How to Maintain Your Berkley Gulp Baits for Maximum Fish Catching

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Last updated on: June 29, 2015

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As an artificial only angler (well, at least 95% of the time), I am a huge fan of Berkley Gulp lures… in particular, Gulp Shrimp and Gulp Saltwater Jerk Shads.

The only issue with these soft plastic baits is that they are expensive (and they can SHRINK). In fact, I spent many years bashing them because I thought they were way too costly, and I had seen a few of them shriveled up on docks over the years.

However, any negative thoughts and comments about Berkley Gulp Baits quickly changed once I started making some minor adjustments when using them. These small, but critical adjustments allowed me to catch more fish per bait than any of the others artificial lures I was using… bringing the cost per fish caught way down.

Berkley Gulp Bait Killers…

This video explains the two biggest killers of Gulp baits, and shows you how keep your baits from an early demise.

First, I show what happens when a Gulp bait is left out of the super secret Berkley Gulp liquid for too long…

Ultimate Bait Shrinkage!

It reminded my brother of the movie “Beetlejuice” when everyone’s heads were shrinking.

Fortunately, this issue is easily dodged with simple maintenance that is fully explained in the video.

Next, you’ll need to be mindful of rinsing the hooks or jig heads that you rig the Gulp baits on with fresh water in order to prevent them from rusting… I’m not sure what exactly is in the “Gulp juice”, but it seems to cause hooks to rust if it’s not washed off after use.

Here is the video:

In Conclusion

Berkely Gulp soft plastic baits can be a great addition to your arsenal when pursuing snook, redfish, seatrout, and any other predator fish that call the inshore waters home. Just be sure to use these simple tips to help you save money on tackle.

Just be sure to use these simple tips to help you save money on tackle.

And avoid shrinkage at all costs…

Bonus Tip

For Gulp baits that are too damaged to properly use on a hook or jig due to catching tons of fish is to save them for cutting up into really small chunks for catching pinfish if you are ever in need of them or if you want to let some kids have a blast catching lots of fish… click here to see how to use Gulp chunks for pinfish.

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William Eastburn

I thought you couldn’t replace a used gulp back into the container with the Unused gulp?

Charles Wynn II

Luke, I had the same question as Claude…is the juice all the same or specific to the bait profile (shrimp juice, shad juice, pogy juice….)? Dick’s is running a phenomenal sale on the small gulp packs and I figured I could buy a bunch and put them in a bigger tub together. Just wanted to make sure they are OK to mix. Thank you!


Great advice. I use gulp in freshwater and all they do is catch fish.

Butch White

Hey Luke can you put multiple types of Gulp alive baits into one container of juice you know like jerk baits and shrimps together or are they in different juices?

breck lewis

These are some really good advice on different techniques and baits that we can use when fishing. Fishing is such a big industry and so many different products to try from. For years I have always gone to the stores and just bought things to experiment with to see what works and what doesn’t. Sometime I have good luck and others not so much depending where I fish. Thanks for taking the time of posting this to help us fishermen out.


Good into however, my biggest issue with Berkley scented plastics is the shoddy packaging. I’ve LITERALLY never bought one of their resealable bags of plastics and not had it leak EVERYWHERE and/or just quietly evaporate and leave me with a 6 dollar baggie of shoe leather, while it sat in the shed for a couple weeks or months..

The larger jars are an improvement (they are also great because you can reconstitute dried-out and shrunken bait by throwing it into a jar of the juice and leaving it soak for a few hours,) however I mainly fish salt with them, so sand and such gets into the threading and again, ruins the seal – ensuring that my $20+ jar of bait will be dead in a season or two regardless of how heavily it’s used.

They need to figure out how to store their plastics in a better container (I’m sure they like the baggies because of the on-the-shelf eye candy appearance, instead of using a jar or something,) because I’m getting to the point of not wanting to use their products any more – I’d rather buy 10 bucks of real bait and throw it away at the end of the weekend, instead of arriving at the shore to find out that a single grain of sand compromised the seal of my huuuuge jar of sandworms, so I actually don’t have anything to fish with but lures..!

I’m tired of trying to cobble together canning jars and shit just to keep my precious Berkley plastics from turning into garbage… Do they maybe sell their scented bait juice that reconstitutes their plastics? If I could buy a fresh jar and pour it in, that would be way cooler than buying a whole new 20 buck jar of sandworms or shrimp.