This book provides a written and visual history of many american lure companies. New website for bill lewis lures advanced anglerbass. If you had to pick one book about the history of heddon lures, pick this one. In the early days, bill lewis sold lures from the back of his old ford rattletrap station wagon. Bill lewis magnum trap lipless crankbait dicks sporting.
William bill lewis 19212005 bill lewis was best known as the inventor of the famed ratltrap fishing lure, and for starting bill lewis lures, an internationally recognized fishing tackle company which origins date back to the early 1960s. Bill lewis ratltrap knockntrap sportsmans warehouse. Its taken a lot of hard work and effort by many individuals but the day has finally arrived, said wes. Bill lewis lures alexandria, louisiana business service. Female fisherman will love this book just as much as fathers and grandfathers do. One of americas favorite search bait is the bill lewis lures ratltrap. Louis rhead made interesting lures in the 1910s and 1920s. This hardbait features a flashy shadlike profile, an aggressive rattle and a super tight wiggling action that can attract monster fish. These two, with many other friends and family, were. Buy encyclopaedia of lures first edition by harris, chris, harris, sue isbn. Like a drumbeat, the bill lewis knockntrap gets fish up and moving, and that proven ratltrap combination of broadsided flash plus supertight wiggle just does the rest. Surface popper 54 this lure, using a purchased lure roughout with a spraypaint finish, will teach you some alternative methods lure 3. An entertaining history of collectible fishing gear.
Headquarters 7848 sw jack james drive stuart, florida 34997 tel. The book features a history of each manufacturer, with nearly 2,000 listings of. Bill lewis ratltrap knockntraptheres no doubt the ratltrap is the most influential lure when it comes to sound. A great pickuptoperuse type of book, built for toting to shows and antique shops, this lure reference aids you in your effort to accurately identify, price and better understand the history behind vintage and modern lures from 31 manufactures, starting with the big six heddon, pawpaw, creek. Ignore online airbrushing workshops, tutorials and courses. The ratltrap magnumforce is great for big bass, salmon, lake trout, stripers, pike, muskie and many saltwater species. Bill lewis bleeding shad lures red treble hooks help simulate the movement of a bleeding wounded shad. This volume contains no repeats from lewiss other books and identifies previously unknown items. Fishing lure collectibles an identification and value.
The lures were a series of wooden, frog shaped, painted eye, weedless lineup made by the hub bait company of beaverdam, wisconsin. What began as a hobby for jeff smith and todd gainer, owners of lelands lures, has now developed into something more. May 01, 2011 whether you grew up fishing or are just curious about the early years of the sport, classic fishing lures and tackle is a joy to look through with classic lures and tackle as well as modern pieces. The last known quantity available is provided to the left of the instock message. Message board order tracking customer service careers 1. Get hooked on one of the oldest of all collecting hobbies with this gotoguide of fishing lures. A collection of the heddon catalogs over the history of the company from 1902 to the later years. How fishing lure is made manufacture, making, history, how.
Plastic lures are imitations of worms, bait fish, bottomdwellers, and even snakes and amphibians. For the fishing, carving and collecting enthusiast whether it is the thrill of catching a fish with a handmade lure or finding a perfect one to add to your collection, this book of 11 stepbystep projects with a collectors gallery will grab you hook, line and sinker. It is full of great stories, beautiful and rare photographs and illustrations, and lure. Dick and holly nethers of fort smith have owned norman for the past 18 years and will remain involved in a consulting capacity. Bill lewis product testers successfully did this over and over again at sam rayburn around flooded bushes. Exclusive to bill lewis lures, set lok hooks, have been custom designed by the experts at bill lewis lures.
Slade, a series of books published as the encyclopedia of old fishing lures made in north america with extensive history and patent information on old lure makers and the first to include extensive coverage on canadian lure makers. The ratltrap will catch redfish, trout, stripers, snook and many other saltwater species. But, even the pitcher with the best fastball sometimes needs a closer with a mean slider to come in and close the game. Pradco outdoor brands, a manufacturer and marketer of fishing and hunting brands and products, has acquired legendary fishing lure brand norman lures, formerly of greenwood, ark. It was on the columbia river that that we came up with our design for jab spinners. If you are painting wooden lures, be sure to prepare the raw wood before you start.
It is a perfect companion to author lewis s other volumes. Shown below is a group lot or set of 5 mukchockofrog antique lures. Table of contents table of contents introduction 8 lure gallery 10 chapter 1. A great pickuptoperuse type of book, built for toting to shows and antique shops, this lure reference aids you in your effort to accurately identify, price and better understand the history behind vintage and modern lures from 31 manufactures, starting with the big six heddon, pawpaw, creek chub, plueger, shakespeare and south bend. I am not an expert, dealer, appraiser, member, or associated with the national fishing lure collectors club nflcc. You have no obligation to purchase the product once you know the price. Also, 40 of the rarest lures, both heddon and early miscellaneous lures. Buy the bill lewis original saltwater ratltrap hard bait and more quality fishing, hunting and outdoor gear at bass pro shops. Bill lewis legendary invention, the ratltrap, is recognized as the most popular, and consequently, the most imitated lure over the past 35 years. Shop a wide selection of bill lewis magnum trap lipless crankbait at dicks sporting goods and order online for the finest quality products from the top brands you trust. Classic fishing lures identification and price guide by russell e.
The lure was first introduced in 1933 and was made by the creek chub bait company of garrett indiana, and marketed and sold under the shur strike name. Unfollow vintage bill norman lure to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. Lewis was best known for his invention of the ratltrap line of fishing lures which is recognized around the world as among the most popular and most effective artificial lures in history. American fishing wire swivels and snelled hooks made in the usa betts bobbers bullet weights daiichi, mr. From the early season red traps to late season chrome, the bill lewis rat l trap crankbaits are a must have for bass fishing. Bill lewis lures maker of the legendary ratltrap lipless crankbaits. Again, the motion of the lure and its effectiveness depend on the dramatics of the angler. Make offer 3 vintage used bill lewis rat l trap 2 12 fishing lures great colors. Lewis gives a complete history of all rods, reels, and lures available for sale in the united states for 1952. This routine gave no indication of the success the business would later enjoy. His latest book writing project was nine years in the making and covers over 100 years of lure making history starting in 1875 and covers over 2,500 lures makers throughout. For really tiny lures even the smallest sinkers are overkill, so try switching to ball bearings. Now lelands lures carries many products for trout and crappie enthusiasts.
If you want to go leadfree, then brass rod can be cut into short lengths and used to weight your lures. The inventors of the rattlebait category ratltrap now also offer stutterstep topwaters, echo crankbaits, and rocketbobbers. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. On more than one sales trip, bill had no choice but to sell his products below costs just to earn enough gas money to get back home. Bill lewis ratltrap original rt 06 boneorange belly bill lewis ratltrap original rt 09 chartreuseblack back bill lewis ratltrap original rt 140 chromeblue backred eye bill lewis ratltrap original rt 141 chromechartreuse bill lewis ratltrap original rt 145 goldhot pink bbred eye bill lewis ratltrap original rt 30ob yearling bassorange belly bill lewis ratltrap. Bill lewis lures rb6302 rocket bobber gamefish series artificial fishing bait, yellow toporange top, 614 thkfish fishing floats and bobbers balsa wood floats spring bobbers oval stick floats slip bobbers for crappie panfish walleyes 1x0. With 30 years of experience, these guys have fished every hook known to man on a trap. It is a perfect companion to author lewiss other volumes.
Bob realized that even though there have been many books published on the subject of old fishing lures that few books covered any detailed history on the old lure makers. New listing new vintage yellow ratltrap lure with case 14 ounce bill lewis lures. Name sku price colorblade new best sellers most viewed. Lures in the above photos are from the bill stuart collection. Since the original stutterstep was released at the 2016 icast, anglers have been asking for a smaller version of this revolutionary topwater bait. Bill lewis magnum trap lipless crankbait dicks sporting goods. Collectible fishing lures by russell e lewis nook book. Shur strike baby slant nose antique lure the shur strike baby slant nose lure is a series or style b. Lewis covering the collectible lures of the six most popular lure manufacturers in north americaheddon, south bend, paw paw, pflueger, creek chub and shakespearethis is a fullcolor book. On more than one sales trip, bill had no choice but to sell his products below costs for gas money to get home. An identification and value guide to the most collectible antique fishing lure by murphy, dudley, edmisten, rick and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. As a result, we cannot show you the price in catalog or the product page.
