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Posted: April 03 2006,19:59

Went to my usual trout spot south of the 79th St. causeway Sunday cuz the guy on the radio said it was breeding season and they were big and aggressive. I bought a new bag of New Penny colored gulp Shrimp to see if I could have a good day with just artificials and it worked. The bite started within the first couple of casts and I would get hits from the babies about every other cast. I did some with a popping cork and some just with a moderate retrieve with a jig and no cork. The fish liked both about equally well. I ended the morning with my limit of 4 legal ones up to 18" (finally :p) and another 6-8 sublegals. I liked the artificials since the little trout wouldn't keep stealing the bait and usually didn't waste my time by getting themselves caught either. They did keep pulling the tail ends off, so I went through 3 shrimp.

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Posted: April 04 2006,04:09

Roger, do tell us more bout these "Gulp" products, how they look, are made, used, last, etc?  I've heard they are very expensive, wonder if there's any real advantage over the scented rubbers...

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Posted: April 04 2006,19:32

The Gulp Shrimp look like fat worms with some minimal appendages that I guess are supposed to be antennae and legs. The tail doesn't fan out much either. They're soft and slimy. They are water soluble/biodegradable and consequently dry into hard plastics if you leave them out of their protective resealable packet. It was about $5 for a 6-pack. I used 3 in a morning of fishing, which comes out to about the same price as a bag of frozen shrimp. I don't know if they work any better than other soft plastics (my first time using them actually), but they worked great Sunday. This article has them ranked #6 in their top 10 list.

Soft plastic baits for inshore poll.

Berkley Gulp page

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Posted: May 08 2006,16:45

The new penny Gulp is getting a reputation for catching fish.  We were in Jacksonville at a large tackle store last week and they had completely sold out of the 3" size.  They are getting ready for a yak tournament down there.

We only used them once, so cannot give any first person account.  I wonder myself if an Exude would not be just as good.
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Posted: June 27 2006,05:40

I know this is an older post but wanted to add my .02 RE gulp products.

In short, they work.  Are they always necessary...well.
Let's consider a few things - First, the bite....When fish are feeding heavily and are stricking from a reactionary posture, a good day, anything presentable will get a hit.  On this type of day, the $$ for gulps are hard to justify.  
OTOH on slower days ehrn the hits are fewere in between, I KNOW that the Gulps will make a difference.  Though the action on a gulp ( I use mostly jerkbaits ) is neither far greater or worse than a Zoom, the scent and taste DOES make a difference.  The Action and water disturbance (vibration) made by artificials is what will get the fishes attention, thus triggering a follow, or a reactionary strike ( if you are lucky )  It is however the scent of the Gulp that 'seals the deal' onthe follow, thus convincing the fish it is flesh, not rubber he is biting.

I haver used broken Gulp baits, in Homosassa, as" Cut bait" when we ran out of live shrimp and caught reds untill we ran out of those too. I have been sceptical untill that day of ANY scented or impregnated bait, sure they worked and did not put the angler at a disadvantage, or at best hide the human scent, however it was hard to justify the cost.  After seeing 'cut Gulps' in action firsthand, I am a believer.

Bear in mind, I will not always use em first because of the $$ factor, but I usually have a bag in my pocket for when things get a bit tough......
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