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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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Storm Magnum Wiggle Wart V139 lure. Worldwide shipping

2 VTG L&S Bait Co SPIN-IT SINKERS Jointed Fishing Lures EARLY LURES 2 Hooks

Vintage TRUE TEMPER Fishing Lure Wood  SHAD Bait 2 Treble Hooks

Vintage TRUE TEMPER Fishing Lure CRIPPLED SHAD Bait 2 Treble Hooks /Side Hook

50Pcs 2cm Fishing Maggot Grub Soft Baits Worms Ivory J8P7P7

Vintage AQUASONIC LURES Cibolo, Texas THE HOLE IDEA Lil' Noisy #459 New In Box 

Vintage Rare Smithwick "Devil's Horse" Water-Gater #B-1343 in UNOPENED Box.

New Vintage Bill Norman Jointed Multi Color Lure Box Collectable Fishing Bass

1pc 10g Metal Spoon Fishing Hard Spinner Spoon Baits For Trout Pike Pesca PU5

Vintage Rajah Fishing Lure ~ Rare ~ In Box "Finnish Minnow" Rapala Copy L-09

VINTAGE CREEK CHUB BAIT JOINTED 3 HOOK GLASS EYE FISHING LURE!

Vintage South Bend Dive-Oreno 2-1/4" Wood Fishing Lure BROWN PERCH COLOR 40’s-50

1pc 10g Metal Spoon Fishing Hard Spinner Spoon Baits For Trout Pike Pesca PV3

50Pcs 2cm Fishing Maggot Grub Soft Baits Worms Ivory I3Z8Z8

VINTAGE 2 FISHING LURES - ABU DROPPEN 1/8 oz - GOLD BLADE - NO HOOK - SWEDEN

Vintage White Topwater - 3 1/2 inch

Vintage ~ HEDDON CHUGGER SPOOK ~ Fishing Lure

PERRINE ALUMINUM FLY BOX/#92/TWEEZERS/66 FLIES

Heddon SOS Vintage Painted Eye Wood Wounded Minnow Propellor Fishing Lure

Vintage Creek Chub Cray-Z-Fish Fishing Lure

Vintage 1940's - 50's Murphy's Mubago's Irish Shad Fishing Lure Kentucky 2 1/2"

Cotton Cordell Pro Autograph Wally Diver Featuring Excalibur Hooks New In Pack

Rapala Floating 9P Perch Vintage Fishing Lure

Cotton Cordell Pro Autograph Wally Diver Featuring Excalibur Hooks New In Pack

Cotton Cordell Pro Autograph Wally Diver Featuring Excalibur Hooks New In Pack

Vintage Rebel Jointed Spoonbill Lure

VINTAGE FISHING RUBBER MINNOW LURE W FLEXIBLE TAIL MADE IN FRANCE 3” LONG

Vintage Norman Rip N Minnow New One Card

2 NILS Master NIB Vintage Jigs

U3825 F GILMORE WOODEN TOPWATER MINNOW FISHING LURE MADE IN ARKANSAS

U3826 F GILMORE WOODEN TOPWATER SURFACE FISHING LURE MADE IN ARKANSAS

(2) Vintage Vivif Fishing Lure

2 Vintage Fly Fishing Lure Tervis Tumblers Large 400ml Double Walled Cups Retro

Vintage 3 Original Heddon Moss Boss Lures

U3828 F GILMORE WOODEN TOPWATER SURFACE FISHING LURE MADE IN ARKANSAS

Lot of 4 Vintage Fishing Lures

U3829 F GILMORE WOODEN TOPWATER SURFACE FISHING LURE MADE IN ARKANSAS

U3832 F GILMORE WOODEN TOPWATER SURFACE FISHING LURE MADE IN ARKANSAS

U3833 F GILMORE WOODEN TOPWATER SURFACE FISHING LURE MADE IN ARKANSAS

U3834 F GILMORE WOODEN TOPWATER SURFACE FISHING LURE MADE IN ARKANSAS

50Pcs 2cm Fishing Maggot Grub Soft Baits Worms Ivory K8Q1Q1

Small Heddon Tiny Crazy Crawler Fishing Lure Black W/White Head ~ in Package

U3835 PR LOT OF 2 GILMORE WOODEN TOPWATER SURFACE FISHING LURES MADE IN ARKANSAS

Lot Vintage Fishing Lures Flatfish Arbogast Jitter Bug Pflueger June Creek Chub

Vintage True Temper SPEED SHAD Fishing Lure ~ Bait Tackle Sporting

U3836 F ARBOGAST CHROME AND BLACK JITTERBUG SURFACE FISHING LURE

Vintage True Temper SPEED SHAD 2 1/ inch Fishing Lure ~ Bait Tackle Sporting

Vintage Mann's "Deep Pig" Crankbait Fishing Lure 5 inch overall

VINTAGE - QUAD-S LURES - SOFT BODY CRANK BAIT - HS-1 CONVERTIBLE - 1/4 oz - NEW


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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