How To Save 25% On Gulp Shrimp [Bucket vs. Packets]

By: Luke Simonds on February 13, 2019
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It’s Gulp time!

And particularly, it’s saving money on Gulp time.

Conventional wisdom says that buying things in bulk saves you money.

But is that the case with Gulp products?

I recently did some digging to see whether or not buying Gulp shrimp in bulk (the buckets) is cheaper than buying Gulp by the packet.

Check out the video for the surprising results:

How To Save Money On Gulp Shrimp [VIDEO]

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Crazy right?

I can’t believe Gulp shrimp packets are the better deal… I have gone through a bunch of them over the years, so no telling how much I could have saved.

Note: 25% less per shrimp is based on getting packets for $5.96, which is what I paid when going out to buy these 3 options at a local Walmart.

Worst case, you should at least be able to find them for $6.99 a pack which still provides a savings of 6% compared to the best bulk option.

How To Store Gulp Shrimp

The best way to store Gulp shrimp is in a waterproof Plano container.

Here’s why:

  1. The Gulp buckets are prone to leaking and you do not want their potent formula leaking in your boat, garage or house.
  2. The containers will keep any air from getting to the baits and drying them out (which sometimes happens with the packets).
  3. The bottom of the Gulp bucket is concave, which can warp your Gulp shrimp and alter their action in the water (which will cause you to catch less fish).
  4. The colors don’t really bleed, so you can keep different colors and Gulp products in one container, as opposed to having several different packets or buckets.

You can get a waterproof Plano container here: https://amzn.to/2TMXGNJ

Conclusion

Gulp doesn’t include the number of baits in the buckets, so I always assumed buying the buckets was a better deal because I was buying in bulk.

However, I crunched some numbers and found the following:

  • The big bulk container for $19.99 has 16 shrimp ($1.25 each)
  • The smaller container for $9.96 has 7 shrimp ($1.42 each)
  • The packet for $5.96 to 6.99 contains 6 shrimp ($0.99 to $1.17 each)

Life lesson here: always inspect what you expect!

What do you think?

Will you be buying them by the packet from now on?

If you have any questions about Gulp products, let us know in the comments below!

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Gary Friedman
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So my question to you Luke is, If you keep your Gulp baits under your console and stay there even when the boat is in your side yard with a cover on it.
I guess what I’m trying to learn is “Can extreme heat effect the “juice” and durability of the bait?

Should the baits be stored in a dry suitable temperature area???

Thanks for the video, I wasn’t always consistent with the riggings, big help.

Robert Knowles
Member

Great video. Thanks Luke

William Brixon
Member

I have been buying my gulps from, omg, Walmart.
Less than the 4.99 from Academy, but not by much. Maybe .25. Not quite a full selection but decent selection.
On the big bucket don’t forget you are buying the bucket and extra juice. Buy one bucket and then put your packets into the bucket juice. Just a thought.

Thomas Marks
Member

Great tip on Glup…. I use a lot of Gulp up on the Great Lakes for smallmouth bass. I never did the study on the large container vs bags but I would not be surprised it is the same for the leeches. Good storage tip, my boat smells of spilled Gulp.

Scott Rispaud
Member

Try buying the bags and any liquid proof container that makes you happy for your style of fishing (boat, kayak, shore, surf etc.) Then you can buy 8 oz. of Gulp Recharge for 4.99 or less and just add a little as you need it. It’s available in 2oz. or 8oz. with the 8oz. being a far better deal. I always have it on hand.

Bert Flexer
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What is the best color of soft plastic for muddy water with limited visibility?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Great tips Luke. I also have a love hate relationship with Gulp products, but every time I quit them I end up going back. Nothing has caught me as many fish as the jerk shad. That Plano box size is the perfect one for Gulp baits and I have not had one leak yet. The larger size waterproof Planos will leak the Gulp juice because they don’t seal quite as good as the small box. Also, I have seen the white gulp baits turn that color as they get older even when not mixed with other colors. I think the juice just darkens with time. The new packages in the store usually have very clear juice, and the older ones have darker juice.

