San Antonio

San Antonio Area Fishing Lures

Aquasonic Lures, Universal City & Cibolo, Texas

Water inlet and outlet holes
Aquasonic box inserts

Barbera Rat and Barbera Mouse, made by Shakespeare Co., Kalamazoo, MI, for Barbera Sporting Goods Co., San Antonio, Texas. (A Texas Bait: The History of the Barbera Rat: article in the NFLCC Magazine, winter 2015, Vol. 25, No. 2)

Barbera Rat label at end of box.

Demon Lure Company, San Antonio, Texas – maker of the Sail Shark and the Bat:

DooDad Baits, Kerrville, Texas. Made by Winston C. “Windy” Gray.

Doodad lures
(both single and double hook versions)
103: gray sides with top gray scale
(two additional gray Doodads in boxes stamped 103 have been observed supporting the association with this color code).

Finmaster Lures, San Antonio, Texas – maker of the Finmaster III.

Finmaster lures
Field & Stream ad – July, 1969

Lovelace Mfg. Co., San Antonio & Bandera, Texas – maker of the Breathing Minnow and Winny-Dink.

Two sizes of Breathing Minnow. The top one is about 1/2 inch shorter.
Replacement silk body socks were available. According to local lore, these were hand made by Claribel Lovelace.
More Breathing Minnows
Back side of Breathing Minnow cards
Listing from the San Antonio Express newspaper, May 31, 1938. Also, 1938 was the only year Lovelace was listed at this address in the San Antonio phone book.
Winny-Dink lure
Lovelace metal lures
Lovelace dragon-like lure

Mack’s Tackle Workshop, San Antonio, Texas – maker of various baits including the minno-bug, flyrod bugs, cork bugs, etc. (Listed in the San Antonio phone book from 1944-1955 at 513 1/2 Dolorosa.)

Assortment of Mack bugs

Mack Crawfish
Mack Mice
More Mack bugs on cards
Minnow Bugs in box
More Minnow Bugs including 4 of the earlier version.

Medina Mouse, made by Shakespeare Co., Kalamazoo, MI, for San Antonio Fishing Tackle Co.

Medina Mouse label on end of box

Pico Lures (Padre Island Co.), moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1962 – maker of various lures including Pico Chico, Pico Perch, Mullet, Pico Pop & Lil Pop, Side Shad, Piggy Boat, and others.

Schoolmaster Boat & Tackle Company,  San Antonio, Texas – maker of the Schoolmaster Lure, Schoolmaster Perch Lure, and Schoolmaster Shrimp. Robert P. Nelson was the owner of this company. (1960 is the only year the company was listed in the San Antonio phone book.)

Schoolmaster lures
Schoolmaster Shrimp
Top portion of Schoolmaster insert
Bottom portion of Schoolmaster insert

Southwestern Fishing Tackle Co., San Antonio, Texas

Dingbat Wiggler (top left, missing hair tail), Bingo Mouse (top right), and 3 roundnose runt lures (bottom)