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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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South Bend fishing lure Lucky Strike & other (lot#14845)

Vintage Rabble Rouser Di-Dapper Crankbait Fishing Lure

Vtg SPECKLINE "SPECK RIG" LURES 1/8 OZ. Sealed Original Package Yellow Red Eye

Vtg STREAMER FLY "Little Brown" LURE Sealed Original Package Red Yellow & Black

Vintage Rapala Deep Runner 9 Crankbait Finland Fishing Lure

Vintage Flowering Floreo jig lure, 1950's. Worldwide shipping

3 Vintage " River Runt" Style fishing Lures, 2 Wood

Vintage Heddon Crazy Crawler Bull Frog 2-1/2" Fishing Lure

Vintage CCB Co., Chub Creek Bait Co. Jointed Wood Fishing Lure

ANCIENT Vintage Heddon "Lucky 13" WOOD FISHING LURE w/ GLASS EYES + PINS

BUMBLE BEE SPINNERBAIT 3/8 ounce BASS LURE . BLACK/ORANGE SKIRT. 'vintage'

EMACULATE HEDDON "Lucky 13" 4" fishing lure, MINT

Vintage Glass Eye Creek Chub Plunker Fishing Lure

Fishing Lure - Plastic - 4 1/2" - Tripple Hook Orange, Black, Clear USED

2 VINTAGE Fred Arbogast Hula Poppers FISHING LURES - Lot R16

Vintage Heddon Tadpolly Glass Eye Fishing Lure Lot Magnum Brown scale red blush

L@@K! TOUGH VTG MONTI INDIANA BLADE #5 SPINNER (SWITZERLAND) ~ TACKLE BOX FIND

South Bend Midget Surf Oreno old wood fishing lure glass eyes

Four Vintage Fishing Lures FREE SHIPPING!

Vintage Rainbow Paw Paw Wood Lure

L@@K (78 MIXED LOT) PLASTIC WORMS ~ BURKE CHAIN ~ MANNS ~ GARCIA ~ w/VLCHEK TACKLE BOX

Vintage Heddon "Crazy Crawler" FISHING LURE in EXCELLENT CONDITION

L@@K! VTG ABU RECORD FAVOURITE WEEDLESS BRASS SPOON (SWEDEN) ~ TACKLE BOX FIND

RARE ~ Vintage Bill Gallasch fishing flies ~ Platinum Blonde

L@@K! (BALSA WOOD) RAPALA FR-3 FAT RAP ULTRALIGHT FLY ROD LURE (TACKLE BOX FIND)

Vintage Hawaiian Wiggler fishing lure (lot#10933)

L@@K! RARE! PRO-CURE (SALEM OR.) GLASS JAR SAND SHRIMP BUTTER (TACKLE BOX FIND)

Old Pepper Lure Rome N.Y.

2 VINTAGE PFLUEGER PALOMINE WOODEN FISHING LURES HONG KONG NO HOOKS

Diamond Spin Fishing Lure White spinner Bait

Vintage Bobbie Bait Musky Lure 7 1/2"

Bomber Bait Co. Vintage Wooden Bomber Fishing Lure #220

Vintage Bobbie Bait Lure 7 1/2"

Vintage Smithwick Lures Suspending Rogue Great Color 5 3/4" Total Length NOS!!!

Vintage Storm Little Mac Lure

Vintage Abu Svangsta Spinner fishing lure (lot#10975)

Jitterbug Joint and straight fishing lures made in USA (lot#16703)

Vintage Fishing Lure Used (1) Heddon Chugger Spook Silver Belly

Vintage Surf Fishing Lure Bag

HookSafe Universal Hook & Lure Protector 5" GREEN 3 PACK Fishing Rod Protection

Vintage Unknown Tarpon Lure

(3) Unknown Top Water Popper Fishing Lures Lot of 3

VINTAGE BAGLEY DB3, SILVER FOIL, NICE!!!

Jitterbug frog pattern fishing lures made in USA (lot#16705)

Vintage Tough Color Cordell Redfin Saltwater Stout Striped Bass Fishing Lure

Salmon Trout - Fishing Lures - Flashers - J Plug - Swim Whizz - Giant Ruby Spoon

Vintage 1942 Weber Fly Tackle Catalog

(5) Vintage Unknown Top Water Popper Fishing Lures Lot of 5

Vintage CCBC (?) Injured Minnow 4.5" Fishing Lure - Perch Finish

Jitterbug fishing lures made in USA (lot#16707)


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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