By Joe Cermele
These days, I'd say anglers take electronics for granted. We have side-scanning sonar, GPS-linked auto-pilots, and remote-controlled trolling motors. Of course it wasn't always so, and it's always interesting to see some early innovation in the electronics department. Take the Beetle-Bomb below, submitted into our vintage tackle contest by Gregg Swanson, for example. Gregg wrote:
I think this came from an auction I went to here in Geneseo, IL. It's called a Beetle-Bomb made by Semco. On the back side is printed, Southwest Eng. & Mfg. Co. Fort Worth, Texas. On the top it says Transistor Fish Caller. It looks like you tied it through the two small holes on the wings and lowered it in the water. There are no instructions.