No, not the boys from the other side of the big water. But still loved by millions! The beetle spin.

That fabulous little grub with the safety pin spinner. It was most likely the first spinner bait that you used as a child.IMG_2461

I remember when I first saw them as a child back in the early 70s. They were just coming out on the market and from the first moment I saw them, I had to have one!

I still recall the excitement and jubilation that I felt at the thought of casting these into my favorite creeks and ponds. And I was not disappointed, either! I became a pro overnight!

Or so I believed. There wasn’t a fish that was safe from certain capture when I was using one of these.

Virgil Ward, from Amsterdam, Mo., first started producing these in the 1960’s. They were huge hit with the bass fishermen. It was one of the top sellers of his Bass Buster Lure Company.

Back then the only colors that you could get was a black head with a green soft, plastic body that had two black stripes. At least that is the only one that I can remember seeing. Today there is a whole assortment of color combinations and body styles and sizes.

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