Bassfishing Deja Vu.

My good friend, Curtis Reed, put a new wrinkle on a Loon Lake bassfishing trip this week.

A few weeks ago, while sorting through his fishing tackle, Curtis discovered some Shannon spinnerbaits he had ignored for about 50 years.

Shannon came out with their “Twin Spinner” in 1917 and their “Single Spin”, which is similar to modern single-bladed spinnerbaits, in 1924. By the early 1960’s, the Shannon “Super Twin” was the most popular bass lure on the Oregon coast. Many bass anglers on Tahkenitch Lake, when they weren’t fishing with live waterdogs, were casting Shannon Super Twins and Jack Harmon, an avid bass angler living in Lakeside, used the lure to pull a nine pound largemouth out of Beale Lake.

But their “heyday” was relatively short-lived and were difficult to find by the early 1970’s – but it seemed like they never stopped catching bass.

So it sense for Curtis’ new Loon Lake “wrinkle” was to actually use these 50 year old lures to catch some of Loon Lake’s bass.

The fact that it was too windy to fish plastic worms, currently his favorite bass catching technique, made it easy to fish a Shannon spinnerbait long enough to catch several nice bass.

Curtis Reed with a Loon Lake largemouth he fooled with a Shannon spinnerbait.

Curtis Reed with a Loon Lake largemouth he fooled with a Shannon spinnerbait.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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