Questions about Homarth Baits
Two lures are commonly attributed to the Homarth Co. of Indianapolis: a "Near Surface Bait" and a lure that is a seeming reproduction of another bait from Jasper, Indiana. The former lure is documented and discussed in the literature. The latter, a bait that is quite similar to the Joseph DoodleBug, is mentioned only once (Kimball)
in known reference works, despite its recognizable origin.
The Near Surface Bait
- 1 -Kimball, Art & Scott. 1985.
Early Fishing Plugs of the U.S.A.
Page 168 - "Jos. Doodle Bug Marked - Homarth, Indiana"
- 2 - Murphy, Dudley; Edmisten, Rick. 1995.
Fishing Lure Collectibles: An Identification and Value Guide to the Most Collectable Antique Fishing Lures.
Page 178 - Homarth Black "Near Surface Bait"
- 3 - Smith, Harold E. 2002.
Collector's Encyclopedia of Creek Chub Lures and Collectibles: Identification and Value.
Page 260 - Suggests that a lure thought to be a Shur-Strike "Big Mouth Plunker" is indeed attributable to the Homarth Co. Smith also suggests that CCCBCo may have made a lure for Homarth.
- 4 - Streater, Richard L.; Edmisten, Rick; Murphey, Dudley. 1999.
- The Fishing Lure Collector's Bible: The Most Comprehensive Antique Fishing Lure Identification & Value Guide.
Page 15 - Homarth bait with original box c. 1935. Verbiage and layout of the label:
THE - HOMARTH - CO.
KEYSTONE AT PROSPECT
TOP-WATER AND NEAR-SURFACE BAITS
"LURES REAL FISHERMEN USE"
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