How Often Should You Change Out Your Gulp Baits? (VIDEO)

By: Luke Simonds on August 15, 2019
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It’s Gulp time!

Here’s the deal: Gulp baits are some of my favorite lures to catch fish with.

Between the action in the water and (most importantly) the scent they give off, they’re nearly irresistible to snook, redfish, trout, flounder and other inshore fish.

But on the flip side, they can be expensive over time (especially if you don’t take care of them properly).

So here’s a question we often get:

How often should I change out, or recharge my Gulp baits?

Put another way, how long does a Gulp lure give off its tantalizing scent?

Since the scent is what really makes the fish go wild, this is a really important question.

Check out the video below for the answer!

How Often Should You Recharge Gulp Baits? [VIDEO]

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Bennie Thomas
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One thing I learned, is if you get the juice on a white boat seat, hurry up and wipe it off. I got some on my seats, and it took alot of washing to get it removed.

Stuart Secler
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I use a twist lock 90% of the time on my jerk shads and shrimp and will never switch them out until I’m done fishing for the day. I just always have a problem the next time I fish with the one I took off from the prior outing.

Jim Esher
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I use a round lock & lock container filled with recharge to store them in . I use the same bait until its falling off the hook or has the tail chewed off. I keep a small plastic coffee can with some recharge in it and just re-dunk my entire piece every 15 minutes

Andrew Williams
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Luke I use them until they are too shot to keep them on the hook. I will put them back in the juice if they are in good condition when I switch lures or the end of the day. I have a question, I mix the jerk baits, shrimp and crab gulp in one container, are all the scents the same? Also if I leave them in the container for a while the juice turns dark brown. Do you think they will still work well in this condition?

Jim Esher
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The brown juice seems to be fine (I’ve had mine for a few years and it works fine). When you buy it some packs are clear and some are brown. I think its thew dyes from the different colors that bleed. Brown and clear seem to work fine

Andrew Williams
Member

Thanks Luke, I always appreciate your advice!

John Martin
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Wonder if the flavours of Gulp bait on my Lovesick Lake in the Kawarthas Ontario Canada is the same flavour in my winter home in Englewood Florida 34223 stories ?
Best Regards
John Martin

Raleigh Thomas
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My experience is pretty much the same as William below… they get shredded before the scent is ‘used up’. I use mainly the Gulp shrimp. The pinfish and blowfish usually cut the back half off, at which point I can keep using it for Redfish or Whiting ( wintertime secret bait, pieces of Gulp ) dead on the bottom like a chunk of shrimp, of take the chunk off and put it back in the container for pinfish bait in small pieces later. I use the factory screw-top tub, but carry all my stuff in a 5 gal bucket, with the tub flat on the very bottom, to minimize any spills. I should get one of those screw-top Plano tubs, they look really good. If somehow Z-Man and Gulp merged technologies, the skies would part and the Angels would sing! They would OWN the soft plastic market.

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Anonymous

Looks like this isn’t a unique comment, but unless I’m done for the day, the fish take these darn things off the hook, not me. The only Gulp I fish with now is the 3 inch shrimp in the late fall, winter and early spring. Just too expensive.

William Brixon
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My experience with gulp baits is that long before they give up their scent the fish have destroyed them. Still there’s nothing like gulps I keep buying them. White shrimp with chartreuse tail has been my go to for 3 plus years in North Carolina for trout and flounder.

Roy Noblin
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i’ve pretty much quit using gulp due to they changed so soft they don’t stay on the hook with a hit. this caused them to be expensive and also what happened to all that plastic they pulled off the hook. i think you did a video awhile back saying gulp listened and went back to the stronger formula and something on the package showed how to be able to tell the new tougher from the old soft. if you did please run it again as i can’t find it or was i just dreaming 🙂

John Nugier ( Thunder outdoors)
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John Nugier ( Thunder outdoors)

Hey Luke
Great video!!! I have been using these waterproof lure boxes for gulps for 2-3 years now. They work great and you can mix all colors together and they won’t bleed on to other color gulps. Just make sure the o-ring is in good share and all latches are closing properly.
Gulp is a great bait on guide trips as a live bait alternative. I also mix Procure with the reactivate for a little more scent. I also use procure when I find my gulp is low on the juice!!!!
Keep on reel-n
✌️John

Bradley Smith
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These are such a great bait for dead sticking. When you are having redfish that just won’t bite. Soak one of these on a Carolina rig and before long the redfish will just pick it up off the bottom. Great for picky fishing days.

Glenn Acomb
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Thanks Luke, another good video. I have been able to get a bit longer on my out of the water Gulps, if I return to fishing later that day – maybe an hour and a half. When I get to 2 hours or more they get stiff and hard to rejuvenate. But, even if it is that long I still keep it in the flat, rectangular container and sometimes it returns to normal. If it doesn’t, I keep it for Sabiki.

Everett Kimball
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I use the Gulf baits all the time. I use them until the fish have taken everything. I am always surprised that even with a small chunk on the hook the fish still will bight. They are my go to bait. If there is any fish in the area they will hit this bait.