John Sweeney
Member

Thanks Luke. Can never learn to much! I find at times Dicks Sporting Goods puts Gulp on sale for 4.99 but also about twice a year they offer a mail in rebate of $5 off of every two packs up to 20 dollars. That comes to 1/2 price. Of course you have to copy receipts, jump through hoops, etc. but I do a few (using different addresses). Second is I use a Costco nuts jar to store the Gulp. It works great and holds about a 1/2 gallon. My friend uses an Utz pretzel jar and is more like 2 gallons.

James Doyel
Member

I disagree a little bit on this Luke!!! It just depends on how you account for everything. If you start from scratch then the packets are more, bc that would be roughly 3 packets, 1 bottle of juice, and 1 container, so roughly $25 plus tax. Or buy the big container for $20 plus tax, even if you buy a leak proof container, they both are about the same in the end.

Scott Schraff
Member

Thanks for this great info Luke. Another option to consider is to buy Gulp products from an online liquidator-dealer. I have bought Gulp products at substantial discounts from Fisherman’s Factory Outlet (FFO), at http://www.ffo-tackle.com. They appear to be affiliated with Berkley, the parent company that makes Gulp products. FFO seems to get shipments of product at uneven intervals, so they don’t always have stock. But I have seen Gulp shrimp on sale there for 50-70% off, during their special sales.

Dave Baskette
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Great info. Thank you

laydog
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laydog

Careful on the plano box link. It shows the price at $2.99, but the shipping is $26.99!!!!

Tom Widman
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In a prior post by me, I had indicated Academy Sports had Gulp bags available for $4.99. I just tried to order several bags of Gulp from Academy Sports on their website and when I went to complete the online order, a message came up saying that all the bags of Gulp I had ordered were out of stock. It wasn’t until I was ready to complete the order did I get the out of stock notice. Anyway, I’ll try again in a few weeks. Tom

Paul Phenix
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can you mix different gulps together ie shrimp and jerk shad. Is the liquid specific to the bait

Tom Widman
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Luke
I guess we are programmed to think we need to buy more to get a better price. I don’t usually buy the tubs anymore because I would always spill the liquid in my kayak when they are in the tub. Now to learn that was the right thing to do to save money, is an added plus. I agree with others that the Plano case with the three clasps makes me spill a lot of juice when I open it, so I would always have a towel under it. I no longer use the Plano case.

As to the better pricing on the bags, I have been buying them from Academy Sports for $4.99 a bag. You can purchase in their store but if you don’t have one nearby, they have a website. They have about all the stuff you’d want: jerk shad; swimming mullet; shrimp; crabs; and the mullet with a paddle type tail. If you order over $35 (or something close to that), they ship free. It’s the best consistent price I’ve seen.
In checking reviews of the Gulp products on the Academy site, Gulp/Berkely are really getting hammered for the change in the product as the material has gotten so soft, a jig-head or hook won’t stay on very long. I know this was addressed recently in an article by Luke.

Question for Luke: The Plano case you opened after a year, looked like there was hardly any juice in it. Have I been keeping too much liquid in the Plano case? I was actually making sure that every Gulp was covered with the juice.

Thanks and take care, Tom

Captain Brian Davis
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Outstanding JOB fellas. I buy these a lot and always thought more was better.

RICHARD GIORDANO
Member

Luke: The one thing that neither you nor any of the guys below addressed is whether non-gulp plastics will absorb the scent by soaking them in the gulp liquid, and whether soaking them would cause them to change in flexibility. If non-gulp plastics will benefit from soaking in gulp juice, then the added price for the tubs would be worth it, for the money that you would save by using non-gulp plastics that have been enhanced with gulp juice.

Anthony Scot McGallicher
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I know everyone has mentioned the Plano Bait Locker, but the Deep Bait Locker has worked great for me. I leave it standing vertical inside my backpack and have not had any leaks yet. It has space for both the packs and the larger liquid container with grabbers. You get to keep the juice and lures inside a a “leak-proof” jar, and keep that jar inside a “leak-proof” box. It’s awesome!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0032N026O/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Andrew Rollins
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All Gulp containers leak. Plano makes excellent liquid tight containers. It’s okay to mix different colors together, and they don’t bleed their color into each other. You’re right Anthony, the containers by Plano are awesome. I swear Gulp does this on purpose, to boost sales of their recharge juice. It’s a problem that”s never been fixed. Even with many customer complaints.

