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VIRTUAL LURE SHOW XXV

Featuring the #5800 Husky Plunker and #5900 Midget Plunker Series.

Creek Chub produced several series based on the Plunker design. This top water bait became of the company ís great success stories. The best selling size was the #3200 series Plunker. Similar to virtually all designs, there were colors that became angler favorites and other patterns that were poor sellers. Today, those "losers" have become the star attractions for collectors due to their scarcity.

The two sizes featured here range in availability from easy-as-pie to super rarities. After 20+ years of active collecting,
I still don't have all the catalog colors that were originally produced in either series.

This presentation will begin with comments on the Husky Plunkers, followed by the much smaller Midget Plunker.
An illustration of each available color is shown with accompanying remarks.

#5800 Husky Plunker, 1939-1946 & 1948-1954

This heavy duty lure was listed at 4", weighing over 1 oz. It features glass eyes and through-wire construction. This bait was built to withstand the rigors of large species of fish. Locating exceptional condition examples is quite difficult except for the most common colors because this size Plunker was never sold in the numbers of the "standard" three inch #3200 Plunker Series. Yet, itís amazing how many catalog colors were sold by Creek Chub on a lure that was produced for a limited market.

Although the Husky Plunker was listed in CCBCo catalogs since 1939, they were never illustrated until much later.
Today, they are eagerly sought after. Very few collectors have the good fortune to own all the catalog colors.
There are some rarities that will elude all but the most persistent.
Add complete boxed lures or Specials to the equation and the number of collectors who have bragging rights quickly evaporates.

As an aside, many years ago a collector found a small group of Silver Flash examples that were packed two to a box from the factory!
They have been long dispersed to the collecting fraternity.

#5800 Pikie Scale:
Fairly common. They were offered from 1939-1946 & 1948-1954. Actually you won't have a terrible time adding this one to your collection. However, any color in this series is not to be taken lightly if you compare the number available compared to common #700 Pikies, etc.

#5801 Perch:
Fairly common. 1939-1946 & 1948-1954. Part of the fun of assembling a collection of any series is finding the "complete package". Locating the correct box, a pocket catalog, plus any other appropriate paper (depending on the era of production) is another quest of its own.

#5802 Red Head & White:
Fairly common. 1939-1946 & 1948-1954. One of several colors produced for the entire production run. More series were sold by CCBCo in this color combo than any other design. This is amusing when you remember the company continually touted their "True to Nature" scale patterns!

#5804 Golden Shiner:
Better. 1939-1946 & 1948-1954. Even if this pattern was as common as the former three, it would still bring a premium due to the immense popularity brought about by Golden Shiner buyers. The artistry alone in producing this color is amazing when you consider the research behind the final product and hiring the right personnel to complete the tedious painting task.

#5807 Mullet:
Scarcer. 1948-1954. This one probably won't pop up at the first lure show. Primarily known in all shades of blue but other color variations are also seen.

Another favorite of Creek Chub collectors but never produced in the numbers of the first four colors shown here.

#5808 Rainbow:
Scarcer. 1939-1946 & 1948-1954. It took a while to search out a nice example of this particular color. Although sold during the same years as many of the patterns now considered more common, this color was apparently not the big seller during its heyday.

#5813 All Black:
Very scarce. 1939-1946 & 1948-1954. The rarity of this color can easily be ascribed to two factors. Black lures are typically considered "night baits". Most anglers fish during the day which limits the demand for this color. Also, a great percentage of anglers are after bass and pan fish so they usually have little need for a 4-1/2" bait weighing over
1 oz.

#5818 Silver Flash:
Common. 1939-1946 and 1948-1954. There aren't any plastic baits or tack eye specimens in this series. Produced to be a very strong lure with through-wire construction and hefty hooks.

#5819 Frog:
Scarcer. 1939-1946 & 1948-1954. Actually it's not much tougher than the most common colors depicted here. The difference is the greater demand for any lure in the frog pattern. There are many color collectors for this life-like color, regardless of the company who produced it. Finding a decent #5819 box can be just as difficult.

