How To Rig Shrimp On A Jig-Head Like A PRO (VIDEO)

By: Joseph Simonds on December 4, 2018
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It’s Shrimp Rigging Time!

To begin, let’s start off with two facts about shrimp (in regards to using shrimp as bait):

Fact: Shrimp are one of the best overall saltwater fishing baits in America…

Fact: Shrimp are one of the most incorrectly rigged baits in America… (which means countless fish are missed due to bad rigging jobs)

And it’s not just newbies making the rigging mistakes!

We’ve seen anglers of all levels make these common mistakes.

That’s why we brought along our friend Capt. Mark “Hollywood” Johnson of Florida Keys Fun Fishing to show us how to rig shrimp like a pro.

So before we get into the video, let’s start with showing how NOT to rig it first.

Two Ways To NEVER Rig Shrimp On A Hook

Let’s cover two of the most popular ways to incorrectly rig a shrimp on a jighead (or any hook for that matter).

Avoid these two mistakes and your bite ratio will improve immediately!

1. Never rig a shrimp on a jighead with the hook point coming through the shrimp’s leg region.

Here’s why: live shrimp have a natural tendency to curl up, so when they get rigged on a hook that exits out of their bottom leg region, the shrimp will end up sliding down the shank of the hook and won’t look natural anymore.

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2. Never rig a shrimp through the middle.

Here’s why: not only will the shrimp helicopter around and look completely unnatural, but it makes it super-easy for junk fish to steal your shrimp). Plus, it won’t cast as well (and it’s more likely to get caught on grass, structure, etc).

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Now that you know the wrong ways to rig a shrimp, let’s focus on the best way to rig shrimp on a jighead.

Enjoy the video below.

How To Rig Shrimp The CORRECT Way (VIDEO)

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Conclusion

In conclusion, remember these steps when rigging shrimp on a jighead…

  1. Pinch off the tail
  2. Insert the hook starting in the area where the tail was
  3. Thread the hook through the shrimp’s body with the legs out (so the hook point comes out of the top of the shrimp – not the bottom with the legs)
  4. Cast and get ready to set the hook!

Remember… Legs facing out!

If you recall just one thing from this video with Capt. Mark Johnson, always have the legs facing away from the hook point and you’ll skyrocket your chances of hooking up with a nice fish.

And even though there are some instances where you might rig a shrimp in the head (like fishing in really heavy current), 9 times out of 10 this method proves to be the best.

Do you have any other tips for rigging shrimp that have worked for you?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Related Posts:

How To Rig Dead Shrimp On A Jig-Head (see it here now)

How To Rig A Berkley Gulp Shrimp For More Bites (see it here now)

How To Rig A Live Shrimp For Fishing Heavy Current (see it here now)

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Lou San martin
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Great tip I’m going to use this tonight at the skyway. But I have one question. With current what kind of rig do I use? I normally use a knocker rig will this work if I just put a jighead on or are you just free lining with a jighead? Thanks

Pcreanza@yahoo.com
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I just Received my Amazon order of the weighted popping floats. How can I determine the depth Also .of the surf when I cast so as to know where to place the floats on my leader? Also I will I need to have a sinker on my line?
Thank you Peter C

Dan Martin
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I always hook the shrimp under the horn, taking care not to hit the heart. This gives them freedom of movement.

Carl Freeman
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What kind of jig head is Capt Johnson using in the video

Luke Simonds
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It was some small brand that is sold down in the Keys in bulk.

cullen
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cullen

I notice that you use a wire lead on the jig head to the shrimp how long

Luke Simonds
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Just 12 to 20 inches is all that’s needed… but only need wire if targeting fish like mackerel, barracuda, etc.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

What kind of jig head was Capt Johnson using to rig a live shrimp?

Raleigh Thomas
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Capt. Hank Brown ‘Hookup’ jig head, or a generic copy. They don’t have a pronounced barb for holding a plastic lure on, and are used for fishing a live bait fish nose-hooked, or a shrimp by the tail as shown in the video.

Gene Hammond
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Yeah buddy! That’s a great tip… Cheers #reelingfreedom

Eric Black
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Thanks for the tip. Will definitely use this!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Whats ur way of rigging live shrimp on the hook while cork fishing

Luke Simonds
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Here’s a post on rigging live shrimp that works with current and/or a cork: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/hook-live-shrimp-current/

Dylan DeSio
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I love this tip! I’ve been rigging it wrong the whole time

John Nooney
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John Nooney

Great tip

Brian Moore
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I rigged a shimp by your suggestion and nailed a 34″ Red. Problem I have, and looking for suggestion, the shrimp constantly is sliding down from the head of the jig. Do you have any suggestions on how to keep that slide to a minimum. I

Roy Noblin
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maybe shorter hook but as he shows the hook does not come out until the tail touches the jig head.

Nick
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Nick

Respect for the shrimp that endured this demonstration lol Honor him with some butter and garlic for his service😂

Ronald Jones
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I have been a guide for a couple years and have never tried rigging the shrimp like that. I certainly am going to start though. I will be trying this for my offshore and inshore trips. The biggest complaint I get about shrimp is how easy the fish get them off the hook. I am thinking this could fix that. Thanks so much guys! You are fantastic people!

Capt. Ron

Reed Callais
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Why would you pinch off the tail of a live shrimp when you can just hook it in the tail and keep it alive?

Luke Simonds
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Two core benefits for this setup:
1) The pinched-off tail gives off more scent into the water
2) This enables the angler to cover more water by casting and retrieving it where the shrimp looks like it’s naturally darting through the water even if it’s not alive (the tail being there would likely cause it to helicopter in the water when retrieved which does not look natural).

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It’s like a live worm , it still moves . And the fish swallow head first

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Let’s more scent out

John
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John

Hi, for freelining the shrimp on a regular 2/0 or similar live bait hook, do you still pinch the tail and rig it up the back like this, or do you modify how you rig it?
thanks

Thomas Marks
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Great video! I seldom fish with live bait, but when I do I am always unsure the best way to rig a shrimp. NOW I know, thank you.

Jonathan Getz
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For the sake of clarification, I believe this tip is for using DEAD shrimp. I have used the related tip mentioned (jighead through the dead shrimp’ head) with effectiveness.
Joe: I’d suggest putting this note somewhere on this post just to avoid confusion. For live shrimp, I like sticking the hook in the space under the horn.

Anonymous
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You stick a jig head hook underneath the horn

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I’ve done regular hooks but jig heads I do the same way in video

John Simkunas
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awesome tip

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