Welcome To CreekSpeak's Virtual Lure Show XXI

Featuring these Creek Chub Bait Co. Series:
#4600 Skipper, #4800 Weed Dee, and #5000 Close Pin.

 

I’ve been asked where I find all of this info on my Virtual Lure Show presentations.
Besides having the usual library of books and other articles pertaining to Creek Chub,
I own a representative collection of each year’s full-size CCBCo catalogs from 1923-1954, plus some earlier offerings
(although not all the variations within a particular year).
Also, many types of pocket catalogs and other in-house documents are in my possession.
All research is open to interpretation, but I hope you enjoy my efforts toward a deeper understanding of this major lure company.

Note: The #4700 Fethi-Min Series was never placed in full production, so it won’t be covered here and the
#4900 Jointed Darters were included with the with the #2000 Darters in an earlier Virtual Lure Show.

 

All three of these featured lure series are scarcer than common color Pikies and other CCBCo baits seen on a regular basis. Accordingly, the correct boxes can also be difficult to find. In fact, some boxes are scarcer than the lures.
Also, finding a Special in the #4800 Wee Dee series or the #5000 Close Pin would be a near miracle and you would be hard pressed to add more than two or three Special Skippers to your hoard.

WWII era full size catalogs were still being distributed in 1946 and early 1947. A dated sticker was simply placed over the 1945 dated catalog. Within the “1946” issue is a tip-in which lists the lures still available and new prices. It is dated Jan. 1, 1946.
All three of these series are still listed for sale. The early sticker “1947” catalog has another tip-in update for Aug. 1, 1946.
All three of these series have been discontinued. The only series to be revived later was the Skipper design.
 

#4600 Skipper Series: 1936-1951

This is a surface bait that sits tail-down in the water. It weighs 5/8 oz. and listed at 3” in length. This lure was never as popular as many other surface baits such as the CCBCo Darters or Plunkers. Most of the Skipper catalog colors can be found with a fair amount of effort. The #11 Black and White is more difficult. All Black is another color that will slow you down and should be scrutinized closely for originality. After WWII this series and others were discontinued for several years (late 1946 through 1949). Only the best sellers were produced during this period due to material shortages. Some of the less popular designs were never reintroduced. Fortunately, the Skipper was back in production in 1950, but gone again after 1951. ALL the catalog colors were manufactured from 1936 to mid-1946 and 1950-1951 so the dates won’t be repeated after each color.
Also, all baits have glass eyes.

#4600 Pikie: This one is not a rare or an expensive bait. These Skippers feature a weighted tail and concave mouth. Unlike Pikies and many other series,
they were never offered in other sizes.

#4613 All Black: As usual, get out your black light and look for touch-ups. Also, black light a black lure in your collection that you know is original, memorize the hue, and then use that knowledge if you are checking a black lure at another location. Some collectors shun this color, but if you are building a collection, a little common sense and trust will allow you to add this “missing link” to your cache.

#4601 Perch: Another one you will find after a cursory search. Getting boxes for these series will test your resolve as much as locating baits that fit perfectly within your collection.

#4618 Silver Flash: What a great color. A few collectors specialize in this pattern because of its popularity and availability in over seventy CCBCo Original Series
(not counting variations). Another one you can add without getting a loan from Fort Knox.

#4602 Red Head & White: I’ve mentioned this many times, but any bait that includes white will show even the most minor age lines or other hurts. This often includes baits that appear to have never “touched water.” In any case, you’ll add one to your collection from one of the many sources available today.

#4619 Frog: Although so rare in many of the Pikie sizes, this pattern is typically available in the Skipper series. Some Creek Chub series have a variation with a “brownish” green frog pattern known as Brown Meadow Frog, but I haven’t observed it in this series. Buy the correct era (1936-1951) pocket catalogs if you decide to house your Skippers in CCBCo boxes.

#4611 Black with White Head: This will be the first color combo that will slow your efforts if you are looking for outstanding condition. The CCBCo full-size catalogs available from 1936 onward list this one as “Black with White Head.” Yet a pocket catalog from this era has the #4611 described as “Black Body, White Luminous Head.” Take your choice! The box for this lure is actually rarer, but luckily won’t set you back as much dinero as the lure.
If you locate either of these collectibles,
try not to walk away until you make a deal.

