A couple weeks ago we had a Meadow Mouse Spook featured in our vintage tackle contest. So this week I thought we’d go from ground mammals to those that take to the sky. This bird lure was submitted by Trevor Hayes, who found it in his grandfather’s old tackle box. Dr. Todd Larson of the The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog knows mice, so I was sure he knew his birds, too. This bird lure lure, I thought, was a particularly pretty one.


Dr. Todd says:

“Anglers have tried to imitate every thing a bass could possible eat, and as a result we have a plethora of lures representing everything from snakes to frogs to birds. Bird lures have been around a century, and you have one of the later entries in the field: a Bass Bird manufactured by the Bass Bird Lure Company of Bloomington, Illinois in the 1980s. A topwater bait designed to trick a fish into thinking a baby bird had fallen in the water, it came in a number of colors but your Redwing Blackbird is one of the most popular. It’s a neat lure that would sell from $20-$30 in nice condition. To see collector Steve Kuchman’s phenomenal collection of Bass Birds, click here.”

Not as old as I thought, Trevor, but still a very cool lure. I’m sure a muskie would take a swing, too. If you want some pointers on how to work that lure, click here. Thanks for sending, and enjoy the Berkley Digital Tournament Scale that’s headed your way.


If you’ve already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven’t and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a Berkley Digital Tournament Scale (left, $40).