Creek Chub Bait Co. Garrett Indiana.
Deemed by historians as one of two principal manufacturers of classic fishing tackle, the Creek Chub Bait Company's creators began making lures by hand for family and friends’ years before the business was officially launched. In 1910, Henry S. Dills, George Schultess & Carl Heinzerling joined their interests in fishing lures and officially started the tackle company. With a small factory in Garrett, Indiana, they spent the first year manufacturing their fishing tackle. In 1911, Creek Chub Bait Company was open for business & the lures delivered to local shops. C.C.B. Co grew over the next 18 years & later moved into a larger manufacturing plant in 1929. The innovators at C.C.B. Co are indeed responsible for creating one of the most important lure enhancements of all time. C.C.B. Co creators decided to place a fine netting, typically used for women's hat designs, over the lures during painting to create natural scale patterns on the lures. Collectors might still be able to find lures from the original netting paint designs as these lures appeared on the market beginning in 1917. C.C.B. Co was the first to use glass eyes to embellish its lures, glass eye or (GE) versions of C.C.B. Co lures are the most sought after. C.C.B. Co continued with glass eyes on its wooden lures during the 1950s, staying with glass eye’s longer than other tackle companies who switched to painted tack eyes. Collectors of vintage fishing lures certainly search to add classic items from the C.C.B. Co brand lures to their collections. In the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the C.C.B. Co Wiggle-fish was just one of many lures produced for Canadians by Allcock, Laight & Westwood Company, located in Toronto, Canada. Collectors with an assortment of vintage lures must include a variety of Creek Chub lures to their collection. The C.C.B. Co innovations are legendary, many serious collectors feature Creek Chub Bait Company fishing lures.
First Produced around 1906 and last advertised in 1964. The legendary lure that started it all, The Creek Chub 100 Wiggler. We have dated this lure to 1917 / 1918 based on the hardware and lip. The lure has the flattened head, hand painted gill marks, early washer hardware, double line tie and no date on the lip. Our early 100 is in the Natural Chub color. We are happy to preserve this lure in such great shape. A lure over 100 years old and its still a beauty, a testament to the great quality of the Creek Chub Bait Company and the great people who made them.
This Creek Chub 100 Wiggler is the oldest in our collection, after consulting with several experts and NFLCC members we have this lure dated to 1910-1912 era, but most likely this lure was crafted before the Titanic Sank! This is a rare and very tough early version of Golden Shiner. Creek Chub's Golden shiner went through a few changes, this near copper version was one of the early colors they worked with. This lure has no name or patent date stamp on the lip, has old washer hardware on the belly hook, and no tail washer. The shape of the lure along with the color and unmarked lip make this one a very, very special add to our collection. Now when you see the belly photo you will understand why we urge anglers to keep those awful plastic worms away from your old lures or any lures. Worm burn happens and melts the finish off lures. Please, Please separate plastic worms or soft baits from your other tackle.
Originally called the Creek Crab Wiggler, sometime around 1920 the name was changed to the Crawdad. First produced in 1917 this great lure would last until the 1960's. The lure was finished in Natural Crab and was the only finish available in 1917, but in 1918 Albino was added. In 1919 Tan Crab appeared, and in 1922 River Peeler arrived. These colors were the standard on this series into the 1950's, when Silver Flash, and Perch were added to the line up. This Crawdad features the gold military stenciling which was used from 1935 - 1949. This series was very popular up through the 1940's but fell off in the 50's. These lures had rubber legs which deteriorated over time, some lures have survived with legs. But legs or not, this lure remains very collectable and popular among Creek Chub Collectors.
Creek Chub 701 Yellow Perch color 1933-1936 era. This well preserved lure has a lot of great features that include the Blue Eagle NRA stamp on the box. In 1933 with the USA in the middle of the Depression, President Roosevelt signed legislation which created the National Industrial Recovery Act. It was intended to end cutthroat competition, and build fairness in the workplace. However for reasons of anti-trust and other issues, the administration NRA was abolished in 1936 after being declared unconstitutional. The NRA stamped boxes were used from 1933-1936. This lure exudes history in it's excellent ++ condition, catalog, order form, and lure hang tag. It's an honor to preserve such a great piece that has endured many years of history and still looks like it did the day it was made. Thanks to the NFLCC lures like this are preserved to be collected and cherished.
Creek Chub 703 Pikie in Silver Shiner. Silver Shiner was first used in 1918 when it was known as Natural Shiner. Silver Shiner was assigned the number 03 in 1925. Silver Shiner is truly a fantastic color one of our favorite.
