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.

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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.

Creek Chub Striper Strike

Creek Chub Striper Strike

The Creek Chub Striper Strike is a vintage fishing lure that was first introduced in the late 1950s by the Creek Chub Bait Company. The lure was made of plastic and designed to target saltwater game fish such as striped bass, bluefish, and redfish. The Striper Strike...

Creek Chub Pikie

Creek Chub Pikie

The Creek Chub Pikie is a vintage fishing lure that was first introduced in the 1920s by the Creek Chub Bait Company. The lure was designed to imitate a baitfish and was popular among anglers for its realistic appearance and lifelike swimming action. The Pikie was...

Pflueger Globe

Pflueger Globe

The Pflueger Globe is a vintage fishing lure that was first introduced in the early 1900s by the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, which later became the Pflueger Fishing Tackle Company. The Globe was designed to imitate a small minnow, and was one of the earliest...

South Bend Babe Oreno

South Bend Babe Oreno

The South Bend Babe Oreno is a vintage fishing lure that was first produced in the 1930s by the South Bend Bait Company. The lure was popular among fishermen for its realistic design and durability. The Babe Oreno was available in a variety of sizes and colors, and...

Paw Paw Bass Seeker

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 describes the lure as "The No. 2600 Bass Seeker - this style needs no...

Pflueger Magnet and Merit

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 condition and age. An early catalog describes them as: "Magnet Bait is...

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, 590FG Fancy green with scale finish, 500WR, White Body with Red Head. An...