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CREEK CHUB BAIT CO. SPECIALS

During most years of production, Creek Chub Bait Co. (CCBCo) would accept custom orders from individual customers or dealers who were looking for a color or rigging that wasn’t normally offered on certain baits. These are known as “Specials” and can be divided into several arbitrary types.
Some Specials won’t necessarily fall neatly into any of the following definitions: 

Catalog Colors I: This sounds like a contradiction of terms. The color is a standard offering on another series but not the series ordered. An example would be a #09 Brilliant Greenback color. It was a catalog color on only four of the wooden baitcasting lures. On any other series, it would be a Special. 

Catalog Colors II: Sometimes a lure will be found in a box stamped “Special” but it is a catalog color for that lure. What gives? It could possibly be an example with custom rigging. Usually it’s a lure that was ordered before or after the color was available as a catalog item on that particular series. 

Variations of Standard Colors: A slight change in a standard color may alter the final appearance dramatically. Sometimes a customer believed a unique combo of catalog colors would work wonders on his/her favorite fishing spot. A cream belly might be replaced with one in yellow or an untold number of other options. 

The Sky’s The Limit: These lures were orders from clients looking for that magic combination of paint and/or rigging that might be the secret to landing the local lunkers.
Many Specials in this category were colors not ordinarily inventoried by CCBCo. 

In-House Whimsies: Employees at CCBCo sometimes painted oddball lure patterns during idle times.
The only examples painted in any quantity were the “Toad” Van Houton lures explained under the
#200 Baby Wiggler description 

Sporting Goods Stores: Western Auto is one example of stores with angling departments. The buying power of this chain of retail outlets allowed them to order not only standard lures, but many Special colors that weren’t available to any other buyer. 

Certain dealers would help design unique body styles or variations of standard CCBCo bodies in many colors. Most collectors have dubbed these physical changes as “non-catalog” baits instead of Specials since the changes usually required more than a simple paint or rigging alteration. They won’t be covered here. 

CCBCo’s order instructions changed over the years but it was often possible to obtain Specials directly from them at a slight premium in price when ordered in lots as small as one dozen. 

Below you will see one Special from each of the original series that I have available in my collection.
All are from the 1916-1960 era. 

The actual Creek Chub series number & lure name is followed by a short comment in order
to explain their Special status.

 

SELECTED EXAMPLES FROM CCBCo's ORIGINAL SERIES

#100 Wiggler Series:

#117 Luminous White. An example from the factory sample board. This is a very rare finish. Although this series was produced for decades, acquiring a special order is quite difficult. Ex Hubert Goings collection.

#200 Baby Wiggler Series:

Pikie Scale. Although #00 is usually Pikie Scale on most bait casting series, Chub Scale is the #00 catalog choice for this and a few other lure designs. This Pikie finish Special also has a “Toad” Van Houton “Sunrise” painted lip and stencil back.

#300 Crawdad Series:

Red & Army Green finish. A “Crawdad” back stencil
dates this lure from 1935-1949. A super-special color
combination not standard  on any CCBCo series.
Ex Hubert Goings collection.

#500 Baby Open Mouth Shiner Series:

#519 Frog. Locating a Special in ANY color from this series is a very rare event. This one was purchased from one of the greatest CCBCo collection ever assembled. It is also the non-standard baby size. There isn't any record why the company decided to make a smaller version of the Open Mouth Shiner.

#600 Husky Musky Series:
#631 Rainbow Fire. Evidently produced during the
1950 - 1954 era when this matte Gantron finish was offered on other series. Although this series was available in very few catalog colors,there are enough Specials added to them to present a worthy display.

#700 Pikie Series:

Silver Base with Olive Green Side Bars
: No scale pattern and
no catalog number in any series for this unique color combo.
This pattern is also known with a cream body and tan bars. It appears to be an early 1930s bait with the "double line tie."

 


#700SW Pikie Series:
#702 Red & White. This one is a custom rigging from CCBCo known as a “West Coast” Special. A saltwater example with two trebles instead of three. A copper wire runs through the body (but not into the lip) & a screw enters the side. It has a different wire rigging than the standard #700-SW Salltwater series intorduced in the late 1950s.

#800 Deluxe Wagtail Series:

#808 Rainbow. Most collectors are lucky to own a couple Specials within the #800s. Yet, one specialist has at least fifteen different examples.

#900 Baby Pikie Series

#910 Blue and White. The blue head paint was dipped at
an angle. No eyes on this early 1920s rendition
featuring a slimmer body than later Baby Pikie lures. A "double line tie" is standard fare from this era.

#1400 Big Creek Bug Wiggler Series:

#1410 Blue & White. The baitcasting size in a design
produced in three sizes (two are fly rod baits). It may be unique in this color. This is a very unusual Special. The blue and white colors were never standard on any Original Series except the #700 Pikies.

