: Older productive lures!
11-30-2002, 09:07 PM
I have been visiting Ebay for a while and really enjoy looking at the older lures. I would like to purchase a few to try out on our trip to Lake of the Woods in May (based on your feedback). Please list your killer lures from the past that everyone should have in a well stocked tackle box and for what species (WALLEYE, Northern, Muskie, Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Lake Trout). Thanks in advance to all the older gentlemen for your knowledge!
11-30-2002, 10:30 PM
Heddon Crazy Crawler...catches fish and is cool.
Lazy Ikes.... almost everything seems to go nuts over them including walleye. I don't think you can buy them though they have the Flat Fish which sort of imitates it but not near as well as far as I'm concerned.
But lets get something straight... I'm not an older gentleman. I inherited my share of older lures from my Dad. Geez, now that it's been mentioned I should haunt Ebay more for lures.... :-)
L&S Mirrolure jointed crankbaits are great for walleye, smallies, trout, and even snot rockets. I have been using them since 1964. They are my go to bait for long line trolling the shallows and also work well with snap weights or lead line. You can find the older series (some colors are no longer available, may also be called Miralure) on eBay or buy new ones from the company at www.mirrolure.com Their trolling lure series 111MR, 112 MR, and 113MR are great for northerns. This last Sept. the 113MR21 was the hot bait for northerns where we were fishing near Atikokan.
Another bait that works great over shallow structure is the Heddon River Runt Spook floater. This bait is great for eyes and smallies. I have long lined a River Runt over shallow structure on LOTW side by side with my buddiy's Rapalas and outfished him 5 to 1. He has become a believer!
A bait called the OKee-Doke is similar to the Lazy Ikes and Flatfish. Trolled it was the hot bait on Bago for eyes about 20 years ago. Walked through the lily pads and brush they are fantastic for bass and northern.
In a group of twenty plus fishermen, I took the prize for big eye of the week three times in eight years, twice on Mirrolures and once on a River Runt. Two of those same eight years I took second place in the big eye of the week contest, once on a Mirrolure and once on a River Runt. The jiggers and slip bobber boys usually caught more fish but most of the time the trollers got the bigger fish.
12-01-2002, 09:32 AM
Sorry Ness....I stand corrected, should have included older women:+ I seem to put foot in mouth often, its a trait thats followed me since early childhood! Am i forgiven or do i need a spanking:P
12-01-2002, 10:17 AM
Pick yourself up a Hawian Wiggler. Heck, they may still make them. They are killer on Pike, Bass and Muskies in and around weed beds. Took many a stringer home from Michigans Fletchers Floodwaters back in the 60's with that lure.
I've been buying up all the old Hot N' Tots on E-bay. There are certain ones I like that I catch fish on 7 months out of the year. Believe me... these things are HOT!!! The new Hot N' Tots don't work at all.
The downside... I've currently shelled out 100 bucks for these things and so far I've recieved ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes one lure. I've kept records of where my money orders went (yes not personal checks) and I'll give it one more week until I start to get nasty with these people. I'm going to start waking people out of bed at 3AM, I'm up anyway, I work at night. Never, ever again on E-bay. I say stay away from E-bay, stay away!!! And to the guy in Erie who sent me the lure out before he got my payment, kudos to you dude. You're one of the few.
OMG, now I'm an older woman? I do hope that you're under thirty?
If so, you're forgiven... if not, bring on the paddle.... Geez, I don't think Lazy Ikes stopped being made that long ago?
12-01-2002, 08:10 PM
Ness......I didn't mean to imply.....what i was trying to say.....Oh, i don't know............Guys Hellllllllp me out here!!! Harve, got one with an attitude!
12-01-2002, 08:17 PM
Johnson's Original Silver Minnow, especially the gold weedless model for getting monster northerns out of the slop.
Walk softly and carry a big fish.
"Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is
not fish they are after." - H.D. Thoreau
12-01-2002, 08:43 PM
I've bought hundreds of lures on ebay and have never had a problem. It's been a great place for me - any lure I need can be fund there.
12-01-2002, 09:04 PM
You're on your owh here.............. LOL!!!!
Okay, okay, what you might have said originally is looking for older productive lures from friends, older gentlemen who used these back in the day and opinions from the fairer sex in our sport........
12-02-2002, 01:03 AM
I'll second the Lazy Ikes/Flatfish. I just remebered another one, Cisco Kid I think they were called in the mid 60s.
12-02-2002, 04:34 AM
Mike, I have to agree with the Lazy Ike. I also think that they are still being made. There is also the Lazy Daisy which is similar but I don't think is curved as much as the Ike. One of my favorite spring walleye lures is the red and white Bass-O-Reno. All three of these have produced numerous walleye, the occasional pickerel and some unwanted bass.
12-02-2002, 10:03 AM
I too have had a lot of luck with the Old Hot-n-tots. When they were discontinued, I bought up as many as I found and have stash of about 50 of them. They have been good producers in Canada for both Nothern and walleye.
12-02-2002, 06:03 PM
Nofish.....I owe you one! Thank you!.......Ness what do you think of that? In keeping this in tune with the strictly fishing catagorie, i also would like to thank the thousands of spineless jellyfish schooling around!!! YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE:)
12-02-2002, 06:16 PM
Lot of great suggestions so far. Should keep me busy hunting some of these lures down for a while! Thanks to all who replied!!!
My fav buckmouth lure is a Creek Chub Mouse, preferably in the yellow and black tiger pattern, with yellow tail. Just launch them out, pop them, then let them sit for up to a minute, then pop them hard. Three pops - if a largie doesn't hit it, crank it in an northern will hit it many times.
We started carving our own ;)
What do I think of that? I think you could learn a lot from Ralph :-)
12-03-2002, 03:34 PM
Ness.....Who's Ralph and whats the story???
Please note: Nofish signs off as R..... R could stand for Robert, Russell or ?????????????? :-)
12-03-2002, 04:11 PM
Ness.....Now i get it! Thanks for being a good sport, just trying to spread a little humor:)
12-03-2002, 08:39 PM
Nofish, Adman and Chatman are all me, Ralph Muccilli.
I started using the site as Nofish, a nickname I have carried since 1995 or 96 (Thanks Kaz of the MWC..LOL!)
When I started selling advertising and moderating the message boards for Scott, I took the name Adman for my Walleye Central e mail etc...
Then Thomas Ebi "Ebijack" hung up his hat as Chatman and I stepped into that role, thereby inhereting that handle in the chatsite and W/C e mail......
So, I use Nofish to post as Ralph Muccilli, Founder of Fish One Promotions, Outdoor writer, Tournament angler and semi Pro angler...... basically my personal business and opinions.
I use Adman for administrative and Walleye Central business and Chatman for all things concerning the chatroom......
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12-03-2002, 11:07 PM
Ornry?!? You'd sooner wrestle with a Grizzly bear! With cubs!!! LOLOL.
12-03-2002, 11:12 PM
I too have bought many lures on e-Bay and NEVER had a problem. Always check out the sellers profile and see if they have any negative remarks regarding their handling of transactions. I don't even bid with newcomers or suspect dealers. If they have a short record it is likely they just changed their e-Bay name and opened a new account due to being a low-class individual.
12-04-2002, 03:06 PM
Any of the older Heddon Go Deeper River Runts with either the round or earlier model flat lips are good, yellow shore minnow or perch finish. Also, one of the best baits is the full size Heddon Pumpkinseed in the bluegill or crapppie finish. As these are running $50-up on ebay, it takes a degree of risk taking to still use them. They wobble as they sink on a slack line. Also, the Paul Bunyun 66, a weight forward spinner, is very good, many similar baits out there. The old wooden Creek Chub Pikie Minnow is another good one. Oh, I could go on and on...