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VIRTUAL LURE SHOW XXVI

Featuring the #6000 and #6000-DD Midget Beetle Series.

Although this little brother to the #3800 Series Beetle was cataloged from 1939-1954, it is a very difficult series to complete,
especially if you include those examples with the optional Deep Diver lips first offered in 1950.
The catalog colors mirrored those in the standard beetle size. These smaller baits are much scarcer than the #3800s.
Perhaps It's due to the fact they weren't as well received by anglers or more likely because they were sold for eight years less.
Locating boxes for the #6000s is a never-ending pursuit: especially those boxes for the Deep Diver specimens.
This is logical when research shows this larger lip was offered for only four years (1950-1953).

The bodies on these Midget Beetles measure 2" and weigh 1/2 oz.
Every regular color was offered for the entire production period of 1939-1954. They were cataloged in the six beetle patterns.
No two finishes are exactly alike due to the hand work added by the lady artists who painted these little creatures.
These lures were originally available for 85c. Over the years, the price was raised to $1.40 for those with the standard lip.
Due to the smaller body, only one trailing pearl spinner was used versus two pearls on the bigger beetle.
The earlier midget specimens have "Beetle" stenciled on the head. Later baits display "Beetle" gold impressed on the belly.

Specials: There has been several special order Midget Beetles found by collectors over the years.
Many were ordered long after this series was no longer a standard offering. Some were standard colors in other series and
some are patterns made expressly for Western Auto stores. Boxes for any Specials are nearly impossible to locate.

There is one really unusual Special that I purchased about twenty years ago. It is a Midget Beetle in Silver Flash -
a very popular CCBCo finish but not for this series. Oddly, the box has an end label without the "Special" stamp.
Specials are always in end stamped boxes so the question remains:
Why did the company have labels made for a limited production Special? A couple other special order baits are also shown below.

MIDGET BEETLE CATALOG COLORS

#6050 Yellow Midget Beetle:
Typically considered one of the more common patterns. Similar to every Midget Beetle color, also manufactured with a Deep Diver lip beginning in 1950. Finding an example with this lip variation is considerably more difficult than the standard lip.

#6051 Green Midget Beetle:
Most color designations are based on the color of the body of the bait. The green comes in two different hues - A lime/gold green body or a deeper green paint that resembles a popular color painted on model cars many moons ago.

#6052 Red and White Midget Beetle:
The title doesn't really define which color is the body color. As you can see, it has a white body with outlined and dotted red wings. After 20+ years I still haven't found all of the colors with the Deep Diver options.



#6053 Orange Midget Beetle:
Definitely one of the toughest colors in both sizes of Beetles. Two decades ago I located this Deep Diver version new in the labeled box. What a find! Both lip variations are on display in this midget version bait.



#6054 Gold Midget Beetle:
Through some fortunate purchases, both lip type lures in very nice condition and the boxes are illustrated. Discovering any decent condition box for this series takes more than a casual effort. They don't always match the condition of the lure. However, a compromise on condition should be acceptable when we realize how fragile they are compared to the bait.



#6055 Black Midget Beetle:
It's possible to see countless standard Beetles for every one in the midget size, regardless of the color. It's amazing how a series with a limited color selection such as the #6000s can take a lifetime of collecting to (hopefully) complete. Both lip variations are on display to study.

SPECIALS

#6000 Natural Crab:
A pattern seen on only a few other series as a catalog color. In this case, a Special that could have been ordered by an individual, local sporting goods store or often attributed to Western Auto stores. For this bait, they were sold in either a standard CCBCo box or a black/yellow Western Auto container. This chain store enterprise coded their lure boxes with a "V" prefix.

#6000 Red Head Shiner:
Western Auto stores had a specific code (V-367) for this color in the Midget Beetle series. No record can be found from Creek Chub to ascertain if they had their own code for this pattern. Usually, collectors use the series number on a Special that isn't a CCBCo catalog number on any series. In this case, a WA code could be used but most enthusiasts are more familiar with the "series" identification (#6000).

#6018 Silver Flash:
As mentioned earlier in this article, this Special is a catalog color in more than seventy other CCBCo baits, but not here. This one was purchased in the original box. Silver Flash is a fairly common Special in the bigger Beetle (#3818) but not in the midget size.
I can't find it in the Western Auto listings.

The Midget Beetles have a charm of their own and are especially prized by many Creek Chub enthusiasts.
They are perfect examples of one of the many delightful designs this inventive company offered over the sixty-plus years
they were in business (1916-1979). Their quality of finish and diversity of body styles have made CCBCo products collector
favorites today and they remain one of the most collected companies within the vintage tackle world.

The next installment of our CCBCo Virtual Lure Show will feature: #6200 Plunking Dingers