I love finding old fishing lures. Some are to collect. Some are to fish. Some are both. This latest find fits in the last category. We are thrilled to share this last find and I bet it's a bait you've never heard of, much less ever fished, but you should. It's called the Worth Hairy Berry....Click "Read More" to continue.
As you may or may not know we are always searching high and low for more Bagley Baits. We are Bagley fanatics! We are proud to be Bagley dealers and offer the largest selection anywhere online of new, used and vintage Bagley Baits (see here). Well recently we just found a sweet batch of recent discontinued baits I wanted to share with all of you....Click "Read More" to continue.
One of the things I really like about collecting fishing lures is the history. Researching, compiling data and writing pages for my website. I've had so much fun writing some of my past articles that I have decided to keep going. I started my series first with "25 Vintage Fishing Lures Worth A Fortune". This was fun to do as it encompassed all lures and manufactures. After a short break I decided to keep going but start to break down the lures by manufacturer. I started with the "Big Daddy" of them all and wrote "20 Vintage Heddon Fishing Lures Worth A Fortune". After that I needed a little break. Other parts of my website needed some attention so I stepped away for a little while.
Well I came back to the series and today just launched the 3rd in the series, "20 Vintage Creek Chub Fishing Lures A Fortune". I have to say that as a Creek Chub collector it was difficult to decide which lures to choose...Click "Read More" to continue.
(Written by John Holtz)
Well, well, well… the thrill of victory, and the agony of… well this weekend! Nah, honestly it wasn’t horrible. We caught fish, just not the size we needed. Let’s put some perspective on this last weekend. This is the second tournament of the year for me. It was on legendary Lake of the Ozarks. I took an awesome guy who had never fished a tournament before and now has. I just couldn’t find the right fish. Had some awesome 14 3/4 inchers, problem is they gotta be 15” to weigh in! ...Click "Read More" to continue.
(Written by John Holtz)
Oh my goodness is it ever good to be back derb’n again! Keith asked me to write some random thoughts, so we are just gonna let this one flow. People laugh at me about how I describe fishing tournaments. They are like, “you fish all the time… why are you making a big deal outta it this time?” Well, to the outsiders they won’t get it until they fish a tournament. It is a different mindset, style, heck it is a different sport! When I go chunk around my favorite My Bait Shop lures on a fun evening, weekend, or even practice day it is not the same. When you know that the money is down, and others have the same hope. Well, it turns into you vs. the world. Your breath gets quicker, your senses get edgy, to me it is nearly an out of body experience....Click "Read More" to continue.
In Episode 3 of My Bait Shop Minutes we review the Creek Chub Mitie Mouse fishing lure. We take a look at the standard colors that they came in and a little bit of the history behind them. Made from 1963-1968 these were small but "Mitie" little lures that were fun to fish and are now fun to collect. Check out the video below in this blog post by clicking "Read More" to continue.
In this episode of My Bait Shop Minutes we discuss the the L & S Bait Company and take a look at some of their Bass Master lures. We review the what painted or opaque eyes, as collectors call them, are and when they were transitioned out. We compare opaque to the new life-like eyes that appeared starting in 1950 and show you how to tell the difference. Check out the video below in this blog post by clicking "Read More" to continue.
We have started a new section of My Bait Shop that we are calling My Bait Shop Minutes. These are going to be short video segments that will be a minute or minutes long and focus on one small item of a specific lure, lure company, or aspect of lure collecting. The first episode is a short video that examines how you can tell the difference a vintage wooden or plastic Bomber Bait. Check out the video below in this blog post by clicking "Read More" to continue.
The C.C. Roberts Bait Company of Mosinee, Wisconsin, is the oldest continuous manufacturer of wood baits and is still making lures today. Maybe that is due in part to the fact that Roberts only made two lures for commercial use, the Mudpuppy and the Puppette. The Mudpuppy came in two lengths, 7" and 5-1/2". There are a fair amount of variations in the lengths of these lures due to the fact that in the early years, they were hand-carved.
The early versions of the Mudpuppy was cut down the middle, allowing the tail portion to rotate. Later versions were cut different, with the tail portion being only about 1/3 of the total length of the lure. Click "Read More" to continue.
This wooden body lure was manufactured in the early 1940's by Vaughn's Tackle Company of Cheboygan, Michigan, and has a rotating head with three flutes of varying colors. The head rotates on a shaft which is screwed into the body. A small washer separates the rotating head and body. Click "Read More" to continue.
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