Old and Antique Lures and Fishing Tackle Values and Pricing

Old Antique Fishing Lures, Tackle and Value

Heddon 150 Dowagiac 5 Hook Lure

Collecting old and antique lures and fishing tackle is a great hobby.

Antique fishing tackle has a have everlasting appeal. They take us to a simple time, where smaller scale lure making was the way things were done. There was plenty of room for innovation, and the diversity of tackle and and abundant nostalgia make this a very gratifying hobby.

Any angler who found an tackle box full of old will know the wonderful feeling that comes from collecting old, antique, vintage fishing lures and fishing tackle. Although the lures may be dirty and rusted, they are work of art of a simpler and quieter period in history.

During the late 20th century,the little lure manufacturers conquered the industry. There were a few national lure brands but they were not marketed the same way as how things are mass marketed now. Most lure were regional innovations that worked well in the locations they were made for.

Many antique lures are larger than life, very big compared to some of the lures that we use today, generally designed for top water or shallow water use.

The weight was need to prevent backlash on lines, but as fishing reels and lines progress the need for larger lures diminished.

The main lures that are collectible belong to the main lure companies of the time, Heddon, Paw Paw, South Bend, Creek Chub, Pflueger, Arbogast and Shakespeare.

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Paw Paw Bass Seeker

The Paw Paw Bass Seeker was first produced in the late 1920's Available in both glass and painted eyes. It came in two sizes #2600 (4") and 4600 (3 1/4"). Two treble hooks. An early catalog...

Pflueger Magnet and Merit

The Pflueger Magnet and Merit(3600 Series) was first introduced in the mid 1910's and were not being produced anymore by the 1950's A relatively common lure these can fetch $75 or more depending on...

Shakespeare Bass Kazoo

The Shakespeare Bass Kazoo first instance of the bass Kazoo is recorded in 1924. The no. 590 originally came in for finishes 500GW Rainbow with scale finish, 590YP Yellow Perch with scale finish,...

South Bend Callmac Bug

For twenty years the Callmac Bug was produced (1921-1941 or 42). Designed for flyrods they had a cork body and a single hook. A South Bend Catalog describes them as: "The famous Callmax Bass and...

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