Gulp Shrimp Rigs for In-Shore Fish

Gulp baits bring fishing into an all-new ball game. With the right gulp shrimp rigs, you can target and bag any in-shore fish you want- from redfish trout, speckled trout, flathead, flounder, snook and other fish.

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A jig head with a Berkley Gulp shrimp. Source: Raymond Yau

Gulp baits boast a new-generation soft bait that attracts saltwater fish and rigging them the right way ensures your catch.

Berkley Gulp has become a great alternative to live bait. It looks, feels, and smells like a live shrimp. It can withstand and catch more fish if you rig it right. 

Here are the Gulp Shrimp Rigs you can try with your Berkley Gulp!

Gulp Shrimp Rigs

1. Rigging Gulp Shrimp on Popping Cork

The technique of rigging gulp shrimp on a popping cork works best when fishing in dirty or murky waters. You can also use this rig when fishing in clean water, but the environment has a low-light conditions.

The popping cork on this rig serves to attract fish. And because it’s harder for them to see with the dirty water, this lets them know of the presence of your bait. 

To rig the gulp on a popping cork, you want to use a ⅛ jig head if you’re fishing deeper for aggressive fish. For a slower presentation to your target fish, you want a 1/16 jighead that attracts lethargic fish. 

2. Gulp Shrimp on Owner Twist Lock Hook

Rigging the twist-lock hook allows for a snagless and weedless application of your gulp shrimp bait if you’re fishing in some areas where there are many grasses around the mangroves, docks, or anywhere where there are structures around.

To rig with owner twist lock hook, spin the mouth of your gulp bait to the spring lock for nice and neat security, then put the hook through the body of the gulp bait, making sure that the shrimp sticks out straightly. You can hide the hook point through your bait skin or leave it exposed for a better hook up. 

3. Gulp Shrimp Jig Head Rig

Rigging your gulp shrimp to a jighead is excellent for fishing in spots where there are not a lot of structures around, like open sandy bottoms, or open flats where schools of fish are swimming about. 

To rig a gulp shrimp to a jig head is relatively easy. You take your gulp shrimp bait and your jig head and feed the shrimp to the hook and make sure it comes out at the right spot.

You want to make sure that the gulp shrimp ends up in a straight position to the hook so it will swim right down as you cast it into the water. A slightly curved positioning of the bait will leave it spinning and turning as it goes down the water.

How to Rig Berkley Gulp

Rigging the Berkley Gulp Shrimp is best when using a Berkley jighead as the jighead is specially made for the material the gulp is made of.

You want to make sure that the top of the mouth of your gulp rests on the base of your jighead. Then, ensure that the gulp bait is rigged straight for better results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Berkley Gulp go bad?

The secret to letting your Berkley last longer is to make sure it is stored in a place where it gets to keep it moist.    

Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing enthusiast. He has over 25 years of fishing experience, and 6 years of spearfishing experience, and is currently learning how to boat. Jon has his Open Water PADI Certification and FII Freediver Level 1 Certification. Jon has traveled the world to fish and dive, most notably in the Great Barrier Reef, Baja Mexico, Thailand, and Malaysia. More Articles
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