Best Shrimp Lures To Fish Under A Popping Cork [Brand Comparison]


It’s artificial shrimp time!!!

What’s your go-to artificial shrimp when fishing it under a popping cork?

Do you just buy whatever is available at the store?

Or whatever the fishing magazines tell you to get?

Depending on which lure you choose, you could be making a big mistake.

If you’re fishing artificial shrimp under a cork, two of the main things that will help it catch fish are:

  1. The action of the shrimp as it darts through the water
  2. How the shrimp settles when the cork is still

So we took seven of the most popular brands of artificial shrimp and tested these two factors.

Here’s the lineup of soft plastic shrimp baits that we tested in this video below.

ChaseBaits USA Flick Prawn Shrimp

chase baits usa flickprawn

D.O.A Shrimp

doa shrimp

Savage Gear Shrimp

savage gear shrimp

VuDu Shrimp

vudu shrimp

Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ

zman ez shrimpz

Z-Man Scented ShrimpZ

zman scented shrimpz

Berkley Gulp Shrimp

berkley gulp shrimp new penny

Want to see how they stacked up against each other?

Check out the video below.

P.S. – We’re not affiliated with any of these lure companies, we just created this video to show you the difference between them.

Enjoy and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Shrimp Under A Popping Cork Test [VIDEO]

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Which of these lures are you going to use?


best artificial shrimp under popping cork

If you’re fishing shrimp under a popping cork, a big factor that determines how well it will catch fish is the way it moves through the water and settles when the cork is still (especially in clear water).

Three of the lures that had the best action and settled in the water horizontally (which is natural for a shrimp) were these pre-rigged, segmented shrimp:

Have any questions about using artificial shrimp under popping corks?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Michael Morassi
9 months ago

Whats the best color of artificial shrimp to aim for???

David L Hankla
1 year ago

The various “elastech”-constructed baits are typically marketed for their realism and durability; they have both in spades. However, a huge consideration in their use is their buoyancy. How they sit…at rest on the bottom…or in the water column…is entirely dependent on where the lead is, and how much lead there is. They can lie flat, tail up or down, or at an angle.

The little scented shrimpz that was floating with the tail elevated on the pro elite head, floats level on a 3/16 trout-eye and tail down with a mustad or owner belly weighted hook. Anyone fishing those floating baits (by any company) should test out how the bait floats at rest…easy to do in a bucket, or even a Mason jar. Your top 3 were all pre-rigged; that their flotation was balanced should be no surprise.

Ray Bierschenk
2 years ago

Good info as always.

kyle arola
2 years ago

One huge aspect of this discussion that you did not cover was murky water/clear water and your choice of artificial shrimp.
I would imagine the more life like / horizontally suspended shrimp would work fantastic in clearer waters, and the more erratic smelly doesn’t really matter how they hang in the water baits would work better in the murky water where fish rely less on sight and more on scent vibration and action in the water?
Thanks for your excellent work Tony! I’m Also looking forward to a shootout of sorts comparing these baits.

Bill Orange
2 years ago

Nice video. How much does scent matter ?? Last week I used a 3″ DOA inshore in SE GA and the trout loved it. My wife was using live shrimp and catching little croakers and squirrel fish. I got tired of feeding them live shrimp, switched to DOA and the trout hit it every time.

James Carter
2 years ago

Tony, how much do you think currents would affect the resting angle of the lure?

James Carter
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

Silly me I responded to me – sorry was my first post. Thanks for yore great response – I love the underwater views they are very informative. Again, thank you.

James Carter
2 years ago
Reply to  James Carter

Great point – love your underwater views they are so informative. Thank you.

Scott Rispaud
2 years ago

Hey hey Tony! Hope all is well. I appreciate the video as it’s titled since the cork plays a big role suspending the bait. Horizontal at rest is really good info. Not to be confused of course with the action of those same shrimp being fished without a cork on the flats and grass. Well done, clear, concise, short and to the point. I’ve spent time in front of a camera and you are a natural! See ya soon my friend.


Robert Sonny Jarrell
2 years ago

Where can we buy the USA chase bait.

Robert Sonny Jarrell
2 years ago

This young man Tony is good in all of his videos. I have seen bait and pool test from others that have to much information. he keeps it simple and understandable. You are a natural w a great voice. Keep them coming.
Sonny Jarrell

Steven Carter
2 years ago

Nice work Tony, thanks! The big question still remains whether the differences in presentation actually result in catching more fish—it seems like it should but maybe a side-by-side fishing contest is warranted?


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