CCBCO #1500 Injured Minnow in Pikie Scale color. What is interesting is the 1925 catalog did not list (00) Pikie Scale as a color for the Crip. The original colors for this series were (01) Perch Scale, (02) Red & White, (03) Silver Shiner, (04) Golden Shiner, (05) Red Side, and (15) Original # Plain Luminous.
Introduced in 1924 with series #1500 the Injured Minnow came in 6 colors but had a large span of colors over the years, even special order. This Injured Minnow is the "02" Red & White Color & has glass eyes.
Creek Chub 1504 Golden Shiner Injured Minnow. Golden Shiner is one of the original colors offered by Creek Chub. This amazing Crip features bronzed hooks from the 1930's-40's era, this remarkable lure never hit the water. It is preserved in new unused condition. This great lure dates to pre war era 1940-41 we believe this lure was made in the months before Japan Attacked Pearl Harbor.
Introduced in 1924 with series #1500 the Injured Minnow came in 6 colors but had a large span of colors over the years. This Injured Minnow is the "05" Dace Color, & has glass eyes. This lure ranks as one of the all time greats for any angler. This lure added to our collection via trade with a collector from Ontario Canada.
Creek Chub 1519 Frog Color Injured Minnow. This early 1950's Crip is another of our great Injured Minnows. Frog color is one Creek Chub introduced in 1924. Early Creek Chub Frog color can be very distinctive.
Introduced in 1925 & made through 1957 with series #2400 the Wiggle Fish originally came in 5 colors. This wood glass eye 2405 is the Dace color and dates to the 1940's
Creek Chub 2602 Red and White Jointed Pikie, this classic lure was just as popular as the 700's and also had a wide range in colors. This bait features glass eyes and is in great condition.
Introduced in 1938 with series #5400 the Surface Dingbat came in 7 colors and was made until 1955 This wood glass eye 5401 in perch scale color dates to 1946. Another boxed combo in very good condition, we are always looking for these great lures in boxed combos.
This Beautiful 1960's era Giant Straight Pikie, measuring in at 8 inches. Part of a large field find by a great vintage tackle shop in the U.S. This wood Red & White 6002 was found hidden inside a trunk, buried in a closet by the Chesapeake Bay. New and never used it sat in the truck for decades. We are excited to have this bait in our collection out of the dark closet and in the light for everyone to enjoy.
1940's era #6428 Tiny Tim in the elusive Grey Color. Grey color for Creek Chub Bait Company was only ever intended for this series lures. Grey did make it onto other lures via Special Order. But for the original Tiny Tim series it was Standard Color, which today is a rare find. Ours is in good shape for it's age the belly weight paint is missing, and it's got a few age lines and scuffs. No matter, we love it, and it's a great add to our collection. Our quest to find each of the original colors continues.
Very Early Creek Chub 100 Wiggler. We have dated this lure to 1917/ 1918 based on the hardware and lip! The lure has the flattened head, hand painted gill marks and fins, early washer hardware, double line tie and no date on the lip. Although due to the very early perch color, some think this bait dates earlier. Our early 100 is in the very early Perch Scale color. We are happy to preserve this lure in such great shape. A lure over 100 years old and its still a beauty, a testament to the great quality of the Creek Chub Bait Company and the great people who made them.
Creek Chub 200 Baby Wiggler first introduced in 1917 last advertised in 1954. Very Early 200 Baby Wiggler in original Chub color. This lure is over 100 years old and loaded with very cool features. The scale pattern is early you can see in the photos of the bottom that the hat netting was used. This lure has very early hand painted gill marks, and double line tie. Along with a completely unmarked lip and Washer hook hardware. The 200 Baby wiggler was the second lure offered by Creek Chub and was always a more rounded lure. The early 200's were offered in the same colors as the 100. We have this lure dated to 1917-1918, even though some think this lure is 1916-1917 based on paint, hardware and other clues, we will go with when the lure was introduced. The women in the shop did a beautiful job painting this lure over 100 years ago, a paint job we still enjoy today.
CCBCO 700 Early Pikie double line tie. Introduced in 1920 with series #700 the 700 Pikie came in 6 colors this is the early 1920's era Pikie color. Notice the fine netting scale pattern. Creek Chub 700 (00) color went through several changes over the years. Lures like this from an early and much more innocent time are a real pleasure to enjoy. When one thinks about the 1920's and the new cars and bikes of the time, the roaring 20's. Imagine rolling up on a great fishing spot on your Harley Davidson 20-J and breaking out a CCBCO 700 fresh from the shop and catching a big Bass. Thoughts like that are what make this hobby so much fun!
