The Different Methods On How To Bait Shrimp


Being an office girl who is also a fishing enthusiast, I can attest that learning how to bait shrimp is a useful tool in angling as shrimp can help you catch different fishes like flounder, bonefish, grouper, jackfish, black drum, redfish, snook, sheepshead, whiting, black drum and much more.

Once you learn and apply this tutorial in your fishing experiences, you will surely enjoy more when you go fishing as you would surely catch many kinds of saltwater fishes. All you have to do is to know the methods that I will present in this writing piece.

Before we proceed with the methods of hooking a shrimp, let me introduce first the two essential things that you should prepare for this tutorial.


Live Shrimp


This type of bait is the most necessary thing that you should have for this tutorial. A live shrimp can live longer especially when you use it as bait in saltwater with warm temperature.

The reason why this bait is, by far, effective compared to other baits is that it is the primary food source of various fishes. If you use shrimp, you will surely lure any fishes especially those that are not vegetarian. Thus, these reasons make it one of the most popular bait choices.

Aside from the fact that shrimp is very useful in chasing elusive aquatic creatures, many anglers prefer to use shrimp compared to other live baits because it is not difficult to keep them alive, and they are also affordable.

Based on my experiences as a fisher, when other baits don't work well, this type of bait lures any elusive saltwater fishes most of the time.

I prefer live shrimps because they work well compared to frozen ones because they are more efficient in attracting fishes like snook, redfish, and sea trout. However, you can also use frozen shrimp for as long as it does not remain frozen for a long span of time.

Bait Hook


Apart from using this tool for impaling fishes in their mouth when you go fishing, This is also well-known as equipment for holding many types of live baits like shrimps. In this tutorial, this fishing gear and tackle is the only thing that you will use for rigging a shrimp.

If I would choose what hook is appropriate for this tutorial, I would rather pick an octopus hook or a circle hook as these fishing tackles have a very effective bait holding ability.

The Methods Of Hooking A Shrimp

After you prepare the materials that I have mentioned and your fishing knots and rigs, you can now follow any of the methods that I will introduce in this article. However, choosing the right method of rigging your shrimp depends on what, when, and how you are fishing.

First Method

Hook the live shrimp crosswise through its carapace for float-rigging and drift fishing



The carapace is the hard shell of the shrimp or the center portion located between the eyes and the brain upon the head of the shrimp. You must not hit the brain, pancreas, and stomach of the bait because your bait will die all too soon. You must put the bait hook below the shell in crosswise.

In this method, the shrimp will look and swim naturally in the water making it very alluring to your target fishes, and it will also live longer compared to when you put the hook into the area of the mouth. If you do drift fishing or float rigging, this way of rigging a shrimp is the best for you.

Second Method

Bury the hook into the shrimp’s body when fishing in weeds-rich spots



In this way of rigging the shrimp, you have first to get rid of the fin tail of your shrimp. When you already remove the shrimp’s tail, you have to put the hook on the part where you just take off the tail of the shrimp. You have to move it carefully until you secure the hook within the shrimp’s body.

This procedure of rigging the shrimp will make your task less complicated as it will prevent your bait from getting many weeds. Also, by following this method, your bait will not be stuck unlike other typical baits in grassier waters; this is better to execute in water location where there is dense vegetation.

Once you remove its tail and put it in the water as bait, it would release a scent that is very attractive to your target fishes. Thus, it can lead to catching a fish faster than usual.

Third Method

Insert the hook point through one of the sides of the shrimp's tail until it exits the other

For this bait method process, you have to poke the bait hook onto any side of the shrimp’s tail. You have to pierce the shell until it goes out to its other end. In this way, the end of the hook will be visible so that the shrimp can move freely as bait.



When you want to use your live shrimp drifting, you can try to follow this method, and you will see its effectiveness in catching various fishes.

Fourth Method

Insert and bury the hook until the hook point exits the shrimp's body

This procedure is somewhat similar to the second one because you also need to remove the tail of the shrimp in this process before you put the hook.

After you eliminate the tail of the shrimp, the only difference of this process to the second method is that the body of the shrimp will not cover the hook, but instead, the hook will come out from the shrimp’s underbelly.

Fifth Method

Bury the hook point beneath the shrimp’s head and direct it toward the top until the hook point gets out

This last way of rigging a shrimp is perfect for trolling and casting. There are a lot of fishers who love to hook the head of their live shrimp.

For you to do this one, what you will do to execute this method is that you have to insert your hook under the head of the shrimp, and it must come out from the top of the head without hitting the internal organs of it.

Even though this process is useful for me, the body of the shrimp may fall when you choose this way of shrimp rigging. Nevertheless, I still try to do this method especially if I want to do bottom fishing with my downrigger.

To know more about rigging shrimps, you can watch the video below. This video only includes some of the methods that I discussed in this hooking shrimp tutorial.

Did you learn something from this bait tutorial?

As a fishing enthusiast, I always use artificial fishing lures when I catch fish, but there are times that I have to use a live shrimp for better fishing.

You can also use a dead shrimp when you fish for as long as your target fishes are not those aquatic animals that love to eat live shrimps like snook, redfish, and sea trout.

I hope you can now catch more fishes when you go fishing in salt waters. I am sure that you will enjoy catching fishes more the next time you go fishing because I know you would now have a high chance of catching more fishes once you follow any of the methods that I discussed.

If you have learned the essential information on how to bait shrimp in this tutorial, you can leave your insights in the comments section below or share this article with your friends.

Rebecca Lily

Hi, everyone! My name’s Rebecca, and I just love to write and to fish! My friends call me “Becca.” I’m 22 years old, single, and am currently residing in New York working at an office. Show more

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