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Lure Lore: AR-BE Reel Brake

AR-BE Reel Brake
Ah, the good old days when an angler knew he had become a true fisherman by successfully unsnarling his first backlash in the dark! For many today, the experience of a backlashed reel will never be known since advanced technology in casting reel design, not to mention the use of spin casters has pretty much eliminated this once-common problem.
Back in the days of the early casters, however, the backlash could put an end to an evening of fishing, particularly for the younger novice fisherman whose casting techniques were not as polished as that of a more experienced angler.  Click "Read More" to continue.

Lure Lore: C.C. Roberts Mud Puppy

C.C. Roberts Mud Puppy

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.

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.

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 

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