#1500 Injured Minnow Series:

#1508 Rainbow. A Rainbow Special in this series isn’t exceptionally rare. However, it is a pattern
that is highly collected. The result in a much
sought after Injured Minnow.. 

#1600 Baby Injured Minnow Series:

#1600 Orange Gantron. This bait and one in a Goldenrod Yellow gloss paint were purchased together. The matte paint used on this example was used in conjunction with other colors
to form the #31 Rainbow Fire and #32 Fire Plug.
As a solid color, it is a special order. The black eye shadow adds to the effect.


#1700 Polly Wiggle Series:

#1700 Pollywog, Except Without Spots!
Standard features in this series are either red or black bead eyes. Also, a weed guard and cloth tail ribbon
(both usually missing) and a belly weight. The catalog version of this pattern has metallic green spots.

 

#1800 Underwater Spinner Minnow Series:

#1800 Chub. It’s a catalog color on a few other series, but not this one. Oddly, although this is a scarce series in any color, I’ve seen several examples of this
Special color.

#1900 Creek & River Fishing Lure (aka "3 Hooker"):

#1900 Chub. This is one of the most difficult series to complete in the standard colors. Finding a special order such
as this Chub example will always be considered a highlight of this collection.

#2000 Darter Series:

#2005 Dace. Similar to the later Red Side pattern except
Dace has a blended blue area between the sides & back.

#2000-S Spinner Darter Series:

#2004-S Golden Shiner. A pattern cataloged on 39 different Original Series but never on any of the #2000 variations (standard, spinnered, or saltwater). There are at least fifty different Specials known within these three types of Darters.

#2000-SW Saltwater Darter Series:

#2033-SW. The Saltwater Darter was only cataloged in
five different colors. Even the standard colors are fairly
tough to locate. Acquiring a Special such as this is much
more difficult than the other two variations
of the #2000 Series.

#2100 Fintail Shiner Series:

Yellow/Green Gar style scale pattern and metal fins. This is a rare finish from a scarce series. Not a catalog color in any CCBCo series. Ex Rick Sanville collection.

#2200 Midget Pikie Series:

#2219 Frog. A very difficult catalog color to locate on most Pikie series from the glass eye era (pre-1961). Any special order Frog pattern such as this one is highly contested among CCBCo collectors.

#2300 Husky Pikie Series:

#2339 Tiger Stripe (aka Bumble Bee).
A pre-1961 issue with glass eyes. Well-liked by many collectors. The count of the black stripes can vary from bait to bait.

#2300-L Husky Pikie Series:

#2312-L White. This is a glass eye bait in a color normally seen in later production. Red shading around the eyes & red chin blush. Only two trebles & internally weighted.
Known as the “L” (leaded) variation.

#2400 Wigglefish Series:
#2433 Black Scale. Special order glass eye Wigglefish are sometimes seen in Frog and less often in Rainbow. This pattern is considerbly scarcer. Definitely a 1950s bait.

#2600 Jointed Pikie Series:

#2640 Red & White with Glitter. Although a
Special, CCBCo DID assign this color
combo a #40 designation. There is a similar catalog color
in the #700 Pikie series. However, it is a luminous
bait & this one isn’t. This Jointed Pikie was ordered with a
deep diver lip.
#2700 Jointed Baby Pikie Series:

#2714 Yellow Spotted. It's a common color on the
#2000 Darter series, but a special order here. C.1950’s.
  #2800 Weed Bug Series:

#2818 Silver Flash. Very few Specials have been uncovered within this series, but those found are
usually of this pattern. Sometimes, a specimen will appear to be a #18 Silver Flash, but is actually a luminous bait. The test: place it under a bright light for 30 seconds and then take it to a dark place to see if it glows.

#3000 Jointed Husky Pikie Series:
#3007 Mullet.
This is an early transitional type with heavy
duty screw eye hook hangers, a thinner body than
later issues and a single line tie. It was made well before Mullet became a Jointed Husky Pikie catalog color in 1947.

#3100 Castrola Series:

#3105 Old Red Side. Locating all of the catalog colors will takes a concerted effort. Adding a special order color to the mix is quite a lucky stroke.

#3200 Plunker Series:
#3211 White Head & Black. Another similar Special is known with a black head and white body. This is a
1930s-1940s bait with a "Plunker" back stencil.

#3300 Sarasota Series:

#3302 Red & White. It appears to be a catalog bait
but look at the line tie. It is located on the
tip of the nose instead of on TOP of the nose.
Housed in #3302 Special box.

#3400 Snook Pikie Series:

#3431 Rainbow Fire. Has a feathered tarpon tail hook.
A very rare catalog color in THIS series;
a special feature only adds to its appeal.