 

Special Skippers

You won’t find too many Specials in the Skippers. Most will be patterns that resemble those sold by the Hootenanna Company, Montpelier, Ohio. That company also produced a lure similar to the Skipper. It’s said a woman who worked for Hootenanna moved to Garrett, Indiana and was hired by Creek Chub. She started painting CCBCo Skippers (and other series) with the Hootenanna colors. This could cause confusion except the Hootenanna’s had a metal tail cap and no eyes. CCBCo lures had glass eyes and no metal tail cap.

#4600 Green Head and White: A color combo not cataloged in any Original CCBCo series. I’ve been told this was a pattern specifically painted for the Foust Drug Store, Montpelier, Ohio or Finley Bait and Tackle Shop, Avilla, Indiana. These stores handled many types of baits from Creek Chub and decided to have several paints made exclusively for them. A rare one.

#4600 “Finley”, Yellow with Black Head: Produced for Finley Bait and Tackle Shop, Avilla, Indiana. This gem is housed in the original plastic box. It’s coupled with a light pasteboard advertising sleeve which held either a hunting or fishing license.

#4600 “Hootenanna”, Black with Green Halos and Yellow Head: Specials can be described in at least seven different categories. One of the most desirable sub-types are paint patterns that were never cataloged in any series. This one is a nice example. No record of unique in-house color codes are known today so we simply list the series number (#4600 Special) for these Specials.

#4800 Wee Dee Series: 1936 to Mid-1946

It’s listed as a 5/8 oz., 2 ½” bait. This has always been a collector favorite. It’s too bad it was cataloged in only three colors. It’s possible to find slight variations within a pattern such as those with or without black eye shade. This lure replaced the Weed Bug in 1936. Although both are considered weedless surface baits, the bodies are quite different. All examples have glass eyes.

Specials are considered even rarer than the #2800 Weed Bug series that preceded it –
although either type would be considered a centerpiece in many collections. Sorry, no Weed Dee Special to share with you.

#4800 Bug Finish, 1936 to Mid-1946: A Bug finish was also offered in the #2800 Weed Bug series, although they were painted quite differently. A very popular lure in this pattern for either series. You may find that a labeled box for this guy may be tougher than the lure.

#4819 Frog, 1936 to Mid-1946: This seems to be the pattern most often seen. The shape of this lure, the three single hooks, metal leader, and two weed guards all contribute to a lure that virtually all Creek Chub collectors admire and want in their collection.

#4802 Red Head & White, 1936 to Mid-1946: All colors typically have a metal leader attached. Perhaps not as desirable as the Bug finish, but finding one in excellent condition is no walk in the park. Fortunately, the price for all Weed Dee lures have decreased in value over time and are now affordable for most buyers. Some Red Head and White Wee Dee baits have black shading around the glass eyes and others don’t have this feature.

#5000 Close Pin Series, 1936 to Mid-1946

It’s too bad this lure wasn’t offered in several catalog colors. Instead, the typical example was offered in only one standard color combo. Although a small bait, it was promoted as a saltwater lure. The notched head had an internal lead weight that has often broken through to the surface. The hooks were usually gold plated to avoid corrosion. It’s a rare bait that is extremely elusive in higher grades. Getting the correct numbered box doesn’t make the search any easier.

#5000 Close Pin, 1936 to Mid-1946: The color combo for this lure is named the same as the series – Close Pin. It’s usually seen with a white body, a red head, a deep yellow pyramid on each side, a red over deep yellow wood tail, and gold plated hooks. My example is an atypical variation. The tail paint is reversed – deep yellow over red and the hooks were never gold plated.
Specials in the Close Pin lure are extremely rare.
The new Creek Chub book entitled “Specials” by Dr. Harold Smith illustrates about 2,000 special orders,
but only one Perch finish in the Close Pin series! Sorry, none in my collection to share.

 
Finding all the catalog colors in these series is a worthy challenge. The #4600 Skippers don’t share the same popularity as certain designs such as the #700 Pikies or the #1500 Injured Minnows, but the competition to complete this “set” is also less crowded.
The #4800 Wee Dees and the #5000 Close Pin are very popular with collectors.
I only wish Creek Chub had decided to sell them in a larger selection of colors.
Next time: The featured lures will be the #5100 Dingbat, #5200 Baby Dingbat, and #5300 Husky Dingbat.