Fred Arbogast Jitterbug

The Fred Arbogast Jitterbug was first made in the late 1930’s and is in continued production to this day. Originally made of wood, they are now made of plastic. A very common and popular collectable lure. Lengths vary from between two and three inches and wight is under an ounce. There is also a musky sized Jitterbug. A large variety of these lures is available and can fetch up to $100 or more for lures in good condition.

An ad for the Jitterbug says “A remarkable Action of Noisy Surface Bait Fascinates Fish and Fisherman. Try Jitterbug on a quiet night, due for a thrill. Its loud paddling action captivates and gets fish. Many enthusiastic letters were written.

Jitterbug Advertisment (1940's)

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