Gulp shrimp baits (made by Berkley Fishing) are an extremely popular lure of choice for saltwater anglers.
And the reason for this popularity is their ability to catch fish. I personally use these Gulp Shrimp to catch everything from Snook, Redfish, Trout, and have even caught grouper and flounder off of them before as well.
However, the fish-catching results on Berkley Gulp Baits will be dependent on these three factors:
1) Properly rigging the Gulp bait
2) Properly retrieving the Gulp bait
3) Finding quality fish to present the Gulp bait to
This video addresses an important portion of the "How to rig a Gulp shrimp" item, which is a factor that simply cannot be skipped.
Without a properly rigged shrimp, the lure will spin around and around which does not look natural to a fish so they will not eat it... and it's also bad for you line to get twisted up.
Because if the Gulp isn't swimming naturally (or even worse, spinning around like it was in a hurricane), you are going to have a tough time attracting any fish to bite it.
So make sure to watch this video to make sure you cover Step 1.
Once you feel comfortable with rigging the Gulp shrimp, go to the link below to see how you can do Steps 2 & 3.
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Hey how’s it going ? I’m learning how to fish and wanted to know what size hooks are those , I get in the stores and there so many different one so could you please tell me the size hooks to get, it’s really confusing ! Oh I fish from a kayak if that makes any difference . Thanks for sharing your videos !
The hookup ratio is surprisingly high with the barb in the soft plastic... just recommend using braid since it has no stretch and using a rod with a fast action so that the hookset power doesn't get lost in a large bend of the rod.
They are tough to find, so we bought some in bulk for our members. There's a link to claim a pack for free (just S&H) on this article about these hooks: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/owner-twistlock-weighted-hook-review/
I've been watching a lot of your videos. I also live in the Tampa area. Do you have a video explaining the different colors and when to use certain colors. I never catch anything on gulp bait and think it may be the color I'm using. Thanks for all your training videos.
Our pleasure! Just be sure to get the right sized hooks. The ones we like best are difficult to find, so we ordered in bulk from the manufacturer so that we could provide them to our subscribers... here's a link to get some if needed: http://shop.saltstrong.com/products/owner-twistlock-hooks-for-soft-plastics
That depends on how deep it is...
Here's a post for the shallows: http://www.saltstrong.com/articles/berkley-gulp-saltwater-shrimp-independent-review/
Here's a post for deeper water: http://www.saltstrong.com/articles/weedless-gulp-shrimp/
Yes, but I prefer to go without a popper so that I can control the running depth to adjust with the bottom contours during the retrieve (ex: letting it drop down into potholes and channels when fishing the flats). That being said, plenty of fish can be caught using the popper too.
Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment. The best hooks I've found for rigging these Gulp shrimp are made by Owner... called TwistLock (3/0 size with 1/16th oz weight). They are tough to find, so we placed a big order for them from Owner and now offer them to our subscribers... here's a link if interested: http://shop.saltstrong.com/products/owner-twistlock-hooks-for-soft-plastics
I was just wondering, how long do you keep the "juice' from your Gulps? I have a container that seems to have gone south on me. I'm not sure whether to risk loosing lunch over opening it, or is it natural to change color over time? Thanks for the feedback.
I'm not sure that any swim bait hooks are saltwater specific, so it's all about finding the ones that have the strongest hooks. So far, the one featured in this video are the strongest that I've found plus they have a very cool feature in their TwistLock design that makes it very easy to perfectly rig soft plastics.
The only downside is that they are tough to find, so we bought a bulk order from the manufacturer to provide to our subscribers... here's a link in case interested: http://shop.saltstrong.com/products/owner-twistlock-hooks-for-soft-plastics
I haven't seen any noticeable difference between rigging it forwards or backwards after cutting off the tail. So I recommend using it forward until it's too beat up to continue using, and then turn it around so you have some fresh plastic to hold onto the hook.
+Stefanos Makris Hey Stefanos, sorry to have taken so long to reply... I somehow missed your message when it came in.
Anyhow, the best hooks for these weedless shrimp are made by Owner (called TwistLock). We bought a big bulk order from Owner so that we could provide them to our members, but we sold out in 2 days...
However, we've placed a much bigger order that should be arriving in the next few days... here's a link to where they can be ordered once they are back in stock: http://shop.saltstrong.com/products/owner-twistlock-hooks-for-soft-plastics
+dudenamedmike1 I believe so. These hooks can be very difficult to find... I typically get them at a local store in Tampa called Southeastern Tackle Liquidators.
