I am by no expert on fishing lures, new or old, but my latest trip to Dowagiac, Michigan, home of the Original Heddon Lures peaked my interest. I suspect others out there either use or collect  artificial bait so I thought I'd start a thread about it in hopes of learning more about past and current lures both collecting and using.

I've order several books but it is more fun talking this stuff with other enthusiasts.  I recently purchased three Heddon lures for about $10. I doubt they are very old but they looked pretty cool and the price seemed fair.  I'm thinking of picking up maybe 30 or so to make a nice wall display. 

The main brands I'm thinking about are Heddon, Creek Chub, Rapala, Shakespeare, and Arbogast. 

Are there any other must haves?  I know I'm going to grab a mudbug and some kind of giant muskie lure.  Any other thoughts.

Here are three I paid $10 for  (all are Heddon and all are plastic)

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Tiny Torpedo

Firetail Sonic

River Runt Spook Sinker.

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i really believe in the ugly sticks.. i've used them since i was young, and still belive in them... i have a 5'6" ultra light with a shimano spirex 1000 and am very happy with it.. i usually string it with 6 lb trilene. ive battled some bruisers with that little rod and reel.. the ugly stick is very sensitive, which is great for your nibblers,{snapper and such} and your pick up and spit out {bass and such} so you can actually feel them  "bump" the bait. ive  got quite a few combos.. all for different fishing types, but have retired most of my big stuff.. no need for it up here.. I feel for a good middle line, wont let you down.. ugly stick is hard to beat. wright and mcgill makes a great salt water reel, but that is all my knowledge on thier equip. i have never ice fished, but i'm sure that it would be alot of fun. oh..and i have used my fair share of the closed face zebcos.. one tough reel !

I've use both the spin cast (closed) and spin (open face) reels.  I'm too lousy with a bait cast real and have never really attempted the inline fly reels.   I suppose I'll be an amateur forever but I do okay with the two I use. The duck Dynasty rod came with a pretty decent  spinning (open) reel - for the price.

It sounds like I need both vintage and new hula poppers and jitterbugs.   The older to display and the newer to use!

Data (C Thomas) said:

I agree. I still have my Hula Popper and Jitterbugs I got when I was in high school.  Caught many bass on them.  It is fun to watch them come up and grab that popper and set the hook.  Love it.

Pick up some metal signs with pics of old lures on them to complement your wall display.  You could also get an old piece of driftwood to hang the lures on .

Ricky thoase are great ideas. I would love to hang the lures from a piece of drift wood but if I did that I would be taking two very curious cats the vet every other day.  Alas when I do get enough to display I think they will be in a glass covered display case. 

As for signs, I already have a nice Rapala sign on the way:

The Rapla sign measures 17X7 inches.   Heddon also has a few signs but I'm also looking for Shakespeare and Creek Chub advertisements.

Those are modern made packs of reissued lures -- the value is in the ones from the 1950s to 1970s and some will go for hundreds of dollars..


National Fishing Lure Collectors - http://www.nflcc.org/




http://www.tacklecollecting.com/ - excellent link site



Shlomo, I think  the value is actually in the older wooden lures that pre-date WWII.  I'm not serious enough to plunk down real money on old lures so I'm going for pretty lures that will make me happy and modern functional lures that  attract and catch fish.  

With that said, thanks for the links.  I will definitely check them out. Knowledge is a powerful tool and you never know what  bargains you might run across in an estate sale.  I'd hate to pass on $100 lure that was being sold for $10!

I think a lot of lures are designed more to catch fishermen (and fisherladies, of course) than fish.

For example, Bass Pro Shops had a fishing lure shaped like a kitchen sink.

I mainly fish with artificals. Rapalla, Heddon, Lazy Ike(?) (I have not seen one in decades) and Red Devel were my "go-to" freshwater lures and spoons. For the jigs, I found a no-name or home made worked just as well as a brand name.
I made a few spinners over the years, too. No idea what happened to the tool set I had to make them with.
For shore fishing in saltwater, I used plugs and soft baits.
Only went out on a boat once, I used te cut bait thay had. It was an unexpected fishing trip, my boss' nephew came to visit us in the Florida Keys. We took him and his girlfriend to Key West. The boss decided to charter a boat, I didn't have any of my gear with us. I had to use the boat's rods and reels, too. I was not impressed with them. I like my Mitchell 302 much better than the Shimano spinning reels they used.
I did catch a 10 pound Bonita, though.

my current lure of choice for fresh water is the wacky rig.  looks stupid but it seems the fish like it. 

LOL well it is aptly named !  If it works, it works!  I have seen someone take a piece of baloney out of their lunch and catch a fish.  Sometimes the wacky just works


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