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)


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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Brian Moore

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


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

Ronald Jones

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

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

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).


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


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?

Thomas Marks

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

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.


You stick a jig head hook underneath the horn


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

John Simkunas

awesome tip

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