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Berkley Gulp #13661195 08/09/20 07:13 AM
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Anyone have success with the Berkley Gulp products as substitute for live bait when catching panfish?

Which types/colors/sizes work best?

Thinking of stocking up on some as backup for those times when live bait is hard to come by.


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You should get some great replies. As for me the Gulp Alive Worms, Brown in color work well. hooked


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try some and you won't be using live bait anymore. My only issue is I seem to always tip it over in the boat and it stains the carpet. Comes out when I get around to cleaning it though.

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Bite...I use the Gulp Alive products almost exclusively. Have had great success with the 1" minnow & recently the cricket. All colors work well, but my personal favorites re the watermelon pearl & chartreuse shad. I know others who use the leeches & do real good as well. All fished on a drop shot rig. [Linked Image]

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Thanks to Vogey I have started to use the Gulp Alive Minnows. The Chartreuse Shad is my favorite. They are also good for crappie. I also love the Gulp Alive Leaches. woot

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For the fish I target I do not use any of the Gulp Alive products. Based on what I have seen on the this forum the Gulp Alive Products catch a ton of fish. Vogey has been an Ambassador for the Gulp Alive Minnows and has caught top quality fish using them. If I was targeting Bluegill, crappie, etc. (Pan Fish). I would be using the Gulp Alive Minnows for sure.

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Other than drop shot, are there any other effective ways to fish the Gulp baits?

Planning on throwing some Gulp worm equivalents on a small mosquito hook under a bobber and see what bites at the local lakes.

Thanks all for the replies!


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I fish the 1" Gulp Alive Minnows on a 1/64 oz jig head, either fished like a traditional swim jig or under a small float.

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Originally Posted by JohnF67
I fish the 1" Gulp Alive Minnows on a 1/64 oz jig head, either fished like a traditional swim jig or under a small float.


A few days ago I threw a small plastic out under a float, which i never do, and hooked a nice bluegill. It must've been a rare loner because I couldn't get any other action. I was working the bait under the cork enough to get the cork splashing around a little, and it made me think I may have spooked the other fish away. How do you fish your corked jig - still/suspended or do you work it under the cork?

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BugEyez, I've never tried fishing anything other than the Gulp Alive Minnows under a float. I use a Trout Magnet float as a slip float. I'll cast to my spot and twitch the rod tip a few times, just enough to lift the minnow about two or three inches and let it sink again. If I don't get bit in a few seconds, I'll move it a foot and twitch again. If I don't get bit after moving it, I assume there are no fish there. I only fish it this way to target something that I think is holding fish (a brush pile, rock, log, etc.) This is the float I use-
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I will give the slip bobber a try, it seems a little more friendly to using plastics than the ol' fixed bobber I had with me. I found myself without any earthworms but wanted to wet the hook so I put on a small plastic object that had been cluttering up my tackle box and tossed it out beneath the cork. I've never been sure what those pesky plastic things were for but a lot of fishermen seem to carry them around! A few cranks, then stop, a few cranks then stop, then bammo, fish on. After that the rest of his friends must've all packed up and left. Thanks for the reply! cheers

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I’ll add some kudos for the Gulp Alive 1” Minnow for perch. I will not go perch fishing without it.
I use it on a drop shot rig with a #6 Mosquito hook and a 1/8 oz sinker.

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I swear by Berkley products. Started with them and will continue to use their products. You can't go wrong with their earthworms. It's easier to toss them in a bag rather than focus on trying to keep live ones alive.

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Tried the 1inch minnow, gray, on a small jig head today for the first time. Bank fishing so I had it under a cork. I popped several nice fish inside of 30 mins. Before that I had a random plastic out there for about 20 mins with one fish! Conclusion: these things work! One thing I was not prepared for was that the bait gets gulped down by the fish each time. I had to put a new minnow on after each fish (no problem!) The bite was a lot like a natural bait; i.e. nibble, nibble, then gulped and running. I’d toss it out 25-30 feet or so with a half crank, wait 20 or so seconds, then a slow crank, let it settle, and i usually hit a fish with each cast.

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I use 1/2 or 1/3 Berkley night crawlers threaded on a size 10 or 12 hook using a 6' ultralight fly rod and fish it like a small bead head nymph. Bluegills love it as do just about anything that swims in fresh water. I have caught a lot of small catfish on this rig while attempting to catch bluegills for catfish bait.in creeks & rivers. I even caught a 3" red tail minnow on this rig LOL!!!! That was a first for me.


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