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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


Did you come across some old fishing gear while preparing for this season’s garage sale?

It’s possible that tackle is more valuable than what you’ll get for it in a flea market. You can find out by attending the next gathering for antique tackle collectors at the Heddon Museum April 12th.

The group meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. at the former Heddon factory, 414 West St. in Dowagiac, Mich. The Museum is located two blocks north and two blocks west of the Mc Donald's.

The informal meeting of antique fishing 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.


Got a box of old fishing gear in the attic? You can get it appraised at the Dec. 8th meeting for antique tackle collectors at the Heddon Museum.

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 informal meeting of antique fishing 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.