Just a couple weeks back we covered some of the story of Virgil Ward, famous angling personality and owner of Bass Buster, Inc. The company was most famous for a small L-style spin lure called the Beetle Spin. Chances are every one of you knows of the lure, and just as likely, every one of you probably owned the bait at one point in time. I can actually remember finishing in the money in several local club tourneys back in the day by using the larger sized 1/4-oz bait, just swapping out the barrel swivel for a Sampo, and then adding the blade of choice to make a very subtle spinnerbait that was a killer in cold water.
While reading through one of the first In’ Fisherman magazines dating back to 1976, I came across the page below (click to enlarge) showing key Canadian Shield smallmouth baits for the time. Of course, the Beetle Spin was one of their recommended lures, but I was immediately shocked to see another pictured bait. There is a very interesting history and story between Bass Buster’s Beetle, and another lure shown on the page. To win this week’s trivia contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, tell me the other lure I was surprised to see, and the story/relationship between the two. While there could potentially be a few different answers, the first person to name this very specific and unique backstory I’m thinking of will get this week’s prize.
Answer and full story will be posted on Thursday.