How To Rig Berkley Gulp Saltwater Shrimp For More Bites [Product Review]
By: Luke Simonds on September 10, 2019
I’m here to publicly admit, I’m a Berkley Gulp believer!
If you are a serious saltwater angler, you have certainly heard (and probably used) a Berkley Gulp shrimp before (one of their most popular Gulp baits for saltwater).
I know the first time I came across Berkley “Gulp! Alive” baits, I was a bit skeptical on how an artificial bait could really help me catch more fish due to the “juice” that it comes in.
Seemed kind of like a marketing ploy to me…
And I also had a problem spending more money per artificial soft plastic bait that what I was used to with some other brands, as these Berkley Gulps are not cheap.
But all of the skepticism and price fear went out the window after I finally got out on the water with Berkley Gulp Shrimp!
In other words, these Gulp Shrimp can catch some serious inshore fish!
Related Video Post: “How To Retrieve Berkley Gulp Jigs For More Strikes” (see that post by clicking here)
Berkley Gulp Saltwater Shrimp Review
In this independent review of the Berkley Gulp “Alive” Saltwater shrimp, the 11.5 oz “bucket” of 3″ New Penny color Gulp shrimp is featured since it’s a popular way to buy Gulp Shrimp (although NOT always the most affordable way to get Gulp shrimp – see this review about Gulp packets vs Gulp buckets)
(click here to get these Berkley Gulp Shrimp on Amazon).
As I mentioned above, I used to be very skeptical of these Gulp baits as there was a ton of hype and they aren’t cheap.
But after actually using them on the Florida flats, I realized that they are a fantastic choice for catching redfish, snook, sea trout, flounder, and any other species that feed on the flats…
So here are my overall Pros and Cons of Berkley Gulp Shrimp.
Pros of the Berkley Gulp Saltwater Shrimp
- Inshore fish LOVE these baits
- They are easy to use in terms of putting on a jig head, casting, retrieving, and they can even be fished weedless
- These artificial shrimp are tough enough to last through multiple strikes (except for those pesky pufferfish that can bite them in half)
- Comes in a ton of different colors for certain areas, water colors, times of year
- Gulp shrimp catches less “trash fish” (like catfish) compared to fishing with live shrimp
Cons of the Berkley Gulp Saltwater Shrimp
- A bit more expensive than other soft plastic shrimp
- They cannot be left on a hook or jig head when not in use because they’ll shrink/harden when they dry out (click here for Gulp maintenance tips)
- They seem to cause hooks to rust faster than normal, so be sure to rinse hooks/jig heads off with fresh water after use
- The juice really does smell bad, so be careful not to spill on your clothes, boat deck, car, truck, etc.
How to Rig a Gulp Shrimp
Here is a quick video that will show you how to rig a Gulp shrimp onto a jig head for inshore fishing.
Click here to see the best prices on Amazon for the Berkley Gulp Saltwater Shrimp in all colors
Bonus Tips for Gulp Shrimp
1. Turn Used Gulps Into Bait Catching Machines
After feeling tons of small nibbles from baitfish and seeing lots of pinfish follow the Gulp shrimp up to the boat while fishing with them, I began cutting up old ones into small pieces for catching pinfish for bait… small Gulp chunks work amazingly well for pinfish, pigfish, squirrelfish, grunts, croakers, etc…
Click here to see a great tutorial on exactly how to catch loads of bait with used Gulps.
2. Gulp Shrimp Skip Well Under Mangroves
These Gulp shrimp baits skip very well under mangroves and docks when rigged with small jig heads (and even better when rigged weedless).
See how this exact Gulp shrimp rig did for snook and redfish back in a secret lake that is only accessible by kayaks or paddleboards… 100% skipping Gulps under mangroves.
As you can see, the pros of the Berkley Gulp Saltwater Shrimp far outweigh the cons (at least from what I’ve seen in the amount of fish I’ve caught over the years with Gulp shrimp).
Whatever they put in that Gulp! Alive juice really does work.
So if you are looking for a fish-catching artificial bait that can truly compete with live shrimp in catching redfish, snook, trout, and flounder, then Berkley Gulp Saltwater Shrimp baits are a great option.
Any questions or tests you want me to put these Gulp baits through?
Let me know in the comment section.
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- GULP Juice: Does It Work With Non-GULP Fishing Lures?
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