Bass Lure or Junk Food

In 1977 Mr Twister introduced the Mc-Sintipede. It comes on a hoagy or bun - your choice.

In 1977 Mr Twister introduced the Mc-Sintipede. It comes on a hoagy or bun – your choice.

There are two things about these ads that intrigue me. One is the spelling of the Mister Twister Sintipede – something I never noticed as a consumer – and the other is they have used the Sintipede in both as a what appears the “meat” of a sandwich.

I know by now Bass Fishing Archives writer Pete Robbins is salivating, wondering where he can get his next Mc-PVC sandwich but that’s beside the point. What bothers me most is Mister Twister’s use of this bait in these ads is probably the best option they had for the bait to actually get bit.

Looking at the bait one would think it’d be a phenomenal flippin’ bait, flipping had only been out for a couple of year when these 1977 ads came out, or as a plain old Carolina- or Texas-rigged worm. I don’t know how many of these things I bought as a youth but I tell you, I think I can count on one finger the number of fish I caught with them – and that fish I think I snagged.

Twister Sintipede 2Maybe it was the fact I was fishing in finesse-crazy southern California and the ultra-clear waters of the Colorado River impoundments that hampered my ability to even get a whiff from a bass or maybe I just didn’t know how best to use them. It doesn’t make sense, though, because at the time I was catching a lot of fish on the Action Worm.

But as time would tell, it was obvious that not many other anglers had much luck with them because within a few years, they were no longer available. By this time I was working at the tackle shop, and we had pegs of them that had birthday after birthday. If the bait was hot, a few anglers in the know would have been by, cleaned the pegs, and said nothing. That didn’t happen and for all I know, those card-stock, plastic wrapped 5-packs are still hanging where I hung them up over 30 years ago.

Mister Twister had a number of great baits and few failures over the years. Their Phenom curl tails were standard as were their double and single-tail grubs. They also made another bait that was a little secret to those who fished dart heads at Castaic, Casitas and all the other heavily pressured southern Cal lakes. That bait, the 4-inch Slither, was amazing. Unfortunately because no one talked about it they didn’t sell much and, like the Mc-Sintipede, were taken off the manufacturing line. Oh well, I guess you win some and lose others.

  • Paul Wallace

    Going strickly on didn’t Al Lindner use this bait to win a BASS tournament?? I should probably look it up..

    • Paul, I’m not sure. When I get home from this business trip I’ll try and find it.

  • In my neck of the woods, the 4″ Sintipede was an absolute monster bait. Especially in Smoke and to a lesser extent in the brown/purple chameleon color. On a 1/16 or 1/18 oz jighead, it was as effective a smallmouth lure as I have ever thrown. Al,most in a league with the smoke Sassy Grub, which might be the single most effective lure I ever used. And then it was gone. Both of them, actually. The Sassy came back in the for of the tri-color sassy grub, but I never caught a single fish on one Didn’t catch very many on the 6″ Sintipede, either. But the 4″ in Smoke? WOW.

    And for what it’s worth, I believe it was the Virginia Invitational that Al won fishing brush piles planted in front of docks with a black/blue Sintipede.

    • On the 4″, the little legs didn’t really wiggle at all. Just acted like glide wings as the bait sank.

  • CatchNRelease

    Linder won on one of these at Lake Gaston in the 70’s. Flipping docks if I am not mistaken.