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Lure Lore: Vaughn's Lure

Vaughn's Lure

Vaughn's Lure

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.

20 Vintage Heddon Fishing Lures Worth A Fortune

20 Vintage Heddon Fishing Lures Worth a FortuneHave you seen our latest article?  It's titled "20 Vintage Heddon Fishing Lures Worth A Fortune" and I had a blast writing it.  Heddon is one of the most collected companies of vintage fishing lures and for good reason.  They are certainly one of the giants of early fishing lures starting in 1894.  They stayed in business independently in Dowagiac, Michigan until 1984.  They are now part of Pradco and still have lures produced.  The early ones though before the move out of Dowagiac are the ones that really generate interest from collectors.  Below is just a small sample of the article.  A link to the full article is at the end.  Click "Read More" to continue.

Lure Lore: Bear Creek Tweedler

Bear Creek Tweedler
Bear Creek Tweedler
The Bear Creek Tweedler was made by the Bear Creek Bait Company out of Kaleva, Michigan beginning in the very late 1940's.    It was one of three lures produced by this company from the 1940's until the 1970's as well as a line of fish decoys called "Ice King." The Bear Creek Tweedler was originally a wood bait "Read More" to continue

Welcome Lure Lore to the My Bait Shop Family!

Lure LoreWe couldn't be more excited to announce that we have just completed the transaction to add Lure Lore to the My Bait Shop family.  Lure Lore ( has been around since 1997 and was one of the very first tackle collecting websites.  It focused on providing in-depth lure specific historic information.  In addition to their famous Lure Lore articles the website also includes a comprehensive Heddon color and numeric archive as well as a virtual treasure trove of additional historic information.

We are excited to be able to help preserve this history and carry it forward to the next generation of lure collectors.  Over time you will see us update My Bait Shop with Lure Lore "Read More" to continue 

Happy Holidays and End of Year Wrap from John Holtz

MoBassFishin' SoloPro

Hey all! John Holtz, My Bait Shop Pro-staffer, and man on a mission to catch AS many fish as I can before the lid goes on!  My goodness gracious it has been a productive fall!  I think I have caught more big fish this fall, than I ever have!  I have got to give credit where credit is due, the variety of lures that I have been throwing thanks to My Bait Shop is the reason for this season… If ya know what I mean!?  But in all seriousness, as the end of 2019 grows near, I am thankful, I am humbled by the outpouring of support, and I am so excited for things to come!

2019 saw a very solid tournament year, despite crazy weather, high water, and general horrid fishing conditions throughout the Midwest...Click "Read More" to continue.

Lure Mysteries Episode 5: "A Case of Musky Fever"

Lure Mysteries Episode 5:  "A Case of Musky Fever"
Webster's dictionary defines "Musky Fever" as: "a serious and sometimes fatal medical condition in which the frontal lobe of the brain swells and sends impulses to the body focusing on the singular purpose of pursuing the Esox masquinongy, commonly referred to as a muskellunge or musky.  This condition is usually more prevalent in males but not exclusively and tends to be more common in men over age 40.  Risk factors include owning too much fishing gear, weekend fishing in states such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and some Canadian provinces.  Despite much research there currently is no cure for this condition.  Treatment plans include...Click "Read More" to continue.

Lure Mysteries Episode 4: "A Modern Indent Should Hold the Clue"

Lure Mysteries 4:  "A Modern Indent Should Hold the Clue"

For this episode of Lure Mysteries we are going in a little different direction.  So far none of the previous lures have been identified and I am almost positive today's lures will be solved by someone out there fairly quick.  Heck I might even remember the identity of these lures myself.  I feel like the name is on the tip of my tongue but after several days, I give up so I present them to you....Click "Read More" to continue.

Lure Mysteries Episode 3: "A Piece of the Puzzle"

Lure Mysteries Episode 3:  "A Piece of the Puzzle"

This week's episode of Lure Mysteries is a "lure" I've had for a long time.  Dating back to a large lot of lures I bought back in the 1990's.  It was a rather large lot and included a lot of variety and some really old lures.  At the time I purchased this lot I was rather new to the hobby and was convinced this lure was only missing the back hooks or was a piece of something really old.....Click "Read More" to continue.

A Shout Out to Our Own Pro Angler John Holtz

My Bait Shop Angler John Holtz in Bassmaster Magazine

Did you happen to see the article on John yesterday?  If not check it out as featured on the front page of  It is titled "Daily Limit:  Fan of fishing personalities".  Should also be in next months issue.  We couldn't be prouder of John and the story.....Click "Read More" to continue.

Lure Mysteries Episode 2: "Two Little Ducks Went Out One Day"

Lure Mysteries Episode 2
"Two little ducks.  Went out one day.  Over the hills and far away.  Mother duck said Quack, quack, quack, but only one little duck came back."  Well that was the way it was supposed to go, at least according to the story and Mother Goose when we questioned her and Mother Duck.  Only it didn't go down that way.......Click "Read More" to continue.

Fishing Fall Patterns for Bass

My Bait Shop Pro Angler John Holtz

My Bait Shop Pro Angler John Holtz takes us fishing and gives us tips on how to fish fall patterns using crankbaits.  John takes us largemouth bass fishing on a November day and uses some great lures such as Rapalas, Bagley's, Storm and more.  Check out how John did and pick up some great tips along the way.

Lure Mysteries Episode 1: "The Case of the Hotcubbie"

Lure Mysteries Episode 1:  The Case of the HotCubbie

Welcome to our newest addition to My Bait Shop, Lure Mysteries.  Each week we will bring you one new lure that we have been unable to identify through our research.  Some of these lures have been researched heavily in books, catalogs, forums, etc and some a little less.  We will post pictures and what we know of the lure and ask that if you can help solve the mystery or add any information that might help, please comment below this post.  Now on to Episode 1, The Case of the Hotcubbie.

We purchased the Hotcubbie in a very large musky lure lot in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.  This lot included a lot of brand name lures but also some prototypes and some smaller, "garage production" type companies that never made it big time.  The Hotcubbie is 5 1/4" long and appears to be very well made and not a prototype by any means.  It has "Hotcubbie" written on one side and what appears to be the makers signature on the other side.  I have tried to alter the photo of the signature the best I can but cannot recognize the name......Click "Read More" to continue.

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