Shrimp is an effective bait to catch several species of fish, including marlin. For many, fresh shrimp is not readily available and is too expensive to be an option. An effective alternative is to use frozen shrimp, which is less expensive and can be purchased in larger quantities at grocery stores. Properly preparing and baiting the frozen shrimp will ensure that it attracts the fish to your hook.
Locate the frozen shrimp from your local grocery store. If purchasing a large amount of frozen shrimp at once, divide the contents of the bag into separate zippered plastic bags. This will allow you to buy in bulk and only take what you need for a single fishing trip.
Remove the head and tail of the shrimp. This is performed by cutting them away with a sharp knife or pulling the areas away with your fingers.
Push the bottom end of the shrimp through the end of a barbed hook.
Loop the shrimp piece around and stick the top of the shrimp piece through the hook as well. This will ensure that the shrimp is not stolen by a curious fish.
Throw the shrimp into the water and catch a prize winner.
Tips & Warnings
- Allow the shrimp to thaw slightly before using. This will make it less difficult to thread the hook than with a rock-hard chunk of frozen shrimp.