Highly sought after, Paw Paw and Moonlight boxes command some of the
highest prices of all boxes. Aside from the K & K Minnow boxes, Paw
Paw boxes are without a doubt the most notable amongst collectors
The Paw Paw "Orange" box. Earliest box.
The Paw Paw "Make em' Strike" box, second oldest
New collectors should note that the above
"Black and Yellow" should NOT be confused with (Paw Paw's last box) the
other yellow and black box from the early 1970's (below).
Fly Rod Bait Boxes
Nice Example of a Paw Paw Trout fly box
Lucky Lure Boxes (made by Paw Paw)
Nice Example of a Paw Paw caster in Rainbow NIB
The Lucky Lure red box
...and the Lucky Lure Blue box (1071 River go-getter)
Paw Paw Lure Examples
Bullhead in Green Gold-spot
Lippy Joe in Heddon's Allen Stripey Color
spinner haired mouse
Paw Paw History
Paw Paw gets it origins from the
Moonlight Bait Co...A lure company started around 1908 by Charles
Varney and Horace Ball, both members of what was then "The Moonlight
Moonlight Baits started manufacture sometime around 1908 and then
merged with Silver Creek Novelty Works becoming "Moonlight Bait and
Novelty Works - Makers of the Pikaroon we are all familiar with. (See below for the 1920 and 1925 catalogs)
Moonlight subsequently changed its name to Paw Paw around 1927-1930.
From there, the lineage of this company branched off into several other
lures brands - all made by Paw Paw until its purchase by Shakespeare in
Paw Paw brands:
Some key notes on Paw Paw
Paw Paw purchased Arnold Tackle.
Paw Paw did lure manufacture for other lure companies - applying paint, along with hardware and assembly work for Shakespeare and South Bend.