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Miscellaneous Tackle Companies

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Florida Fishing Tackle

The well known Florida Fishing Tackle manufacturing co. operated in St. Petersburg from the 30s to the 50s and sold  Barracuda Brand tackle. This early Florida Fishing Tackle carton is in the common, but quite colorful Barracuda Brand box from the 30s, and the lure has glass eyes. Later baits had painted or tack eyes. Barracuda Brand is popular.

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 F.L.B. Flood's Florida Shinner

Frederick  Flood of Frostproof, Fla., sold these hand-painted Florida Shiner, or Florida Shinner, wonders in the mid-1920s. The Florida Shiner line tie is on the side, making the "shinner"  circle like a wounded baitfish, a feature mentioned in the 1928 patent papers. Flood sold the Florida Shinner lures only from his home.  This early lure  is an important part of Florida's angling heritage.

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Fenner Weedless, Oxford, Wis.

This hard plastic Fenner Weedless Automatic Bait  dates to the 1920s, according to reference books, but I think it's more like 1930s. The Fenner Weedless Automatic Bait looks like a red and white casting plug. The recessed hooks spring open when the fish strikes. The picture box is attractive, and gimmicky.  They are called WAB for short.

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Gephart Manufacturing, Gep-Bait

 This obscure Illinois company, Gephart, sold the supposedly patented "Gep-Bait" in the mid 1920s. The lure later became Bill Jamison's Wig-Wag bait. The early Gep-Baits have the name stenciled on the back, and the  long, narrow, orange box is marked only on the endflaps.

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Garland Brothers, Plant City, Fla.

 The Garland Corkhead  featured a genuine cork head affixed to a wooden body. Garland Bait boxes came in several styles. Most Garland Bait lures from the 1930s have tack eyes and are hard to find in nice shape, as they were effective fish catchers.  The bulbous head of this classic Florida lure is avocado green! 

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Garland's Cork Head Darter, Florida

 Garland Brothers also made Garland's Cork Head Minnow lures in Plant City. Note the graphic explaining the intricate construction of the Cork Head Minnow. The cork head and wooden body outline can be seen in the closeup photo of the neck below. The papers also explain that the lures were named after famous Florida fishing spots! This Garland Cork-Head Minnow came from a visitor to this website.  

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General Tool Magnetic Weedless

This eccentric plastic lure from the late 30s and early 40s is magnetic with an elaborate weedless harness. Offered by General Tool in St. Paul, Minn., the box also mentions the Clyde Hoage trademark and the Water Gremlin line of baits. This company also made a wooden minnows with adjustable fins - called the Clyd Hoage Spoon Fin Minnow.   I'd like to finda Hoage Spoon Fin  in the box!

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Gentleman Jim, C.W. Waddell, Chicago

This 1940s plastic Gentleman Jim lure was made by C.W. Waddell of Chicago, who also sold Glo-Top bobbers and a  Troll-Rite rod holder. This Goldfish lure is a special order color and the box bottom is inscribed from Mr. Waddell to a friend.  Gentleman Jim lures came in 5 standard colors.

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Gentleman Jim Jr. Chicago

This is the Gentleman Jim Jr. lure that was made by C.W. Waddell of Chicago in the inaugural days of the spinning reel, circa 1940s. The white box is scarce and is one of six that turned up all in one group, and the collector who found them was kind enough to let me have one for my collection.

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Gen-Shaw or Genshaw Bait

The Gen-Shaw Bait, also called Genshaw Bait, was made in the 30s and 40s by V.C. Genshaw of Kankakee, Illinois. A co-maker, P. LaRoche, is mentioned in the box.  The Gen-Shaw, or Genshaw lure, was first made in wood, and later in a composition material. This is the earliest  Gen-Shaw picture box. The Gen-Shaw inside is in frog spot.

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Glowurm, Oliver and Gruber

 Patented in 1920,  the Gloworm was made in Washington State. The wooden box is slotted  to form a perfect carrying case for this bait, which vanished after only a year or two. Perhaps by coincidence, Heddon came out with a similar  3-piece jointed lure, the Gamefisher, at about the same time.

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Go-Getter Lures

These wooden baits from the 1930s turn up everywhere  in various "Go-Getter" boxes with no maker or address. Although Abbey & Imbrie also made "go-getter" lures, these do not appear to be the same. Horrocks-Ibbotson  Co. is a likely suspect for these attractive, but cheaply made, baits.

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W.J. Grube, Delaware, Ohio

Grube was an early maker of rubber lures and was in business by 1912. This Grube's Rubber Crawfish, circa 1918, has a well-made brass diving lip and black bead glass eyes. The Grube's Crawfish box features a swastika, a symbol of good fortune until  its adoption by Hitler as a symbol of Nazi Germany. Delaware Ohio was a major tire center.

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W.J. Grube, Bill's Lucky Strike

This rubber lure from the 1930s has a flapping metal tail and a nickel-plated diving lip. The rubber is of exceptional quality. We can only assume that the lure's namesake is W.J. "Bill" Grube, a pioneer of rubber lures.   Most Grube baits are on cards; boxes are scarce.

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Goble Bait, Tulsa, Oklahoma

These glass-eyed jointed Goble Bait lures were made by Bert Goble of Tulsa sometime in the 1920s. Made in several sizes, and featuring a carved tail that must have required some expertise at the factory, Goble Bait lures have some of the most elaborate and attractive paint finishes of any lure. 

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Goite Fish Fooler, Flint, Mich.

Goite Manuf. Co. made a popular Indiana style reel and a metal bait called the Water Plane, but this wooden "Fish Fooler" is harder to find. It resembles a Heddon Basser or a South Bend Bass Oreno and has tack eyes and cup hardware. The verbose paperwork includes a nice photo of anglers and their catch. This dates to the early 1930s 

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I Buy Antique Lures!

Just a note here that I am looking for lures and boxes from certain special makers, many of whom are from Florida. One of the lures I need, made by Union Springs Specialty Company of New York, is sometimes found in the South. It is called the Miller's Original Wood Minnow. One of the rarest boxes and lures was made by Ammie Lee and was called the Like Live Fishing Lure,made by Like Live Bait Company, Jacksonville, Florida. I also enjoy Jim Pfeffer Top Shiner and Orlando Shiner lures, products and boxes from the Porter Bait Company; Costa Lure, made by H.B. Costa Lure Company, which looks like a hammerhgead shark, Tampa, Florida; the gorgeous celluloid Superstrike Shrimp lures made by Florida Artificial Bait Company, St. Augustine; Dixie Bait Company, Daytona Beach; boxes that say "Eger's Natural Frog" or "Eger's Nature Frog", Eger's Florida Special, Eger Bait Co., Bartow, Fla., Eger Nature Frog; Southern Bait Company and many others. The boxed lure I will pay the most for is the Like Live Fishing Lure of Jacksonville, though, so call me - collect - when you locate one!