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Fishing - General

Some say that fishing gear from the days of old has a sort of romance to it—perhaps a reminder of simpler times or a memory of a childhood excursion. With that emotion, and a bit of nostalgic thinking, a collector will find an entire world of fishing gear available.

The earliest evidence of fishing gear dates back China in 4th century B.C. During that time, anglers fished with bamboo rods, silk line, and needle hooks.

The first modern fishing gear appeared during the 1700s and 1800s when rods, reels, lures, baits, creels, bobbers, and tackle boxes became available commercially. It was from this time period to the '40s that fishing equipment experienced its golden age. Equipment made during this time period continues to increase in value.


Quick Facts

  • Early fishing creels were made of leather as well as wicker and willow. Bonham’s auctioned a rare 19th century example for nearly $13,000 in 2008, a record-setting amount
  • The Phantom Minnow is considered the earliest version of the false minnow. It was produced in the late 1800s and was one of the first baits to have both a barbed and treble hook together
  • A fishing decoy made in the '30s by Ray Albert Thompson of Park Falls, Minnesota sold for a record $15,000 at a 2008 Guyette and Schmidt, Inc. auction

Recommended Items at Auction

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GLASS FISHERMANS FLOAT BALL
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
GLASS FISHERMANS FLOAT BALL
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD9010 Bids
Stanley Fishing Box w/fishing stuff
May 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Stanley Fishing Box w/fishing stuff
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$63 Bids
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Fishing tackle lot
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Fishing tackle lot
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $30- $40
$102 Bids
EARLY CENTER HOLE CREEL
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
EARLY CENTER HOLE CREEL
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$602 Bids
FISH CREEL
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
FISH CREEL
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
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FELIPE LOPEX "CHARLESTON NIGHT" 2018
Jun 05, 6:00 PM CDT
FELIPE LOPEX "CHARLESTON NIGHT" 2018
by Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions
Est: $3,000- $6,000
$1,5000 Bids
CENTER HOLE CREEL
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
CENTER HOLE CREEL
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
PHILIPPINE ELABORATE FISHING SPEAR
May 30, 9:00 AM PDT
PHILIPPINE ELABORATE FISHING SPEAR
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$900 Bids
Bone and Cedar Flounder Spear
May 31, 12:00 PM EDT
Bone and Cedar Flounder Spear
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Artifact, Rock, History, Collectible, Tool, Harpoon Tip, Bone
May 29, 6:00 PM CDT
Artifact, Rock, History, Collectible, Tool, Harpoon Tip, Bone
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$400 Bids
Artifact, Rock, History, Collectible, Tool, Metal, Bone, Harpoon Tip
May 29, 6:00 PM CDT
Artifact, Rock, History, Collectible, Tool, Metal, Bone, Harpoon Tip
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
Antique Umco Tackle Box with Fishing Supplies (antique wooden lures)
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Antique Umco Tackle Box with Fishing Supplies (antique wooden lures)
by Block Auction House
Est: $10- $10,000
$50 Bids
A tackle box with fishing tackles and misc.
Jun 03, 12:00 PM PDT
A tackle box with fishing tackles and misc.
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $50
$50 Bids
WILLOW CREEL
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
WILLOW CREEL
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
Woven fishing basket with green canvas strap
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Woven fishing basket with green canvas strap
by King Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
OVERSIZE CREEL OR PACK BASKET
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
OVERSIZE CREEL OR PACK BASKET
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
CENTER HOLE CREEL
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
CENTER HOLE CREEL
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
ANTIQUE LOBSTER BUOY COLLECTION
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
ANTIQUE LOBSTER BUOY COLLECTION
by Vallot Auctioneers
Est: $300- $800
$1000 Bids
Fishermen's Novelty Tackle Box,
Jun 05, 10:00 AM AEST
Fishermen's Novelty Tackle Box,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1000 Bids
(12) 1955 & (6) 1956 PA fishing licenses in original shipping box
Jun 08, 12:00 PM EDT
(12) 1955 & (6) 1956 PA fishing licenses in original shipping box
by Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Winchester – No. 5720 – 3-Piece Takedown Steel Bait Rod – w/Non-Winchester Takedown Sleeve
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Winchester – No. 5720 – 3-Piece Takedown Steel Bait Rod – w/Non-Winchester Takedown Sleeve
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Fishing - General


Farrin's country Auctions

Farrin's country Auctions

Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company

Cottone Auctions

Cottone Auctions

Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Barry S. Slosberg Inc