Michael Collins
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I carry a tube of Super glue gel for repairing gulp. It’s not always possible to repair but sure can make them last a lot longer. I will also put a drop between the jig head and the gulp body when they keep sliding back. I do wonder if the fish will smell the glue but it drys so quickly and doesn’t have that much of an odor to begin with. So far the guld must smell OK because they keep getting bit. I also love the Plano tub with the screw cap vs the one with the clamps. No leaks and a bit faster to use.

Alton Smith
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What is the shelf life Gulp?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Hi Luke up here in Ontario Canada the Gulp last a 6 hour trip but walleye , pike and musky destroy Gulp in one bit .
So, switch to Bass Pro Shops heavy salt plastics soak in Gulp Canada perch flavour in my air tight box like your .

They work for one hour , switch it for a fresh bait. Catch more bass this way
Best Regards
John Martin

Robert Curran
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Is there an easy way to remove a dried gulp from a jig head?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Cutting pliers

Ken Bement
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Ken Bement

I put the hard dried lures in water until they have rehydrated enough to remove.

John Purdue
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I don’t see the link for the container

ERIC MIELKE
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I use the Gulp baits pretty much till they fall off the hook. I buy the Plano liquid bait tubs, liked below, and and rip all my gulps out of the package right away and store them in these tubs. The seal on the cap is excellent and they rarely ever leak if tightened well. Love the Gulp products but the biggest negative is the material is so weak compared to the original formula…but they work so good that I keep buying them. Tight lines all!

https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Plano_Liqua_Bait_Bottle__Bait_Grabber_4651/descpage-PLBBBG.html?from=Google&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhdTqBRDNARIsABsOl99dvSqOu_f-uvNLsG_Kh3R_McevdRh0__hDW2Ta0t0ishmqDbJs58gaAiHeEALw_wcB

Dave
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Dave

How much better is the plano than the container they come in?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I concur, i think the scent dispersion will last longer than the bait itself…i tend to use until they are pretty well chewed up, or unable to stay on the jig head. I use the same Plano for my gulp, it is a great replacement to the buckets/bags from Berkley.

Thanks guys!

Mike

Gary Brady
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Luke
Can’t find the link for the container to keep the Gulp juice.
Also my gulps usually don’t last long w all the gar, puffers and pin fish nipping away on them, lol

Rich Black
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Rich Black

I use gulp baits a lot where I live in the northeast for flounder (Fluke over here). It works great. I would be interested to know what type of rig you use in conjunction with the gulp bait. Most of us here use the 3 way swivel with the sinker and 2-3 ft. Leader to the hook. Some use a buck tail for weight and looks with a dropper loop with the hook and gulp above.
Are there any alternatives?
Rich

Andrew Rollins
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I think you’re fishing too far from the bottom for Flounder. Try a heavier Bucktail jig instead of a weight. A 4-6 ounce Bucktail jig works to hold bottom in 70-90 feet of water. Fish a Gulp on the Bucktail jig on a 18 inch leader. Use the other part of a 3 way swivel, and tie on a plain old 3/0 bait hook on 6 inches of leader, and dress it with another Gulp. Giving the teaser too much leader, leaves it with not enough action.

Ralph Nicosia-Rusin
Member

See John Skinner’s You Tube channel for videos on rigging and using Gulp lures for fluke. He also covers it in his Salt Strong course. His underwater videos of fluke choosing Gulp over cut bait provide a convincing case for their value

Mark Weaver
Member

I put all the gulps to non spoilable containers after the store version leaked in the truck, nasty for days. My question is how long before i should change out the liquid they soak in can’t tell by smell a scent only a fish would love. A couple containers of the less used gulps are goin on a year old.

David Clippard
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I have bought the GULP products in the quart size container and keep one of these on my boat. If I purchase a small package of six Gulp baits (as you demonstrated in this video), I take them out of the new small package and put them in the quart container that is full of juice. Only one time have I bought just the Gulp liquid. I don’t know why, but fish go crazy over these baits! I wish Gulp baits were as tough as the ZMan baits … now a marriage of those two would be awesome. OH, one more tip, whenever your Gulp bait gets “bitten off” … don’t throw the stubs away. Put the stubs into a separate quart container of Gulp juice. You can cut these pieces into bits to bait Sibiki rigs. Helps catch more bait.

Jason Mathews
Member

I know its not gulp related but do the zman artificials dry out?

David Clippard
Member

No. At least not like Gulp. As Luke Simonds says, Gulp baits shrivel up and get rock hard. ZMan lures don’t dry out and they are tough! I fished from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM today and lost count of how many big Jack Crevalle, Blue Fish and Mackerel I caught on one ZMann! As you know, those three species are toothy and hard on bait! Especially the Mackerel and Blue Fish. It was FUN at the zoo today!

Matt Price
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I have found that they’ll fall apart before they stop giving off scent while being used. I can only rig them 5-6 times on a jig head before they tear, sometimes i can get away with trimming them back tho