One of the go to baits that I use when fishing inshore saltwater here in Central Florida is a Berkeley Gulp Shrimp on a lightweight jig head. Here I’m using the new Mustad Elite Football jig head that is coming out in 2016. Super sharp and strong, these jig heads have an extended hook shank, which sets the hook further back in the shrimp body and helps reduce short strikes.
Gulp baits of any shape are excellent choices.
They combine the fish-catching aspect of scented baits with the inherent benefit of covering more water when fishing artificial baits.
Rigging the Berkley Gulp
I like to rig the shrimp a little different, I snip off the fantail of the shrimp at its base. I then thread the hook down the tail.
Lay the jig head alongside the shrimp body and see where the hook needs to exit.
Pay attention to keep the hook threading down the center of the body and coming out in the center to prevent spinning.
Spin-prevention is one of the reasons I like to rig it backwards this way. I also feel like it casts further with the fat end of the head launching first.
I work it back just fast enough to keep it from sinking into the grass and imparting short hops with a twitch of the rod. Just about everything that swims will eat it so get ready.