History of Fred Arbogast Vintage Fishing Lures

Fred Arbogast's Inventive Vintage Lures

The Fred Arbogast Company is known for popular lures such as the Jitterbug and the Hula Popper. These topwater lures are famous for tempting numerous species of fish and have brought pleasure to fishermen all over the world.

Lure creator Fred Arbogast formally began his company in 1930 after discovering a talent for carving lures that attracted fish. The craftsman originally worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company when he began shaping his lures for personal fishing expeditions and those of his family and friends. His lures grew in popularity and several local tackle stores asked him to stock their shelves.

Arbogast quit his day job in 1926 and started his company a few years later. The lure maker decided to market the Spin-tail Kicker as his company's first official lure. Arbogast cast the lure from tin, which allowed fishermen to adjust the lure's wings to their personal fishing specifications and water conditions.

The Spin-tail Kicker tempted fish consistently and the company took off. Arbogast decided it was time to publicize his new business and selected the Hunting and Fishing Magazine for his first advertisement, which ran in the June 1926 edition.

Arbogast's hobby officially became a money making venture and the company released a new lure the following year called the Tin Liz. The new lure offered anglers the same fish catching benefits of the Spin-tail kicker, but added more sizes. Bass have found this lure to be irresistible and collectors can find the classic lure in gold with a scarlet painted head.

The company then added the Hawaiian Wiggler to its lineup as Hawaiian culture had become trendy. Arbogast decided to add a colorful plastic hula skirt to the lure by slicing a thin piece of rubber into narrow strips for the popular enhancement. The sales figures for Arbogast's new lure thrived and he quickly requested a patent for his skirt design. The patent was given to him in 1938 and many anglers today own a lure with this fish enticing addition.

Fred Arbogast died in 1947 and is credited for designing 11 different lures during his lifetime. In fact, a number of the lures in the company's current product line include elements from the lure designer's original creations.

Fred Arbogast constructed his Sunfish lure in 1927 and shaped it to look like a bluegill fish. Furthermore, this fishing implement is gold with green highlights and includes a moving tail with realistic eyes. Collectors will want this lure for its superb detailing.

Later, around 1930, the popular lure designer added the Weedless Kicker to his product line. This unique vintage lure includes glass eyes and a feathered rubber tail. The Weedless Kicker is a lure that will create a disturbance when riding through the water and is sure to catch the attention of big fish.

The classic Jitterbug lure made its first appearance in 1937 and Arbogast patented the design in 1940. It is considered the best topwater lure for night fishing, but offers anglers plenty of action during the day as well. The lure includes a double-cupped lip that is set at the proper angle to expel a fish attracting sound.

The Hula Popper has been around for almost 60 years and has proven itself to be a major temptation to large sized bass. The lure is popular with fish at all times of the day and attracts them when it's "popped" over lake debris such as weeds or grass. Collectors may find this lure in a rare solid black. However, the company manufactured the lure in other color combinations such as white with a red head and light green with dark green spots.

A vintage Hula Dancer is needed in every angler's tackle box. Arbogast added the lure to the company's line in 1944. The Hula Dancer is bait that will sink to where the fish are and is designed to attract fish with its white body and red head.

In 1946, the Sputterfuss was introduced to the fishing equipment market. The lure has a double-bladed front spinner that causes noise and rides along the surface of water. Additionally, this fish temptation has a large skirt and a trailing hook. Arbogast made the lure to pop along when an angler reels it in. Also, the Sputterfuss was produced in a number of colors including yellow and green.

Fred Arbogast then designed the Sputterbug, which also included a skirt. This vintage lure is available in a frog pattern and was also manufactured in black with red accents. Fishermen who appreciate classic fishing devices will be glad to have this capable lure in their tackle box.

The Arbo-Gaster was released in 1956 with a lip design that allowed the lure to dive deep underwater. Additionally, the lip protects the fishing device from getting caught on underwater debris. The Fred Arbogast Company manufactured the lure in bright yellow, which will certainly tempt the fish to bite.

Collectors of vintage fishing lures will want to locate Arbogast's wooden wire lures called the Scudder, Prancer and Dasher. The Scudder lure is designed to pop up through the water while the Prancer was created with surface action. Furthermore, the Prancer lure was enhanced with buck tails.

The Dasher lure was released in 1962 and was built to mimic a wounded fish. The lure was constructed with propellers in the front and back to create the proper fish enticing movement. Also, the lure was given its name to remember a beloved Arbogast sales representative and saltwater fishermen named Mr. "Dash" Gowen who passed away.

The Arbogast Company introduced the Mud Bug in 1968. It was designed to remind fish of crayfish and is built to tempt fish in both fresh and saltwater. The lure was even constructed to reel in backwards, which mimics a fleeing crayfish. Collectors can locate the lure in five different sizes.

Fred Arbogast was a brilliant lure innovator. Furthermore, his designs have created classic fishing lures worthy of collecting while proving each one still has the ability to hook a big fish.