Collectible South Bend Fishing Tackle
Collectible South Bend Fishing Tackle is vintage fishing tackle produced by the South Bend company.
South Bend was founded by G. Worden in 1894, and since its creation the company has gone on to produce and manufacture high quality fishing rods and reels that are extremely popular among fishing enthusiasts. Worden is believed by some to be the man who invented the "bucktail" fishing lure and the minnow-shaped fishing lure with a feathery tail.
Out of all of the South Bend tackles, the Oreno (a minnow-shaped lure that comes in both bass and trout sizes) is considered by some to be South Bend's most famous and preferred fishing tackle. Initially during the 1920s, these Orenos had no eyes on the lures, but by the 1930s the company introduced Orenos with glass eyes, followed by painted-on eyes in the 1940s.
Types of Collectible South Bend Fishing Tackle
South Bend fishing lures
Lang's Auction in Waterville, New York sold:
- A South Bend zane grey teaser lure with a red head, gold body and yellow glass eyes for $7,500 in November of 2007.
- A South Bend zane grey tarp Oreno lure with two Mustad single hooks for $900 in November of 2007.
- A South Bend zane grey teaser lure with faint stencils on the back for $1,950 in November of 2007.
- A South Bend zane grey owned South Oreno teaser lure with a coral finish for $1,100 in November of 2007.
- A South Bend zane grey lure with a coral finish for $850 in November of 2007.
South Bend lure boards
Lang's Auction in Waterville, New York sold a South Bend and Shakespeare salesman sample lure board with eight South Bend glass eyed bass Orenos, one South Bend babe Oreno, one South Bend trout Oreno (on original Fish and Feel Fit card) as well as four Shakespeare Hydroplane baits for $525 in April of 2009.
South Bend tackle boxes
Lang's Auction in Waterville, New York sold a South Bend Christmas gift tackle box including a Perfect Oreno casting reel, a Bass Oreno, Nip I Diddee, Fish Obite and a Dive Oreno, along with various other fishing tools, for $450 in April of 2006.
South Bend fishing rods
Affiliated Auctions in Tallahassee, Florida sold a South Bend split bamboo fly fishing rod with its original metal tube and fabric sleeve (circa 1940s) for $110 in January of 2011, and another South Bend split bamboo fly fishing road from the 1940s for $100 in March of 2011.
South Bend fishing reels
Tom Harris Auctions in Marshalltown, Iowa sold a South Bend #300 level wind reel along with a South Bend Pike-Oreno fishing lure and a South Bend Pike Oreno lure for $170 in March of 2009.
Guide for collectors
South Bend lures such as the Bass Oreno, the Nip I Diddee, the Fish Obite and the Dive Oreno are considered to be the most popular and rare among collectors. Bucktail lures or minnow-shaped lures with feathers from the early 1900s are considered to be both rare and valuable.
Restoration of a South Bend fishing reel, lure board or lure is recommended, but only if there is noticeable. (However, restoring an item may decrease its value).
For more information regarding South Bend fishing tackles, visit South Bend's official website.
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