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A group of antique tackle collectors will be gathering for its monthly informal meeting at the Heddon Museum Aug. 11.

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.


A group of antique tackle collectors will be gathering for an informal meeting of antique tackle collectors at the Heddon Museum Aug. 11.

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.

It’s open to anyone interested in old antique fishing tackle or who has old gear that he or she would like to be appraised. For more information, email Doug Bucha at ndBucha@yahoo.com.


By Doug Bucha

Bass-Oreno turns 100.The city of South Bend’s 150th birthday was celebrated recently, but it wasn’t the only historical landmark for the city.

The South Bend Bass-Oreno, a venerable topwater lure, turned 100 this year.

The Bass-Oreno was patented in 1915 by James S. Olds of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Mr. Olds sold the rights to his lure to the South Bend Bait and Tackle Company shortly after he received his patent. This makes the Bass-Oreno not only 100 years old but it also makes it an official antique.