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CREEK CHUB BAIT CO. SPECIALS

 

SELECTED EXAMPLES FROM CCBCo's ORIGINAL SERIES
 

During most years of production, Creek Chub Bait Co. (CCBCo) would accept custom orders from individual customers or dealers who were looking for a color or rigging that wasn’t normally offered on certain baits. These are known as “Specials” and can be divided into several arbitrary types.
Some Specials won’t necessarily fall neatly into any of the following definitions: 

Catalog Colors I: This sounds like a contradiction of terms. The color is a standard offering on another series but not the series ordered. An example would be a #09 Brilliant Greenback color. It was a catalog color on only four of the wooden baitcasting lures. On any other series, it would be a Special. 

Catalog Colors II: Sometimes a lure will be found in a box stamped “Special” but it is a catalog color for that lure. What gives? It could possibly be an example with custom rigging. Usually it’s a lure that was ordered before or after the color was available as a catalog item on that series. 

Variations of Standard Colors: A slight change in a standard color may alter the final appearance dramatically. Sometimes a customer believed a unique combo of catalog colors would work wonders on his/her favorite fishing spot. A cream belly might be replaced with one in yellow or an untold number of other options. 

The Sky’s The Limit: These lures were orders from clients looking for that magic combination of paint and/or rigging that might be the secret to landing the local lunkers.
Many Specials in this category were colors not ordinarily inventoried by CCBCo. 

In-House Whimsies: Employees at CCBCo sometimes painted oddball lure patterns during idle times.
The only examples painted in any quantity were the “Toad” Van Houton lures explained under the
#200 Baby Wiggler description 

Sporting Goods Stores: Western Auto is one example of stores with angling departments. The buying power of this chain of retail outlets permitted them to order not only standard lures but many Special colors that weren’t available to any other buyer. 

Certain dealers would help design unique body styles or variations of standard CCBCo bodies in many colors. Most collectors have dubbed these physical changes as “non-catalog” baits instead of Specials since the changes usually required more than a simple paint or rigging alteration. They won’t be covered here. 

CCBCo’s order instructions changed over the years but it was often possible to obtain Specials directly from them at a slight premium in price when ordered in lots as small as one dozen. 

Below you will see one Special from each of the original series that I have available in my collection.
All are from the 1916-1960 era. 

The actual Creek Chub series number & lure name is followed by a short comment next to each
example to explain their Special status.

 

SELECTED EXAMPLES FROM CCBCo's ORIGINAL SERIES

#100 Wiggler Series:

  #101 Perch. Notice the oversized, flat head.
Housed in a #101 Special box.

#200 Baby Wiggler Series:

#200 Silver Shiner Special. An in-house custom color developed by employee “Toad” Van Houton.
A silver body with silver scales. This is one of many styles of Toad’s regular or elongated lips he hand painted in several patterns. 

#300 Crawdad Series:

V-364. A color combo made expressly for Western Auto.
This pattern is known as Red Devil.
The back is stenciled “Crawdad”.

#500 Baby Open Mouth Shiner Series:

#519 Frog. Locating a Special in ANY color from this series is a very rare event. This one was purchased from one of the greatest CCBCo collection ever assembled. It is also the non-standard baby size. There isn't any record why the company decided to make a smaller version of the Open Mouth Shiner.

#600 Husky Musky Series:
#631 Rainbow Fire. Evidently produced during the
1950 - 1954 era when this matte Gantron finish was offered on other series. Specials from this series are scarce and very desirable. 

#700 Pikie Series:

#733 Black Scale with PINK sides. It’s normally a catalog color in Black and White Scale. I’ve listed two variations from this series since one is a two hook (saltwater) lure and this is the standard three treble hook design. 

#700SW Pikie Series:
#702 Red & White. This one is a custom rigging from CCBCo known as a “West Coast” Special. A saltwater example with two trebles instead of three. A copper wire runs through the body (but not into the lip) & a screw enters the side.

#800 Deluxe Wagtail Series:

#808 Rainbow. Finding any Special in this series
is a real challenge.

#900 Baby Pikie Series:

#934 Blue Flash. A color normally associated with saltwater baits. This example is from the 1950’s.

#1400 Big Creek Bug Wiggler Series:

#1410 Blue & White. The baitcasting size in a design
produced in three sizes (two are fly rod baits). It may be unique in this color. This is one of my best Specials.

#1500 Injured Minnow Series:

#1508 Rainbow. A Special in this series that isn’t exceptionally rare. However, Rainbow is a pattern
that is highly collected, resulting in a much
sought after Special. 

#1600 Baby Injured Minnow Series:

#1600 Orange Gantron. When colors aren’t used on ANY CCBCo series, they are usually given the series number by collectors, since there isn’t any other reference to use. This matte paint was used in conjunction with other colors to form the #31 Rainbow Fire & #32 Fire Plug. As a solid color, it is a special order.

