How to use shrimp for fishing in freshwater

How to use shrimp for fishing in freshwater

A fisherman always tries to use different baits to choose the more effective one. Maybe you have something around of yourself, but you do not know the proper use of them. It can be an item of your foods or groceries.

Here I am talking about shrimp. It might be cooked or raw. Live shrimp of freshwater is effective bait for catfish, bass, panfish, trout fish. For catfish and bluegills, dead saltwater fish is also an effective bait. 

For freshwater bait (live)

For game fish, live shrimp can be an excellent bait. There are different kinds of shrimp in freshwater. In some places, freshwater shrimp used as an attractive bait. Many fishers go fishing with their fish.

So, we can say live shrimp is a better option when you are going for freshwater fishing. Bass, Bluegills, Catfish, Bullheads, Walleye, Trout, Chain Pickerel, Crappie, and Yellow Perch are an excellent choice for freshwater live shrimp bait fishing.

For saltwater Bait (dead)

Dead saltwater shrimp are not for live bait fishes. Few fishes can catch with dead shrimp though it minimizes your fishing options. You can catch Catfish, Bullheads, common carp, and Bluegills (luckily) with this.

It can be raw or cooked; you better remove the shell before hooking them. The raw dead saltwater shrimp and the cooked one both work the same to attract other fishes. The live bait attracts bluegills.

So, if you want, to catch some, try to use a full piece of shrimp as bait.

How to hook a shrimp for fishing in freshwater

There are five different methods to use live shrimp.

1. Behind the horn in head:

Shrimp has a horn on the upside of the head for defense. Their brain is in little distance from their horn. You will hook them under their horn. Be careful about hitting their brains.

If you run their brain accidentally, it will be a dead shrimp. Observe where their brain is. Hook between the gap of their brain and horn.

Do not go deep. Make sure you are using a hook that’s proportionate to the size of your bait.

2. The tail:

Most of the weight of shrimp is in their head side. So, if you hook it in the tail, it will go the longer distance by swimming.

Hook it on the hard part of their tail. Take the hook and run it straight into the middle of the hard part of their tail. The hook wants to lay flat up against the back of the tail.

The bottom of shrimp helps them driven up, and they can swim naturally. Hooking in tail slows down them a little bit. 

fishing in freshwater
fishing the Wacissa River

3. Top of the body: 

This is another way to hook shrimp. Many anglers think this the right way to hook a shrimp. Hook them from little above of the tail, we can say in the middle of the tail.

Some anglers thought if you hook in the hard part of the tail, it will open up, and the shrimp will come out of the hook. So, they hook them through the middle of their tail part.

It will hold the shrimp tightly. Remember, this method will slow down your shrimp-like an injured shrimp.

4. Wrap the lower-body in the hook:

Wrapping the tail part through the hook is another popular method. Remove the shell from its tail.

Hook shrimp through the down section to the upper part of its tail. Ripping off the tail outstretched the smell of shrimp and attracts predator fish. Do not rip too much.

Just rip the hard part, so the meat of shrimp came out. Do not hook it straight to its head. Just wrap the lower body part (tail) to the hook.

5. Hook the entire body:

Hooking the whole body is making the shrimp strongly connect to the hook. Take a small hook and tie is the perfect size of the bait.

Now, hook the big hook to the downside of its horn, as we discussed above.  Hook the small hook to the body like above. This method will hook the entire body of shrimp.

The shrimp will slowly move in this method, but it is a great way to catch fishes.

There are three best methods to hook a dead shrimp.

1. The shrimp intact:

In this method, you have to choose a hook according to the size of your shrimp. Take the hook and run it slowly from the tail to shrimp’s head.

When you are running it, the shrimp will curve naturally. Do not run it to the brain. Make sure your shrimp in straight and look natural.

2. Peeled shrimp:

Rip off the shell from shrimp’s body, not head — just the full tail part. Now, run the hook from the opposite side.

peeled shrimp

Make sure that your hook is from the tail to the head side. The head of the hook is coming out of the body.

3. Feeder fish one hook:

After pushing the powdered bait on the feeder, you hook a piece of the shrimp.

Cut the head and the hard part of the tail and hook the whole body.

Some bonus tips to keep shrimp alive:

As we know, shrimp is a water creature. If it stays out of water for a long time, it will die. You can keep them alive in water or ice cube. I prefer if you keep them in a small bucket with water, they will stay active and fresh.

You can use an old trick to keep them alive for a minimum period. Take a small ice cooler, place ice.

Now take a wet newspaper, fold them so it can fit in the cooler. Spread your fresh shrimp top of the paper. It will give you live shrimps that will last all day. When you will hook the shrimp and bait it in the water, they will wake up.

Those are methods of how to use a shrimp in freshwater. We hope those methods will help you a lot, and you will able to catch a maximum number of fishes by using the shrimp as bait.