Berkley Gulp! Sinking Minnow
best thing to happen to me since the rattle trap. GULP is the most incredible bait ive purchased in a long time. ive been fishing for bass more because of the sizes ive been catching just with gulp. anything else isnt an inventory anymore, its a punishment. you want big bass, you better buy the GULP sinking minnows (5"). im now looking forward to getting the batted wing frogs. and by the way the worms work very well too.
June 20, 2008
I Purchased the 4" sinking minnows on 03-15-08 1pk of pumpkinseed and 1pk of green pumpkin. I went fishing on 03-18 using the pumpkinseed, Texas rigged with a 4/0 Gamakatsu wide gap hook and Berkley trilene 20 lb test. It was about 4:30 p.m. I was working the shallows when I caught a stud (See Photo).
March 19, 2008
The safest purchase you'll ever make!
The gulp sinking minnow has to be one of the best baits ever made. Whether dragging on top of a weedbed, walking the dog two feet below the surface or twitching on the bottom this thing catches fish time in and time out. Buy some Gamakatsu rigging hooks to boot and you're all set for success. I've barely used anything else in my tackle box over the last two years, it's that reliable.
February 25, 2007
BIG BASS! I Love this worm
I love this worm-
I fish small, weedy ponds on the East End of Long Island, New York. There is one pond in particular, where we struggled over the last 10 years to get bass over 2 pounds; once, using live killies, my friend pulled out a 6.5 lb. bass. That's the ONLY one over 2 lbs. we had caught from this pond until this year. (6.5 lbs. is a BIG bass on Long Island! Especially in a 29-acre pond where the maximum depth is only 8 1/2 feet, and most of the pond is shallower than 6 feet. The pond record is 8 lbs.)
This year, I tried the Gulp 5" sinking minnow, in Pumpkinseed; I also tried the Senko worm. The Gulp, in 5 trips this year, has produced 2 fish 6 lbs.+, 3 5 lb. fish, and dozens of bass in the 2-4 lb. size. The Senko? Nothing. Although it's possible I didn't fish the Senko long enough - when my father pulled out his first-ever 6+ lb. bass on the Gulp minnow, the Senkos went back in the tacklebox! And when the Gulp minnows continued to produce, the Senkos STAYED in the tacklebox!
This may not sound like a lot of big fish to anyone in the South, but up here it's a pretty good haul (all released unharmed, of course), especially for a pond where we had almost zero success with big bass before...The Power Worms (and other brands we tried) just don't seem to appeal to the big bass here- they tend to spit them out before you can set the hook. With all the weeds, it's nearly impossible to tell the difference between a weed and a bass, until you actually feel the weight of the fish, see your rod bend, or see the line moving off sideways...and if you set the hook every time you feel resistance, you'll snag a weed and lose your worm and hook...The bass almost seem to set the hook themselves with this bait. They just DON'T spit it out.
I also noticed that the large chain pickerels in this pond - I once caught a 28-inch monster - don't seem to like these worms. This is a GOOD thing! Pickerels are basically miniature pike, and they have nasty sharp teeth. I had almost stopped using plastic worms on this one pond, after having several Power Worms literally bitten in half by pickerels, and losing dozens of worm hooks and bullet sinkers to pickerels: when they come up alongside the boat, if their sharp teeth don't cut the line, their habit of folding up the entire length of their body and snapping it back out when trying to throw the hook, often pops my 8 lb. test line. If you don't grab the fish immediately, which is not easy to do - it's like trying to grab a slimy, twisting and turning snake - not to mention their teeth! - you will lose your worm, hook and sinker.
I rig this worm Texas-style, or sometimes with the point "Texposed" or skin-hooked, with a 1/8 oz. bullet sinker. Compared to other worms, the weight of this worm allows it to cast a mile with this small sinker, and the small size of the sinker doesn't harm the action of the worm, especially when you don't peg the sinker. In the weedy Long Island lakes & ponds, this often means I must snap the worm free of a weed it has momentarily stuck on. The bonus here is that I often get a strike as the worm pops free. Oddly, I have tried the other Gulp worms, and different colors in the sinking minnow, and they don't produce the same. Perhaps the light color of the Pumpkinseed allows it to be seen better in the dingy water...
Can you tell I love this worm?? Great product, and highly recommended...
September 11, 2006