Smithwick Timeline – History
Jack K. Smithwick (Father)
Jack A. Smithwick (Son)
Boxes, Advertising, Articles, Misc
Ken Webb Collection
Mike Bacon Collection
Adrien Delbasty Collection
Claude McMorris Collection
Lures by The Number
Lures By The Year
Type Category 1947-1962
Top-N-Bottom Era Lures
Un-Propped Surface Lures
Plastic and Crank Baits
Rogue Family 1963-1992
Lures New Additions
Friden Calculator Early 1940’s
Top-N-Bottom Series 1947-1950
T-N-B The Lure 1947-1949
T-N-B Jack Sprat 1948-1950
Well Digger 1948-1950
Gandy Dancer 1949-1953
Stud Duck 1949-1953
King Snipe 1949-1990
My Pet 1951-1953
Jack Sprat 1951-1958
Tootsie Bug 1951-1953
Metal Lures 1949-1961
Walking Scorpion 1949-1961
Smithwick Special 1951-1953
Other Early Metal ?
DEVELS Era Lures 1952-1962
DEVELS Horse 1952-1962
F-100 DEVELS Horse 1952-1962
L-100 DEVELS Horse 1958- ?
S-100 DEVELS Horse- – Sinker 1951-1962
F-200 DEVELS Horse 1951-1962
DEVELS Horse Rubber Legs -1958-
DEVELS Horse Dancer-1955-1962
DEVELS Horse Dancer Floater
DEVELS Horse Dancer Skinny
DEVELS Horse Dancer Sinker
DEVELS Horse Prancer 1956-1962
DEVELS Horse Weedless 1958-1962
DEVELS Warhorse 1950-1962
A-1000 DEVELS Warhorse 1956-1962
B-1000 DEVELS Warhorse
C-1000 DEVELS Warhorse
D-1000 DEVELS Warhorse
F-1000 DEVELS Warhorse
DEVELS Horse Ma Scooter 1953-1962
DEVELS Horse Pa Scooter 1953-1962
DEVELS Horse Era Rooters
DEVELS Horse Toothpick 1958-1962
DEVELS Horse Stud
DEVELS Horse Fly 1958-1962
Old Version 1953-1962
Old Version-diver ?
New Version 1970’s and 1980’s
Buck-N-Bawl Jr early 1960’s-1990’s
Devils and Other Lures 1963-1992
Devils Series and other Wood Lures
Plastic, Metal, and Other Lures
Rogue Family 1963-1992
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Charts New Additions
Charts 1947 – 1962
Composite Chart 1959 – 1992
About The Chart
Charts 1963 – 1992
Accredit – Contact
Plastic, Metal, and Other Lures
B-3000 BO-Jack The Bo-Jack came in two sizes. This is the larger size. It is the 1/2 oz. It is a prototype with an extended bill. Never put into production.
BO Jack A-3000 3/16 oz.
B-3000 BO-Jack The Bo-Jack came in two sizes. This is the larger size. It is the 3/16 oz. It is in color # 6 Silver Glitter.
DC-3000 Deep Bo Jack. 3/8 oz.
Balsa Jack Prototype with extended bill. Never put into production.
Balsa Jack Rattlin CA-1000 3/16 oz.
Balsa Jack Rattlin CB-1000 1/4 oz.
CD-1000 Rattl'n' Balsa Jack - 1/2 oz This is the largest size Balsa Jack. It is from the earliest batches of Balsa Jacks that were made. The lip one this lure is made from a plastic printed circuit board. Later they used a slightly smaller plastic lip when they were put into mass production.
CC-1000 Rattlin' Balsa Jack. 3rd in the size range at 3/8 oz.
A-2000 LOBO The LOBO comes in two sizes. This is the smaller size. It is the 1/2 oz. It is in color # 27 Frog.
Lobo B-2000 3/4 oz.
B-4000 Blinker The Blinker was introduced and advertised in 1977 and 1978. Check out the ads in the section on advertising on this website. They were discontinued by the early 1980's. It has a battery inside which allows the eyes to light up when fished. This one is in the color # 92 Baby Bass.
Blinker Instructions - These are the instructions that came in the package with the Blinker.
A-800 Pacer This is the older Pacer. It has the droopy eyes and is simply stamped "Pacer". The hooks are larger on this one than on the other Pacers I have seen.
A-800 Pacer.This bait shows up in my color charts in 1960 and again in 1965. This particular bait is stamped Devils Horse Pacer. It is made of Plastic
Water Gater It was developed in 1967-1968, tested privatly in late 1968 and put on the market Jan 1, 1969 according to an article by Jack Smithwiick in March of 1969 in Fishing Facts Magazine. You can read the article by going to the "Articles" section of this site. They come in two sizes: A-1300 the smaller B-1300 and the large B-1300.
A-1300 Water Gater The A-1300 is the smaller one. It is 2 1/2" long and is 1/4 oz. Color: #48 Coach Dog - Red and Yellow.
B-1300 Water Gater. Here is a Water Gater in a non cataloged color..... Serpentine ...Ivory with Black wavy line on the sides. 1/2 oz.
B-1300 Water Gater - No Tail. This is an unusual Water Gater, it has no tail. Non Cataloged lure... they are rare. 1/2 oz.
