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Old 03-06-2010, 12:05 PM   #1
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Smile june bug spinners

I know they were the main stay in the 50's I personaly caught
100's of walleye in the 70 and 80's but have put the june bug spinner on the back burner since, It was so simple a wire, 5
beads dark red, a june bug sipinner, then two beads similar
to a worm harness, just added three split shot and drifted with
it. I'm just wondering if any one still uses it, I'm making some
new ones up for this season. Any comments
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Old 03-06-2010, 01:17 PM   #2
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I was thinking the same thing about a month ago. They use to slay them at Pymatuning in the 60's. My mother's brother took me there over Memorial day in 1963 and I played "hooky " for the first time in my life as Memorial Day was a Tuesday and we went for the long week-end. All the walleyes were caught trolling on a junebug spinner. Worked then should work now....
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:59 PM   #3
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Have not trolled them recently but they still work on the drift bottom bouncing.
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Can anyone post a picture?
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Can anyone post a picture?
I get one up shortly.
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Here's a couple. Some have alot more beads.
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The one with the red & white head was called a Walleye Wizzo.
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The one with the red & white head was called a Walleye Wizzo.
Thanks....Inherited that one from my late uncle. Nice having a built in weight to get it down. I assume its a locally mde lure.
One of the others is a Pflueger June bug. I have one in a blisterpac with a 15cent price!
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Thanks for the pictures. Looks like it should work just fine.
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We used June bug spinners with great success in Canada in the 1950s, fishing for walleyes in Lake Nipissing. We used two hooks -- a smaller one inside the curve of the large one, to form a kind of mini-harness. Bait was a large shiner.

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Kinda like this?


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These are some I made a few years ago as a small business but they never sold.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:33 AM   #12
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Still have an old tackle box with some old junk in it and 4 june bugs in it still attached to thier cardboard display, paid the ungodly sum of $.75 apiece back in the late 60"s for them.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:51 AM   #13
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Smile june bug styles

I also used the wizzo with great success, but caught a lot of sheephead on in too, chartuse was best color, the june bugs
on the wire were commericial made, I modified it , hook, five dark red beads, silver june bug, two dark red beads, lot shorter
than store ones. It was my main stay, also a lure made by the
lindy company, a single spin, basic it was a single spin bass
buzz bait , work great with two split shots above, it only wierght
1/4 oz. the lure by eyesman picture works great on lake erie on clam days fished
straight down like for perch, two split shots, up one foot from bottom, must use
long limber rod for best results, I use 9ft. steelhead rod, just set in rod holder.
great results, maney large fish it.

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Eyesman's photo, below, of the small hook inside the big one is right on, tho I seem to remember using light wire hooks.

Not to get too nostolgic, but in the 50s a pal and I, both around 12, camped on private property on East Harbor. We used to go over to Browns (I think) Marina when the walleye boats came in. These were wooden headboats, narrow and maybe 35 feet long; these days you see a restored one now and then. Anyway, they trolled bottom bouncers and june bug spinners on long wires. Bait unknown. They absolutely slayed the walleyes. I remember seeing large coke coolers heaped to overflowing with fish. Mostly eaters.

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I too learned Walleye on trolling June bugs. Still have some in my tackle box and have used on Erie. Hildebrant made he best ones . Heavy duty, stout, and with a pinched neck at the front. They always spun and lasted. Even better I remember the real June bugs. As kids, our dad taught us to catch one in the evening and tie 6' of sewing thread to a leg...we would then fly them around....much to chagrin of mom. No video games back them, but I think we were better off.
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If anyone's looking for any like those I have pictured, I have many left in several color combinations. Quick change clevis to put on your blade of choice.
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If anyone's looking for any like those I have pictured, I have many left in several color combinations. Quick change clevis to put on your blade of choice.
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What kind of junbug spinner do you have and how much are they each or by the dozen or more?

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Old 07-12-2011, 11:19 AM   #18
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We still have a few of snake charmers june bug spinners at the wharf. I would like to try one out sometime!
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eyeman, im surprised those didnt sell, i would buy them if i could...they would slam fish, esp, on inland lakes....
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:13 PM   #20
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June bug spinners are available here as well as other tackle stores online!

http://lurepartsonline.com/cart.php?...ct_list&c=2086
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