Mike Culpepper
Member

Do the Gulp baits need to be swimming in the juice or can you get by with less juice and the sealed bait locker?

James Brown
Member

You mentioned the need to keep the Gulp shrimp straight to maintain proper movement during retrievesGOATS won’t packng RABBITS bunch in the Plano box cause them to distort?

Brent Hess
Member

The Plano box will sure beat the double-bagged method using two gallon size bags! The gallon bags are a PITA, especially on a kayak!

Daniel Vader
Member

So the $100 dollar question is “do gulp products go bad after time”?

Robert Bulla
Member

I have some that are at least 4yrs old, and still fine.

Jim Busk
Member

Try the Plano Liqua Bait Storage Bottle and Bait Grabber

Captain Brian Davis
Member

I have this, its full of baits and juice!

Dave Frymier
Member

I suspected the price thing for a while, but never took the time to do the math. Thanks!
I discovered the Plano boxes a while back – I think Tony may have shown them in one of his vids.
You need to be careful when you open them, but they absolutely do not leak – and that amino whatever-it-is stuff is nasty.

Paul Davis
Member

Academy sells the packets for 4.99

James Sheehan
Member

Beat me to it! I found them there as well. Can’t beat that price. Also, as others have mentioned, the Plano Liqua-Bait Locker is an excellent way to store them.

Teresa McCullough
Member

I have also used Gulp for years and I use the Plano Liqua-Bait Locker and have only had one that cracked after about 6 years of use, they are a lot user to use than the water-proof box and you don’t slip your juice. Walmart also has some food containers that are air-tight/water-proof that has two latches which I am using that are larger in size and they work great also. The food containers at Walmart just make sure they have the rubber seal on the lid and when you close them you will hear the air being pushed out of the.

George Murphy
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Speaking of saving money on Gulp…I scored some good deals during December (when I was shopping online for gifts for others, lol!). Seriously though, I guess vendors were clearing out inventory. Every time I got online, another place had a sale on them, as well as other artificial baits. I couldn’t resist.

Scott
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Scott

I’ve been using Gulp for years and every container from them leaks. There is a gelato my wife buys called Talenti that comes in a clear plastic jar that fits in my boat’s cup holders. They don’t leak and let me have multiple jars for different colors. Wife gets the gelato, I get the container.

Most years, Berkley has a rebate on Gulp. It usually starts around March, you want to wait for the rebate because Dick’s Sporting Goods puts it on sale at the same time for 4 for $20. The rebate varies year to year, but that is going to be the best value. I think last year was $5 back on the purchase of 4 bags and there is a limit of 4 rebates per household. I max out by sending rebates to family member’s houses. There is a rebate for the jars as well, but stick to the bags for the best deal. You do want one or two jars for the juice supply, but then stick to the bags. Don’t worry that it gets dark over time, it doesn’t go bad.

Luke Simonds
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Thanks so much for making time to leave the super helpful comment Scott!

Dave Brookmyer
Member

Luke – great report. I’ve been using Gulp shrimp for many years in the back country and oceanside. I too, assumed bulk would be the way to buy them. Also, thanks for your reports on tackle, mono vs braid abrasion, all great information and please keep them coming!
I too, hated those leaky containers. I had tried the container you prefer, however sometimes I fish oceanside and the juice spills out
if its little choppy or if you get in a fishing frenzy. Also, you have to deal with messing with 3 locking latches, so you tend to rotate and spill juice in the process, since it’s a shallow flat container – not designed well for liquids.

When I was at Bass Pro in Islandmorada, I found a Plano screw top container very similar to the gulp container, stronger plastic, and it has the raised sealed screw top. This prevents the spillage you get with the “flat” top Plano container, and I can soak the baits if I want.
It’s also quicker and much easier to open and close.

I looked on Amazon and the item is the Plano Liqua-Bait Locker (LBL) It’s around $10. I’m curious if you may prefer it and hope this may help some others with the same Gulp issues!

