How To Rig Artificial Shrimp In Every Scenario (Backward vs. Forward)
By: Luke Simonds on January 9, 2020
Everybody knows that scared shrimp quickly dart backward and calm shrimp slowly swim forward.
So if you’re using an artificial shrimp lure, which way should it be facing, and how should you retrieve it?
Should you rig it facing backward and erratically retrieve it?
Or should you rig it facing forward and slowly drag it across the bottom?
In this video, I’m going to share with you:
- Scenarios for each rigging style
- How I’ve had the most success with shrimp lures
- And a nifty little trick to help you save money on gulp shrimp
How To Rig Artificial Shrimp [VIDEO]
When you’re using artificial shrimp, the best way to rig them depends on the situation you’re fishing.
If you’re fishing in an area that you know predator fish are feeding on shrimp, you might want to rig them forward and work them slowly across the bottom.
This way they look natural and like they’re not yet scared, so fish will think they have an easy meal.
The bad thing about this scenario is that you can’t cover much water because you have to move so slowly.
The other scenario is that you’re covering more ground looking for feeding fish so you rig them facing backward and retrieve them quicker.
Usually when I’m fishing like I’ll do a double-twitch retrieve, which resembles a shrimp darting backward, and I’ll cover lots of water.
The reason this works is that you’re triggering a reaction strike from the fish.
How To Rig Gulp Shrimp
Gulp shrimp can be rigging facing forward or backward… click here to see how to rig them for max results.
But what actually matters most here is the motion in the water, not the way it looks on land.
The double-twitch retrieve I just talked about is what gets the fish to strike, not how pretty or shrimp-like they look.
In fact, I’ve caught many fish (including a 38″ snook) on Gulp shrimp without the tail.
It looks like just a soft plastic nub, but the erratic motion is irresistible to fish.
Tip For Saving Money With Gulp Shrimp
Since it’s all about the action, I typically start with a Gulp shrimp rigged forward.
Eventually, the tail will get chewed off and the front will be all soft and torn up, so instead of throwing it away, I’ll just rig it backward.
This allows you to get a few more fish out of these lures.
My Favorite “Shrimp” Lure
One of my favorite shrimp lures isn’t really a shrimp it all.
It’s a split tail jerk shad that’s designed to be a baitfish.
But I use the double-twitch retrieve method with this lure as well.
And since the erratic movement resembles a scared shrimp with the darting and falling, it generates a reaction strike and I catch loads of fish this way.
Note: This is actually the exact lure that I used for the balcony snook catch.
I haven’t found a one-size-fits-all approach to rigging and retrieving artificial shrimp.
It really depends on the fish and what they’re looking for that day.
Sometimes I’ll do best dragging shrimp slowly across the bottom, and other times I’ll catch more fish with a faster double-twitch retrieve.
How do you rig artificial shrimp?
What’s your favorite way to retrieve them?
Let me know in the comments below!
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