Since they are so tough to find, I recently placed a bulk order directly with Owner to soon sell them from our website so the Salt Strong community can have a place to find them no matter where in the US they live.
+ChinooJr Ayala It's a 3/0 hook with a 1/16oz weight. A link to get them at the best prices I've been able to find is in this article below the video: http://www.saltstrong.com/articles/weedless-gulp-shrimp/.
I just found a pack of Gulp shrimp in my fishing stuff but don't have any of those hooks handy. Would a regular worm hook or other type of hook without a twist or weight work too or would it just sink upside down? I will be fishing from 3 to 5 feet of water.
+Lil Joe Fishing I would not recommend a regular worm hook because it would be prone to spin around when retrieved (the weight keeps it upright better). Instead, just use a typical 1/8th oz jig head for 3 to 5 ft of water... here's a post showing how to rig it on jig head: http://www.saltstrong.com/articles/berkley-gulp-saltwater-shrimp-independent-review/.
+eldribblebachelor That one in particular is made by Owner... here's a link to the best offer I've seen for them: http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Owner_Weighted_Twistlock_CPS_Hook_3pk/descpage-OTLW.html?from=saltsg.
Great video. I just joined the premium plan. My future son in law commented "that we never seem to catch much when we go fishing". My daughter's response was "We did once".
Gotta & will change that once and for all using your help!! We fish Sarasota Bay
Q...What happens when the top of the bait eventually tears open from the weedless rig where the point us buried. Is there a fix short of grabbing a new gulp?
Also, do you have a color preference for clear vs cloudy water; or sunny vs cloudy skies.
Greg Sarasota bay has excellent fishing! Key to catching fish there as any where are locating them first! Find the mullet schools and target them as Red fish and other fish hang with them. Mullet are easy to spot because they jump and churn the surface water up.
+Greg Finch Hey Greg, yes, I saw that you joined our Insider Plus group yesterday... welcome to the family!
In order to catch the max amount of fish per bait, I always start by leaving room for an extra twist when using a new Gulp. This way, you can make the extra twist once that point section is torn up allowing for it to get buried into a fresh spot. Once that new spot is torn up from more catches, I then often times cut off the tail and rig from the bottom end... I'll make a video on exactly how to do that best and put it in the Insider Plus section soon.
For colors, I only use white and new penny... I'll start with one and then twitch to the other after a while if I don't get any good hits. White seems to work best during the summer months and new penny often wins in the winter... but both can produce good fish throughout the year.
I'm sure the other colors work just fine too, but only taking two options (one light and one dark) has worked best for me... I've been finding that color isn't nearly as important as retrieve style and presentation speed, so I make slight alterations to my retrieve style and speed until I hone in on what triggers the most hits for that particular day.
+squirrelscuba These shrimp baits have very little tail action, but they still work extremely well. What you have to do though is twitch it so that the body darts in quick/short bursts just like a real shrimp does when spooked. However, some days the slow retrieves works best... only way to know is to vary your retrieve until you hone in on what is working best for that particular day.
Love the videos have learned a lot from them.I am a member of salt strong site and I fish in virginia beach,va mostly all inshore and have used some tactics you have here and found them just as effective here. Can you disclose that exact make of that hook? Thanks and tight lines!
+Erik Saylor Hey Erik, thanks for leaving the nice comment! I'm glad to see that you're implementing the tips up in VA... yes, the inshore species almost always behave very similar to one another regardless of the region. The hook that I used in that video is make by Owner, and it's called the TwistLock. My favorite hook size for these 3 inch Gulp shrimp are the 3/0 ones with a 1/16 oz weight.
I'm looking to up my saltwater fishing game and I figure you guys are one of the better sources for info. What are your favorite must have lures for inshore (including colors if you don't mind)? Thanks!
+Jack Blurton Thanks for joining the Insider Plus family! Yes, I knew you'd like it when I saw your first post. Be sure to use the Comments section of the various lessons if you have any questions... I make new videos in that private membership portal based on feedback from the community.
+Jack Blurton Hey Jack, thanks for leaving the nice message. I'm thrilled to see that you're enjoying our free content. I'd love to answer your question, but it wouldn't be fair to my our paying members if I gave that sort of information over YouTube because that is getting close to the level of detail that our Insider Plus members get.
On top of just the types and colors, they also get very detailed video tutorials on exactly how to rig and retrieve the essential lures. More importantly, the Insider Plus members learn all of my strategies in finding quality snook, redfish, and trout throughout the year... included my secrets to consistently catching slams.
Here's a link to where you can get full access for 7 days free of charge: http://www.saltstrong.com/salt-strong-plus-risk-free.
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