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:
- The action of the shrimp as it darts through the water
- 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
Savage Gear Shrimp
Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ
Z-Man Scented ShrimpZ
Berkley Gulp Shrimp
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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Are you surprised?
Which of these lures are you going to use?
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:
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Great video ! I’m going to try this technique with the Savage gear shrimp this weekend. I’ve never used artificial bait on the popping cork always live or dead. I’ll be at 1,000 islands In Cocoa.
Awesome good luck out there Timothy!
Whats the best color of artificial shrimp to aim for???
For any soft plastic I try to match the color o the conditions. A light natural shrimp color is my go to (lighter colors in clean water) and a darker rootbeer color for dark water (or just add a rattle to the shrimp lure)
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.
Good info as always.
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.
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.
Thanks! Thats the thing about live shrimp (and scent) is that It will attract many other fish of all types and sizes. Baitfish primarily eat crustaceans (shrimp) as they don’t go after other baitfish. If you have a shrimp in the water, the nuisance fish will typically tear that up immediately, but a soft plastic will be less appealing to them and more appealing to a larger predator.
Tony, how much do you think currents would affect the resting angle of the lure?
It may help some with those lures that hang vertically at rest. However, Depending on the strength of the current it can cause them to spin as well.
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.
Great point – love your underwater views they are so informative. Thank you.
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.
Hey Scott! Thank you for the awesome feedback!
Where can we buy the USA chase bait.
Hey Robert! There is a link under the “Conclusion” section above.
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.
Thank you for the kind words Sonny! Tight lines my friend!