More Fish with Shrimp Picks
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.
Specks, or speckled trout, are a favorite saltwater game fish among anglers, especially those in search of the elusive trophy fish. They're sharp-eyed predators, feeding on smaller fish and crustaceans in coastal waterways, inland marshes, shallow surf, bays and inlets. Live shrimp are a speck's natural prey, so they're commonly used as bait. Specks are fished year-round, but during warmer months they can be found in shallow surf and water early in the day and later in the evening, moving into deeper drop-offs and channels, oyster reefs or cooler, grassy areas when the temperature rises.
Fisherman consider shrimp, although they are small, as one of the best types of live bait for saltwater fishing. A live shrimp often creates a lot of attention in the water as it kicks and squirms, attracting fish. Additionally, you can buy live shrimp and keep them alive without much work. Always use a hook that fits the size of the shrimp--not too small or too big--and ensure you put the shrimp on the hook correctly. Otherwise you could kill the shrimp, decreasing your chance of catching a fish.
You might not always have access to live shrimp, either because of location or price. In these circumstances, you can fish with an artificial shrimp as long as the water isn't too muddy. Tying the shrimp to your line correctly and reeling it in correctly, with the right movements, will make the shrimp look alive and attract fish to your line.
Dead shrimp have their uses. While most fishermen consider using live shrimp the best way to bait shrimp, this isn't always the case. Live shrimp work so well because they create movement, attracting the fish. When the waters are muddy and hard for the fish to see, this method doesn't work. During these conditions, using dead shrimp appeals to the fish's nose, enticing it to bite via smell.
The Gulp line by Berkley are soft lifelike artificial baits that are not only designed to look like and even move like real creatures when underwater, but have an artificial scent built into them that actually attracts fish. Use Berkley Gulp Shrimp just like live bait. Use Gulp shrimp to catch any bottom feeders by sinking the bait or catch large swimmers by corking the bait and floating it near the surface of the water.