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Antique & Vintage Fishing Lures - Fisheriana

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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Vintage smithwick Devil's Horse Lure #25

Vintage Producers Willy's Worm Crankbait, Black/Chrome w/Lip & Side Holographs

Vintage smithwick Devil's Horse Lure #26

2 STORM THUNDERSTICK FISHING LURES *RARE* ERIE UGLY GREEN BLACK HERRINGBONE

VINTAGE WOUNDED MINNOW WOODEN PROP LURE WITH ONE SIDE HOOK

Vintage Bagley Deep Diving Killer B2 Fishing Lure HB0 (PB2)

Rare Opportunity Vintage Millers Reversible Antique Fishing Lure Paperwork

Frog Muske Gandani LURE FROM JAPAN fishing BATMAN

vintage Eagle Claw WRIGHT MCGILL HIJACKER LURE

2 Helin Fly Rod Flatfish Fishing Lures F4, F5

Vintage Lure- (2)Al Foss's #6 Shimmy Wiggles (1) w/Weedguard (1) w/without

ROMAR LEAD HEAD FISHING CRAPPIE PERCH BASS NYLON JIG

Vintage Lure-Al Foss's #5 Shimmy Wiggle 3 3/4" Long 1/2 oz (1918)

STRIPER LURES TERMINAL TACKLE

Vintage Lure-Homer Leblanc's Muskie Swim Zag 3 5/8" Long 6" O.A. Long 1 1/16oz.

Vintage Rebel Joe Camel Lure - Joe's Tackle Shop Topwater Fishing Lure free ship

Vintage Sparky Lure 1970s Fishing

Vintage Lure-Oak Ridge Tenn. Flat Sided Round Bill Balsa Bait 3 1/2" Long 3/4 oz

South Bend fishing lure in box, shakespeare reel and martin reel

Vintage Wood fishing lure With Plastic Tail glass eyes

Bagley's Vintage Fishing Lure DB-3 6F (Green Frog) Mint Condition

BEST TACKLE MFG CO. LASALLE, ONT, CN, Lot of 5 vintage jigs, New in Pkg

Lot of 9 Pico Perch Fishing Lures in original Case

Five Antique Fishing Tackle Line Painted Float / Bobbers

vintage Dardevle USA Orange Red Black Dots Fishing Lure Spoon

BOMBER BAIT CO, TX. LOT OF 10 VINTAGE 600 RATTLERS, USED CIRCA LATE 1970'S,USED

Vintage Natural Ike NID - 30 BG Fishing Lure " BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIBLE LURE "

REBEL BAIT CO, DOUBLE DEEP MAXI R, SILVER/BLACK BACK, NEW MODERN HOOKS,C1990'S

VINTAGE EPPINGER HUSKIE DEVLE SPOON IN BOX, BRASS BLACK SCALE, SUPER RARE L@@K

Vintage Fishing LEADER Display CARD, Glen Evans DEALER COUNTER DISPLAY, RARE 615

PRE RAPALA STORM Hot N Tot - #73 new in box Unopened.

vintage spoonRED EYE WIGGLER, JR,HOFSCHNEIDER CORP, ROCHESTER, NY

vintage Rapala deep tail dancer TDD-7 BP Bleeding Pearl lure NIB

Rare color vintage Rapala deep tail dancer TDD-7 NP Nordic Perch lure NIB

NORMAN'S BAIT CO, DEEP LITTLE N,USED, DARK PERCH COLOR, ORG/FLAKE BOTTOM, EXC

Cotton Cordell Gay Blade Lure C1411

Rebel Lures Pop-R Fishing Lure P6017

Smithwick Lures Devils Horse Fishing Lure AF132

Heddon Super Spook Lure (Frog, 5-Inch) X925606

Lot of 35- Chuck Woolery Signature Series Moto Minnow

HEDDON SONAR, 2 IN MODEL, Blue scale finish with red lateral stripe, new,80's

vintage Rapala deep tail dancer TDD-7 RTF Rainbow Trout lure NIB

Vintage Heddon Meadow Mouse Wood Fishing Lure No Tail, 3 In

GYPSY KING, RED AND WHITE SPOON, MADE OF BRASS, OLD SPOON, TWIN HOOK ON REAR

NEBCO, MINN, MN. 3 INCH BLACK/WHITE SPOON, WITH SILVER BACK TO SPOON, USED

vintage Japan Mirrolure knockoff mini minnow fishing lures (2nd)

vintage NEBCO spoon Flash Bait #66- Chrome Finish- Minneapolis, MN VG-EX

Vintage Heddon of Dowagiac Fishing Lure "Lucky 13" with Box

Vintage Merry widow wood fishing lure no Box

Rare Vintage Bait Hollow metal steel? Fishing Lure


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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