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The South Bend Bait Company began sometime in 1910, headquartered in South Bend, Indiana. Mainly known for their Bass-Oreno lures, but they also made many other collectible lures, reels, and rods.

This page has information on important dates, boxes, and reference reading.

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Colors of Bass-Orenos
Collectors of South Bend
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Important Dates

1912 : Earliest known catalog
1914 : Introduced Bass-Oreno with No Eyes
1919 : Started to stamp propellers with "South Bend"
1925 : Bass-Oreno transition from No Eyes to Glass Eyes
1935 : Transition from Glass to Tack Eyes
1949 : Transition from Tack to Pressed Eyes
1954 : Company is sold to Gladding
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Boxes

South Bend boxes are very collectible, especially the early introduction boxes. There are far less boxes than lures, because most fisherman threw them away.

King-Oreno Introduction BoxBass-Oreno BoxFamous 2PCCBox

Try to match your lure with box or vice versa..

Reference Reading

Bourdon, Jim, "South Bend, Their Artificial Baits and Reels", 1985

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Wong, Terry, "Identification and Value Guide to South Bend Fishing Lures", 2000

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An absolute must for any serious South Bend collector.

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