antique lure was made by the Zinc Artificial Bait Company out of Dixon, Illinois. This wooden cork screw shaped lure measures 2 1/2" in length. The lure has painted eyes and a two section body.  The front line tie [...]

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Keeling Surface Tom Lure

June 29th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , |

Keeling Surface Tom Lure The Keeling Surface Tom Lure was first introduced in 1920. This wooden antique fishing lure was 3 1/4" in length. The lure came with forward setting glass eyes aline tie under the chin but atop the diving lip part of the sled.  The antique keeling lure is what I believe is [...]

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Heddon Wee Tad Lure

June 28th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , |

Heddon Wee Tad Lure The Heddon Wee Tad Lure was made around 1980. This Fishing lure only made it a few years in the James Heddon Fishing lure line up and was gone by 1983 and came in the green diamond two piece slide top lure box. This is one of the later lures Ive [...]

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Clewell Snakerbait Lure

June 27th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , |

Clewell Snakerbait Lure The Clewell Snakerbait Lure was first introduced in 1926. Robert L Clewell from Canton, Ohio came up with this strange looking antique fishing lure that is very sought after by antique lure collectors. This painted early form of plastic or rubber wound or built onto a wire harness, in the shapes of [...]

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Creek Chub River Scamp Lure

June 27th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , |

Creek Chub River Scamp Lure The Creek Chub River Scamp Lure was a model number 4300. This was first introduced in the Creek Chub antique lure catalog in 1934. The Scamp lure would last almost 2 decades. The Scamp is similar in looks to the Baby Pike although the lure is more of a wedge [...]

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Old Fighter Lure

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

Old Fighter Lure This Old Fighter Lure was first made in 1950. The Old Fighter fishing lure was made by the Beaver Bait Company out of Ambridge, Pennsylvania. The plastic lure feature a distinct row of beads in the middle section of the lure on both sides. The colored beads which have small spinners in [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Creek Chub Fin Tail Shiner Lure

April 30th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

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Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure

April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Tags: , , , |

Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure The Creek Chub Polly Wiggle Lure is a cool little antique lure. The Polly Wiggle is born of Creek Chub 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 [...]

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Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure with Buoy

April 16th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , |

Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure with Buoy The Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1907. This wooden glass eyed Heddon Dowagiac antique fishing lure was a series number 50. The lure was available with a single, a double and a triple belly weight in this tiny unit. The lure was available with a solid [...]

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South Bend King Andy Lure

April 15th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Tags: , , , , |

South Bend King Andy Lure The South Bend King Andy Lure was a very short lived lure. The King Andy was once again another antique lure that was a victim to the model sharing number scheme of the South Bend Bait Company. The lure was a model series number 975, which was also shared by [...]

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Moonlight 3 Hook Underwater Minnow Lure

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

Moonlight 3 Hook Underwater Minnow Lure This Moonlight 3 Hook Underwater Minnow Lure dates to probably around 1928. The question as to why it took Moonlight 18 more years to jump into the popular style of fishing minnow we will never know. The 3T or 3 Hook glass eyed wooden lure features a forward and [...]

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Thoren Minnow Chaser Lure

April 13th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , |

Thoren Minnow Chaser Lure The Thoren Minnow Chaser Lure was produced by its namesake A.H. Thoren. The lure was made in Chicago Illinois at 7407 Rhodes Ave. I'm not sure if they've ever pinned down a true start date. Some resources state 1928 and made by another manufacturer, Blake, of Casper Wyoming. While others that [...]

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Whirling Dervish Lure

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

Whirling Dervish Lure The Whirling Dervish Lure is interesting antique lure. The lure itself is made plastic in the form of a drill bit of sorts. The lure dances across the top of the water as does its namesake across the dance area. The lure has a single trailing dressed treble hook. The Whirling Dervish [...]

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Tumble Bug Lure Ross Bait Company

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

Tumble Bug Lure The Tumble Bug lure was first made in 1947. This fine antique lure is another post WWII produced lure and was made by Ross Bait Company of Akron Ohio. This plastic chunk type antique lure and is 3" in length. The lure was made of molded or formed plastic and had a dual [...]

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