Luke Simonds
Admin

Thanks for sharing the helpful tip Dave! I have seen some of the other containers, but I have not yet found one with a flat bottom, so I have stuck with the one shown in this video even if it is prone to spilling if not on a secure surface when opened.

The reason I don’t like the non-flat bottoms is because the baits will eventually start curving over which will make them not look good in the water (this issue is a big deal for the 5″ jerk shads, but not nearly as much of a factor for the 3″ shrimp)

Does the box you’re referring to have a flat bottom? Or is it raised so that others can stack up on it?

Dave Brookmyer
Member

Luke, I have only used the shrimp in that PLANO (LBL) container and I leave the jerk shads in the bags. Those 3″shrimp are
very hot on some of shallow reefs I fish and I go through them. I think the LBL container bottom is flat, but my boat and tackle is at my place in Key Largo, so I’ll check that out when I head down. Also – similar to your other article on the “Gulp material” I am finding the same issue with these ripping MUCH easier than the earlier models. I have to find that article as I think you mentioned how we could tell which have the better material….??
I’ll bet the Gulp people are interested in Salt Strong, and hopefully they will address these issues!

Luke Simonds
Admin

Here’s a link to the article about identifying the good vs. the bad Gulp shrimp: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/berkley-gulp-formula-update/

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I bought one of these type containers Plano Liqua-Bait Locker, it leaked quite a bit. I also agree with you on the other flat container opening those 3 latches causes spillage almost every time for me. Some people are a little more careful than others and apparently I’m not that careful, LOL

Dan Kelly
Member

In the buckets, you are getting quite a bit of juice. If you buy the juice separately it is costly. Maybe that’s the reason for the higher per bait cost in the bucket?

Luke Simonds
Admin

Yes, that’s surely the reason. But I rarely am in need of any juice because I just re-use it from past containers.

Roy Noblin
Member

yes sir that is a good tip and very true, especially when walmart puts them on sale. may i add i buy a good supply of the bags and keep on the boat but keep an assortment in one plano. this way i only have one place to go to try something different and can add to it as needed from main supply.

Luke Simonds
Admin

Thanks for adding the helpful tip Roy!

Scott Froese
Member

Thought I would share that Plano makes a couple containers designed specifically for the Gulp type baits:

https://www.planomolding.com/fishing/miscellaneous-organizers/liqua-bait-lockertm-storage-systems

I’ve had the bottle for about a year now and it hasn’t leaked.

Luke Simonds
Admin

Thanks for adding the helpful tip Scott! My only suggestion for anyone who will be buying storage boxes is to get one with a flat bottom… especially if you use Gulp jerk shads too (most of the storage boxes unfortunately seem to have a raised bottom so the containers can be stacked).

Robert Larson
Member

Thanks Luke! Dicks recently had the big buckets on sale for $14.99 so I usually try and watch for sales like that and stock up. I recently invested in the Berkley Bait Management Container. They were on sale on the Berkley site for $4.99 but still on sale for $7.19 now. Kind of sad that they know their original package is not good and they make something else for additional revenue. I have used it for about a month now with no issues or leaking.

Luke Simonds
Admin

Great find with the $14.99 bucket!

Michael Van Laanen
Member

Thanks for the great tip. Will definitely pick up a couple of Plano’s next trip to the tackle store. Appreciate the heads up.

Remember you did another Gulp video a few weeks ago about them changing the formula back to the original. Was helpful, thanks. But still hard to pick out the good ones, especially when buying tubs. Hoping they cycle out all the bad ones soon as they barely last a cast or two. Any updates on this that you’ve heard about??

Luke Simonds
Admin

Glad to see that you enjoyed this post! Yes, the tubs make it impossible to pick out the good ones from the bad ones… so I’m now going 100% with packets since I now know that they are better on a cost per bait metric too.

Rob Barrety
Member

Joe, go to Target, Walmart just to name a few and purchase plastic container that have a liquid seal . They come in many sizes and shapes! Locking lids is what I buy. I have used them to store my gulp and have had no problems. Have dropped them on pavement and never broke ! Try one to see if you like them. Thanks for the tip on numbers.

