How To Catch Slams With FROZEN SHRIMP (And Catch Fewer CATFISH)


Do you use frozen shrimp for bait?

For a long time, I thought frozen shrimp only caught catfish (and no gamefish), so I completely avoided them.

However, when conditions are tough, you can’t catch or buy live bait, or you need a plan B, they’re an excellent option.

They’re easy to find, cheap, easy to rig, and easy to use.

Plus, as it turns out, if you fish them correctly, gamefish love them!

We recently used them on a tough day and ended up catching a slam, plus a tarpon.

Check out the video below to see how to rig and fish them to get a ton of tight lines and even catch quality fish.

Using Frozen Shrimp For Inshore Slams [VIDEO]

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How To Retrieve Frozen Shrimp

When using frozen shrimp, you want to slowly drag them across the bottom.

I’ll lift my rod tip and move them about 6-8 inches, pause, reel in the slack, and then do it again.

It’s almost like a blend between soaking cut bait and retrieving lures.

Of course, you could just let the frozen shrimp sit on the bottom, but covering more water increases the odds you’ll come across a gamefish before a catfish gets to it.

And since you’ll be retrieving them slowly on the bottom, how you rig them makes a big difference, which takes us to the next point…

How To Rig Frozen Shrimp

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You want to rig frozen shrimp just like you would rig live shrimp.

Here are the steps:

  1. Tear off the tail
  2. Put the hook through the hole where the tail was and pop it out of the top of the shell
  3. Make sure it’s streamlined

This will help make your shrimp look natural, which will help you catch more gamefish.

And another thing that will help you get a good presentation to the fish is using the right jig head…

Best Jig Heads For Frozen Shrimp

Since you’ll be dragging these shrimp across the bottom, it’s best if they’re sitting upright.

Jig heads with flat bottoms, like boxing glove style jig heads, work really well here.

On this trip, we were using these Mission Fishin jig heads.

These jig heads also work well with soft plastics, so you can quickly and easily switch between lures and frozen shrimp on the water.


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If you need a plan B, frozen shrimp make a great option.

They’re cheap, easy to use, and nearly always available, plus, fish love them!

I recommend rigging them on a jig head with a flat bottom (like these Mission Fishin jig heads) and then retrieving them slowly across the bottom.

Big thanks to Capt. Mark “Hollywood” Johnson from for putting us on these fish and opening my eyes to frozen shrimp.

Have any questions about using frozen shrimp?

Let me know down in the comments below.

And if you know someone who’s sick of only catching catfish with them, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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Ryan J Guidry
2 days ago

Luke, great video like always. Never seen this and would love to try it. We fish southeast Louisiana in prime time saltwater/brackish. I would love to join but don’t know if you can help in our area?

Derrick K Jones
3 days ago

Would this technique work with a bottom sweeper jighead? I have a couple of the jigheads you used and some bottom sweepers which I haven’t used yet.

A. Rollins
3 days ago

I think it is very important to use bait that was killed by the freezing process. Another thing I’ve noticed about fresh frozen shrimp, if it has been thawed for an hour or two, and not kept cool or on ice, it may put out a rotten scent into the water attracting catfish to the area, and the targeted fish bite drops off.

Last edited 3 days ago by Andrew Rollins
Gary Yoder
3 days ago

Tks luke, question i have been working the twilight periods both morning & evening, since the fall back on daylight savings time..not much this video fishing can be good on those flats/oyster bars mid morning ?? thanks

3 days ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

As always!! Thanks!

4 days ago

I hardly ever use bait, but as you mention, it is a good plan B. Where do you recommend buying frozen shrimp? Bait shop, grocery store, other?

Don Hankins
4 days ago

Luke, I salt my leftover shrimp rather than freeze them (can also salt frozen shrimp). It toughens them up and will stay on the hook much better. Fish even seem to prefer the salted shrimp over fresh or frozen at times. Thanks for the tips. Don

Norm Frame
4 days ago

Fished inshore Fernandina Bch last weekend. The higher tides had the water muddy. Frozen shrimp caught more fish than anything we tried. Reds and Trout ate the shrimp 10 to 1 versus the Slam Shady.

anthony grant
4 days ago

how would I be able to get hold of some of these jig heads in Australia.

Dave Otte
4 days ago

Luke, does this really keep the catfish away more vs a live shrimp under a popping cork? I will be trying this, thanks for the great report!

Dennis Wheelus
4 days ago

What was the weight of the jig head you like?

Gary McNeil
4 days ago

Thanks for the tip on the jig head. Been using frozen shrimp on New River for over 20 years and they work well when bait fish are scarce.

Malcolm Hayward
4 days ago

Try storing your shrimps in garlic powder.

4 days ago

Thanks for this great tip, Luke. Great to have this as a go to option for friends, family and kids that want to catch fish on ‘real’ shrimp. This easy option can save the day …

Christian Hurston
4 days ago

Great video Luke! Always good to have an extra option in my tool bag when the bite is tough


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