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A group of antique tackle collectors will be gathering for its monthly informal meeting at the Heddon Museum Sept 13.

The gathering is open to anyone interested in old antique fishing tackle or who has old gear that he or she would like to be appraised.

The group meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. at the former Heddon factory, 414 West St. in Dowagiac, Mich., that now serves as a museum. It’s located two blocks north and two blocks west of the McDonald's.

The get-together of antique lure collectors is mostly a show-and-tell with some selling, trading, and buying of old tackle taking place.

For more information, email Doug Bucha at ndBucha@yahoo.com.


The annual Southern Michigan Sporting Collectibles show will be held Oct. 29 at the Sturgis, Mich. VFW from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is no admission charge.

The show will feature a selection of vintage and contemporary fishing lures, rods and reels, spearing decoys and other outdoors collectibles.

Anyone wishing to display should contact Ron Kurtz, 517-227-0216.


p>By Doug Bucha

Paw Paw Bait Company

In 1924, Clyde Sinclair and Floyd Phelps purchased the Moonlight Bait Company and changed it’s name to the Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw , Mich. four years later.

Moonlight was a lure manufacturer from the early 1900’s until 1924 and manufactured many lures, which are now called Classics, by lure collectors. The Moonlight Company got its name from the fact that the first lures that it made were designed for night fishing. They even glowed in the dark.

Over the years, Paw Paw would expand their catalog of offerings to include items such as ice spearing decoys and duck decoys. All are highly prized by collectors.

Paw Paw sold to the Shakespeare Tackle Company of Kalamazoo in the early 1970’s and a few years later, Shakespeare sold to the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana.

If you have any questions or need help with the identification of Paw Paw lures or for that matter any other lures, please feel free to contact me at dbucha@att.net