#1700 Poly Wiggle Series:

#1700 Pollywog, Except Without Spots!
Any Special in this series (1923-1931) IS VERY UNUSUAL. Standard features in this series are either red or black bead eyes. Also, a weed guard and cloth tail ribbon
(both usually missing), and a belly weight.

#1800 Underwater Spinner Minnow Series:

#1800 Chub. It’s a catalog color on a few other series, but not this one. Oddly, although this is a scarce series in any color, I’ve seen several examples of this
Special color.

#1900 Creek & River Fishing Lure (aka "3 Hooker"):

#1900 Chub. Locating a catalog color in this condition would be a major find. Finding a Special Order such as this Chub example is a real coup.

#2000 Darter Series:

#2005 Dace. Similar to the later Red Side pattern except
Dace has a blended blue area between the sides & back.

#2000-S Spinner Darter Series:

#2004-S Golden Shiner. A pattern cataloged on 39 different Original Series but never on any of the #2000 variations (standard, spinnered, or saltwater). There are at least fifty different Specials known within these three types of Darters.

#2000-SW Saltwater Darter Series:

#2033-SW. The Saltwater Darter was only cataloged in five different colors. Even the standard colors are fairly tough to locate. Acquiring a Special such as this is much more difficult than the other two variations of the #2000 Series.

#2100 Fintail Shiner Series:

#2100 Pikie Scale. It’s a common color on many designs. In this case, never a catalog color on this scarce series.

#2200 Midget Pikie Series:

#2219 Frog. A very difficult catalog color to locate on most Pikie series from the glass eye era (pre-1961). Never a standard color on this series, hence an admired Special.

#2300 Husky Pikie Series:

#2303 Silver Shiner. It is unusual to find a special order in this series. Although, this was a catalog color on 20+ different original CCBCo series, it was also a popular special order color by early anglers.

#2300-L Husky Pikie Series:

#2312-L White. This is a glass eye bait in a color normally seen in later production. Red shading around the eyes & red chin blush. Only two trebles & internally weighted. Known as the “L” (leaded) variation.

#2400 Wigglefish Series:
#2433 Black Scale. Special order glass eye Wigglefish are sometimes seen in Frog and less often in Rainbow. This pattern is considerbly scarcer. Definately a 1950s bait.

#2600 Jointed Pikie Series:

#2640 Red & White with Glitter. Although never a catalog color on any series, CCBCo DID assign this color combo a #40 designation. There is a similar catalog color in the #700 Pikie series. However, it is a luminous bait & this one isn’t. This Special was ordered with a deep diver lip.

#2700 Jointed Baby Pikie Series:

#2714 Yellow Spotted. It's a common color on the
#2000 Darter series but a special order here. C.1950’s.

  #2800 Weed Bug Series:

#2818 Silver Flash. Very few Specials have been uncovered within this series, but those found are
usually of this pattern.

#3100 Castrola Series:

#3105 Old Red Side. Although this series was cataloged for 14 years, Specials of any color are highly unusual.

#3200 Plunker Series:

#3203 Silver Shiner. Has a stenciled back. Plunkers are
highly collected; therefore, all Specials from this best
selling series are coveted.

#3300 Sarasota Series:

#3302 Red & White. It appears to be a catalog bait
but look at the line tie. It is located on the
tip of the nose instead of on TOP of the nose.
Housed in #3302 Special box.

#3400 Snook Pikie Series:

#3431 Rainbow Fire. Has a feathered tarpon tail hook.
A very rare catalog color in THIS series;
a special feature only adds to its appeal.

#3800 Beetle Series:

#3818 Silver Flash. A fairly large group were produced
for the Sutcliffe Co. in Louisville, KY. 

#4300 River Scamp Series:

#4304 Golden Shiner. A popular catalog color on many other series of CCBCo lures.

#4600 Skipper Series:

#4600 Green & White. This color combo wasn't a
catalog color in any series. Therefore, it was given a
generic number based on the series and not a
specific color code. 

#4900 Jointed Darter Series:

#4906 Goldfish. CCBCo utilized this pattern as a catalog
color on very few series. Some Creek Chub collectors covet this motif over all others.

#5100 Dingbat Series:

#5105 Dace. Specials in the hair bait series
are very popular.

#5200 Baby Dingbat Series:

V-345 Western Auto Sunspot. One of the many
custom colors produced exclusively by
Creek Chub for this retailer.

#5400 Surface Dingbat Series:

V-334 Western Auto Black Sable. Another
proprietary Special for this chain of stores.

#5500 Jointed Snook Pikie Series:

#5500 Pink & White Luminous. An interesting color combo. Not to be confused with the later Banana color.

#5700 Husky Dinger Series:

#5713 Black. You'll rarely see a Special in this series regardless of color! Although Black is a catalog color in the Husky Dingbat, Creek Chub decided to forego
Black in this series.

#5800 Husky Plunker Series:

#5834 Blue Flash with buck tail. This series was made
from 1939-1954. Blue Flash was introduced as a catalog
color on other series in 1953 - therefore, produced as a
Special in this lure in either 1953 or 1954.