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#5824 Redwing Blackbird:
Very rare! 1941-1946 & 1948-1954. Don't let the fairly long years of production fool you. This one is nearly impossible to find. I've never found one in any condition! I asked CCBCo pros if they were made and Bill McVeigh said he has seen a few. That's the good news. Now the job is to find any example and then hope it is better than a beater. Be careful of repaints.

#5825 White Scale:
Rare. 1941-1946 & 1948-1954. I'm not sure if I've seen five or six examples over the years or if the same few White Scale Husky Plunkers reappear in different collections. One was recently added to my hoard from a fabulous collection through a Lang's Auction. This is one of those colors you don't want to get away if you ever get your paws on one.

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#5831 Rainbow Fire:
Rare. 1950-1954. Wait a minute! How can one of the #31 color lures produced in the 1950s be considered rare. Actually, this and the #32 Fire Plug are incredibly tough in this series. I don't remember seeing the Husky Plunker, Rainbow Fire in any condition. Wish I had one to share with you.

#5832 Fire Plug:
Very scarce. 1950-1954. A lure this size is prone to some movement in the wood which causes ripples in this fragile paint. Besides this one I've seen one other "minty" one for sale. The seller asked "3" for the lure. The customer threw done three $100 bills but quickly found out the seller wanted $3,000.00 for the lure! Not sure where the value of this bait really resides but just glad I have one.

Non-Catalog Musky Plunker:
According to Dr. Harold Smith, these lures were produced from c.1925-1938. They have a profile similar to the early #3200 Plunkers and Shur-Strike Plunkers. The tail section is less tapered than the #5800s. Also, the Musky Plunker has screw eye hardware instead of the later through-wire rigging which was standard on the #5800 Husky Plunker. This one was produced in Silver Shiner.

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#5817 Luminous White:
It glows like a lantern. It was purchased with the correct box from the extraordinary Mike Hines collection. Not many glass eye Specials occur in this series.

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#5834 Blue Flash:
A lure painted c.1954 when you check the dates of this series compared with the year this color was first offered. This one has the added feature of a buck tail tied around a huge treble.

Other #5800 Collectibles:
As usual, finding the correct boxes for these baits can be a quest of its own.
Boxed sets appear even less often when they are filled with the correct era pocket catalogs and other paper items.
I've never seen a hang tag for this exact lure.
Instead, I believe pre-1950 boxed lures would have a standard #3200 Plunker hang tag since both lures
would be angled in the same manner. You could also add an order form if the bait is from that same era.

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#5900 Midget Plunker, 1939-1964 & 1972-1978/9

Produced with glass eyes through 1960 and then seen with painted eyes.
The company never bothered to illustrate this lure for several years in their catalogs.
Finally, it was illustrated for a few years in the 1950s.
It's a great size lure for pan fish and bass - a 2-1/4" bait weighing 3/8 oz.

Similar to so many other Creek Chub series,
filled with colors that range from very common to rarities that may never be found.

*Colors listed as "common" are still scarcer than the most common baits known from this company.
However, they are referenced to the other colors within the #5900 Midget Pikie series for comparison sake.

#5900 Pikie Scale:
Common. 1939-1964 & 1972-1978/9. The most available colors in this design are quite reasonable. Many of the common colors can be purchased with glass eyes for less than $50.00. The later ones with painted eyes for even less money. Then you run into the "stoppers" in this design. Ouch. This Pikie Scale will be in your hands without much effort.

#5901 Perch:
Common. 1939-1964 & 1972-1978/9. Another one that won't make you look forever. If you like your lures boxed, start looking for cardboard as soon as you can because you may find most of the lure colors well before your search for the correct boxes is even close to a done deal.

#5902 Red Head & White:
Common. 1939-1964 & 1972-1978/9. Although not one of CCBCo's "natural" scale patterns, this color combo has and does catch fish. Otherwise the company wouldn't have produced it on 74 different Original Series designs for over sixty-years! If you decide to work heavily in the Midget Plunker series, why not get a "stencil back", another unmarked glass eye bait, and a painted eye specimen?

