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April 20, 1997 - vol. 2., No. 8

Nifty Minnie Lure

Nifty Minnie

In response to a request from a reader for something in the area of live minnow lures, our featured lure is the "Nifty Minnie" glass tube lure, made by Joseph M.Ness Company, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minnow lures came in a variety of forms which were designed to keep the minnow alive and 'undamaged' since these lures 'trapped' the minnow inside rather than hooking the minnow. Glass tube lures such as this one were made around 1914 by both the Ness Company and Detroit Glass Tube Minnow Company as well. Variations of this type of lure included metal wire "cages" which also worked in much the same way. A number of other companies made such lures as well and collectors specialize in just these types of lures.

The Nifty Minnie lure shown was originally given out as a salesman's sample, hence the lack of hooks. Four treble hooks were attached to the tube using the two rods which you can see inside the tube, two to each side.

Because such lures were made of glass, it is safe to say their survival rate was low! The owner of this lure and box, rated NIB, valued the pair at $3,500.

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Nifty Minne on My Bait Shop: The updated version of this page. Updated with new information, pictures and links from our parent website, My Bait Shop.


Unknown lure

This edition's unknown is a identical pair of wood lures, at least in shape and size. There is some difference in color as the red in both lures is different. Suggestions as to their maker includes the Moonlight Bait Company and Hastings (Chicago).

If you have any further information on any of the items displayed on this page which you'd like to share, please send your comments to me and I'll update the page accordingly. Contributions of interesting items and/or unknowns are encouraged! Lures pictured in Lure Lore are not for sale.

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