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Though the earliest fish hooks date to the Stone and Bronze Ages, with some carved from wood or bone, the modern, recorded history of fishing lures can be said to begin with the mid 17th century publication of The Compleat Angler, describing trout fishing with hand made flies in English brooks and streams. In the two centuries that followed, lures were carved and tied by hand by individual fishermen and craftsmen.

By the beginning of the 20th century, enterprising individuals began to manufacture fishing lures. The apocryphal tale is that James Heddon was whittling by a pond and chucked a piece of wood in the water, where it was struck by a bass, giving him the idea to carve a frog as a lure. That may have happened, but the fact that bass have a "strike first, ask questions later" policy when they are hungry should not have been news to any fisherman. In any case, the James Heddon & Sons company began producing lures like the Heddon Minnows and Frogs, beginning a long run of successful and sought after lures that are rare treasures to collectors today.

Around that time, the Creek Chub Bait Company began producing their Wiggler lure. Their success continued with innovative use of screening to create the appearance of scales on their lures, and the use of realistic looking glass eyes. It was a Creek Chub bait that took the world record 22 lb 4 oz largemouth bass in Lake Mongomery, Georgia, a record that was only recently tied in 2009. Their lures and baits from South Bend like the Bass Oreno were the foundation of the commercial manufacturing of American fishing lures in the early 20th century.

In the 1930's and 1940's, Rapala came along with lures designed to swim like wounded fish, and the Bomber Bait Co brought out their first Bomber lure. These joined lures from Pflueger, Minnows from Rebel, Bagley balsa wood lures and many other fishing lures produced in the early to mid 1900s. The rare fishing lure models like hand carved Lazy Ike lures from 1938-1940 have become very collectible today, and you can search for old lures here or at Vintage Fishing Lures.
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Mann's Loudmouth LM. Lot of 4 lures as pictured 3 Crawfish

Uncle Josh 11-A Pork Frog Rind & One Other Old Fishing Lures 3

Vintage fishing hook 8 1/2”

Vintage Rebel Floater Fishing Lure

VINTAGE BROOKS REEFER. FISHING LURE GREAT COLOR

Vintage Cotton Cordell ? 3" Fishing Lure

NORMAN DEEP CRANKBAIT VINTAGE SALMON TROUT FISHING LURE

Vintage Cotton Cordell Fishing Lure

VINTAGE PING-A-T 3.75" FISHING LURE OLD TACKLE BOX FIND SALMON PLUG

Vintage Bomber Smilin Minnow Bass Walleye 4" 1/2oz. Rattling Fishing Lure

VINTAGE NEW OLD STOCK BIGFOOT ORIGINAL CLAMSHELL SPINNER

8 - VINTAGE FISHING LURES

VINTAGE 3 HEDDON Lures/ LUCKY13 LURE Frog pattern / Shugger Spook / Hula Popper

Vintage L&S MirrOlure Jointed Bass Master Model 15 Nice Shape Tackle Box Find

BILL LEWIS Vintage 2-1/2" Baby Bass Fishing Lure

Vintage L&S Look Alike Jointed Lure Japan

VINTAGE PRODUCERS ? CRAWFISH BASS FISHING LURE

Cotton Cordell Crankbait Bass Walleye Fishing Lure

2 custom lures top water medium diver rattler by Lang lures

VINTAGE AMERICAN FISHERMAN DISPLAY MODEL N327 SPINNING 1/8 oz. LURES FLY FISHING

2 custom lures top water medium diver rattler by Lang lures 2020

Antique Vintage Fishing Lure in Box

Vintage ABU Svängsta Record Spoon Amulette 7gr Z never used 1957-76

Antique Vintage Fishing Lure in Box

Antique Vintage Fishing Lure in Box

Vintage Abel Cigar Fishing Lure Stick Bait Old Stock Limited Edition SEALED

Antique Vintage Fishing Lure in Box

2 Vintage Mann's 1-MINUS Lures, 5/8 oz., new in original packaging

REBEL BAIT CO, LOT OF 2 "FLOATERS", 1 4 1/4"(WHITE BASS), 1 3 1/2",SIL/BLUE BACK

VINTAGE SOUTH BEND FISH-OBITE LURE 8/04/19POT SWIRL W GLITTER

Vintage ABU Svängsta Record Spoon Island 7gr S used, very rare 1957-75

Fishing Gear Lot 66 Rooster Tails for Lures/Spinners Pink Black Purple Green

Vintage ABU Svängsta Record Spoon Island 18gr Z never used, very rare 1957-75

VINTAGE? SPINNER BAIT FISHING LURE-YELLOW BLACK SPOTS-IN VOO DOO LURE BOX-USED

Till & Weaver Texas Old Fishing Lure Box 4

Vintage Heddon Tadpoly Spook 3" Fishing Lure ~ Frog Pattern

Rare WOOD Creek Chub DARTER FROG Baracuda lure, florida spotted Green 3 1/4"

RARE VINTAGE 1977 'NASTY' SPINNER BAIT, JIG EEL FISHING MOREHEAD PADUCAH YELLOW

Vintage ABU Svängsta Record Spoon Joker 7gr BGL never used, very rare 1957-63

Vintage Heddon Magnum Tadpolly 9006 RFB 5/8 Oz Class With Instructions Box!!!

L&S 111MR FISHING LURE 6 3/4" MUSKY RATTLER blkflshorg

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE WOOD PAW PAW JR WOBBLER LURE 8/04/19POT

Heddon River Runt Spook 1/2 Oz

REBEL'SUPER FAST BACK', RARE MOD DR 2026, SIL/BLACK BACK, WHITE BELLY, ROUGH

Vintage Dickson Japan Minnow Black Gold Scale crankbait lure

CISCO KID, 2 " ,2 3/4", OA- GOLD INSERT W/BLACK BACK,GRAY BELLY, STAMPED LIP

L&S 113MR FISHING LURE 6 3/4" MUSKY RATTLER NIB

Vintage ABU Svängsta Record Spoon Joker 12gr M never used, extremely rare 1963

CREEK CHUB BAIT COMPANY JOINTED PIKIE - FISHING LURE - LISTING 0079


Collectors of vintage artificial baits should not miss Old Fishing Lure, where you can find lots of pictures and information about collectible antique lures, boxes, and lure company catalogs.

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