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#10949574 - 06/30/15 04:35 PM Live Shrimp/Soft Plastics in the surf?
Rkbaker68 Offline
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Registered: 06/23/15
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Loc: Texas
I've been fishing the Galveston beaches for a few years now and lately the bite hasn't been the best. I've been using fresh dead shrimp on a drop shot leader.

Any luck using live shrimp or soft plastic lures from the beach? If so, how exactly do you rig it up?

Thank you.

#10949739 - 06/30/15 05:50 PM Re: Live Shrimp/Soft Plastics in the surf? [Re: Rkbaker68]
Ryan Boykin Offline
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Registered: 09/28/09
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I am by no means an expert. In fact I have a post asking for advice also as I am new to surf fishing. In my readings however I have heard A LOT of good things about FishBites. Some even going so far as to say they prefer them over fresh dead shrimp. Just thought I would chime in since you hadn't gotten much feedback.


#10949770 - 06/30/15 06:00 PM Re: Live Shrimp/Soft Plastics in the surf? [Re: Rkbaker68]
Chiprat Offline

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I have heard some good talk about Hogan - R's, yet I know not what they are. you need to look up Mrs. Nancy's bait camp, on facebook, or internet...good advise and daily comments with Pictures. JUST an FYI.
I am heading down to Gal, the 16th through 26th and plan on fishing rollover Pass (week days only) and San Luis Pass, shore.

#10950051 - 06/30/15 08:00 PM Re: Live Shrimp/Soft Plastics in the surf? [Re: Rkbaker68]
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3" gulp shrimp in new penny fish it any way you would shrimp. Under a cork, jig head, C-rig it'll work..
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#10950986 - 07/01/15 09:57 AM Re: Live Shrimp/Soft Plastics in the surf? [Re: Rkbaker68]
fastpitch Offline
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I would ditch the dead bait and go with a slow sink or suspending Mirrolure or soft plastic. Gold spoon is a good bait in the surf too. If you don't mind fooling with live bait, shrimp will get a lot more action than dead bait will.
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#10951603 - 07/01/15 02:38 PM Re: Live Shrimp/Soft Plastics in the surf? [Re: Rkbaker68]
Grinder55 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/13
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Live shrimp or soft plastics will work - so will live croaker.

#10952261 - 07/01/15 08:14 PM Re: Live Shrimp/Soft Plastics in the surf? [Re: Rkbaker68]
jdk1985 Offline

Registered: 10/30/11
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Fished port mansifeld this week.

Croaker attracted larger specks. Live shrimp smaller specks, and a lady fish. Of course, possibly nothing but happenstance. Dead shrimp caught small specks and big to bigger croaker.

Edited by jdk1985 (07/01/15 08:15 PM)

#10968373 - 07/10/15 11:37 AM Re: Live Shrimp/Soft Plastics in the surf? [Re: Rkbaker68]
Whitebassangler98 Offline

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For me the best has been squid that I buy at academy, frozen but it bites

#10968797 - 07/10/15 02:49 PM Re: Live Shrimp/Soft Plastics in the surf? [Re: Rkbaker68]
TimL Offline

Registered: 09/18/09
Posts: 71
Loc: Corpus Christi, TX
Originally Posted By: Rkbaker68
... soft plastic lures from the beach? If so, how exactly do you rig it up?

Thank you.

Over the years, I have migrated toward using artificials in saltwater to roughly 50/50 percent of the time, and have noticed a definite improvement in the quality of fish I have been catching in the surf. I rarely use dead shrimp anymore, and then only if I am specifically targeting whiting for a fish fry. Even then, I would rather use Fish Bites, as they stay on the hook for multiple casts. Live shrimp may be an improvement, but you may still be tormented by trash fish.

I have had the most success so far with artificials in the surf using silver spoons, twitch bait plugs like the X-Rap and Mirrolures, topwater lures and shrimptail jigs for trout. I normally use 14 lb mono with a heavier flourocarbon leader on both spinning and casting reels with 6.5' or 7' rods when wading or jetty fishing. If using soft plastics, I use the lightest jighead I can, going heavier as necessary based upon how rough the surf is. This combination has served well for not just trout, but also for when you hook a Jack Crevalle or Skipjack, you have a better chance of landing them without break off. I also use a Berkley Gulp shrimp under a popping cork. I hook the Gulp shrimp with just a treble hook or use a light jig head in rougher conditions.

However, if I am having no luck with artificials, or if I am just not feeling like doing all the extra casting and retrieving, I will take a small spinning rig using a tiny hook and a tiny piece of Fish Bites, and near the shoreline, catch small pinfish or whiting, or cast net up some finger mullet for live bait. In the surf, I prefer live bait about 4" in length. You may not catch as many fish, but when you do, they will almost always be quality fish. Two weeks ago, I put a 4" pinfish on a fishfinder rig with 2/0 circle hook and caught a big 8.5 lb trout in the Mustang Island surf. You can bet that made my day. bannana2

I might still find the need to use shrimp occasionally, but I prefer artificials or live bait that I can catch myself. I am also cheap, so I like the long term savings I get using soft plastics and spoons over expensive live shrimp.


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