Fishing the DOA Shrimp
One of the most important things is to use a loop knot when tying the shrimp to your leader. Your leader should be about 24” long - either 25 or 30 lb test. The loop knot allows the lure to swim freely and it will look more enticing to a fish that is eyeing it for a quick meal. If you can use either 8 to 14 lb test line on your reel, using light line enables you to feel a fish strike your lure a lot better than if you were using a heavier line. A 1/4 oz. Shrimp is recommended for line up to 8 lb test and 1/2 oz. Shrimp for 14 lb test and over. Tying your line to your leader directly without the use of a swivel is best. If you want to use a swivel, use the lightest one you can.
Cast the shrimp out and let it slowly sink to the bottom. Then take the slack our of your line. When the slack is out of your line, move the shrimp as slowly as you possibly can. The key word is SLOWLY. If you are fishing in shallow grass, by holding your rod up high this allows the shrimp to be moved across the top of the grass in an upward motion and should allow the shrimp to swim across the top of the grass. After you move the shrimp about 12 inches, which on most reels is about 1 or 2 turns of the handle, give the rod a very slight sharp twitch. You want to make the shrimp do a little flicking motion, just as a live shrimp would do.