Dennis, cool story! I don't use buggers very often for LM bass, for Smallmouths, I use them more, but have tied them on 2/0 straight shank plastic worm hooks & caught LM's & Striper's with them in brackish water. They can be very versatile!
rjw, if you're interested in different versions of buggers, get a copy of the book "Woolly Wisdom" by Gary Soucie. There's a ton of them in there!