#3800 Beetle Series:

Dipped Red Head & White with Flash (glitter) and a scaled/chain back stripe. A Western Auto Red Head Shiner pattern. A nice example from one of CCBCo’s most collected series. Virtually every CCBCo collection includes some Beetles.


#4100 Jigger Series:

#4101 Perch. A cataloged lure design made for only
14 years during the 1930s-1940s. The only "sonic" bait from the Original Series. Water rushes through the belly scoop and ejects out of the top "blowhole." It can easily take years to find a Special.

#4300 River Scamp Series:
Luminous White with Flash (glitter) and red eye shadow. A similar pattern without the luminous finish is also known.
This is a body style often mistaken for a Baby Pikie. 

#4400 Flip-Flap Series:

#4418 Silver Flash. #4418 is a catalog color, but in a unique application for this series only. It features a “platinum” paint over the back and face, no chain/scale back stripe, glitter, red chin blush and a white belly. This Special has the traditional Silver Flash finish with a green face and nose shading , a chain/scale back stripe, glitter, red blush and a white belly.

#4600 Skipper Series:

#4600 Green & White. Green and white were never standard colors on any CCBCo series. Only two or three series are known in this special rare green and white color combo.

#4900 Jointed Darter Series:

#4906 Goldfish. CCBCo utilized this pattern as a catalog
color on very few series. This isn't one of them. Some Creek Chub collectors covet this motif over all others.

#5100 Dingbat Series:

#5105 Dace. Specials in the hair bait series
are very popular. Many Creek Chub collectors specialize in all of the cataloged body styles and sizes with added horsehair. The result is a lot of competition for any special orders.

#5200 Baby Dingbat Series:

V-345 Western Auto Sunspot. One of the many
custom colors produced exclusively by
Creek Chub for this retailer.

#5400 Surface Dingbat Series:

V-334 Western Auto Black Sable. Another Special painted exclusively for this chain of stores. The correct boxes for Western Auto lures are often rarer than the bait.

#5500 Jointed Snook Pikie Series:

#5500 Pink & White Luminous. An interesting color combo. Not to be confused with the later Banana color. A 1950s Special with this late paint pattern. Quite an unusual color for a fishing lure from that era.

#5700 Husky Dinger Series:

#5713 Black.Although Black is a catalog color in the
Husky Dingbat, Creek Chub decided to forego
Black in this series. Not great condition, but I've only seen two Specials from this series.

#5800 Husky Plunker Series:

#5834 Blue Flash with Buck Tail. This series was made
from 1939-1954. Blue Flash was introduced as a catalog
color on other series in 1953 - therefore, produced as a
Special in this lure in either 1953 or 1954.

#5900 Midget Plunker Series:

#5931 Non-Gantron Rainbow Fire. From 1950-1954,
a catalog color in this series, but in a fragile Gantron matte finish. This is a late 1950’s bait with semi-gloss paint which Creek Chub evidently decided was more durable. A variation of a catalog color that was requested after regular production ended.

#6000 Midget Beetle Series:

Natural Crab. A finish often associated with Western Auto
in this series. This combo was packaged in either a CCBCo or WA box stamped V-366 or #6057.

#6100 Midget Dinger Series:

V355 Skunk. This series had a very short production run from 1940-1949. This is actually a pattern produced by
Creek Chub exclusively for Western Auto.

#6300 Pop ‘N’ Dunk Series:

Black Head and Red. This is color combo not seen as a catalog offering on any CCBCo series. Another lure design that was never a best-seller. Several Specials are known within the #6300s, but not as available as many of the better selling lure designs.

#6400 Tiny Tim:

#6405 Dace. Many special orders are known from the
Tiny Tim design, but due to a lot of collecting pressure,
the competition to add one to a collection is intense.
The series number was changed to #6100 in 1970,
well after this lure was sold.    

#6600 Dive Bomber Series:

#6611 Black & White Victory. This Special displays FOUR
unusual features: Yellow painted eyes (Victory patterns are normally made without any eyes), Glitter back,
gold plated hooks, black & white paint scheme! I'm told it was originally purchased from an ex CCBCo employee.

#6800 Jointed Striper Pikie:

#6803 Silver Shiner. Most of the Specials in the Striper series are from the post-1960 tack eye era. They include some spectacular designs. This #6803 Special was produced within the 1950-1960 era.

#7000 The Seven Thousand Series:

#7011 Black & White. The entire series offered
from only 1950-1953. Specials are unusual finds. In fact, a couple of the catalog colors are almost as scarce in superb condition.

#7100 Snook Plunker Series:

#7119 Frog. Later Snook Plunker baits were sold with painted eyes. This is a pre-1961 Special lure with glass eyes. Specials from this series are usually the #7103 Silver Shiner lures.

