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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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Vintage Cotton Cordell Spot 3" Fishing Lure 1/2oz. One Knocker

Scarce South Bend WHIRL-ORENO wooden lure from the 1920's time frame

STRIKE KING "MEDIUM CRANK BAIT" 2" BODY, SHAD,BLUE BACK, BLEEDING ORANGE, EXC.

X2 Vintage Jeffers MFG. CO. Jeff's Real Eel Rubber Fishing Lures 1950's

Vintage Maruto Hooks Dealer's Display Card, Japan (Used/Vintage)

10 Early Vintage Metal Go Deeper Scoop Lips For Heddon River Runt Lures

Vintage Fishing Lure, Lot of 3 Rapala Minnow & Jointed Fishing Lures Very nice

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SHAKESPEARE GLO LITE PUP LURE 01/27/17MW

Rapala Original Finnish Minnow Floating 13S 1/4 oz Silver Black W/Box & Paper

Vintage Mint Texas Bomber Rattle R - Yellow & Grey Rib - 3 inch

Very Rare And Seldom Seen 1920 J. K. Tango Lure - Super Cool FINISH !

VINTAGE HEDDON BABY DOWAGIAC FISHING LURE WITH BOX AND INSERT

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE HEDDON TINY RUNT LURE 09/26/19POT GOLD EYES

SHAKESPEARE RIVER PUP LURE 01/27/17MW

Vintage L&S Mirrolure Billfish BF11 Offshore Fishing Lure

Vintage Antique Heddon SOS Wood fishing lure Painted Eyes

Rare DAM Germany Wood Mouse W/ Leather Ears - Tail / Beady Eyes - BOX / Superb !

Vintage Teak Fishing Crab Line Hand Carved Wood Spearing Decoy Holder

VINTAGE BANDIT 600 SERIES Chrome/Blue New In Package

Vintage LUCKY STRIKE SUBMARINE TRANSPARENT PLUG 3508- BOX Fishing Lure

Antique Outboard Paul Bunyan Bait Company In Box Adjustable Propeller

VINTAGE HEDDON RIVER RUNT SPOOK FLOATER LURE 8/26/20P 3" 2 PC. HDWR.

LOT OF 2 Vintage Tennessee Tuffy Bait - Deep Diving Double T CRANKBAITS LURES

Vintage Smithwick Spotted Ape BO JACK A3025 Collectible Fishing Lure NEW IN PACK

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE HEDDON TINY TAD LURE 09/26/19POT TOUGH COLOR

Vintage Muskie Harasser Musky Lure Bucktail - Beaded

Vintage Mint Texas Bomber Speeedshad - Grey & White - 3 1/2 inch

VINTAGE HEDDON RIVER RUNT SPOOK SINKER LURE 8/26/20P 2.5" 2 PC. HDWR.

Vintage lot (3) Creek Chub Pikie Lures Early Models Wooden Glass Eyes

VINTAGE CREEK CHUB PIKIE CRANKBAIT FISHING LURE

Vintage Storm Big Mac Fishing Lure ~ 7 1/4" approx

Vintage Mint Texas Bomber Speeedshad - Silverflash - 3 1/2 inch

Vintage fishing lure CC Roberts Mud Puppy wood, with Box and papers

Vintage Cotton Cordell Big O Square Bill - Blue Eye Barfish #1 - 3 1/4 inch

Vintage Wood Creek Chub Injured Minnow Fishing Lure/ glass eyes, Silver & White

Vintage Cotton Cordell Big O Square Bill - Blue Eye Barfish #2 - 3 1/4 inch

Vintage Wooden Flatfish Fishing Lure LAZY IKE – 3 Red Orange Black Spots

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE CREEK CHUB INJURED MINNOW LURE 4/26/20P SCALED BACK

VINTAGE HEDDON MIDGET DIGIT LURE 8/26/20P 1.75" YELLOW

Vintage Cotton Cordell Big O Square Bill - Blue Eye Barfish - 2 3/4 inch

Worth’s Aquacone Poly Whopper Lure

Vintage Barracuda Jigs The Pulsator Trolling Jig On Card. Sioux City Iowa

PFLUEGER MUSTANG MINNOW LURE 01/27/17MW

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE CREEK CHUB INJURED MINNOW LURE 4/26/20P GOLD SCALE


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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