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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 C.C.B. Co. Jointed Striper Pikie Lure 6800 Excellent Condition No Box

Vintage Arbogast jitterbug- Akron Ohio

Vintage spinner baits in original package Nasty brand

Vintage Daredevil Spoon Lure in the box. Nice about 3 1/2 inches.# 104

Vintage Cordell Loud Mouth Fishing Lure

LOT OF 4 VINTAGE RED AND WHITE METAL SPOONS LURES WITH TREBLE HOOKS!!!

Vintage mepps fishing lure

Vintage OHAUS Fish Scale 8011 Made In USA

Fred Arbogast USA FROG Jitterbug Fishing Lure Vintage Frog approx. 2-1/4"

lot of 5 silver Unknown Vintage Wooden Stick Bait Lures Pete’s Bait? Good Shape

Vtg Wood Fish Lure Fishing Painted Eyes 2 Spinners 2 Hooks 4" #7

3 Vintage BLACK & WHITE SPOTTED 3.5" FISHING LURES-U.S.A.-NICE!!!

VINTAGE LUHR JENSEN WOOD CHOPPER RIPPER 3.5” Body FISHING LURE Bass Pike

2 treble fishing lures – Phoebe Metal Fish & Lazy Ike -1 Speckled Orange Double

Fishing Lure Yellow Black Dots

Fishing Lure Mouse Vintage

Fishing Lure #5 Spinner Vintage

Vintage Fred Arbogast Hula Popper - Black - 2 inch body

Wood glass eye Fishing Lure Red White Vtg. 3 Hooks T*

Jointed 4" Fishing Lure 24-2TT

3 Lot Spinners Fishing Lures Wonderful 39-3U

3 Vintage Carved Wood Fishing Lures Frog Folk art John Evelyn Swenson Americana

SOUTH BEND SURF ORENO Fishing Vintage wood Perch Lure T*

Vintage Mint Heddon TinyTorpedo - Blackshore - 2 inch

VINTAGE CAPT ACTION DEEP TROLLER SOLID STAINLESS STEEL SPOON LURE WITH BOX

HEDDON MIDGET RIVER RUNT SPOOK SINKER “9019L” Lure-Two Piece Hardware + BOX

vintage Boyle's Bear Valley spinner size 4, Oregon Fishing Spoon Co., NOS

J.T. Weighted Banana Surge Worm Lure Saltwater Jeros Tackle Co N.J. USA Pairs

Fishing Bait Flies Lure Fly Vintage lot of 12

Vintage Garcia ABU Hi-Lo black (XBW) Lure w/adjustable lip 5/8 oz. #7723

Vintage Bill Norman Crank Bait Fishing Lure in Box - NOS

Vintage Topwaters - Baby Bass & Chartreuse - 2 1/4 inches

Vintage Jerkbait - Multicolor Custom - 5 inch

Vintage Mister Twister Sportfisher Minnow - Orange - 3 inch

Large Vintage Spoon - Red & Yellow - 4 inch

Vintage Topwater Popper - Blue & Clear - 2 1/2 inch

Vintage Floating Salmo Minnow - Blue & Chrome - 4 1/2 inch

Mint Sexy Shad Jerkbait - 4 inch

Vintage Mint in Box HAWGBUSTER Topwater Black - 3 inch

Vintage Garcia ABU Hi-Lo Perch (L) Lure w/adjustable lip 5/8 oz. #7724

3 Packages Original Mister Twister Fishing Bait Worms - New Old Stock

OLD LURE HAVE A TOPWATER WOODEN FLOATER SILVER FLAKE LURE FOR BASS/PIKE.

New Wooden Baseball Bat Dual Prop Topwater Lure - 3 inch

Vintage Mint on Card FROGSPOT SWIRL - Diamondback Rattler - 4 inch

Luhr Jensen " NOS " Kwikfish K9X Xtreme Chartreuse Fire Color Fishing Lure

Custom Mint HEINEKEN BEER Bottle Fishing Lure - 3 inch

Custom Mint BUDWEISER BEER CALIFORNIA Bottle Fishing Lure - 3 inch

Custom NFL Football Fishing Lure - 3 inch Dual Props - DALLAS COWBOYS

Vintage Garcia ABU Hi-Lo Red Head (RH) Lure w/adjustable lip 5/8 oz. #7721

Vintage Wooden Lure - Red & White - 3 inch


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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