How To Make A Weedless Shrimp Rig [Quick & Easy Method]

Getting snagged is the worst!

Fish love structure such as bridge pilings, rocks, and jetties because they hold a lot of food and offer protection from their predators…

But fishing around these objects can get you snagged frequently and leave you frustrated.

That is, unless you’re rigging your shrimp weedless.

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • How to make a weedless shrimp rig
  • The terminal tackle you need to make this rig
  • How to select the proper hook & weight size (this is one of the biggest mistakes people make)

Check it out below!

How To Make A Weedless Shrimp Rig

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Here’s the detailed breakdown of how to make this weedless shrimp rig:

Step 1: Thread a bullet weight on the leader.

Step 2: Secure your hook to your line with a snug knot (I use the Orvis knot).

Step 3: Tear the shrimp tail off so it releases extra scent in the water.

Step 4: Stick the hook through the meat where the tail was and bring the point out of the shrimp about 1/4 inch down the body (on the underside.)

Step 5: Pull the hook through until the eye hits the meat where the tail was and then flip the hook so that it’s pointing towards the legs.

Step 6: Put the hook point back in through the underside of the body without sticking through the back of the shell.

How To Choose The Right Hook Size

The tackle for this weedless shrimp rig is simple and very inexpensive, so you can easily get all of the gear you need without breaking the bank.

The key takeaway is that you’ll need to match the size of the hook to the size of the shrimp.

Here are the sizes I recommend:

  • Size 2 for 2 to 3-inch shrimp
  • Size 1 for 3 to 4-inch shrimp
  • Size 1/0 for 4+ inch shrimp

You can get the hooks and weights you need here: Eagle Claw Plain Shank Hook (My #1 Choice)

Note: These hooks work, too, in case you can’t find the ones listed above: Mustad O’Shaughnessy Hook

How To Choose The Right Weight

When selecting the size of the weight, the key thing to consider is the depth that you’ll be fishing… you want enough weight to get your shrimp to the bottom without being too heavy.

Here’s a quick list showing how to pair weight sizes with the depth of the water you’ll be fishing:

  • 0 to 2 ft: 1/16th oz
  • 2 to 4 ft: 1/8th oz
  • 4 to 8 ft: 3/16 th oz
  • 8 to 15+ ft: 1/4 th oz

Note: This scale is just a general guide and it assumes little to moderate current flow… go up in size if you’ll be fishing areas with strong currents.

Here are the weights I like best: Bullet Weights

Have any questions about making this rig?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Wes Townsend
1 month ago

How do you feel about putting a small bead between the knot and weight? Might add a little click when moved?

Glen Johnson
1 month ago

I like the video and will try this the next time I’m fishing in a rocky area.

David Dunnam
1 month ago

Great video. I will definitely use this tactic next time I go sheepshead fishing. Keep the good ideas coming

A Rollins
1 month ago

I’ve used this rig for a very long time. However, I still have a problem with currents that bring it into rocks and oysters on the bottom, then losing the rig to them. I’m looking for ways not to lose rigs to the bottom. Drag sinkers, sacrificial sinkers, heavier lines, and weights all don’t have the desired effect. There has to be a better way of fishing sticky bottoms within a fast current while using a live bait rigged. PS If you were thinking of using a bobber… It isn’t a good idea either the bobber moves too fast through the strike zone.

Wes Townsend
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I have a lot of oysters right by my dock and I will definitely try this asap! Thanks!

Anthony Duffee
1 month ago

Great video and information. The video for casting live bait that is provided in the comments is great too. Thanks Salt Strong.

Christopher Lento
1 month ago

Just wondering I thought Florida required circle hooks when fishing live baits such as shrimp? Am I mistaken. Thx. Good video. Great detail.

1 month ago

I saw video with captain Meeks where he was using egg sinker weights when fishing mangroves. But I’ve also seen him use bullet weights. Can you clear up a little confusion I have. When should you used egg sinkers vs bullet weights on mangroves and structure. Thanks

Jonathan Fortune
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thank you Luke! Absolutely love your videos and your team has helped me tremendously. Do you ever fish in my neck of the woods? Sanibel and Pine Island? Be awesome to see you analyze some of the spots. Thanks again

Jonathan Fortune
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon

Sorry Captain Deeks.

Mike Simek
Mike Simek
1 month ago

Thanks for the tip, I an terrible at live shrimp. What’s the best way to cast a rig like that without ripping the shrimp in half?


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