Shakespeare Lures

Shakespeare Lures has a long history in the fishing tackle industry. William Shakespeare Jr., a passionate fisherman and businessman, founded the company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1897.

Shakespeare began making fishing lures from his home, but his products quickly became known for their high-quality construction and effectiveness in catching game fish like bass and pike. This resulted in the formation of the Shakespeare Company, which went on to become a leading manufacturer of fishing tackle and other outdoor gear.

Shakespeare Lures has continued to innovate and expand its product line over the years, introducing new lures such as the Swimming Mouse, Revolution, and Pflueger Jointed Shyster. These lures were well-known for their realistic designs, high-quality construction, and ability to catch a variety of game fish.

Shakespeare Lures were also important in the development of the sport of fishing. The company sponsored a series of fishing tournaments and exhibitions in the early 1900s, which helped popularise the sport and demonstrated the effectiveness of Shakespeare lures.

Shakespeare Lures is now recognised in the fishing tackle industry as a historic and iconic brand. Its lures are prized by collectors and fishermen alike, and the company’s legacy of innovation and quality continues to inspire the next generation of fishing tackle manufacturers. The ownership of the company has changed several times over the years, but its dedication to quality and innovation remains as strong as ever.

Shakespeare Midget Spinner

Shakespeare Midget Spinner

Hey there, fellow angler! Today, we're going to take a trip back in time and dive into the captivating world of the Shakespeare Midget Spinner Lure. This classic fishing lure has been enchanting...

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Egyptian Wobbler Lure By Shakespeare

Egyptian Wobbler Lure By Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Egyptian Wobbler Lure is a vintage fishing lure with a long history that dates back to the early 1900s. The Shakespeare Company, which was founded in 1897 and became a leading...

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Shakespeare Bass Kazoo

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,...

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Shakespeare Tantalizer

Shakespeare Tantalizer

The Shakespeare Tantalizer was a early jointed lure. 4 inches long and 9/10 of an ounce. Catalog # 6638. First seen in the late 1920's Described in a early catalog as "a very successful bait for...

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Shakespeare Evolution Minnow Bait

Shakespeare Evolution Minnow Bait

The Shakespeare Evolution Minnow Bait is a very early Shakespeare lure first appearing in the early 1900's. The lure had three treble hooks and is made of rubber They were made from 2' to 4" long....

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Shakespeare Sea Witch

Shakespeare Sea Witch

The Shakespeare Sea Witch was first introduced in the mid 1930's It also came in a 2 3/4 inch smaller version. An early catalog describes the lure as "A weighted underwater bait adapted to fresh and...

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Shakespeare Darting Shrimp

Shakespeare Darting Shrimp

The Shakespeare Darting Shrimp is a fairly rare lure which was first produced in the late 1920's. It is a jointed lure weighing just under an ounce and is about 5" long. A Shakespeare catalog...

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Shakespeare Bass-A-Lure

The Shakespeare Bass-A-Lure (Catalg #'s 591 & 591 1/2) were first produced in the early to mid 1920's Some were made with two and some were made with three treble hooks,. It has a metal diving lip...

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Shakespeare Dopey

The Shakespeare Dopey is a small lure (1 5/16") with a weighted belly designed for deep retrieves. Heavy enough to cast far they are first seen in the early 1940's. (Series 6603) A fairly common...

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Shakespeare (Rhodes) Mechanical Frog

The Shakespeare (Rhodes) Mechanical Frog first seen in 1909-1910 (3GWF) It was a rubberized from with moveable legs. Length is 4". Depending on condition this lure can fetch more than $750.00. The...

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Shakespeare Revolution

In 1900 the first Shakespeare evolutions were produced, and was also offered in a buck tailed version. The bait was available in 3 sizes, 3 inches, 4 inches and 6 inches.  They were very popular in...

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