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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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Lot of 2 Vintage L&S MirrOlure 7M28 And TT801 Early Fishing Lures.

Vintage NOS Tom Mann's Fat Albert Lure NIB #3304

Vintage Rapala Magnum Floating 11cm Special Black-Tiger,used extremely rare

Vintage storm lures THINFIN WIGGLE WART CHUG BUG SHORT WART WIGGLE WART BIG MAC

6 VINTAGE FISHING LURES STRIKE SPOONS LOT #1

 Ridge Runner K-9 surface lure in tiger stripe rare

6 Wing Buzzit Shiner Lure 1/4 oz Silver w/ White Tail

Heddon sonic lure (541)

5 VINTAGE FISHING LURES STRIKE SPOONS LOT #2

NATURAL IKE LURE 11/30/15B GREY WHITE 3"

SHAKESPEARE SWIMMING MOUSE WOOD LURE, YELLOW TIGER STRIPE

Vintage ~ Helens ~ Fly Rod ~ Flatfish ~ Lure

PRE RAPALA WIGGLE WART V60

Lot Of 3 Pre-owned Smithwick Rogue Fishing Lures 4.5” + 1 Extra Free Lure

PRE RAPALA WIGGLE WART V85

1 VINTAGE FISHING LURE LULU IN ORIGINAL BOX

PRE RAPALA WIGGLE WART V55

VINTAGE FISHING MILTEX BALSA FINNISH MINNOW LURE TREBLE HOOK NEW OLD STOCK 3 1/2

2 PRE RAPALA WIGGLE WARTS V50

5093 Gibbs Liberty Fishing Bell 1750-BLC

1 VINTAGE FISHING LURE L&S MIRROLURE WITH ORIGINAL BOX & PAPER WORK

ANTIQUE TRAVEL SALESMAN CASE OF SAMPLE LURES BY ED LATIANO

Rapala Magnum Floating 11cm SM very old Finland production, extremely rare

1 VINTAGE FISHING LURE WHOPPER HELL BENDER IN PLASTIC BOX & PAPER WORK

Heddon 9800 GM Gray Meadow Mouse + Box Bottom.

Rapala Rattlin Rap Lure Lot of 2 Valvoline Advertisement MARK MARTIAN #6

ADVERTISING VALVOLINE RAPALA FISHING LURE NEW IN BOX

Vintage old wood Jointed minnow, Paw Paw? Gold scale, Glass eyes, unmarked 4.5"

2 SPIT N IMAGE FISHING LURES NEW IN PACK

2 VINTAGE FISHING LURE REX SPOONS IN PLASTIC BOX & PAPER WORK

VINTAGE PRESTO MOTOR POWERED LURE MOTORIZED DYECHEM CO FISHING FISH ANTIQUE CASE

VINTAGE P&K WHIRL-A-WAY FISHING LURE NICE

THE INCREDIBLE DANCES CRAW FISHING LURE NEW IN PACK

OLD WHOPPER STOPPER DIRTYBIRD LURE;HARD TO FIND NEW in Original Box,WEEDLESS:OS

BEAUTIFUL 8" PIKE ICE SPEARING DECOY UNUSED RED SILVER BELLY HOOK READ DESC.

1 VINTAGE FISHING LURE SPLIT FISH LURE IN ORIGINAL BOX

(3) Vintage PFLUEGER June Bug - Three Different Variants and Ages - Fishing Lure

Vintage Rapala Magnum Floating 11cm Special Silver-Tiger NiB extremely rare

VINTAGE DEEP DIVING LURE. 10 INCHES. UNKNOWN LURE! " NATIONAL EXPERT" ?

1 VINTAGE FISHING LURE POPPER IN ORIGINAL BOX & PAPERWORK

NICE VINTAGE FISHING LOT OF 5 LURES LOT #1

Heddon Dowagiac 7500 Vamp. ---RED GREEN SPOTTED---Glass Eyes--L Rig

OLD WHOPPER STOPPER DIRTYBIRD LURE;HARD TO FIND NEW in Original Box,WEEDLESS:OS

3 VINTAGE FISHING LURES WHOPPER STOPPER

Vintage Plug Fishing Lure w/rubber Tail 4" Long New Condition

Rare Spinner Vintage Arbogast Hawaiian Wiggler Fishing Lure W/ Box and Insert

Fred Arbogast Hula Popper ON OLD CARD VINTAGE TOPWATER FISHING LURE

Vintage Pencil Type Fishing Lure 3.25" Long No Markings New Condition

1 VINTAGE FISHING LURE PFLUEGER GLOBE 3"

Nice HEDDON 9400 XRW White Shore RIVER RUNT FISHING LURE & BOX Floater Dowagiac


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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