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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 Rare Heddon Flap Tail big glass Eye

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Original Rapala Finland Minnow Not Marked Countdown 4 1/2" Floating Fishing Lure

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Vintage Tony Accetta Rag Mop fishing lure 6" metal chain link body (lot#14073)

DOWLUCK Sonohigurashi Super Rare Box With MINT

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VINTAGE REBEL " WEE R WEIGHTED LIP FISHING LURE NEW

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Vintage Pet Spoon fishing lure 7" (lot#14075)

Heddon 100th Anniversary Lucky 13 MINT

Mint Heddon Crazy Crawler Feather Mono American Lure Top Water

Vintage Pet Spoon fishing lure 7" (lot#14076)

Vintage Shakespeare Swimming Mouse with box LID MISSING VINTAGE FISHING LURE

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10 Vintage Unbranded Fishing Lures

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19 Vintage DARDEVLE AND MARATHON "Dare Devil" SPOON LURE VARIOUS COLORS SIZES

VINTAGE REBEL "DEEP MINI R" FISHING LURE USED APPEARS UNFISHED

Heddon Vintage South Bend Bass Oreno Green Scale With Box

Vintage Accetta fishing lure Hopkins and other (lot#14077)

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE STORM CHUG BUG TOPWATER LURE 08/20/19p CB08 342

" NOS " Lindy Baitfish # XB002 Minnow Shaped Lure With Replaceable Lip

VINTAGE REBEL "DEEP WEE R" FISHING LURE NEW

Vintage Stan Gibbs Cast-A-Lure Salt Water Fishing Lure Green Mack Wood Swimmer

vintage Heddon Wouned Spook

Vintage Worth 3 1/2" S207 Frog Chippewa Spoon NOS Mint Lure!!!

Vintage Bob Schneider Chugger Lure (NEVER FISHED)

Rebel Mini R OLD SCHOOL SQUARE BILL Crankbait TACKLE BOX FIND LURES NATURALIZED

Vintage Heddon #175 Heavy Casting Minnow 1910s

Vintage heddon Lucky 13 Wood Green Scale 1940s

Vintage Worth 2 3/4" Weedless Red/White Stripe Chippewa Spoon NOS Mint Lure!!!

vintage Heddon Basser Wood

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE STORM RATTLIN CHUG BUG LURE 08/20/19p SRAP 214

Vtg L & S Bait Co. Panfish Master Fishing Lure, Model #0021 w/ Box & Insert

Heddon Baby Lucky 13 Black

VINTAGE REBEL CRAWFISH "BIG CRAW" FISHING LURE USED

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE STORM LIGHTNIN SHAD LURE 08/20/19p DL S06-222

BAGLEY DIVING B HAND CRAFTED BALSA WOOD FISHING LURE ORIGINAL PACKAGE

Vtg L & S Bait Co. MirrOLure Flash Action Fishing Lure, Model #00M28 w/ Box

vintage Heddon Rhea Chagar Spook

Vtg L & S Bait Co. Panfish Sinker Fishing Lure, w/ 2 pc. Box & Insert

vintage Rare Fulweeds North Nag Riverland Heddon

THE ACTUAL MINNOW LURE 10/20/14NY

Vintage collectible kautzky lazy ike 3 wood fishing lure brown Crayfish pattern

VINTAGE REBEL "MAXI R" DOUBLE DEEP FISHING LURE UNFISHED

Vintage Heddon Hedd Hunter 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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