#5900 Midget Plunker Series:

#5931 Non-Gantron Rainbow Fire. From 1950-1954,
a catalog color in this series, but in a Gantron matte finish. This is a late 1950’s bait with a glossy paint that Creek Chub decided to later use. A variation of a
catalog color that was requested after regular production ended.

#6000 Midget Beetle Series:

#6018 Silver Flash. Although a Special in this series,
this lure is in its original LABEL end box.
Normally, Specials are in end STAMPED boxes
due to their limited production
(not enough made to warrant CCBCo to print labels).

#6100 Midget Dinger Series:

V355 Skunk. Specials from this series are very scarce due to the short production run from 1940-1949.
This is actually a proprietary pattern produced by
Creek Chub exclusively for Western Auto.

#6300 Pop ‘N’ Dunk Series:

#6308 Rainbow.
It’s a treat to find a Special in this series –
especially in a highly collected color such as this.

#6400 Tiny Tim:

#6404 Golden Shiner
This series held many unusual patterns not available as a catalog color on other Creek Chub body styles. Although Golden Shiner was a popular seller on many series,
it was custom ordered here.
This example is a 1930s-1940s bait with a stenciled back. This series was changed to #6100 in 1970.

#6600 Dive Bomber Series:

#6611 Black & White Victory.
This is by far my best Special. It displays FOUR
special features: Yellow painted eyes (Victory patterns normally made without any eyes), Glitter back,
gold plated hooks, black & white paint scheme!

#6800 Jointed Striper Pikie:

#6803 Silver Shiner.
Not many Specials in the pre-1961
glass eye era appear in this series.

#7000 The Seven Thousand Series:

#7011 Black & White. The entire series offered
from only 1950-1953. Few Specials were made.

#7100 Snook Plunker Series:

#7103 Silver Shiner. Several catalog colors in this series,
but not this one.

#7700 Salt Spin Darter Series:

#7700 Pikie Scale. An example from the 1st year of production with a single line tie within the lure's mouth. Thereafter, all baits from this series have a double line tie. Specials of this design are very unusual due to the limited years of production, 1955 - 1958.

#8000 Midget Darter Series:

#8000 YB Yellow With Black Bars.
This color combo often seen on certain Heddon baits, but never standard on CCBCo lures.

#8000-CB Midget Darter Series:
#8000-CB. This one is assigned a series number because it isn't a catalog color in any series. The #9500 Spinning Injured Minnow was cataloged in a similar silver paint. It was given a unique color code of "S." The above CD code denotes a concave belly variation of the #8000 Midget Darter series.

#9000 Spinning Darter Series:

#9038-S Pearl with spinner.
Pearl IS a catalog color on this series.
Yet, it’s a Special due to the added spinner.

#9200 Spinning Plunker Series:

#9200 White with Black Spots.
It was never a catalog color on ANY Creek Chub series.

#9300 Spinning Pikie Series:

#9307 Mullet.
A beautiful color heavily collected in catalog
& Special examples.

#9400 Spinning Jointed Pikie Series:

#9414 Yellow Spotted.
This is one of the odd, unnatural color combos
employed by CCBCo.

#9500 Spinning Injured Minnow Series:

#9503 Silver Shiner.
Yet another mini-jewel from Creek Chub.

#9600 Deepster Series:

#9633 Black Scale. A series produced from only
1953-1954. Most of the other Spinning series can be found with special orders. The Deepster design seems
to be one of the exceptions.

#F-100 Fly Rod Pop-It:

#F-100 All White Special produced expressly for
Von Lengerke & Antoine, a Chicago, IL retailer of sporting goods. The CCBCo card on which the lure is attached is
hand stamped  “V. L. & A. Sp.(ecial)”.

#F-1100 Fly Rod Plunker Trout & Panfish Bug:

#F1100 All Black lure. It’s usually seen with
a black body and yellow hair. Either the assembler
at Creek Chub ran out of yellow hair and used black
or it is a Special.

#F1400 Fly Rod Dingbat:

#F1402 Red & White body with RED hair instead of
usual white. Also, it has a medium size body.
It’s somewhere between the normal size for this
series and the smaller #F1300 FR Dingbat.
All three sizes are shown for comparison.
#S-10 Wigl-Y-Rind:

S-10 COPPER plated. A bait normally offered by CCBCo
with a nickel finish. This Special was purchased with a
rare folded cardboard hang tag that explains the proper
use of this bait.
#S-30 Champ:

#S-31 Perch. Look it up – not a catalog color on this series. Not too many Creek Chub metal baits found in Special colors or rigging.
#S-50 Champ:

S-50 Pikie Scale. Finding catalog colors in this series is very difficult. Locating a Special such as this is highly unusual.
Questions? Comments?

As more Specials are added to my collection, that aren’t in any of the series shown here, they will be included.
Contact me

If you have in EX+ CCBCo Specials for sale.
I may be interested in examples from these series or others in the Original Series. Lures must be factory original. NO repaints.
I can’t use the Specials from the 1960’s-1970’s.
email: fred@creekspeak.com