How to Bait Live Shrimp

How to Bait Live ShrimpFrom the ocean surf to the pier, many saltwater anglers will agree that live shrimp are excellent bait for a variety of game fish species. Live shrimp are often available from bait shops, pier stores, and even grocers. However, their availability may be restricted by geographic location or season. When available, rigged live shrimp are irresistible for many saltwater fish. With some practice, most anglers can learn to fish with live shrimp.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bait holder fish hook (size 8)
  • Fishing line
Step 1
Attach a size 8 bait holder hook to the end of your line, using an improved clinch knot. Tie the clinch knot by feeding 5 to 6 inches of line through the eye of the hook.
Step 2
Wrap the tag, or free, end of the line around the main line, making six to seven turns. Pass the tag end down and through the small loop formed with the line just above the eye of the hook. Pull the line through the loop and then through the larger loop formed to the side of the knot. Moisten the knot and pull down tightly to secure.
Step 3
Hold the hook by the shank, or long section, with one hand and a live shrimp in the other. Hold the shrimp near the midsection so that the top of the shrimp is up and the tail is near the hook.
Step 4
Insert the point of the hook about 1/2 inch up from where the shrimp tail connects to the body. Push the point straight through and out the top side of the shrimp.
Step 5
Slide the shrimp down onto the bend of the hook. Cast the shrimp to a location in the water and allow the shrimp to move in a natural manner to attract fish.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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