I was skimming through the 1976 volume of Bassmaster Magazine recently and it dawned on me we haven’t seen nor heard from the once famous twin spin in a long time. For those of you who haven’t been bass fishing for more than 20 years, the twin spin might not be of much interest to you. On the other hand, if you have been bass fishing for more than 20 years or longer, the bait might surely bring back some fond memories.
Pictured at the bottom of this Bomber ad from around 1975 is a good example of what I’m talking about. The bait resembles the common spinnerbait except for the fact that it has two blades attached via their own wires. In this example by Bomber, the blade arms actually rotated and as the bait would fall, the arms would ride up due to friction. Then when the bait was pulled, the arms would collapse back down and ride like a normal spinnerbait.
The first twin spin I ever heard of was a Shannon Twin Spin, originally invented around 1915. Through the 50s the bait style was an old standby up until roughly the mid-70s. Then the bait dropped off the radar and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone younger than 40 who knows what one is.
The bait is a lure that’s best fished deep. Yes it’ll catch fish fished as you would a standard spinnerbait but where it shines is in deep ledge fishing. As a drop bait, it’s hard to beat – which brought me to the question, “is anyone making them anymore?”
Well, a quick search on the internet proved that I was wrong in assuming the bait had been forgotten, at least by lure manufacturers. It seems that War Eagle has brought the bait back to life after a long siesta. The next questions is, “is anyone out there in bass land using them?” I hear crickets but is that because no one is using them OR because you don’t want to let the cat out of the bag?