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#5903 Silver Shiner:
Rare. 1955-1956 & 1972-1978/9. They were offered as a catalog color with glass eyes for only two years. If you decide to substitute a later painted eye bait, the hunt won't be too much easier - although quite a bit less expensive. Silver Shiner baits weren't cataloged on many series. This is definitely one that will be among the last examples you will find in this pattern. None to share at this time.

#5904 Golden Shiner:
Tougher. 1939-1964. This is one of the colors that was dropped after 1964. Most are glass eye examples but a painted eye specimen will turn up if you are patient. The earlier Midget Plunkers were shipped in the standard size "fish" motif box. Later ones from the late 1950s through 1970s are seen in the plastic top boxes.

#5908 Rainbow:
Uncommon. 1939-1954. This one was discontinued before most of the other colors in this series. Inspect closely for a dreaded repaint. Virtually everyone admires this color combo, so the competition for it becomes more intense than less favored patterns.

#5913 All Black:
Uncommon. 1939-1954 & 1957-1959 & 1972-1978/9. A color considered a night bait, but I suspect these were tried any time of the day because, when fishing, anything can happen. This size Plunker is still a favorite with anglers who prefer the challenge of using older fishing tackle over modern equipment.

#5917 Coachdog:
Rare. 1960-1961. Proof that a very late "replacement" color can be one of the great rarities in any series. You have a narrow choice. A 1960 example will have glass eyes (if you can find one) and a 1961 example will display painted eyes. I have the latter to share here. Very seldom seen.

#5918 Silver Flash:
Common. 1939-1964 & 1972-1978/9. There are plenty of these to go around so take your time and buy a nice one from someone who is a motivated seller.

#5919 Frog:
Common. 1939-1964 & 1972-1978/9. It's a great little creature that will surely bring a nice bass to the surface. Finding a beater to fish with might be as difficult as locating a nice example for you collection because many "old school" fishermen prefer them when opting to angle with vintage equipment rather than the latest gear.

#5924 Redwing Blackbird:
Rare. 1941-1949. This one will definitely be one of the last colors you will own in this series. Even scarcer than the #5925 White Scale. Although Redwing Blackbird was never sold by CCBCo in very many series, it is still a favorite of today's Creek Chub collectors. A nice one with the correct box and other correct era ephemera is arguably a highlight in any CCBCo collection.

#5925 White Scale:
Very scarce. 1941-1954: Not quite a tough as the Redwing Blackbird but expect to look long and hard to find one that meets your demands. Another pattern that is a perfect example of the artistry we have come to expect from the ladies who painted these lovely baits so many decades ago.
#5931 Rainbow Fire:
Scarce. 1950-1954. The example shown here is finished with a non-matte, semi-gloss finish. It's actually a Special produced between 1955-1960 as a glass eye lure. Locating a super matte painted bait from the 1950-1954 era might be even scarcer than we imagine.

#5932 Fire Plug:
Scarce. 1950-1954. Most (not all) #31 and #2 Gantron painted lures can be located over a reasonable time. The paint is fragile and tends to show smudges and a "spidering" effect to the paint. Fading can also be a problem. When you factor in all of these hindrances, the chances of buying select quality "Gantrons" for you collection becomes problematic.

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#5933 Black Scale:
Rare. 1955-1956 & 1960-1964. As you can see, a glass eye Black Scale was offered from only 1955-1956 and then made a comeback in 1960. From 1961-1964 a painted eye version was available. If you ever find a glass eye bait in this color OR the correct empty box, get it! You may never get another chance. Sorry, none to show.

#5938 Pearl:
Very Scarce. 1955-1958. Another very fragile paint that is prone to bleed-through. Lures from any series are seldom back marked in Pearl. This is a case where you might find the lure before the correct numbered box.

Other #5900 Collectibles:
Aggressive collectors are constantly in search for anything that is associated with their favorite lures.
In this case, it might be: unfinished lure bodies, a CCBCo ad featuring Midget Plunkers, a poster, prototypes, etc.
The most obvious connection centers on the correct numbered boxes and box "papers".
The ultimate goal is an attempt to replicate how the boxed lure may have left the factory when it
was packed for shipping many decades ago.

The next installment of our CCBCo Virtual Lure Show will feature:
#6000 Midge Beetle