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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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Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Contemporary Glasseye Crawfish in Charlotte's Web

RARE COLOR SOUTH BEND BABE ORENO LURE ORANGE BLACK SPOTS RED HEAD-GLASS EYES

Vintage Helin Flatfish F5 Fishing Lure - Orange - 2" Long - New!!!! (G 30)

Vintage Marathhon MUSK-E- MUNK Fishing Lure with Original Box!

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Contemporary Glasseye Crawfish Red Yellow Green Scale

DAVID E. PERKINS 9" Trout DFD * Duluth Fish Decoys *ICE FISHING SPEARING DECOY

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Contemporary Glasseye Crawfish in Blue Herring Color

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Contemporary Glasseye Crawfish in RW&B Patriot Color

PLANO 787 TACKLE BOX W/91 FLYS ~ LEADERS/MUSTAD HOOKS/SPOONS/KNIFE/SCALE/BOBBERS

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Contemporary Glasseye Crawfish in Midnight Blue Color

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Contemporary Glasseye Crawfish in Frogscale RH Color

Fishing Lures Hook Bait Plastic Storage Box Adjustable Case Tackle Access

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Contemporary Glasseye Crawfish in Easter Egg Color

NEW Abel Cigar Lure Stick Bait Old Stock Limited Edition

Vintage Hom Arts Skipper Fishing Lure

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Contemporary Glasseye Crawfish in Humpty Dumpty Color

VINTAGE BOMBER FISHING LURE ORIGINAL BOX EMPTY NO 505 4 3/4" BAIT GAINESVILLE

Killer Baits Rusty Jesse Contemporary Glasseye Crawfish in Blueberry Pearl Color

VINTAGE PLUNKER BUMBLEBEE PATTERN FISHING LURE MAKER UNKNOWN

Killer Baits Rusty Jesse Contemporary Glasseye Crawfish in Purple Snakehea Color

Vintage Devils Horse Gray Wood Ocean Fish Fishing Hook Lure Hook Sports

Vintage Devils Horse Yellow Wood Ocean Fish Fishing Hook Lure Hook Sports

Killer Baits Rusty Jesse Contemporary Glasseye Crawfish in Giant Snakehead Color

Vintage 2-3/4 Inch Floating Rapala Fishing Lure

Vintage Fishing Lure Lot Ralpala Storm Tom Mann Frantic Antic Yozuri Flat Head

5 different VINTAGE L&S MIRROLURE FISHING LURES Lot All For 1 Price Group 1

vintage Red eye wiggler

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Style Black Sucker Lure in Sienna Crackleback

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Style Black Sucker Lure in Bicentennial Color

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Style Black Sucker Lure in Frogscale RH Color

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Style Black Sucker Lure in Blueberry Pear Color

Vintage Heddon Tiny Torpedo Top Water Lure Orange Belly EUC

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Style Black Sucker Lure in Springtime Color

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Style 8" Glasseye Musky Vamp in Blueberry Pearl

Striper Delight 2oz. Red head top water striper lure, surf plug VMC hooks NEW!

2 vintage Pedigo's Marabou Spinrites, 1 1/2 oz fishing lure, Nos

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Style 8" Glasseye Musky Vamp in Rainbow Color

Vintage 1 3/4” Wooden Fishing Lure A

Vintage 2 1/4” Wooden Fishing Lure with no hooks

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Style 8" Glasseye Musky Vamp Genuine Snakeskin

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Style 8" Glasseye Musky Vamp in President Trump

VINTAGE UNMARKED WOOD RIVER RUNT JOINTED 3 1/4" PERCH COLOR I COMBINE SHIPPING!

(5) Used Fluorescent Orange 4-Blade Trolling Flashers - 28" length -

2 vintage Rebel Teeny R's, new in box fishing lures

Lot of 50 Fishing Lures - Plastic,Metal,Rubber. Plus assorted tackle & box. USED

Paw Paw Decoy repainted by Rusty Jessee in Rainbow Trout Color

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Style 8" Glasseye Musky Vamp in Giant Snakehead

Vintage C.C.B. Co. Creek Chub Co. Wood Body & Glass Eyes Jointed Fishing Lure

VINTAGE EPPINGER HUSKIE DEVLE DAREDEVIL 3 1/8 oz FISHING LURE in BOX CLEAN

Killer Baits Rusty Jessee Heddon Style 8" Glasseye Musky Vamp Blue Back Rainbow


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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