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The old Bingo Lure...
I have an old wooden tackle box that belonged to my Great-Grandfather. Over the years I have collected old baits which most are over 100 years old and carved out of wood. The other day I was looking through it and came across some baits that I used alot back in the 70's and early 80's. Its the Bingo lure which is a crankbait. It didn't look like much but I guess the closest thing to it now are the Rattle-Traps. It sure brought back alot of memories and to think the number of trout that were caught on it. Its funny how a bait as popular as it was back then can slowly fade away with time as others are invented.
I was wondering if anyone else out there collects old baits and if you remeber the Bingo Lure?
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East of East
Those are really nice...like new. I have one bingo left,from when we used to use them at Seabrook when we were kids. We would ride our bikes there and wadefish and then go diving for snagged lures. Another lure from the past which I still use and it definitely works is the old shadrig. I guarantee if you are in an area where fish are biting, try the shadrig and it will catch as much as any other lure (yellow and white or chartreuse and white)
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lure fads
Beautiful! Save those in a collection!

Lures definitely go through fads, its why I don't pay much attention to the latest hype anymore. Over the last decades, it went something like this just for jigs alone in terms of popularity: shad rig, touts, beetles, H&H grub, cocohoes, dudleys, hybrids, gulps, matrix.

I'm sure others can fill in the blanks :)

Some really have staying power, some have faded with time, for no good reason other than marketing of new lures
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Bingo collection
I have about 100 bingos still in the package as well about 20 in 'fishing stock'. They still catch fish.
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Bingo
I have been tempted to use the Bingos but afraid i'll loose them. I do have some of the shadrigs in my boat and use them every now and then.
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Lures
Great set of Bingo's , safe them and use the shadrig, I would hate to loose one of those Bingo's
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BAITS
Reading this makes me think back to mid to late 70's when the Smoky Shrimp was a hot bait.
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Bingo Lures
Im only 18 but my uncle used to always talk about these lures. I have two of them in the motor oil color that i found digging through some old tackle boxes from some people. I use them all the time! I wish they still sold them cuz they catch fish like crazy!
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Beautiful Bingo's
Squid...that collection in a high-end Mississippi Coast seafood restaurant could bring 1K...many Louisiana restaurant or bar owners don't have the promo vision of galvanizing customers w/old display items...

...also does any old goats know the name of a 2in curved spoon w/one treble...it has polished silver on one side and has a 1/16 thick mother of pearl overlay on the other...I'am fairly sure it's over 65 y/o...it was a killer !!!

...also again, anyone remembers the 'Helicopter Lure' there was a guy in a West coast paper buying them a $40 each ???...cheers
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Bingo
The bone and red were hot colors.
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Bingos
Nice collection and in great shape!! I wish the ones my grandfather gave me were that nice. I salvaged the ones I have and cleaned em up and put them in a shadow box as a memory of my grandfather when he passed. After all he was the one who taught me to fish out at seabrook. Thanks for sharing.
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Super Bingos
I just looked at the picture again and realized those are the Super size bingos. You can tell by the hangers and the fact that the tail hook is attached in the fork of the tail. With the regular and queen size, both hooks hung from the bottom of the bait and the hanger are held in with small screws. I have a few of those and used them while trolling the bridges in the lake.
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Bingo
Yep..that why they look so new I never used them. I do have the smaller ones but they are rusted and very used looking.
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Is there a market for these old baits
I have a shed full of old baits that I never use. Wife would like for me to sell is there a market for these baits. Also about 50 top water baits mostly mirr. lures like new. This on top of the 100 or so in my boat well been buying for over 60years. Seems like when I was young every trip there was a lure I had to buy. As I got older found out the old ones are just as good.
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Market
Its probably a buyers market out there right now. You can make a few dollars on the old River Runts, Lucky 13 aand Devil Horses that were made out of wood. Anyother baits made from wood are good also but alot of these are still being made today but from plastic. Its more just a collectors thing to keep as conversation or show pieces. I also have some old rod and reels that were handed down through the years. Pfluger was one of the main brands back in the day. Have several still mounted on old Bamboo Rods and the old braided line. I keep saying one day I am going to get a show case to put some of the baits in and hang on a wall along with a couple of the old rods.Its kinda funny now I think about it...Hunting gear and firearms as I needed new I would sell to buy new gear but my fishing gear I have never sold. Like Capt.JS said you just keep adding to it.
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Thats awesome
Those are awesome baits. My grandfather passed on to me about half a dozen of the coolest little wooden baits. Too scares to use them though haha id hate to lose them
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Bingo Lures on Ebay
Capt JS,

To answer your question - Yes.

This one sold for $69.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VIntage-Doug-English-Bingo-Fishing-Lure-Queen-Flash-in-Tuff-Rare-fluorescent-/110978352075?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d6d343cb
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