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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Heddon Dowagiac Spook

The Heddon Dowagiac Spook (9100 catalog series) was first seen in the early 1930's as a "Ghostly Transparent Lure" According to the advertising, "This "Super Dowagiac Spook" is the greatest...

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Paw Paw Popper

Paw Paw Popper

The Paw Paw Popper was first manufactured in the very early 1930's.  (Catalog # 2200)  Weighing in at 3/4 of an ounce and measuring 2 7/8 to 3" in Length.  By 1950 the were not available anymore. ...

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Pflueger Mustang

Pflueger Mustang

The Pflueger Mustang lure (similar to the pal o mine) was first manufactured in the mid 1930's, and came in several different sizes 2 1/2 inches and a 5 inch muskie version Catalog #'s 8600, 8900...

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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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South Bend Spin-I-Diddee

South Bend Spin-I-Diddee

The South Bend Spin-I-Diddee produced until the mid 60's by South Bend. It was available with treble hooks and sometimes a double hook. It is very similar to the Wee-Nippee but slighlty smaller....

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Heddon Colour Chart – 1952

Heddon Colour Chart – 1952

As stated on the ad, "The sole purpose of this chart is to show all of the colours, and colors only in which Heddon Baits are made. However no one model is made in all colours and not all of the...

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Creek Chub Midget Pikie Minnow

Creek Chub Midget Pikie Minnow

The Creek Chub Midget Pikie Minnow was produced from the mid 1920;s to the mid 1960s. Model Series 2200 It came in many finishes over the years. It has two treble hooks and is a floating lure and an...

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Heddon Spin Diver

Heddon Spin Diver

The Heddon Spin Diver (300 series) was a short lived lure from the Late 1910's to the mid 1920's. A sought after lure, depending on finishes it can bring well over $1.600.00. It is known to exist...

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Heddon Lucky 13

The Heddon Heddon Lucky in 6 styles, Model 2400 and 2500 and was manufactured in lengths form from 2/5/8" to 4" It has many variations. They were first produced in the early 1920's and were produced...

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Paw Paw Plunker

Paw Paw Plunker

The Paw Paw Plunker was introduced in the late 1920's is a smaller version of the Paw Paw Popper. and was approximately 2" Long. There seems to be several varieties of this lure. Value is $15-$50...

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Pflueger Monarch Underwater

The Pflueger Monarch lure includes a few series of lures (2100 2200 and 2300) and were produced in the mid 1920's. at 2 3/4" and 3 5/8" in length they came in two sizes, one with 5 treble hooks and...

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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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South Bend Babe-Oreno

South Bend Babe-Oreno

The South Bend Babe-Oreno (Catalog Model # 972) is a very early South Bend Lure. First produced in the mid 1910's it was available through to the mid 1960's. A great selling lure, it must have...

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Creek Chub Injured Minnow

The Creek Chub Injured Minnow was manufactured at various times from 1924-1978 and was a popular lure that was produced in plastic towards the end of production. Catalog Series 1500 and was 3 3/4"...

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Pflueger Pal-O-Mine

The Pflueger Pal-O-Mine introduced in the mid 1920's was kept in lure production until the 1950's. Eventually it was available in three sizes from 2 3/4", 3 1/4" and 4 1/4". Some had pressed eyes...

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Heddon Artistic Minnow

Heddon Artistic Minnow

The Heddon Artistic Minnow (50 Series) was a short lived production lure from the mid to late 1910's Its is VERY similar to the Pflueger Simplex. It is 1 3/4" long and has a buck tail or feathered...

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South Bend Bass-Oreno

South Bend Bass-Oreno

The South Bend Bass-Oreno (No 973) first entered the lure market in the mid 1910's. As a lure it had a long lifespan being produced well into the 1960's The lure had three treble hooks and was...

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Creek Chub Jointed Pikie

The Creek Chub Jointed Pikie was manufactured from 1926 to the late 1970's and was one of Creek Cubs most popular jointed baits. In the mid 1950's Creek Chub added a Lip to make it dive deeper. In...

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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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Paw Paw Little Shiner Torpedo

Paw Paw Little Shiner Torpedo

The Paw Paw Little Shiner Torpedo first began production in 1942. (Model 8400)  Depending on Condition these lures fetch from $15 to $50. Body weight is 3/8 of an ounce and the lure is 2 3/4 inches...

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