SA-1300 Tail Gater. This bait is new in a shrink wrap box. It is color #15 Yellow & Green Spots. 1/4 oz.
SB-1300 Tail Gater This is the larger size. It is the 1/2 oz. It is in color # 20 Black.
Bass Bandido. The Bass Bandido was a product of Championship Tackle Co. Smithwick bought the company. The first advertisement I have seen for the Bass Bandido was Jan of 1973.
Bass Bandido Another Bass Bandido. This one has an Orange Flasher.
Water Walker - shows up in the 1978 Smithwick catalog. It look a lot like the lure from the late 1940's and early 1950's, the Walking Scorpion.
TW-1 Tall Walker. The Tall Walker shows up in just one year in the Smithwick Catalog in the early 1980's.
It's A No - No This spinner bait is called ... It's A NO NO. . They were originally made by Championship Tackle, Inc. Jack Smithwick bought Championship Tackle in 1972. Both of these packages carries the Championship Tackle name as well as the Smithwick name and address.
These skirts are replacements for the It's A NO-NO lures. They were originally made by Championship Tackle, Inc. Jack Smithwick bought Championship Tackle in 1972.
The Joker. This spinner bait is called ... The Joker. They were orginally made by Championship Tackle, Inc. Jack Smithwick bought Championship Tackle in 1972. This package carries the Smithwick name and address.
The Clown This spinner bait is .called ... The Clown. They were originally made by Championship Tackle, Inc. Jack Smithwick bought Championship Tackle in 1972. This package carries the Smithwick name and address.
SFC 0 Spinners. These spinner assemblies show up in the Smithwick Catalogues in the early 1980's.
Mold for Rubber Worms Smithwick got into the business of making Rubber Worms with the purchase of Championship Tackle Co. in 1972. You will see the rubber worms in the Smithwick catalogues up to late 1970's and early 1980's. This mold is for the 6" Fluttertail worm.
Fluttertail Worm Series. This is one of the "Fluttertail Worm" series. It is a 7" worm in Grape. I have one in the 10 pack and one in a 20 pack. The body and the tail is unusual on this one. I do not find a picture of this body or tail design in the Smithwick or Championship catalogues. The header card carries both the Smithwick name and the Championship Tackle name. See additional information on this worm under the description for the Lucky "E" Strike Baby Huey Worm listing.
Flutter tail Worms. This is a package of 10 5 1/2" grape colored worms. They are the standard Fluttertail body and tail design. The package has the Championship Tackle name on it. It also has a round sticker on the upper left of the package. It is faded but you can still see the Smithwick "Red Rearing Horse" on it.
Fluttertail Worm Series This is one of the "Fluttertail Worm" series. It is a 7" worm in Grape. I have one in the 10 pack and one in a 20 pack. The body and the tail is unusual on this one. I do not find a picture of this body or tail design in the Smithwick or Championship catalogues. The header card carries both the Smithwick name and the Championship Tackle name. See additional information on this worm under the description for the Lucky "E" Strike Baby Huey Worm listing.
The Streaker. This is one of the "Fluttertail Worm" series. It is the 7 1/2" Streaker in Grape / Firetail. This one is in a 20 pack. The header card carries both the Smithwick name and the Championship Tackle name. Smithwick bought Championship Tackle in 1972.
Lucky "E" Baby huey Worm This is a Bass Pro listing from the web in 2010 for the Luck "E" Strike Salty Elite Series - Baby Huey Worm. Jack Smithwick bought Championship Tackle Co. in 1972. He advertised the brand for several years under both the Championship Tackle brand and the Smithwick brand. He included the worms and spinners in the Smithwick catalog in the late 1970's and early 1980's. At some point in time he sold Championship Tackle Co to the Steven twins, Larry and Terry in Longview,TX. They were given the extra packaging and this is where the extra label came from on some of the packaging with a Longview, TX address. I am told that Larry and Terry found it cheaper to buy the worms from a major manufacturer (Harville Mfg.owned by Hugh Harville) than it was to make them from scratch. Hugh Harville was involved in a legal case involving Arkie Lures vs Gene Lerew. This case was over adding salt to lures and Hugh was a witness on Gene Lerew's behalf. Hugh Harville passed away in Tennessee in July of 2009. He had sold the business about 10 years ago to Luck "E" Strike. So to make a long story short... the Smithwick package of worms we found look exactly like the worms sold today as the Luck "E" Strike Salty Elite series - Baby Huey Worm. Thank You Brooks Tarkington for all the information on this!
The Strutter. This is a package of plastic worms that are about 3" long. They were originally made by Championship Tackle, Inc. Jack Smithwick bought Championship Tackle in 1972. This package carries both the Championship Tackle name as well as the Smithwick name and address. It is also stamped: Designed by Fred Summers .... Patent Pending. They are a nice translucent green color.
Label from Worm Scent Spray. This is a label from a spray can of Worm Scent.
Smithwick brand Sinkers. Smithwick brand sinkers first show up in the 1978 catalog and discontinued in the 1984 catalog. This grouping contains: Size 6 Bass Casting Sinkers, Size 0 Rubber Grip Sinkers, Size 10 Egg Sinkers, Size 6 Pinch Sinkers, and Size 0 Worm Sinkers.