Paw Paw Bait Co.
Paw Paw Bait Company began as the Moonlight Bait Company in Paw Paw Michigan, created by Horace Ball and Charles Varney in 1908. The two started the bait company by carving highly detailed wood fishing lures. The lure designers advertised the company with a niche on night fishing. They added an enhanced finish to their lures for better night visibility. Along with the name Moonlight Bait Company they announced their night fishing specialty. The Paw Paw Bait Company merged the Moonlight business during the late 1920s. The Paw Paw Bait Company is famous for their incredible finishes most notably the natural splatter finish on lures like the Wotta Frog really set them apart from other lure companies. Paw Paw Bait Co manufactured its line of fishing lures until 1970 when the Paw Paw Bait Company was purchased by Shakespeare. Sears was a client of the Paw Paw Bait Company with lures that were bought by the retail giant and sold under the Meadowbrook Lures brand. Sears had both Meadowbrook & Paw Paw Bait Co boxes in store & also sent them to anglers who ordered via catalog. Sears had their unique numbering system for lures, which didn't differentiate color. The Paw Paw Bait Co lures that were sold by Sears had some two to four colors classified under the same number. Vintage fishing lure collectors hunt for Paw Paw Bait Co products to add to their collections. If a collector finds a vintage Paw Paw Bait Co lure in an orange box, it could be a leftover fishing lure from the original Moonlight Company, which will undoubtedly add to the history of the lure. Paw Paw Bait Co built incredible and amazing lures with outstanding finishes, there are some out there for collectors to get and add their collections.
The 1600 Pikie lures by Paw Paw were first available in 1931 in a 2 hook model and later models had 3 hooks. Our 1604 is a Red Head and White body Paw Paw Pikie. Red and White was one of a few colors available in this series by the late 1940's. We are always looking for original 2 hook 1600 series Paw Paw Pikie lures in great shape.
The Shiner and Little Shiner lures by Paw Paw were first available in 1942 in both a weighted and non weighted models. The Little Shiner set as Model 8400 This lure in Shad color. We are always looking for Paw Paw Little Shiner and Aristocrat Lures.
The Shiner and Little Shiner lures by Paw Paw were first available in 1942 in both a weighted and non weighted models. This is an early 1940's Aristocrat Shiner, note the painted cup rig hardware. Newer versions had surface hardware.
The Shiner and Little Shiner lures by Paw Paw were first available in 1942 in both a weighted and non weighted models. The Little Shiner set as Model 8400 with ours being the perch color 8401. We are very happy to have this great lure in such great condition. We are looking for more.
The Shiner and Little Shiner lures by Paw Paw were first available in 1942 in both a weighted and non weighted models. The Little Shiner set as Model 8400 This lure in Yellow/Brown/Silver color. If you have Paw Paw little shiner lures you think we would be interested in please contact us.
Paw Paw Wotta-Frog Jr. #72 The Paw Paw Wotta-Frog lures started sometime in the late 1930's with these great lures being listed as new in the catalog in 1941. The Wotta-Frog Jr. was listed as new in 1948-49. Listed at #2 on Field & Stream Magazine's top 30 Antique lures ( Most Artistic Rendition of Frog skin) These lures have amazing splatter paint patterns unique to the industry, no two are exactly alike making each one special, and highly collectable. The Wotta-Frog comes in three sizes model numbers #73 & #74 and the Jr. #72.