How to Bait Frozen Shrimp on a Hook for Surf Fishing

How to Bait Frozen Shrimp on a Hook for Surf FishingShrimp are widely recognized by many surf anglers as a go-to bait for a variety of saltwater fish species. Presented in a variety of ways using both single and double hook rigs, shrimp can often times entice a fish to strike when other baits fail. Many surf anglers use fresh shrimp on their hooks, but frozen shrimp is also a good option and can last longer when fishing in extremely warm temperatures.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fresh frozen shrimp (not processed)
  • Octopus or bait holder hook
Step 1
Purchase freshly frozen shrimp from a grocery seafood department, bait shop or other retailer that supplies fresh shrimp. Avoid shrimp that has been frozen for a long period of time, and do not use shrimp from the freezer section that has been prepared for human consumption. This shrimp will not appeal to most game fish.
Step 2
Attach a bait holder or circle octopus hook to the end of your fishing line or fishing rig with a Palomar knot. Tie the Palomar by feeding 4 to 6 inches of line through the eye of the hook so the free end extends on the bend side of the hook. Turn the free end back through the eye so you end up with a loop on one side of the hook eye and a double line on the other.
Step 3
Tie an overhand knot with the loop and doubled line and pull the loop down around the bend of the hook. Moisten the knot with saliva or water and pull it down tight against the eye of the hook. Trim the excess line from the knot, leaving a 1/8 inch tag or length of line on the free end.
Step 4
Remove the head, legs and tail from a frozen shrimp. Hold the shrimp firmly with one hand, and the parts should easily break off the frozen shrimp.
Step 5
Insert the point of the bait holder or circle hook into the front end of the shrimp and work the hook down through the body. Arrange the frozen shrimp on the hook so that the point is only barely visible and will not be easily felt by a 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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