I’d be willing to guess that there aren’t many anglers today under the age of 30 who can tell me they’ve actually seen a Shannon Twin Spin let alone caught a bass on one. I‘d be willing to go even further and bet they’ve never thrown any sort of true twin spin, Shannon or otherwise.
This is the crazy thing about this sport – and one of the things that I love about it. You never have to delve that deep back in the history until you find something that was an absolute bass crusher yet is relatively unknown today. The Shannon Twin Spin is one of those baits.
The ad featured in this little piece is from a 1968 Sports Afield magazine, a place where most anglers throughout the U.S. at the time got their fishing information. Remember, B.A.S.S. had just been started that year and Bassmaster Magazine was also in its first year.
In this ad, Shannon Lures is showing off their two different baits, the original Twin Spinner and the Pork Twin. I’ve never seen the Pork Twin in person and am a little confused what made it especially suited for pork. I caught plenty of fish on the original with pork.
The Shannon is one of those lure stories that makes one wonder why it was taken out of production and why no one has caught on to its effectiveness since. I know of only one company that makes a twin spin, War Eagle, and maybe that’s why you hear nothing about anyone catching fish on the anymore. People probably don’t know they exist.
I can see it now. In a couple years or so some company is going to come out with a hot new lure and they’re going to get some pro to fish it. Said pro is going to whack a bunch of fish on it and keep it a secret until some basscam shows it and the word will be out. Then the company and pro will go public with the “new hot lure” you just gotta have. Mark my words.