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The Fred Arbogast  Company began in 1930, originally headquartered in Akron, Ohio. They offered many lures, some are now highly collectible. They are well known for their Jitterbug surface lure.

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

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Important Dates

1927 : Production of first Tin Liz's
1930 : Established business name
1938 : Jitterbug introduced
1942 : Plastic Lip used on Jitterbug
1946 : Original Metal Lip reintroduced
1958 : Saltwater baits introduced
1979 : "Seein's Believin" finishes introduced
1997 : Acquired by PRADCO Outdoor Brands
Current : Click Here to Visit Arbogast Lures from Lurenet.com


Arbogast boxes are collectible, especially the early cellophane window boxes. There are far less boxes than lures, because most fisherman threw them away.

Jitterbug Cellophane BoxJitterbug 2PC Cardboard Box

Try to match your lure with box or vice versa.

Reference Reading

No great books at this time.

A true disappointment for any serious Arbogast collector.
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