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How to Rig a Berkley Gulp Shrimp [WEEDLESS]

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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. For more fishing tips, check out: http://www.saltstrong.com/article_categories/fishing-tips/ And for some of the best Viral fishing videos on Planet Earth, check out: http://www.saltstrong.com/
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Mr. Woofwoof (3 months ago)
What's the size of the hook? T.i.a.
Salt Strong (3 months ago)
It's a 3/0 with a 1/16th oz weight... here's a link to a detailed review of it: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/owner-twistlock-weighted-hook-review/
Bubba Wayne (4 months ago)
Great video brah!
Breamskin (6 months ago)
This rig looks deadly cheers for the video
Veronica Stewart (6 months ago)
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 !
David Crowson (6 months ago)
Thanks for sharing this. Great information.
Thanks for the tip buddy
Kipper White (1 year ago)
TY 4 info broke out into song Twist again like U did last summer LoL Cubby checker song so i just dated myself LoL
George Fisher (1 year ago)
Only thing I hate is when the packet of shrimp have deformed tails ,left or right angles is there a qik fix for this ? great video..
Salt Strong (1 year ago)
Let them sit out in the sun while in the packet in the proper position and the heat will often enable them to reshape back to where they should be.
Dirty Hook sets (1 year ago)
What sizes the hook
summerdying111 (1 year ago)
you gotta expose the tip and the barb. That won't hook up
Salt Strong (1 year ago)
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.
Zach Howard (1 year ago)
Where can we get those hooks from
Salt Strong (1 year ago)
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/
jimmy xXx (1 year ago)
Thankz Bro..
V Rod (1 year ago)
Awesome vid explanation, tks!
Jahnnluis Lesmes (1 year ago)
will these work on freshwater?
Salt Strong (1 year ago)
I have never tried it in fresh water, but I would not be surprised at all if it worked.
Lawren Downing (1 year ago)
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.
Victor kayak (1 year ago)
Cool info and how to do
Chris Jones (2 years ago)
great bait,but damn those pinfish love them.
Sean (2 years ago)
I've never seen those screw things before. Just found 100 of them for 1.85!
Sean (2 years ago)
I've never seen those screw things before. Just found 100 of them for 1.85!
Roach (2 years ago)
gulp lures suck.
The Inspiration Ruum (2 years ago)
like the video..what kinda weight you use for this aplication
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
I prefer 1/16th oz weights for fishing the shallows. All of them that I use come on the hook from the manufacturer.
james rudman (2 years ago)
Can't find this size on the usual sites, including yours. :(
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
These weighted hooks are hard to come by. We sold out quickly, but plan to get another batch at some point soon. Tight Lines!
Brian Anuvattanachai (2 years ago)
I'm using a offset worm hook should I use the EWG offset worm hook or the round bend offset worm hook?
Luke Simonds (2 years ago)
For Gulp shrimp, the weighted hooks with the twist on feature seem to work much better for me compared to the typical worm hook.
Yak Motley (2 years ago)
Great video!
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment! Glad to see that you enjoyed this weedless shrimp rigging video. Tight Lines!
kix 1981 (2 years ago)
what size and brand of hook is that?
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
It's a 3/0 swim bait hook made by Owner. Here's a link to a product review post for this hook that discusses the specifics: http://www.saltstrong.com/articles/owner-twistlock-weighted-hook-review/
David Bertrand (2 years ago)
goal offense European ucslwg.
Bobby preston (2 years ago)
Can you use other plastics in gulp juice.
Nunya Dibness (2 years ago)
Have you ever fished Gulp shrimp under a popper?
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
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
Nunya Dibness (2 years ago)
Thanks for the info. Next time I get to the Gulf Coast, I am going to try them out.
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
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/
Nunya Dibness (2 years ago)
+Salt Strong - Would you just use a jighead or plain hook?
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
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.
Scott Phenicie (2 years ago)
Great video!  Can you please tell me the Manufacturer and size of the hook you are using?  Thank you.
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
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
Stephen Dobson (2 years ago)
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.
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
Once it changes color, it may be time to replace the juice. I typically replace mine every time I buy another jug of shrimp.
Bunk Man (2 years ago)
When you cast and retrieve these baits do you jerk and pause or just a slow easy retrieve?
Bunk Man (2 years ago)
+Salt Strong Hey THANKS MAN! 
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
Both work, but I seem to find best results doing the jerk/pause retrieve.
BloodSweatnBass (2 years ago)
I've searched for a saltwater specific swim bait hooks and couldn't find any. Do you feel that a saltwater hooks are more stout and won't easily bend on a nice sized fish?
BloodSweatnBass (2 years ago)
Understoood; thanks for the Solid tips.
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
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
randy johnson (2 years ago)
is it worth cutting off the tail and using this hook rig the shrimp in a more natural presentation? Thanks for excellent how to videos as always.
randy johnson (2 years ago)
Salt Strong (2 years ago)
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.
Navy SEALS Rock (3 years ago)
This shrimp is a waste of time. Instead use the minnow version. cool video by the way.
Stefanos Makris (3 years ago)
I was wondering what hooks you use (brand) because i want some!! Tight lines!
Stefanos Makris (3 years ago)
no pronlem yhanks
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+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
Naked Acres (3 years ago)
+Stefanos Makris He said in another video that it is an Owner hook. Berkley sells that same style of hook with a better weight shape.  The Berkley web page is nice and sells all the stuff they offer.
Ian Easterday (3 years ago)
have you tried a zman scented shrimp? if not please try them
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+Ian Easterday I have not yet tried the zman shrimp. I'll pick some up soon and post a review on them... thanks for the suggestion. Fish On!
dudenamedmike1 (3 years ago)
can u get those weedless jig heads at Academy ?
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+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.
Chino Ayala (3 years ago)
what size swim bait hook is that?
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+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/.
desert1cop (3 years ago)
Talk to much,just rig it
Joe Stinson (3 years ago)
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.
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+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/.
Eddie Rodz (3 years ago)
What kind of hook is that ?
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+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.
David Meeks (3 years ago)
why dont u rig shrimp the way they swim instead of through  0ut the head.
Michael C (2 years ago)
Shrimp do swim slowly forward but when scared or provoked swim backwards with a snap action of the tail!
Greg Finch (3 years ago)
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. Thanks
Michael C (2 years ago)
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.
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+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 (3 years ago)
hi, thanks for the rigging tips. do these shrimp plastics have a nice tail action when worked through the water?
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+squirrelscuba Sounds great... best of luck to you out there!
squirrelscuba (3 years ago)
cheers mate, i'll give it a go!
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+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.
Erik Saylor (3 years ago)
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!
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+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.
Jackson Blurton (3 years ago)
3/0 owner twist lock hook I believe
Jackson Blurton (3 years ago)
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!
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+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.
Jackson Blurton (3 years ago)
Wow. This is just what I wanted! Thanks for making such a great, informative site!
Jackson Blurton (3 years ago)
Thank you for the response! I had no idea that you guys had a premium subscription like that. I'll be sure to use the free trial and see if I like it. Thanks again!
Salt Strong (3 years ago)
+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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