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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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OLD ORIGINAL FISH FLIES VINTAGE FISHING LURES TACKLE FLYROD SURFACE BAIT LOT

OLD COLLECTABLE VINTAGE FISHING LURE RARE MINT SPOON HEDDON QUEEN STANLEY

Vintage Lure-Unknown Pearl Kidney Blade Inline Spinner 6" O.A. 1/2 oz.

FRED ARBOGAST MUD BUG #25 FIRETIGER NEW IN PACK 4.5" BAIT OF CHAMPIONS

Eppinger Vintage Dardevle Daredevil Fishing Lure

Vintage Early L&S BASS MASTER 25 Fishing Lure 3" No Scale

Pair of vintage Rebel deep teeny R crankbait lures mint rare colors

Vintage Lure-Heddon Wooden Cobra 4 1/2" Long 5/16 oz. (1964)

Heddon Zara Spook Fishing Lure

ANTIQUE PALOMINE WOODEN LURE BY PFLUGER HANDMADE F62

vintage surfcaster lure darter pencil popper

RARE WILLIAMS WABLER NEW IN BOX PURE SILVER PLATED SPOON 2.5" GOLD REFINING CO

Vintage Lure-Bomber #1700 Wooden Waterdog 4" Long 6 1/2" O.A. 7/8 oz.(1955)

Lot of 13 Fishing Lures Heddon Meadow Mouse Jimmy Carter Peanut Water Dog in box

Pair of vintage Rebel deep teeny R crankbait lures mint rare colors

VINTAGE FISHING LURE - JOHNSON'S GOLD MINNOW SPOON No.1330 - SEALED

VINTAGE WOOD FISHING LURE - CREEK CHUB GLASS EYES

VINTAGE FISHING LURE - HELIN'S FLY-ROD FLATFISH F7 IN ORIGINAL BOX

VINTAGE WOOD FISHING LURE RED & WHITE GLASS EYES

VINTAGE FRED ARBOGAST JITTERBUG FISHING LURE - RED& WHITE

SWEDISH PIMPLE SPOON FISHING JIGGING BLUE CHROME 4" NEW ON OLD ORIGINAL CARD

Vintage Lure-Bomber #1700 Wooden Waterdog 4" Long 6 1/2" O.A. 7/8 oz. (1955)

Lot Of 2 REBEL JOINTED FLOATER CRANKBAIT Fishing LURE 1 NonJointed Rainbow Trout

Vintage Lure-Heddon #2120 Tiny Crazy Crawler 1 3/4" Long 5/16 oz. (1952)

Creek Chub "SPECIAL ORDER" 702 Saltwater Pikie Lure In CORRECT SPECIAL BOX!!

VINTAGE J. C. HIGGINS WOODEN SURFACE POPPER FISHING LURE RED & WHITE

Lot of 5 vintage Rebel deep teeny R crankbait lures mint rare colors

10Pcs 49Mm Blade Lure Pendant Bloodstreams Feather FishingLure tackle singleTDCA

Vintage Norman Lure?? Shallow Leopard Frog Fishing Lure

Nice Vintage Unknown Fishing Lure Japan??

VINTAGE REBEL CRAWFISH BASS FISHING LURE

Great Little Unknown Popper Top Water Lure Vintage

VINTAGE REBEL CRAWFISH BASS FISHING LURE

LitezAll Vintage Lure 100 Lumen Flashlight ~ Bottle Opener ~ Line Cutter ~ Carabiner

Vintage " NOS " Gladding South Bend # 506 1/4 oz.Super Duper Fishing Lure

VINTAGE NEW OLD STOCK CANADIAN WIGGLER LURE CWC IN ORIGINAL BOX

VINTAGE SOUTH BEND SPIN-I-DUZY FISHING LURE

Old vtg Collectible Devil Horse Fishing Lure Green, Yellow Red Hand Painted Lure

SCARCE - Wilson Super Wobbler 4" ( LUMINOUS Finish )1910 Hastings Sporting Goods

Vintage Thin Fin 2.5” Fishing Lure

Headon Luny Frog Antique Vintage Fishing Lure

Heddon FireTail Sonic Fishing Lure Vintage

VINTAGE RARE PAW PAW LURE Made for JC Higgins, 3 1/2 inch.

Rare Old Vintage Action Lures Cook Devil Fishing Lure RARE Jackson, MI NIB NOS

Lot of Vintage Plastic Fishing Bait - Slim Willy's, Mister Twister, Fleck, Zorro

OLD LURE WOOD AND METAL OLD WALLEYE PLUG FOR CHUGGING FISHING ORANGE.

Vintage 8” Handmade Metal Painted Fish Decoy Folk Art Lures Fishing, Lot Of 4

vintage Rinehart Jinx red head/yellow body crankbait

Fishing Lure Vintage Orca Large Plastic Rattle

EARLY C.C.B. CREEK CHUB BAIT WOOD (RARE)


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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