Berkley Gulp Soft Bait – Amazon Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Berkley Gulp Soft Bait, the specific one linked looks like little maggots but you should explore other options as well and find what suits you best.  My fist experience with baits like this was when I was 4 years old, so I barely remember it.  My dad and grandfather took me to a kids “Trout Rodeo” and the old man pulled out something he called garlic bait.

I ended up winning the prize for both the 4 largest fish and the largest individual fish.  I would have also gotten “First Four Fish” but they gave it to another kid because it “wasn’t fair” for one kid to win all three!  Seems participation trophy thinking isn’t that new after all.

The bait was a putty like thing and worked fine on trout but didn’t work so well in the south for pan fish.  Then about 10 years ago I was fishing with a friend named Brad as a small lake he had found.  We were tossing baits up under the remains of a old dock and nailing big and I mean really big bluegills.  I was using small pieces of worm, and he was out fishing me 2 to 1.  Folks Brad just isn’t that good!

He tossed me a jar of little pink looking worms and said try it.  I did and soon was keeping up with him.  I looked at this jar and realized it was my grandfathers technology evolved for the 21st century.  Now here is what I really love about this stuff, sure it works but frankly I have done well on pan fish with bread balls, minnows, crickets, worms, meal worms, etc.  Some days this may do better, others not as much, fish are just finicky some days.  But this stuff will always work good enough.

And you know what it does that none of the others do?  You can make up a small fishing kit, put this in it and throw it behind your truck seat and 6 months later, it will still be good and it will still work.  You got it, this is THE BAIT for your “survival fishing kit”.  Trying not to be overly dramatic I call mine my “mini fishing kit”.

Here is the deal the easiest fish to catch are ALMOST always pan fish in small back waters, etc.  That or small wild trout and this works for both.    In a back woods situation or a let’s say it a “survival situation” you need food, so you take the easy options first.  But once you are catching pan fish, you can use them or cut parts of them to catch bigger fish if they are around.  In fact if you watch the video playlist below you will see me do just that.

In that series I took a small kit, way less than I usually carry and used flowers as bait, I then caught some small perch, I didn’t want to kill them just to prove a point so I then released them and used hot dog to simulate using them as cut bait, I was then able to catch catfish and a snapping turtle.  All this in about an hour in a small muddy creek.  Imagine if I had simply had Berkley Gulp instead.

I keep this stuff in my small kits and in my tackle bags and I never am in a situation where I don’t have any bait.  That alone makes me love this stuff.  Again their are quite a few varieties, I personally never did well with the “night crawlers” but know some that have.  The crickets seem to have good reviews but I have not tried them.  So far I have gotten the best bang for the buck out of the little maggots.  Man they sure beat forgetting a box of worms in your truck!

Anyway consider giving Berkley Gulp Soft Bait a try this coming fishing season.

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P.S. – The videos below are a four part series called “Survival Fishing with Flowers”.  While I didn’t use this product in the series, had I done so it would have been easier.  I am including it mainly to make the point, if you can catch little fish, you can work up the food chain to larger sources of food.



2 Responses to Berkley Gulp Soft Bait – Amazon Item of the Day

  1. I’ve never used this particular shape of Gulp baits but the Gulp shrimp and saltwater jerk shad in natural, new penny and nuclear chicken are deadly for spotted sea trout and many other species in the Florida big bend. Use a 1/4 oz red jig head with about 3′ of high quality fluorocarbon leader and use a long, slow jigging retrieve keeping it near the bottom. It works well for many other fish in the area as well, we have caught as many as 12 species and a limit of trout in one half day trip using these.

    Also the sand crab flea is great on redfish, sheephead and pompano but require different techniques.

    Make sure you take these off of your hook when you are done fishing, they dry out quickly (several hours out of the water) and are almost impossible to remove. You can cut the hook off and return them to the package with the oil and they will be fine.

  2. Andrew Marchetta

    +1 on the comment above. Last year went om my first everglades fishing trip for sea trout. Guide had both shrimp and big gulp shrimp. There were three of us fishing on the boat. Sometimes we used shrimp, sometimes we used big gulp. We caught fish with same frequency no matter which bait we used. But then, I hooked a tarpon…on light tackle with big gulp. 45 minutes later my rod broke. 5 minutes after that the line finally broke. I had my go pro on my head and got most of it on video. Awesome.