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Moonlight Trout-Eat-Us???
Discussion in 'All Categories' started by Ronald Harrington - Mar 18th, 2016 5:57 pm.
Ronald Harrington
Ronald Harrington
Hi everyone,
I recently received these lures as a gift and was told they are moonlight trout-eat-us lures. I'm kinda skeptical about that I couldnt find any information on the ones I have here. They are all different in length and body size even the ones that look similar vary from one another slightly. I was wondering if any of you experts could give ID these guys or give me any information on them, I am very curious about them. Thank you!
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re: Moonlight Trout-Eat-Us??? by Ronald Harrington - Mar 19th, 2016 6:26 pm
Ronald Harrington
Ronald Harrington
Oh man! That's a lot of books. Thank you for the help Scott I really appreciate it. I must say though if your reference collection is that great your lure collection must be a jaw dropper. I will be looking into some of the books you mentioned. I am still a true beginner collector I started collecting maybe two years ago just buying old lures at flea markets because I thought they looked interesting and told a great history of fishing. I have only recently started to try and ID them and learn their history. I can really see a passion coming out of lure collecting. Thank you again for sharing some of your knowledge with me.
re: Moonlight Trout-Eat-Us??? by Scott Jedd - Mar 19th, 2016 4:39 pm
Scott Jedd
Scott Jedd
Thanks Ronald. For a single volume overview of just lures I like Luckey's (the editions before Lewis got involved), Karl White's, and Murphy's 2 volume set. I don't mean to offend anyone, but there's lots of errors in Lewis' contributions. Lewis also issued his own 5 volume set on modern tackle makers, and there is alot of good info scattered around the 5 volumes, but unfortunately its organized in such a fragmented way, its difficult to find what you're looking for. The piece de resistance for the serious small & mid size lure maker aficionado is for sure Slade's 19 volume set. A set will cost $300+, but absolutely worth it in my opinion. I spend the majority of my research time buried in these books.

There are lots of outstanding specialized maker (several Heddon, CCBCO, South Bend, etc) , by state (OH, MI, FL, WI, LA, etc), by lure type (Rotary Heads, River Minnows, 19th Century, etc). They are all invaluable as reference for the historical & contextual information they provide. There's also old Lang's, Oliver's, Salmo, Morphy, etc auction catalogs with prices realized sheets that can serve as a great reference.

I also keep all the NFLCC Magazines & Gazettes as there are an abundance of fantastic articles spanning many different lure makers & subjects. The 2nd phase of the new NFLCC website will contain an alphabetical index to these articles. I also keep FATC and CAFTA newsletters for good info on Florida & Canada lures.

Sorry for the long-winded reply, but I hope that helped. I posted some pics of most of my lure reference library. Good luck finding some good ones in the future!

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re: Moonlight Trout-Eat-Us??? by Ronald Harrington - Mar 19th, 2016 8:47 am
Ronald Harrington
Ronald Harrington
Thank you for your knowledge Scott! Your reply does bring up another good point I would like to ask the more experienced collectors. I was wondering what reference books you would recommend I get as a beginner and novice collector. I don't prefer any one lure company I enjoy learning about them all however I do really like Heddon and Creek Chub, but who doesn't. The only book I have is Old Fishing Lures & Tackle by Luckey and Lewis.
re: Moonlight Trout-Eat-Us??? by Scott Jedd - Mar 19th, 2016 7:47 am
Scott Jedd
Scott Jedd
Hi Ronald, thanks for posting these. You have a few Eppinger Peanut & Wobbler types among a couple of other possible MI maker(s). Check Oravec, Fritz, & Peters. I can say for certain that none of these are related to the Moonlight Bait Co in any way.

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