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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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Vintage Flatfish Helin Tackle X4 Color Black W/ Orange Dots Fishing Lures

2 Nos Bomber Long A

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE JOINTED CISCO KID LURE 4/3/22 BOX 1010 INSERT 1-7/8" LOT L

Vintage Unknown Plastic Crank Belt, Unmarked See Pictures for More Info

VINTAGE BAGLEYS DIVIN B BALSA WOOD FISHING LURE NATURAL WOOD BLACK STRIPE ORANGE

Vintage Norman Glitter Sunshine Gelcoat Minnow

☆ Vintage ~ Silver Spinner Bomber WOOD Fishing Lure • Bait • Tackle • Crank!

Lot Vintage Wright McGill Fishing Tackle 11 Spoons 10 Bass Lures 3 Hooks 1 Reel

☆ Vintage ~ HULA POPPER Chug Fishing Lures • Tackle Jerkbait

Wooden ~ Vintage Kautzky LAZY IKE 3 Fishing Lure

☆ Vintage KAUTZKY Chug Ike Fishing Lure w/ Box • Tackle Jerkbait Totum NW

ANTIQUE UNFISHED CANADIAN BAIT SPOON FISHING LURE PAPERWORK ENVELOPE

☆ Vintage • HEDDON BABY • Lucky 13 • Fishing Lure • Tackle Crankbait

☆ Vintage HEDDON COBRA Mino Fishing Lure • Tackle Crankbait Snake

Chartreuse Topwater Chugger - 3 1/2 inch

2 Vintage Wood Blanks Fishing Lures Moonlight Bait? Unknown Maker

4 - Uncle Josh # 11 type PORK CHUNK reproductions Made in the USA

Vintage LL Bean Fly Lt Edson Tiger No. 4 on original card Fishing Collectible

Vintage Kautzky LAZY IKE 3 Plastic Fishing Lure Yellow

Vintage Y-510 7" Rapala Finland Magnum CD-18 Sinking Fishing Lure Bait Fish

Vintage Pre Rapala Storm Flat Wart Fishing Lure, Firetiger Color

Vintage Weber Tackle Co. Papa Muskrat Musky Lure * RARE FIND! Stevens Point, WI

New Vintage Doll Bitty Bite Dealer Display

F4 Helin Tackle Flatfish U20 Vintage Crankbait Fishing Lures Brooks Reefer Lazy

Vintage Fishing Lures & Bait box LOT OFFERS WELCOME!

Vintage NOS 1 pack Of 3 Doll crappie Fly marabou 1/8 oz PERCH SLAYERS BASS PIKE

VINTAGE SOUTH BEND (Best-O-Luck) JOINTED PIKE-ORENO FISHING LURE

Vintage Wood Fishing Lure, White Red, Rough.

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE SOUTH BEND BASS ORENO LURE 4/3/22 BOX 973 RW 3.75"

VINTAGE LUCKY STRIKE WOOD PIKE LURE 4/3/22 PACKAGE 1915 STRAWBERRY 5.75"

Tony Accetta Lure - Vintage Bonefish Special NOS Fisherman Fishing Fish Lure USA

RARE VINTAGE HARRISON BARTLEET METROPOLITAN SPINNER LURE 4/3/22 ON CARD 3"

Vintage C. C. B. C. Full Size Injured Minnow Redside In Correct Box

Chartreuse & Red Glitter Topwater Sammy - 4 1/4 inch

VINTAGE POE'S RC1 CEDAR WOOD LURE 4/3/22 OPEN PACKAGE 2.5"

Chartreuse & White Topwater Sammy - 4 1/4 inch

SMALL COLLECTION OF SMALL VINTAGE HARDY FISHING LURES

Vintage Large Crankbait Corp fishing lure (lot#17083)

Vintage Package of Bobber Stop By Fin

Luhr Jensen/Eddie Pope Fishback 4 Fishing Lure Yellow W/Black Spots

Vintage Wooden Tennessee Coffin Lip Crankbait - Green & Pearl - 3 1/2 inch

3X VINTAGE DAM LURES IN BOXES

2 VINTAGE FISHING LURES - EGON - ABU GARCIA - SWEDEN - 2 1/8 0Z. & 1 OZ.

Early Heddon 100 Underwater Minnow L Rig Glass Eye 3 HK HPGM All White Age Lines

Vintage Unknown fishing lure (lot#17084)

4-1/4 Inch Plastic Original Heddon Zara Spook Fishing Lure Lot C-374

4-1/4 Inch Plastic Heddon Zara Spook Fishing Lure Lot C-372

Vintage Carded Arbogast Jitterbug Fishing Lure Lot C-365

Vintage Carded Joe Camel Humpback Rebel Fishing Lure Lot D-425

Vintage Carded Joe Camel Humpback Rebel Fishing Lure Lot D-424


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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