How To Rig Shrimp On A Jig-Head Like A PRO (VIDEO)
By: Joe Simonds on December 4, 2018
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.
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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.
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).
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…
- Pinch off the tail
- Insert the hook starting in the area where the tail was
- 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)
- 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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