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VIRTUAL LURE SHOW XXVII

Featuring The #6200 Plunking Dinger, 1940-1953

This is one of the more intriguing designs from this company. It weighs 3/8 oz. and measures 4" including the tail.
It appears to be a hybrid surface bait that borrows features from three other CCBCo series: side hooks as seen on Injured Minnows,
a concave round mouth similar to the top-water Plunkers and a bushy horsehair tail that was also used on the Dingers.

This series was available in ten different catalog colors. Several motifs can be located after a reasonable search,
but nothing is very common. The toughest patterns are: #05 Dace, #24 Redwing Blackbird, #25 White Scale.
Plunking Dingers employed a lead weight between the hooks so the bait would rest on its right side with the trebles in the underwater position.
More often than not, the paint on or around the lead has bubbled or broken away which can
measurably hurt the value of the bait, depending on the percentage of paint missing.

As usual, finding all the correctly numbered boxes for these lures is a difficult mission of its own.
For those who only want like-new lures for their collection, finding the matching condition boxes is a near impossibility.
Due to the fragile nature of cardboard, it might be wise to be more lenient in this area.
If a superior condition box appears later, the lesser box can easily be sold from this series.

Special order examples from the #6200 Series are far and few between. Most CCBCo collectors don't own a single specimen
nor have seen one in otherís collections. Following suit: I don't have one to share.

Each catalog color is shown with a brief comment particular to that bait. There aren't any major variations of these lures,
so after assembling the ten standard colors, the project continues with acquiring the correctly numbered boxes, order forms,
pocket catalogs, and possibly a Special or two before you can have full bragging rights.
Actually, a smart move is to search out ANY of these components in no particular order rather than always buy the lure first.
You may only get one chance, especially a nice Plunking Dinger box.

#6200 Pikie Scale (1940-1953):

This one shouldn't give you fits unless you want a virtually perfect example. Typically, it is a common or fairly common color on most series in which it was cataloged. The exceptions are several of the saltwater baits. Pikie Scale is either quite scarce in these series because most anglers of the past didn't perceive them as a "saltwater color" or they were special orders.

#6201 Perch (1940-1953):

Another pretty finish from CCBCo and among the biggest selling colors by this company. Again, not rare by any means, but when you compare any of these lures to the most common Pikies and many other series, you'll soon realize this project won't be completed after a cursory search on the internet and a few lure shows.

 

#6202 Red Head & White (1940-1953):

More Original Series were painted in this red/white motif (seventy-seven) than any other pattern by Creek Chub. It's possible to have 250-300 baits in this color combo if one considers all the known Specials plus the hardware and marking variations within each cataloged series!

#6204 Golden Shiner (1940-1953):

What a handsome lure. It reminds me of the beautiful sheen on fine gold jewelry. This one will give you more trouble tracking it down. Too much competition from all those Creek Chug collectors chasing anything Golden Shiner and a little scarcer color to boot.

#6205 Dace (1940-1953):

This one will stop you in your tracks and the box doesn't make the job any easier. The #05 number was also shared with Old Red Side and New Red Side on certain other designs. This series is too late for the Old Red Side and I've never observed a true New Red Side (no blue) in the Plunking Dingers.

 #6213 Black (1940-1953):

As usual, check this one out with a black light and compare the changed shade under the light with a known black lure. Actually, it shouldn't be a problem in this series because this color isn't a big premium item. Touch-ups would more likely be the culprit. Similar to white, black also shows the slightest flaw in the paint, so finding an acceptable example can take time.

#6218 Silver Flash (1940-1953):

This one will come your way without a great effort. It's a pattern that was introduced in 1926 on other series and became one of Creek Chub's all-time top sellers.
The great attraction of this series is partially based on its unique design which can't be confused with any other CCBCo motifs and Plunking Dingers were only available in this one size bait.

#6219 Frog (1940-1953):

This finish obviously caught fish because it seems every major lure company offered a frog design in their line of baits. Creek Chub was no different. Their frog pattern was cataloged in thirty-seven different models from the Original Series (#100-#9600 series). An example that meets your standards should pop up after a reasonable search.

#6224 Redwing Blackbird (1941-1953):

This gorgeous design was cataloged on only nine different models. It's too bad, because it is a favorite with virtually all CCBCo enthusiasts. All the series in this color are considered scarce to very difficult to find. You probably won't get a bargain on this one because every savvy seller knows this is a premium color combo. Good luck locating a nice specimen.

#6225 White Scale (1941-1953):

The job doesn't get any easier for this color over the #6224 Redwing Blackbird. The #25 White Scale is considered by many to be one of the outstanding designs ever conceived by this company. This is another pattern only offered in nine different Original Series. Most likely, this lure and box will be among the last additions to your hoard from this series.

Fortunately, all of the catalog colors are displayed here.
This isn't always the case for every design featured in my Virtual Lure Shows,
but the search is what keeps us on that trail that never ends for our next elusive find from our favorite series.

Next time the #6300 Series Pop 'N' Dunk will be showcased. Stay tuned.