Early 1930's era Creek Chub 702 Pikie in standard Red & White with the double line tie . Creek Chub had Red Head and White as a standard color, but also had many variations available. Such as blended head and tail, and vertical and slant dipped versions with no eyes.
Introduced in 1921 with series #900 the Baby Pikie came in 7 colors but had special order colors also. Our Baby Pikie is the "00" Pikie Scale Color. Our lure has glass eyes, and is in great shape. This lure series was produced from 1921 to 1978 when the factory closed. This lure was added via trade from a great CAFTA collector from Ontario Canada.
Beautiful early 1501 Perch Injured Minnow. This great perch color minnow dates to the late 1930's and is in fantastic shape with box catalog and order form. The catalog listing the #5100 Dingbat as new for the year. The #5100 Dingbat was listed as new in 1937.
Creek Chub 1503 Silver Shiner Injured Minnow. This lure is in new unused condition. Preserved as close to the way it left the factory as possible. This lure goes back to 1950-51
Creek Chub 1505 Original Red Side Injured Minnow. This lure dates to the 1930's was used and has great character. (05) Red Side was first seen in Creek Chub catalogs in 1917. The color was discontinued in the 1950's, replaced by the (05) Dace Color which is a more pink and blue color. In 1924 the CCBCO catalog described the lure as Dark Green, Silver, Red in a large scale. Of course speaking of the (05) Red Side. Our lure is a mid 1930's era lure housed in a worn NRA stamped box the NRA ( National Recovery Administration) Stamped boxes were used from 1933-1936. This lure has seen action caught fish and lived up to it's reputation as one heck of a fish catcher.
This CCBCO 1518 Injured Minnow is the Silver Flash color. This lure dates to 1939-40 was kept in a dry box and never used. Well preserved and in fantastic condition.
Introduced in 1924 with a length of 2.75 inches the Midget Pikie Minnow came in 11 colors but had special order colors also. Our Midget Pikie Minnow is the original "00" Pikie Scale color, our 2200, has glass eyes and dates to 1948.
Introduced in 1926 with series #2600 the Jointed Pikie came in 14 colors but had special order colors also. This Jointed Pikie is the "01" Perch Scale Color, & has glass eyes, Creek Chub last advertised this series in 1978. This great lure was traded to us by a great CAFTA collector located in Ontario Canada. Equally as famous as the #700 series the #2600 Jointed Pikie is a legendary bait.
Introduced in 1927 with series #2700 the Baby Jointed Pikie came in 6 colors but had special order colors also. This Baby Jointed Pikie is the "00" Pikie Scale Color, & has the tack eyes, which Creek Chub switched to in 1960. Our lure is dated to 1961-63 as the wood Baby Jointed Pikie was last advertised in wood in 1963.
Introduced in 1938 with series #5400 the Surface Dingbat came in 7 colors and was made until 1955 This wood glass eye 5419 in Frog color dates to the early 1940's. The Surface Dingbat is a little harder to find than the #5100 and #5200 series Dingbats. And very hard to find in boxed complete combos in this condition. We look for Excellent ++ lures like this to add to our collection, when we find them, we get them.
This Beautiful 1960's era Creek Chub Giant Pikie was Special Ordered decades ago. Black Scale color was not a standard color for the 6000 Giant Straight Pikie series, measuring in at 8 inches. Part of a large field find by a great vintage tackle shop in the U.S. This wood Black Scale 6033 was found hidden inside a trunk, buried in a closet by the Chesapeake Bay. New and never used it sat in the trunk for decades. We are excited to have this bait in our collection out of the dark closet and in the light for everyone to enjoy. Just showing that great lures can be found just about anywhere, at any time, making us wonder what else is out there to be found.
Creek Chub 6425 Tiny Tim in a very tough White Scale color, with Military Stencil on top Dated to 1940's era. Military stenciling was used on CCBCO lures from around 1935 to 1949. First Produced in 1941 these lures had three colors specific to the series. (White with Red wings, Spotted, and Gray) Also tough colors like White Scale and Red Wing Black Bird. These cool lures were taken out of production from 1955-1969 and then brought back in to production in the 1970's with a few Fluorescent colors as well as 01, 02, and 18. One of the first of the lures to be offered in both the Deep diving lip, and Standard lip. A real favorite among collectors, and a real favorite of ours. It's called Tiny Tim, but actually it's a Big piece to any CCBCO Collection.