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Thunder Bug

Thunder Bug

Stock #: TB0T CKT-BR


Price: $6.70

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Here is a fishing lure so revolutionary it allows spinner fishermen to "match the hatch." From its fluttering, veined, lifelike wing to its expertly finished segmented body, the Mepps Thunder Bug looks like a bug, acts like a bug, and, to panfish and trout, is every bit as tasty as a bug.

Computer age finishes to resist chipping and peeling. Your choice of dressed or plain ultra sharp, strong treble or single hook. Mepps unsurpassed quality. Mepps Thunder Bugs... bugs, so natural, we've even given them bug names.

Thunder Bugs, the lures, not the bug, are available in size #00 through #2 making them perfect for both panfish and all sizes of stream trout. The size #2 Thunder Bug is also great for smallmouth bass and walleye.

Whether you choose to use plain or dressed Thunder Bugs is strictly a personal preference. Lure size, however, is important. The rule of thumb is use smaller lures to catch smaller fish and larger lures to catch larger fish.



The image you see behind the lure is a picture of the actual sound waves created by that particular lure.

To hear how your Mepps spinner sounds as it’s being pulled through the water click on the lure’s soundwave image.

Thunder Bug #2

Waveforms of the sounds produced by the Thunder Bug #2

When Mepps developed the Thunder Bug it was introduced as the first and only spinner that allowed fishermen to "Match the Hatch." Not only is its blade shaped like a bug's wing, it is veined like the wing of a bug. Its body is segmented like the body of a bug. These lures also come in color patterns imitating insects. In fact, they look so much like insects we've given them bug names, everything from grasshopper to white miller to stone fly. . . nine different patterns, too, will match the hatch. However, what we didn't know until now is a spinning Thunder Bug blade SOUNDS like a bug. That's right, a Thunder Bug pulled through the water produces a sound very similar to small rapidly flapping wings. We also discovered, if we increased the speed of this file about 3 times and raised its pitch, the sound became a buzz. While this is hardly a scientific study with any definite conclusions, listening to this enhanced file can be fun.


Tim – Ocqueoc River, Michigan

Fish Caught: Bass, Rock - Bass, Smallmouth - Bluegill (Bream, Brim) - Crappie (White) - Perch, Yellow - Salmon, Pink - Steelhead - Trout, Brook - Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow - Walleye

My all time favorite, the Mepps Thunder Bug White Miller in any weight. Been fishing Mepps since I was a kid over 50 years now. I lose them and replace them every so often, still the best lure in the market, hands down!

Cooper – Madisonville City Lake, Kentucky

Fish Caught: Catfish, Channel - Trout, Rainbow

Took this out to a city lake where they stock Rainbow trout. Caught my limit of trout and then catfish starting hitting too. Caught the limit of catfish allowed in the lake as well. Made for a great day of fishing.

Kenneth Adamik – Greenwood Lake, New York

Fish Caught: Bass, Largemouth - Bluegill (Bream, Brim) - Crappie (Black) - Crappie (White) - Musky - Perch, White - Perch, Yellow - Pickerel - Catfish, Bullhead (brown, yellow & black)

Best spinner I've ever used. I fish this thing all the time and can count on it to nail bass and pickerel all day long. Still get perch and crappie on em too.

John McConnell – West Virginia

Fish Caught: Trout, Rainbow

I have been slaying trout on the Greenbriar River in West Virginia for the last 3 years with your White Thunder Bug! Caught a 22" rainbow weighing 5.32lbs! Wish I could send a picture.

Wayne Clark – New Hampshire

Fish Caught: Trout, Brook - Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow

Must of caught 30 trout that day on the same lure. Had to keep straightening the center rod numerous times so the lure would swim right. That lure got beaten up bad. Still produced fish after fish. Great product.

Kevin Osina – Bethany Lakes, Allen, Texas

Fish Caught: Bass, Largemouth - Bass, White - Bluegill (Bream, Brim)

This lure works like magic. You throw it, they bite!!

Ralston Heath – East Lake Toho Florida, Florida

Fish Caught: Bass, Largemouth - Bass, Smallmouth - Bluegill (Bream, Brim) - Crappie (Black) - Crappie (White)

I originally bought one from a store because I thought it was cool looking (something different). Since then I have caught a lot of fish with it. Including the ones I checked above and add in Florida Gar. After only a year, it is seriously bent, beat, chewed, and wore out. But still catching fish. I consider it my don't get skunked lure.
Since it has seen such abuse, I ordered nine more. Best lure since the Comet Mino. PLEASE, keep making them. If not, let me know when you are going to stop making them so I can stock up.

Skipp Washington – Village Oaks Man-made Lake, Novi, Michigan

Fish Caught: Bass, Largemouth - Bluegill (Bream, Brim) - Crappie (Black) - Sunfish (shellcracker)

This is truly an extremely versatile lure. In one day and on the same lure (#2 Thunder Bug Bumble Bee), I caught 9 med. largemouth Bass, 4 Bluegill, 2 Crappie, 1 huge Pumpkinseed, 2 massive Bull Bream. I have but one suggestion, make this in a size #3 and you will have covered all the game fish in the Sunfish family, including big Largemouth and Smallmouth. Something about the sonic properties of this lure fish find irresistible! All in a days work.

Michael M – Bailey's Ford, Iowa

Fish Caught: Trout, Brook - Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow

My son (4) absolutely loves fishing and asked me if we could go on a special trout-fishing trip together. Having very little experience with fishing for trout, I did a bit of research ahead of time. We were going to be fishing in the Driftless Region where the streams are small enough that spin fishing is an excellent choice. The Mepps Thunder Bug let us "match the hatch" for grasshoppers and I custom-ordered a few single-hooked versions for catch and release. It was an excellent trip; with each of us reeling in a few small brookies, browns, and rainbows on our bugs.

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