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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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VINTAGE HAND MADE TOP WATER POPPER FISHING LURE

Early Wood Heddon 2100YRH Crazy Crawler Original Box And Paperwork

VINTAGE HAND MADE TOP WATER POPPER FISHING LURE

VINTAGE REAL FISHY JOINTED GLIDE BAIT MUSKY CRANKBAIT 6 1/4" BODY

Vintage Rogers Display Card w/2 Lures Fishing Doll Fly Crappie Stoppers 1960's?

TRUE TEMPER SPEED SHAD LURE 4/22/14

VINTAGE SMITHWICK LOBO 3" BODY

Vintage Folk Art Fishing Lure (L6)

Vintage Fishing Lure Homer LeBlanc With Box. Mr.Muskie

1920's Japanese Fishing Lure, Halebone, Steel, Copper & Brass Vintage Antique

Lot of 6- Sebile Crankster 45 MR FT CRANKBAIT Fishing Lure - Fast Shipping!

MT. FUJI VINTAGE FEATHER JIGS #101 1.5 OUNCE HOT PINK & WHITE NOT IN BOX

VINTAGE Two (2) Mepps Aglia Killer Dressed Original French Spinners-NIP

2 Vintage Norman Little N Bone Olive rattle crankbait lure

2 Vintage Norman Deep Halfback Yellow Black Chrome rattle crankbait lure

2 Vintage Norman Deep Little N Bone Brown Black rattle crankbait lure

RAPALA PILKKI FIRST MODEL 65CR RED COPPER

Vintage Original Rapala Uppova-Kelluva Mixed Lot Lures New Old Stock

Rebel Vintage Double Deep Shad Lure New in Pkg

Vintage FISHING LURE IN OLD BOX FINLAND Rattling suspending 7/16 Oz.

#srrs-7s silver black 12 gram

Lot of Vintage Misc Fly Fishing Lures Flies

Bagley Musky Size DBO8 In Tough 74G Color!

RARE MUSKY,STRIPER,PIKE,LARGEMOUTH, BIG SIZE Cotton Cordell Big-O NOS

VINTAGE MARTIN 4" SALMON PLUG FISHING LURE

Thunder Stick Fishing Lure

Assortment of Lures, Hooks

4 Vintage Fishing Deep Divers Pink Lady and Others

Wazp Quality Fishing Tackle 2 Piece Fishing Lure Set

Dave Hawk Ladybug; Older Than Vintage Surface Lure--No Longer Being Made

Rare Old Vintage Unknown Topwater Chugger Type Wood Lure Lures New

Vintage 4" Red Yellow Topwater Popper Wood Handpainted Fishing Lure

RARE Vintage Demon 1 oz Glass eye 4" fishing spoon crankbait lure

Vintage Japan Falls Minnow Jointed Red Head 2" crankbait lure

Vintage Heddon Tiny Tad Yellow Shores crankbait lure

T4251 F AQUASONIC FLOW THROUGH FLUTED FISHING LURE

3 Rare Vintage 16OZ Cardboard Fish Live Bait Worm Containers With Lids Fishing

Vintage Cisco Kid Fishing Lure

Vintage Heddon Frog 85GF Boxed Nice Color

Antique Fred Arboqast Hula Hopper

4 fishing lure spoons red and white 2 1/4" New Old Stock

Vintage AL FOSS ORIENTAL WIGGLER NO. 3 3 3/4" glass eye bakelite fishing lure

Vintage AL FOSS ORIENTAL WIGGLER NO. 4 3 1/4" glass eye bakelite fishing lure

Vintage Wal I Chub Lure in Box Chicago Illinois

Vintage Rega Inventive Works Rega Lure Dealer Box Only Pennsylvania

Vintage Boss Lure Company Boss Lure in Box Texas 2 1/2"

FISHING LURE LOT. LURES, Vintage Empty Boxes

T4260 T BOMBER FAT A REFLECTIVE COLOR FISHING LURE

Antique Kidney AL&W Toronto fishing lure (lot#16470)

Vintage Weber Hoochy Troll  Lure

T4261 T UNKNOWN BANANA SHAPED LURE FROG COLOR FISHING LURE


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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