Vintage Paw Paw and Moonlight Fishing Tackle

Horace Ball and Charles Varney founded the Moonlight Bait Company in Paw Paw, Michigan in 1908, selling handmade wooden lures (shaped, painted, and hooked to catch the biggest fish). Since they didn't have time to fish during the day, most of their lures glowed for better visibility at night. Some still even glow today. Product lines included 'Floating Bait,' 'Zig-Zag,' 'Wiggler,' and 'Dreadnaught.' The company was bought by the Paw Paw Bait company around 1928, and expanded into fly fishing lures. Look for lures in their original packaging, and be careful of imitations.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Joes Old Lures

Joes Old Lures

Joe Yates' website is a great showcase for hundreds of old fishing lures, providing high resolution photos and in m… [read review or visit site]

Mrlurebox.com

Mrlurebox.com

Take a big bite - you won't want to just nibble at Robbie Pavey's gallery of over 300 antique fishing lures, many w… [read review or visit site]

AntiqueLures.com

AntiqueLures.com

This extensive site features over 500 pages of information on pre-1940 wood fishing lures and lure boxes. Start wit… [read review or visit site]

Oldfishinglure.com

Oldfishinglure.com

This site is sure to snag you with its great collection of fishing lures from the early 1900s. Includes lures from … [read review or visit site]

TackleCollecting.com

TackleCollecting.com

Larry Nicholson's site dedicated to vintage fishing lures. Features beautiful images of lures and boxes from Fred A… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Superb Moonlight Bait In Original Full Moon Box Mint Fish Lureuncataloged Paw Paw Trout Caster/frog Splatter/gls Eyes&lure Box8 Xperienced Wood Fishing Lures Lot Paw Paw Frog Heddon Mouse Devil Horse Paw Paw Bait Company Injured Minnow Vintage Bait.Scarce Paw Paw Bait Company Carved Tail, Open Mouth 1930's DarterLarge Lot Of Vintage Fishing Lures Antique Lures Old Wooden Fishing TacklePaw Paw Bait Company Mud Minnow Caster Vintage Bait.Paw Paw Moonlight Crawdad / Crayfish Vintage Wood Fishing Lure Scarce Paw Paw Bait Company No 73 Wotta Frog Bass Bait Nib In The Pegboard Box!Vintage Heddon, Creek Chub, Paw Paw Fishing Lure, Antique Tackle Box Bait, BassPaw-paw Vintage Ffshing LureIntro Version Paw Paw Bait Company No 73 Wotta Frog Bass Bait Paw Paw Wotta Frog Green Fishing Lure 3" Great ShapeVintage Paw Paw Hair MiceVintage Heddon Creek Chub Paw Paw Fishing Lure Antique Tackle Box Musky Bait Vintage Wood Paw Paw Frog Fishing Lure Jointed Legs Vintage Antique Paw Paw Bait Company Lot Of Four Lures With Box TopsVintage Fishing Lure Moonlight Bait Co. Floating Bait No.1 Paw Paw,mich.Paw Paw Lure Bullhead Circa @ 1928Very Nice Condition Paw Paw Bait Company Reference Book. Tougas And StockmanVintage Fly Rod Frog Popper Lure Paw Paw Wotta Spatter Old Tackle Box BaitVintage Paw Paw Fishing LureVintage Paw Paw (j.c. Higgins) Injured Minnow With Box. Vintage Moonlight 3300 Series (green Scale), Wood, Glass EyesVintage Paw Paw Hair MouseVintage Creek Chub Heddon Paw Paw Antique Tackle Box Bait, Musky Topwater WoodOld Tackle Box - Old Fishing Lures - Old Reels - Barn Attic Find Heddon Paw PawArnold Paw-paw Glitter• Vintage Fishing Lures • End Of April Special Sale!!!!!Vintage Old Wood Paw Paw Wobbler Fishing Lure For Your Tackle Box Nice Nr!!Moonlight Pikaroon Wood Lure2classic Lures-1.paw Paw Wood Wotta Frog Blk/grn/yel-2.flutter Fin Black Vintage Old Wood Paw Paw Moonlight Fishing Lure For Your Tackle Box Nr!Paw Paw Aristocrat Torpedo #2400 Wood Fishing Lure~tack Eye~calling Correct Box Vintage Old Wood Paw Paw Wobbler Fishing Lure For Your Tackle Box Nice Color Nr!Vintage Fishing Lure Arnold Tackle Paw Paw Michigan #2222f With Box Green/yellow4 - Vintage Fishing Lures , Paw-paw Fish-oreno C.c.b Co.Vintage "paw Paw" Fishing Lure, UnusedVintage Old Wood Paw Paw Pikie Fishing Lure For Your Tackle Box Nice Color!!Vintage Old Wood Paw Paw Pikie Fishing Lure For Your Tackle Box Very Nice!!Vintage Old Wood Paw Paw Topwater Fishing Lure For Your Tackle Box Red/white!!Paw Paw Wottafrog Lg. Wood Frog Lure, Mi Circa 1940, Vintage Fishing TackleOld Faithful By Paw Paw Bait Company (copyright 1941) ...no Reserve!Vintage Paw Paw Bass Wobbler 3-3/4 Inch Fishing Lure