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Berkley Gulp "Minnow"

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Gulp Minnow

Lure Make & Model

Make:
Use:
Saltwater
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MSRP ($):
5.95

The Berkley Gulp "Minnow" is ideal for drifting or jigging. With over 20 years invested in its production, Berkley Gulp! has achieved the unthinkable it can actually outperform live bait. The water-based formula disperses over 400 times the amount of scent that soft plastics can offer. Plus, it is 100% biodegradable. But just because it breaks down in water, doesn’t mean it will dissolve off the hook. Lures made with this new compound will last just as long as any soft-plastic on the market.

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4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.3
Craftsmanship 
 
4.5  (4)
Durability 
 
4.3  (3)
Versatility 
 
4.3  (3)
Value 
 
4.0  (3)
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Craftsmanship 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Versatility 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

A Tackle Box Staple

This is one of the few soft plastics that I will always have in my tackle box. I've use Gulp minnows of various sizes for years and have out-fished friends who were using live minnows at the same time. It's much easier to keep a bag of Gulp Minnows in the kayak than a bucket full of live minnows and they can be just as effective.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Effective, easy to use
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Overall rating 
 
3.8
Craftsmanship 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Versatility 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0

Berkley Gulp Minnow 4"

I used the Gulp 4" Minnow for the 1st time last November casting and jigging for Brown Trout. Hooked them onto a 3/16" to 3/8" