Hi there, my name is Will and as I am pretty young (16), I wanted to know if any fellow fishing & fishing lure enthusiasts would be so kind as to share some tips with me about collecting.
Thanks in advance!!
(P.S. I plan to attend the Fort Wayne fall show)
Welcome to the Club website. Glad you are taking interest in the hobby and attending your first show in Fort Wayne, because that would be a great place to start. I have several suggestions for you so that your experience will be rewarding. You should try to buy a fishing tackle book, my suggestion would be one of the several volumes of Murphy/ Edmisten Fishing Lure Collectibles (picture attached) or Karl White's book on Fishing Tackle (pic attached). See what strikes your fancy. Is it rods? reels? lures? All of the above? When I picked up Dudley/ Edmisten, what caught my eye was Creek Chub lures. I though the colors and patterns were pretty cool. And I was impressed by the fact that they names their company after a little forage fish in their local waters called a creek chub. Thought that was cool and I was hooked (pun totally intended).
I started searching ion Ebay for some of the lures I found in the book, and primarily Creek Chub lures, and from the present and past sales, I learned a little more about the value of each of the lures I was becoming fond of. Going to the shows will further reinforce your knowledge of different values and conditions of each lure. Over time, you will gather all this an absorb it as you become more knowledgeable and comfortable in your collecting ways. Go to a flea market or garage sales or antique stores and see if you can locate some lures or tackle there as well. Lots of guys have little business cards they print out and leave them around antiques shops and flea markets or stores to spread the word about their interest in vintage antiques tackle.
That was me about 6 years ago when I jointed the NFLCC. I have since been blessed to have met hundreds of other collectors from all over the country and Canada, many of who now are close friends of mine. I have also been entrusted with being elected the Vice-President of Region 1 of the NFLCC (New York, New England States, Eastern Canada and I believe Europe and everything east to the Ural Mountains). I hope to meet you one day and please introduce yourself should we run into each other at a Show. You can e-mail me at if you have any questions Willy. Be well and enjoy.
V.P Region 1 - NFLCC
Me again. Sharing some pics of the lures that I was blessed to have acquired at out National Show this past month in lovely Fort Wayne, IN. As you may have guessed, pretty much all Creek Chub and one Heddon bait. Hopefully I uploaded them in the proper order.
Creek Chub 2900 Gar Minnow in Special Order "Champagne" color
Creek Chub 100 Wiggler in Golden Shiner
Creek Chub Baby Wiggler in Brilliant Greenback
Heddon 150 in Siena Crackleback
Creek Chub Pop N' Dunk in White Scale in matching box
Creek Chub Sarasota in early Perch pattern
So much for putting them in order. Rule#1 folks. Post the pics in inverse order if describing consecutively.
LOOKS GREAT TO ME!!
I just joined and I want to start collecting bomber bass lures particularly from 60's and 70's. I have been looking and buying what ever I can find of the Christmas tree design/color at e-bay and craigslist even willing to buy whole tackle boxes just to get one or two -can you or anybody help find more for purchase-I also fish with the lower quality non collectible versions that are used but still catch fish. new member bob campbell
Hi....anyone know where I would start to look for a Long Island Flasher Vintage Lure. New to the hobby, thanks much. John
I am a new member here too. I live near Gainesville Texas where the Bomber Lure Company was founded. That is one of the reasons that I decided to start collecting them. I have been looking for some of the earlier wood lures and the plastic 49ers with not much luck so far. I've been getting most of mine off of ebay. Any info that you could share would be greatly appreciated. Have you bought any books for reference yet?
@kbusbey, check out mybaitshop.com. They seem to get some good antique lures. I’m not affiliated with them in any way. Hope it’s ok to post.
Kathy, welcome to the NFLCC. Glad to have a new member in the DFW area. I live in Allen and am the President of the NFLCC. You just missed the Burleson/Ft. Worth show last weekend. I had a few Bomber 49ers with three new in the box but sold all of them at the show. I do still have a few new in the old orange two piece cardboard box that I was going to put on email next week. I also have several other loose bombers of different sizes including Midget Bomberettes. I prefer to sell directly to a collector versus eBay. My contact information is and cell 214-850-9706. Drop me an email.
Bob, welcome to the NFLCC. My apologies for just now responding to your post. I'm the President of the NFLCC and my contact information is and cell 214-850-9706. Are you listed in the directory? I have a bunch of fishable bombers of different sizes some of which are in excellent condition. I sell them for $3 each or $2.50 if you buy several. Hopefully you will see this post.
Thank you Walter. I did find them on line, and that's how I found NFLCC. I did buy a couple of older lures through them.
I saw that I missed the show. I will send you a email. I would love to see what you have!