They are molded of soft plastic, often in lurid colors, although blacks and blues seem to be preferred by fish. With over 10, 000 pictures in preparing the historical stories for these books. Mukchockofrog antique lure the mukchockofrog antique lure has always garnered the eye of lots of collectors. We are a small company in sw washington where we live. The book features a history of each manufacturer, with.
Bill lewis ratltrap mini trap lipless crankbait dicks. This volume contains no repeats from lewis s other books and identifies previously unknown items. Clear plastic lure bills tacklemaking bass fishing forums. Getting started in custom painted crankbaits crazy lure art. Bill lewis ratltrap original rt 06 boneorange belly bill lewis ratltrap original rt 09 chartreuseblack back bill lewis ratltrap original rt 140 chromeblue backred eye bill lewis ratltrap original rt 141 chromechartreuse bill lewis ratltrap original rt 145 goldhot pink bbred eye bill lewis ratltrap original rt 30ob yearling bassorange. The heddon legacy by bill roberts and rob pavey this book has 370. The bill lewis lures mission is to preserve our heritage by continuing to produce quality products with good value, and continuing to appreciate the common passion that anglers share around the world. Pradco outdoor brands acquires norman lures bassmaster. I dont just give you a list of paints or blends and leave you to figure out the technique.
On more than one sales trip, bill had no choice but to sell his products below costs for gas. New listing new vintage yellow ratltrap lure with case 14 ounce bill lewis lures nos. When it comes to fishing lures there are few as synonymous as the ratltrap lipless crankbait, dating back over fifty years from its introduction. And if youre reading this page the odds are youre a lure painter, not an artist. Surface prop bait 38 scrap wood and a handpainted finish make this an approachable first project lure 2. Instock at tackledirect the item is available to ship from our egg harbor twp, nj warehouse immediately. In the early years, bill lewis sold various lures from the back of his old ford rattletrap station wagon. With wes higgins, richard broadwell and ronald lyles. Tools and accessories matagi rod accent products rod building books and dvds startup and rod building kits bill mar decals. May 07, 2014 bill lewis lures, alexandria, louisiana. An entertaining history of collectible fishing gear sorenson, eric lowell on. Details about his lure designs can be seen in his book fishermans lures and game fish food published in.
Our price is lower than the manufacturers minimum advertised price. Video tape about early 1903 to 1916 heddon lures from the early catalogs. Bill lewis original saltwater ratltrap hard bait bass pro shops. Buy the bill lewis ratltrap magtrap and more quality fishing, hunting and outdoor gear at bass pro shops. How fishing lure is made manufacture, making, history. Featuring red mustad triple grip extra strong hooks and split rings, the mini trap is made for use with a wide variety of species, including sea trout, redfish, and weakfish among others. When bill lewis created the ratltrap little did he know that his lure would be deemed the most influential bass fishing lure of all time, and it would be copied in one guise or another by. Get the best deals on ratltrap vintage fishing lures. Ratltrap original vintage fishing lures for sale ebay. Bill lewis ratltrap bleeding craw lures bill lewis magtrap saltwater lures bill lewis magtrap lures bill lewis magnum force lures. The ratltrap has earned its place in history as the most productive lure ever to come along. The story pleased the imagination, but is challenged in the fascinating recentlypublished bass by robert boyle w. Bill lewis became a prominent figure in the fishing tackle industry in which he worked for over 40 years.71 242 68 383 970 701 71 888 643 178 947 685 1486 1510 470 381 1029 451 942 149 1302 533 302 758 995 1273 514 722 390 90 624 100 3 766 532 774 30 1311 380 1325 1095 77 14 597 1499