How To Set The Hook With Shrimp Jigs (8 Fish Caught In 8 Casts)
Getting a proper hook set is important for two reasons:
- It’ll help you catch more fish
- It’ll help you gut hook fewer fish
And this second reason for setting the hook properly has a double benefit — gut hooking fewer fish is obviously better for the fish, but it’ll also save you time from doing surgery removing your hook.
The less time you spend doing surgery, the more time you’ll have to fish, and the more fish you’ll catch!
So in this video, you’ll learn how to set the hook when using shrimp jigs.
You’ll also see lots of fun fish-catching footage and plenty of examples of this tip in action, as I caught eight fish in eight casts!
Check it out below.
How To Set The Hook With Shrimp Jigs [VIDEO]
Here’s the gear I was using:
- Lure: Power Prawn (Insiders only)
- Rod: 13 Fishing Omen Black
- Reel: Quantum Smoke S3 Baitcaster
- Line: 30 lb. PowerPro
- Leader: 40 lb. Ande Mono
- Glasses: Smith Optics Guide’s Choice
- Boat: Pathfinder 2400
Best Equipment For Fishing With Shrimp Jigs
When it comes to properly setting the hook with shrimp jigs, it starts with your equipment.
If you have the wrong gear, it’ll be much harder.
So here’s what’s most important:
For the rod, you want a fast action rod with a sensitive tip and strong backbone.
The sensitive tip will let you feel the strike, while a strong backbone will provide enough power to set the hook.
Fast action rods only bend at the top, while slow action rods bend in the middle.
Slow action rods are like wet noodles — they don’t have much power and it’ll be much harder for you to set the hook.
For the line, you want braided line.
There’s no give in braid, so you’ll be able to get a strong hook set.
If I’m fishing docks, like in this video, I use 30 lb. braid.
But if I’m fishing open flats where I’m not likely to get wrapped around structure, I use 10 lb. braid.
The reel is the least important here.
All it does is pick up line.
When I was younger, I used to buy $200 reels and $100 rods, but now that I know better, I get less expensive reels and higher-quality rods.
Here’s what I was using in this video:
Setting The Hook With Shrimp Jigs
When you’re retrieving shrimp jigs, remember this: the strike almost always happens when the lure is falling.
So as you’re bouncing it off of the bottom, keep the rod tip up and wait to feel the strike.
When you feel a thump, reel down, then when the rod starts to bend, pull back on it.
You don’t need to do a Bill Dance hook set, just pull the rod back to get the hook firmly in the fish’s mouth.
Setting the hook as soon as you feel the thump will help you hook more fish in the lips and fewer fish in the throat or stomach.
And if you miss a hook set, pause, let the bait go back down to the bottom, then resume your normal retrieve.
They’ll often come back and hit it.
When it comes to setting the hook with shrimp jigs, come prepared with the right equipment and be ready to set the hook as soon as you feel the strike.
You don’t need to swing for the fences in your hook set, but when the rod starts to bend, pull back on it tightly to get the hook into the fish’s mouth.
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