Venom Lures's Bingo Shad

Venom Lures's Bingo Shad

On August 23, we published a gear guide about Venom Lures' Salty Sling that included an endnote about its Ven-Rig Series, which is a two-part series that is designed for Midwest finesse applications.

One part of the series encompasses a package of eight three-inch Salty Slings and a Ven-Rig Head. The Ven-Rig Head is a mushroom-style jig with a wire bait-keeper. The bait-keeper is five-sixteenths of an inch long, and it extends from the back of the head of the jig along the bottom of the shank of the hook.

The second part of the Ven-Rig Series features a package of eight Bingo Shads and a Ven-Rig Head, and we noted at the end of the gear guide about the Salty Sling that a gear guide focused on the Bingo Shad is in the offing.

Here are some details about the Bingo Shad.

In the eyes of some Midwest finesse anglers, it is a boot-tail grub. Others, however, see it as a minute swimbait.

From the tip of its head to the end of its tail, it is 2 3/4 inches long.

Its torso consists of two sections: an anterior section and a posterior section.

The texture of the epidermis of its anterior section is glassy smooth. This section is 1 1/8 inches long and five-sixteenths of an inch wide with a circumference of about 1 1/8 inches.

The posterior section of its torso is 1 3/8 inches long, and it becomes smaller, thinner, and flatter as it approaches the junction of the tail. The first three-quarters of an inch of the section is embellished with six significant ball-shaped segments. The first ball is the biggest, and it is three-eighths of an inch wide with a circumference of about one inch. The sixth ball is the smallest, and it is about an eighth of an inch wide with a circumference of about a half of an inch. The flat and thin portion of the posterior area between the sixth ball and the oval-shaped tail is a half of an inch long.

According to the lexicon of some anglers, the tail is described as a boot. Others refer to it as a paddle. The major axis of the tail is seven-sixteenths of an inch long, and the semi-major axis is five-sixteenths of an inch long.

It is available in the following colors: Baby Bass, Black, Black/Red Glitter, Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Purple Glitter, Green Ugly/Black-Orange Glitter, Mocha/Purple Glitter, Mud Brown/Orange Glitter, Natural Shad, Pearl/Green Slime, Sand, Watermelon, Watermelon/Red Glitter, Watermelon Sand/Orange Glitter, and Watermelon Sand/Purple Glitter.

A package of 12 Bingo Shads costs $4.49, and a package of 100 costs $21.64. A package of eight Bingo Shad and one Ven-Rig Head jig costs $5.31.


(1) Here is a link to Venom Lures’ website:

(2) Here is a link to our Midwest Finesse gear guide about Venom Lures’ Salty Sling:

(3) Most Midwest finesse anglers will present the Bingo Shad with either a swim-glide-and-shake retrieve or a straight-swimming retrieve, and as they are retrieving it, some will employ what the late Charlie Brewer of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, called polishing the rocks. Here is a link to our Midwest Finesse column that explains how to employ the swim-glide-and-shake and the straight-swimming retrieve:

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