Luke Simonds
Admin

Thanks for adding the helpful tip Robert! My only suggestion for anyone who will be buying storage boxes is to get one with a flat bottom… especially if you use Gulp jerk shads too (most of the storage boxes unfortunately seem to have a raised bottom so the containers can be stacked).

Terry Ackerman
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Terry Ackerman

I went to the link for Amazon and they wanted to charge me $107.96 for shipping and that was for 4 of them

Luke Simonds
Admin

Wow! What country/region do you live in?

Robert Tittl
Member

yes, the juice will go darker and bad after some time. ever figure out the best temp to store the baits and juice? 90something degree garage? 70something degree airconditioned house? 30something degree refrigerator? freezer? and do you think there is a difference between the baits and juice in the packets and the gulp ” ALIVE” buckets?

Roy Noblin
Member

you can buy the juice separate so every so often , 4 or 5 months, pour it out and refill with fresh you keep in the house so it don’t get to hot or cold. you do not need a lot to keep them fresh so don’t over fill.

Luke Simonds
Admin

I believe that the juice in the packets is that same as the buckets. Not sure about storage temps, but my guess would be normal room temp indoors.

Rioholly
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Rioholly

Very eye opening. Thanks!

Luke Simonds
Admin

Glad to see that I was the only one who was surprised at the higher cost of the bulk containers.

Paul Williams
Member

Luke, man I always assumed the same thing. The bucket was a better deal, but after this video I went out and opened my bucket to count too. Thanks again for the great tip.

Luke Simonds
Admin

Glad to see that you enjoyed this tip! Let me know if your count was anything other than 16 for the bucket… I tested multiple, and they all had 16, so I have to imagine that it’s consistent across the board.

Paul Williams
Member

Luke, I verified my Shrimp containers today and they all contained 16ea (I only had two to verify). I also had 3 buckets of the 3″ swimming mullet, those units contained 32ea. In comparison, the bags of 3″ swimming mullet contain 11 ea, so if you take the price at Walmart of $5.96 vs $17.99 for the container, it is roughly .54 cents vs .56 cents. So much closer than the Shrimp. Again this was the 3″ size that i had.

Glenn Acomb
Member

Luke: This is a helpful video. I’ve been using the Plano case for my Gulps! for the past year and it has worked well. I will ditto the issue of mixing white with root bear or other dark Gulps! I got tired of spills and the stink Gulps! make. For the ones that have been stored a good 9 months, I’ve noticed them being a bit stiff. Not bad, but noticeable.

Luke Simonds
Admin

Thanks for making time to leave the helpful comment Glenn! Perhaps the long storage time is a potential cure for the soft ones that they’ve been selling lately… I’m still seeing a mix of good and bad ones in the stores.

Duncan Smith
Member

Do you think the liquid ever goes bad or becomes less effective?

Luke Simonds
Admin

I’m sure that it does get bad over time, but not sure exactly when that is. I personally stick with keeping it until it gets discolored… then toss out the old and replace with another batch.

Scott
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Scott

A couple of years ago I called Berkley when the juice made my fishing bag smell like death. They said to keep washing it with soap. Anyway, I also asked about it going bad, they said it gets dark over time but doesn’t go bad. So don’t waste the juice, it’s as valuable as HP printer ink.

Luke Simonds
Admin

Haha!

Gary Brady
Member

I just moved to Fl and tried the Gulp shrimp with 1/8 oz jig as you show them. I keep getting the tail bit off and hardly feel the bite. They then will not take the jig with only the head section, is this typical of sea trout or something else? This is inshore inlet fishing incoming tides. Apollo Beach area.

Luke Simonds
Admin

Seatrout will very rarely bite off the tail of gulp shrimp… the biggest culprit of missing tails are puffer fish… especially if you barely feel anything!

Pinfish and snapper are the next most common culprits for missing tails, but they’ll pull hard enough to where you’ll feel them, and they typically take very small chunks at a time vs. the elusive puffer which is shockingly good at biting them off right behind the hook.

Gary Brady
Member

Thanks for the quick reply.

Roy Noblin
Member

try hooking from the tail instead of the head. luke, tony, ca or someone did a video of that hook up and it works using cork, free line or bottom.