How To Hook Shrimp On A Jig Head (EASIEST Way To Catch Fish)
Want to know the easiest way to catch a ton of fish?
Find a spot with structure, current, and bait, and throw a shrimp rigged on a jig head out there.
You’re almost guaranteed to catch fish!
The shrimp doesn’t look natural.
Fish are smart and if the shrimp is spinning in the water the fish are going to know something is wrong and not eat it.
So how do you keep your shrimp from helicoptering?
It all comes down to how you rig it, and in this video, we’ve got Capt. Mark “Hollywood” Johnson showing us the best way to rig shrimp on a jig head.
And just to prove how well it works, he had me cast out the shrimp he rigged for me twice and I caught two snook in a row…
Check it out in the video below.
P.S. A big (and rather scary) Everglades crocodile even made a guest appearance that shocked us all! (I think Joe might’ve peed his pants.)
How To Rig Shrimp On A Jig Head [VIDEO]
Here’s how to rig shrimp on a jig head so they’re both hydrodynamic (they won’t unnaturally spin in the water) and aerodynamic (they’ll cast far):
Step 1: Pinch the tail off.
When you pinch the tail off you’re letting extra scent in the water, plus giving yourself a place to insert the hook.
Step 2: Thread the hook through where the tail was and out of the back.
Be sure to bring the hook out through the center of the shrimp so that it’ll stay straight when in the water.
Step 3: Cast it out and catch some fish!
When you’re retrieving shrimp on a jig head you can drag them along the bottom, bounce them on the bottom, or do a lift and drop like I was doing here.
All three methods work, so test them and see what is working for you that day.
Pro-tip: Use a boxing glove style jig head.
Although I was using a trout eye jig head in this video (which I prefer for using artificial lures), I recommend a boxing glove style jig head, like the Mission Fishin jig head, if you’re fishing live shrimp.
This is because when it’s on the bottom, it’ll sit upright.
You can see that as Hollywood rigged the shrimp on the trout eye jig head, it just fell over to the side on his hand.
It’ll do that under the water, too, which doesn’t look natural.
But with a boxing glove style jig head it, it’ll sit upright, look more natural, and catch more fish.
Pinching the tail off and threading the hook through where the tail was and out of the shrimp’s back is the best way to rig shrimp on a jig head.
This way it’s hydrodynamic (so it doesn’t spin in the water), aerodynamic (so it casts far), and it clearly catches fish as shown by the two snook I caught here.
Have any questions about rigging shrimp on jig heads?
What’s your favorite way?
Let me know down in the comments.
And if you’re in the Florida Keys and want to book a trip with Capt. Hollywood and his crew, you can find them at FloridaKeysFunFishing.com.
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