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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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U3144 H COTTON CORDELL WALLY DIVER FISHING LURE

Vintage Great American Lures Fishing Lure Green 1990's New In Package

Vibtage Creek Chub Bait Company Lure, 1920

Unknown Musky fishing lure (lot#19572)

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Little Sac Style Glasseye 150 in CCBC Goldfish

Vintage Junior Atom 54 Fishing Lure in Box Striper Plug Silver & White 6.5"

Helin Flatfish X4 EXPERT FISHING LURE VINTAGE Gold Flaked

U3146 H HANDMADE WOODEN SURFACE FISHING LURE

Vintage Fork Art Yellow Glitter wood crankbait lure

Vintage Scotties Feather inline spinnerbait crankbait lure

Vintage Japan River Runt Yellow Silver 3" crankbait lure

Vintage Fork Art River Runt Green White crankbait lure

Vintage Large Fishing Hook, Spoon & Spinnerbait

NOS Vintage 4" Cotton Cordell Hot Spot Salmon Series Lakers Trout COHO C2352S

Vintage Great American Lures Fishing Lure Blue Orange 1990's New In Package

Vintage Sportackle ST-4 Fishing Poppers

Early antique Pflueger no 5 Luminous Success spinner fishing lure

Vintage SCHNELL Fishing Weight, Leader + LUXON fishing swivel tie

LOT OF 6 VINTAGE HEDDON TINY TADS + 1 HEDDON SONAR GREAT COLLECTION VGC

Vintage Spoon Lure Stainless #1

Cotton Cordell Super Shad Vintage Blade Spinner Fishing Lure 2.5" - Chrome Black

Vintage Storm Silver Shad Thin Fin Speckled Trout 3 1/2" crankbait lure

Vintage South Bend Bass Oreno Midget Fishing Lure

Worden's Flatfish - M2/T50/T55/T60, Perch Scale 4 1/4 in 4mphRound - Perch Scale

Vintage Storm Silver Shad Thin Fin Red Silver 3 1/2" crankbait lure

Vintage Storm Silver Shad Thin Fin Bone 3 1/2" crankbait lure

2 Cordell Wally Diver 7-10 Perch Clown rattle crankbait lure

Hand Carved Painted & Signed 6 1/2” X 16” Fish Plaque By Karl Johnson

Vintage Storm Silver Shad Thin Fin Yellow Silver 3 1/2" crankbait lure

Vintage Arbogast Jointed Frog Color Jitterbug- Akron Ohio

South Bend Fishing Tackle Catalog 1936 Excellent Condition

WTJ Lowe Vintage BUFFALO Baits made in USA spinner #7

Pflueger fishing lures (lot#19574)

VTG OLD WOOD fishing lure PAW PAW Large 4.5” Injured Pike Minnow RARE NATURAL

Vintage Heddon Tiny Torpedo Surface fishing lure (lot#15257)

Storm Big Mac DR74 Hot Tiger Rare Slide Box Pre Rapala USA Crankbait Lure NIB

Vintage Plastic Preowned Heddon Deep 6 Crankbait Lure

VTG Antique LARGE Abalone Shell Mother Of Pearl Spoon Wobbler Fishing Lure

Vintage Paw Paw Go Getter - Red & White Lure

T5787 H strike king red eye FISHING LURE

Vintage L&S Jointed Panfish fishing lure

Dream Catcher fishing lures made in USA (21349)

NEW VINTAGE 1993 BOMBER MULLET FISHING LURE FLOATING MODEL 3 1/2” LENGTH 5/8 OZ

3 Vintage Arbogast Jitterbug Fishing Lures

Vintage Turrall Muddler Minnow Selection Fly Fishing Lure Set New

Vintage Speed Cast Fan Tail Fishing Lure

Vintage Porter Sea Hawk Wood Weighted Nose Sinker Fishing Lure

Vintage Speed Cast Fan Tail Fishing Lure

Hot Shot Lure. Eddie Pope lure. New unused.

Vintage Creek Chub No. 2600DDP Jointed Pikie Pike Fishing Lure NIOP


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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