A Couple Classic Baits from Strike King

Early Strike King Timber Spin ad featuring Bobby Murray.

Early Strike King Timber Spin ad featuring Bobby Murray.

Oftentimes, I’ll come across posts where guys mention old baits that they really liked that are now long out of production and hard to come by. Today’s post will cover two of them from their introduction around 1979. Being Strike King products, they got a lot of PR from Bill Dance and his television show, but this line of baits actually worked pretty well for many anglers.

It is said that the original Timber King Spoon by Strike King was a direct copy of the old Rex Spoon. What got more attention though were the modified/enhanced versions of the spoon that were put out featuring both a single spinnerbait blade or a pair of buzzbait blades, both directly in line with the spoon body, similar to a Snagless Sally. Called the Timber Spin and the Timber Buzz respectively, another early B.A.S.S. tour pro, Bobby Murray, was featured in some of the early magazine ads.  I believe the original twin wire guards on the spoon would later be replaced with the plastic ‘Y’-guard featured on the Bootlegger jig, and even the smooth spoon surface of the originals would later be replaced with the diamond cross-hatch pattern Strike King baits could be recognized by.

These baits originally were sold for about $1.79 according to some old ads I’ve seen, and came in about 12 colors – quite a lot at the time of old flat rubber skirts. Every once in a while you can still come across these on eBay, and I’m guessing they’d still catch good fish under the right cover and conditions.

The similarly styled Timber Buzz from Strike King.

The similarly styled Timber Buzz from Strike King.

  • RichZ

    The bait Bobby used was a Johnson Spoon with a Hildebrandt spinner in front of it.

    The Timber King was definitely a clone of the Rex Spoon. And yes, they ruined it with a plastic Y guard and diamond texture some time later. Probably boosted sales, but it wasn’t nearly as sure hooking as the original, and the Diamond texture just made it look cheap. The Timber Buzz though got real popular here for a couple years. I don’t remember it having two buzz blades though — just one.

    I still have a few Rex’s in the tackle closet,. For some reason, I only load them in the boat when I’m headed to 1000 Islands.