Berkley Gulp baits are some of our favorites when fishing for snook, redfish, and really big trout.
The only problem with them is that they are more expensive than many other options.
However, we've found several tricks that can significantly help you get more fish catching per bait making them a more cost effective means to catching lots of good fish.
In fact, our opinion is that these tips can help you get a better cost per fish caught ratio than other soft plastics because the material used in Gulps is very strong allowing for many to be caught on a single tail.
This video addresses two of the most common Gulp bait killers…
1) Gulp Shrinkage
2) Gulp Storage
For more tips, visit the "Fishing Tips" section on SaltStrong.com… direct link is below:
I tryed that buying a large container and adding other gulp baits in it. Guess what happen. The lures some of them dessolved into nothing and others feel apart when i went in to grab them. Live bait for me from now on. These lures are way to expencive like 30 time higher than live shrimp pound for pound. And they are a lot less work. You dont have to real it in and jerk on them all day long. dislikes this video he is working for them to make money dont buy the BULLSH**
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As for Gulps working or not, they are surprisingly good at generating strikes. Their 2 core downfalls are that they are expensive and that they dry up if out of the water too long. But they are great at getting strikes from redfish, snook, seatrout, etc. when rigged and worked properly... here's a video showing a good slam I caught on just 1 Gulp bait while exploring an area that I've never been to before (I landed a slam even with a crazy loud dog on the boat): https://www.saltstrong.com/fishing-tip/clearwater-fishing-report/
sorry if i was wrong about you working for them. But so many youtbers get checks from spouncers like that for money. The way you were pusshing it just seemed like it. You never know who is working just to sell lures on here anymore. They should have to let people know by law if they are working for who ever they are pushing stuff on here. So many lures dont catch a thing and fall apart for some reason. Maybe with me changing lures fast and grabing a different one got a little water in there that made mine dessolve. Ether way i wont buy any more but i will see if the ones i have left over work when i am catching fish on live shrimp. Just to prove to myself if they work or not.I been fishing with them all year and only caught some small reds and one 27 inch one.. thats not very good at all.That is another reason i am going back to live bait. good luck and sorry again
I use that exact "waterproof" container for same thing. it has always leaked the juice. i've got dried gulp off the jighead with strong knife and pliers. never put used gulp in fresh juice it contaminates it. nice vid, Berkley should include this in instructions
This happened to me. The first time I used gulp I left it on while I was driving from the jetties to my house (20 minute drive). And maybe another 30 minutes while I took all of my gear inside and rested for a bit. By that time it dried up. Now I take it off before I even walk back to the car.
I put my gulp nemesis/jerkshad with the jighead still hooked straight in the tub after use, its been 3 months submerged in the gulp juice but no signs of rust and still looking fine. Any comment on this? Thank you.
+Salt Strong I've checked my jighead this morning and there's no rust from the hook but it dissolved the eyelet where you attach your genie clip/line, and made the jighead brittle. So you're correct and I apologize. Never going to leave my jigheads inside the tub again..
Great idea using the Plano waterproof box. I have the large jar of gulp mullet and no matter how tight the lid is, it still manages to leak. Thanks Luke! I just ordered my owner weighted hooks from saltstrong. Looking forward to trying this out on the Mosquito Lagoon flats soon.
Thanks for ordering the hooks from our site! I used them a lot in the Indian and Banana rivers just south of you and they worked extremely well for the shallow grass flats in that area. So I'm sure you'll enjoy using them in the Lagoon. Fish On!
Given how thin it is, the swimming mullet's tail is an easy target for bait stealers like pufferfish and pinfish to do some damage. That's why I prefer to use Gulp jerk shads (http://www.saltstrong.com/articles/gulp-jerk-shad-review/) and Gulp shrimp (http://www.saltstrong.com/articles/berkley-gulp-saltwater-shrimp-independent-review/) instead because they last longer (Jerk shads can be successfully used well after their split tails get bitten off).
I don't know what they have in their bait juice because I left a rigged gult minnow in the bucket And stored it for about a month and when I opened it the juice turn dark brown and whole hook had completely disintegrated.
I had a bunch of gulps that I forgot about and dried out. I put them in air tight container with Gulp Recharge liquid and that was over two years ago and should check on it. Have I wasted my money on the Gulp Recharge liquid?
Also, I found out the hard way, don't leave your gulp on the jig head and put it together back in the juice thinking it'll be ready to go next time. In a day or so the Gulp juice will eat your hook to nothing.
+Kayak Chris Great tip Chris! I learned that lesson the hard way too when I put some flies in Gulp juice overnight in hopes that the scent would help draw strikes... I have no idea what they put in that juice, but the fish love it but the hooks can't handle it. Fish On!
+Kees Rose Hey Kees, thanks for making time to leave a comment. I've only had this happen once, and the jig head was already starting to rust so I didn't go through the effort of cutting it off. That may work, but it would require a strong pair of scissors. My guess is that you can soak it in water for a while and the Gulp will eventually soften enough to get off. If you give that a try, please let me know how it works.
I made the mistake once and left a 3" new penny Gulp one of my favorite jigs overnight. Refusing to toss it, I let it sit in water over night and was then able to cut if off the next day. Might not work in all situations, but worth a shot if you have it attached to something you want to at least make an attempt to save.
+sam root Haha... it sure is. I have a ton of them in my pile of extra tackle that I've accumulated over the years, and I picked this one to use for the Gulp shrinkage test since it was already rusted. I believe they make them with stronger hooks now... the one in this video can get straightened by a puffer fish:)
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