#7200 Surfster Series:

#7214 Yellow Spotted.
It displays the earlier “pregnant” body and glass eyes before tack eyes became standard in the 1960s. Customers could then buy this body style or a slimmer Surfster with a #700 Pikie body as standard fare.

#7300 Husky Surfster Series:

#7307 Mullet
. This is a catalog color in this model lure except
this is a special order with two trebles instead of the standard
three treble hooks. Finding exceptional standard colors or Specials in this series are hampered by low production and a bulky bait that is a "magnet" for hurts.

#7700 Salt Spin Darter Series:

#7700 Pikie Scale. An example from the 1st year of production with a single line tie within the lure's mouth. Thereafter, all baits from this series have a double line tie. A series offered from only 1955-1958. Locating quality White Cedar during this era became nearly impossible. These large baits were discontinued for a more efficient use of the wood on smaller lures.

#8000 Midget Darter Series:

#8000 YB Yellow With Black Bars.
This color combo often seen on certain Heddon baits, but never standard on CCBCo lures. Painted eye were standard on this cataloged series except on some #14 Yellow Spotted lures.

#8000-CB Midget Darter Series:

#8000-CB Silver. The #9500 Spinning
Injured Minnow was cataloged in a similar silver paint.
It was given a unique color code of "S." The above CD code
denotes a concave belly variation of the
#8000 Midget Darter series.

#9000 Spinning Darter Series:

#9038-S Pearl with Spinner. Pearl IS a catalog color on this series. Yet, it’s a Special due to the added spinner. Although the spinner baits within the #9000-#9600 series have painted eyes, they have become favorites for many colletors due to the wide range of catalog and special colors available.

#9200 Spinning Plunker Series:

#9200 Black with White Spots. Quite an unusual motif from Creek Chub. Typically, seen on late production baits, although a couple of series are known to have been painted in a version of this style as early as c.1920.


 

#9300 Spinning Pikie Series:

#9307 Mullet.
A beautiful color heavily collected in catalog
& Special examples. CCBCo enthusiasts realize the #07 pattern is known in many different Mullet colors - everything from a green hue, to silver to shades of blue. This deep blue tends to be the favoite version.

#9400 Spinning Jointed Pikie Series:

#9414 Yellow Spotted. This is one of the odd, unnatural color combo employed by CCBCo. It was a standard color in many other series, and a favorite in the #2000 Darter design, based on the examples available today.

#9500 Spinning Injured Minnow Series:

#9503 Silver Shiner. Yet another mini-jewel from Creek Chub. There are a multitude of Specials in most of the #9000-#9600 spinning series introduced in 1951. Actually, some of the catalog colors are rarer than certain Specials.

#9600 Deepster Series:

#9633 Black Scale. A series produced from only
1953-1954. Most of the other Spinning series can
be found with special orders. The Deepster design seems to be one of the exceptions due primarily to the short production period.

F-100 Fly Rod Pop-It:

#F-100 All White. Produced expressly for
Von Lengerke & Antoine, a Chicago, IL retailer of sporting goods. The CCBCo card on which the lure is attached is hand stamped  “V. L. & A. Sp.(ecial)”.

F-1100 Fly Rod Plunker Trout & Panfish Bug:

#F1100 All Black. It’s usually observed with
a black body and yellow hair. Some say it is still a catalog color and the CCBCo worker simply ran out of yellow. Yet, if the customer ordered Black and Yellow, why assemble an all black bait for them?

F1400 Fly Rod Dingbat:

#F1402 Red & White: It features RED hair instead of the
usual white. Also, it has a medium size body.
It’s somewhere between the normal size for this
series and the smaller #F1300 FR Dingbat.
All three sizes are shown for comparison.

#S-10 Wigl-Y-Rind:

S-10 Copper Plated. A bait normally offered by CCBCo
with a nickel finish. This Special was purchased with a
rare folded cardboard hang tag that explains the proper
use of this bait.
#S-30 Champ:

#S-31 Perch. Look it up – not a catalog color on this series. Not too many Creek Chub metal baits found in Special colors or unusual rigging.
#S-50 Saltwater Champ:

S-50 Pikie Scale. Finding even catalog colors in this series
is a difficult chore on its own. A Special may not excite the wood lure collectors, but to a CCBCo metal buyer, it is a major find.

 

Questions? Comments?

As more Specials are added to my collection,
that aren’t in any of the series shown here,
they will be included.
Contact me

If you have in EX+ CCBCo Specials for sale.
I may be interested in examples from these series or others in the Original Series. Lures must be factory original. NO repaints.
I can’t use the Specials from the 1960’s-1970’s.
email: fred@creekspeak.com