3 Tips To Catch More Fish On Gulp Shrimp This Fall
Redfish, trout, snook, flounder, and black drum will all smash Gulp shrimp.
But that’s not the only reason this is one of my go-to lures in the fall.
I also like it because:
- It’s versatile (you can fish it shallow or deep and retrieve it quickly or slowly)
- It’s easy to rig and retrieve
- And its scent and action make it great for both clear and dark water
In this video, you’re going to learn three tips to catch more fish in the fall with them, including:
- What the best color and sizes of Gulp shrimp are
- How to rig them (and why rigging Gulp shrimp is different than other soft plastics)
- How to retrieve them for trout and snook vs. redfish and black drum.
Let’s dive in!
How To Use Gulp Shrimp In The Fall [VIDEO]
Which Color & Size Gulp Shrimp
There are lots of options for colors and sizes of Gulp shrimp, but I like to keep it simple and go with the 3″ size in New Penny or Pearl White colors.
These two colors are proven in dark and clear water, and when you’re confident in the color and size, you can focus on what really matters: finding feeding fish.
How To Rig Gulp Shrimp
Since fish will be holding tight to the bottom in the fall, I like to rig them on a jig head.
And unlike some lures, the type of jig head when you’re using Gulp shrimp is actually really important.
Since the lure will be sitting on the bottom a lot (especially if you’re targeting redfish… more on this in the next section), you need a jig head that will keep the shrimp sitting upright.
To do this, I like the Saltwater Assassin Pro Elite jig heads and the football-style Mission Fishin jig heads.
As you can see in the picture at the top of this post, these types of jig heads allow the lure to sit upright.
Although I love Trout Eye jig heads for rigging paddletails, I don’t like them for rigging Gulp shrimp because the heads are just too narrow and will cause the lure to fall on it’s side when it’s sitting on the bottom.
As far as jig head weight goes, it depends on the depth and current.
And as far as jig head color goes, it doesn’t really matter because the action and scent are what are really going to attract fish to it.
Now, just like any other lure, when you put Gulp shrimp on the jig head, you want it to be straight so that it will swim straight through the water.
If the lure is crooked on the jig head, it’ll spin through the water and not look natural (and not catch any fish).
How To Retrieve Gulp Shrimp
How you retrieve Gulp shrimp should depend on the species you’re targeting.
Seatrout & Snook
Trout and snook prefer to hit Gulp shrimp when they’re moving quickly, so I do two or three quick twitches, pause for a few seconds and reel in the slack, then do another few twitches.
Redfish rely heavily on their sense of smell to find food, so I retrieve Gulp shrimp a little slower when I’m targeting them.
I’ll do the same two or three twitches as I would for trout and snook, but I’ll pause for 5-10 seconds between each set of twitches.
I use the slowest retrieve when I’m fishing for black drum with Gulp shrimp, but I’m also usually sight fishing for them, so I don’t need to cover a lot of water.
If I’ve found a school or even just a single fish cruising the flats, I’ll toss the lure in their path and let it sit on the bottom or slowly drag it along.
They can find it based on scent and will often pick it up without me having to twitch it at all.
Gulp shrimp is one of the best and most versatile lures you can use in the fall.
Nearly any predator fish will hit it, plus it’s easy to rig and retrieve.
I prefer to use football-style jig heads so that they’ll sit upright on the bottom when I’m retrieving them.
And if I’m fishing for snook and trout I’ll do a brief pause between twitches, a longer pause if I’m fishing for redfish, and I won’t really twitch it at all if I’m sight fishing for black drum.
Have any questions about using Gulp shrimp in the fall?
Let me know down in the comments.
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