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
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?
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