Being one of the oldest bait & tackle companies in the USA, South Bend is a brand that many lure collectors seek for their displays. Famous for both salt water & fresh water lures, there's plenty of vintage pieces available today for people enjoying this hobby.
This brand has experienced a lot of business shuffle, buy outs, name changes and power shifts over the years, and there are many collectible fishing lures with names other than South Bend, yet still associated with the South Bend name.
Finding antique and vintage South Bend collectibles is an easy task on the internet. Between auction, dealer and collector sites on the web, there are hundreds of nice lures listed daily, and many at bargain prices!
I particularly like the auction sites like eBay. I can search for exactly what I am looking for and often find it. If the price is right, or the bidding is still low, I go for it! If it's too high, I move on and wait a day or two. Chances are good another will show up and I'll try again!
I think online auction sites are a great way to obtain lures if you are just starting a collection or if you want to buy them cheap for actual use. Not all collectors are showcasing their vintage lures. Many are avid fishermen who swear by these old designs!
Sometimes incredible bargains can be found on classic, vintage South Bend lures. Inexperienced sellers will often list rare lures at low prices or have it end in the middle of the night when nobody is awake, providing a fantastic opportunity for those paying attention!
Imagine finding an old South Bend Wobbler in mint condition with the box, or a 1920's Wiz-Oreno or a salt water Oreno Teaser. It happens everyday! Life with the internet has truly made this age the best time in history for vintage lure collectors to obtain rare or scare pieces for their collections!
One of my favorite methods for obtaining lures is buying in "lots" and there are plenty of South Bend listings like this. You never really know what you are going to get with the bigger lots. These are often a full tackle box full of lures left behind by a Grandfather or Uncle, found by a nephew, and listed just to get rid of them and make a quick buck.
This can turn into a real gold mine for us collectors! While finding that elusive lure the entire world is after rarely happens, good and even great finds occur in lot buys. If you are looking for bait to use on your next outing, this might be for you! Parts can be found too. Eyes, hooks, lips and just about anything that might break. It's also a great way to jump start a collection if you are new to the hobby. South Bend is a great name to have and this way you can start off on the right track without breaking the bank.
Whether you are a hardcore collector, an avid angler or a brand new hobbyist to this game, there are certainly some great South Bend fishing lures out there. Newer lures, classics, vintage, salt water, fresh water, you name it and they've manufactured it. You can't go wrong with South Bend in your collection!