Classic Lures

News & Tips: Classic Lures: Rebel Minnow and Cotton Cordell Big O...
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Classic Lures: Rebel Minnow and Cotton Cordell Big O

May 10, 2014
Rebel Minnow The Rebel Minnow is an excellent lure for bass and stripers schooling on the surface. When the Rapala lure burst upon the U.S. fishing scene over 50 years ago, it was an instant success…
News & Tips: Classic Lures: Worden's Flatfish and STORM ThinFin...
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Classic Lures: Worden's Flatfish and STORM ThinFin

April 5, 2014
A Pair of Classic Lures: Worden's Flatfish and STORM ThinFin Worden's Flatfish Worden's Flatfish has a unique offering for gamefish. In 1933, after years of working on lathes and experimenting,…
News & Tips: Classic Lures: Johnson Silver Minnow Spoon...
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Classic Lures: Johnson Silver Minnow Spoon

January 11, 2014
Louis Johnson, a retired Chicago foundry operator, was frustrated by the abundance of weeds that kept fouling the hooks on his lures in his favorite fishing lake. Eager to overcome the problem, he…
News & Tips: Classic Lures: Hopkins No=EQL Lures
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Classic Lures: Hopkins No=EQL Lures

December 14, 2013
Two goals were foremost in Robert Hopkins' mind when he set out to build a new fishing spoon in the early 1940's. He wanted a lure that would cast for long distances to reach far away gamefish. And…
News & Tips: Classic Lures: Creek Chub Surfster
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Classic Lures: Creek Chub Surfster

November 16, 2013
Creek Chub lures have a rich history. Formed in 1906, this company created a plug called the Wigglefish that caught the world record largemouth, a bass weighing 22 pounds, 4 ounces. It also produced…
News & Tips: Classic Lures: The Plastic Worm
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Classic Lures: The Plastic Worm

October 19, 2013
No series on classic fishing lures that have stood the test of time could be complete without including the plastic worm. Although a patent had actually been secured for a rubber artificial worm as…
News & Tips: Classic Lures: The MirrOlure
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Classic Lures: The MirrOlure

September 14, 2013
Harold LeMaster was a high school student in Kankakee, Ill., during the Depression. While walking home after school one day he came upon a fallen walnut tree. Examining the wood, he was intrigued…
News & Tips: Classic Lures: Heddon Zara Spook
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Classic Lures: Heddon Zara Spook

August 17, 2013
James Heddon was just killing time that day in the late Nineteenth Century, whiling away the hours as he carved on a piece of wood. Taking a break, he tossed it into the swirling waters of Dowagiac…
News & Tips: Classic Lures: Eppinger Dardevle Spoons...
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Classic Lures: Eppinger Dardevle Spoons

July 13, 2013
Lou Eppinger was a taxidermist practicing his artistry in Detroit in the late 19tth Century, but work was uneven, so he began selling fishing lures to flesh out his income. He eventually tried…
Hand holding a rapala lure
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Classic Lures: Rapala Original Floating Minnow

June 22, 2013
Classic fishing lures that have stood the test of time.   Rapala Fishing Lures History Lauri Rapala was born in Finland over a century ago, in 1905. When he was in his 20's, he moved to the town of…
News & Tips: Classic Lures: Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap
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Classic Lures: Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap

May 24, 2013
Anglers have long known the importance of shad in the diet of gamefish such as bass and stripers. But for a long time nothing on the lure market had quite captured the exact shape and sound of a shad…
News & Tips: Classic Lures: Mepps Original Spinner
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Classic Lures: Mepps Original Spinner

April 27, 2013
With all of the technological advancements in lure making it might seem foolhardy to turn to offerings invented decades ago. That seems especially true with the high pressure many fishing waters…