Location: Where Common Sense Presides
The bucktail jig with a curly tail was already in use over 40 years before this story was published. Check out Bill Upperman, who patented his version of the bucktail--the one we all see in use nowadays--in 1941. Bass fishermen have been adding the wormtail or curly tail since before I was born (in 1954). And Mr. Upperman used them exclusively for striped bass on the east coast. I've used them for smallmouth and largemouth bass since the mid 60s, in Illinois up to Ontario, and of course here in California for the big linesiders.
Hardly a new lure then, except to Giddings the author, another game warden who wrote well enough but didn't know much about fishing. If you speak with your local wardens, you will discover that hardly any of them actually fish. All due, but Giddings was not in the same class as Ken Jones, Tom Stienstra, or even Pete Ottesen.
Kind of astonishing that the Hair Raiser (or even Hawg Raiser) brands weren't sued, but then again those were less litigious times.
California, bless its pointy head, "borrows" or appropriates just about everything, but we all know the truth of Ecclesiastes 1:9.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.