Back in the 60s (maybe earlier), pork rind was one of the major food groups of the micropterus genus of fish. Seems anglers were feeding them copious amounts of the brine-soaked skins so much so that pigs world-wide ran scared
Then the plastics industry took over around the time The Graduate came out and quickly pork faded into obscurity. The only pork rinds you’d find in a bass-type boat were of the deep-fried type, not very well suited for putting on a hook.
Then, in the early 80s a number of top U.S, anglers started winning tournaments on the hide and the Jig-n-Pig boom started all over. For a while there anglers seeking to purchase the product were put on wait lists and pork was going for unreasonable amounts of money if you could find it.
One of the first pork companies to capitalize on this byproduct of the bacon industry (mmmmm…….Bacon) was Pedigo. I never used their pork products – they weren’t available when I started bass fishing – but talking to the old-timers, they said it was of a much higher quality than the Uncle Josh pork at the time.
Anyway, here’s an old ad from 1970 for Pedigo pork that I thought might bring back some memories. In it you also see an old Pedigo spinnerbait – another bait I never used. They also got into the plastic worm business, as did everyone else of the time.
There was one other bait they made, though, that’s not shown in this picture. I used it a lot and caught a number of fish on it. Anyone remember what the bait was?
Also, how many years has it been since you threw pork? Don’t ya think it’s time to maybe get a jar of #11 and pin it to your jig? The fish haven’t seen it in years and that can be a good thing.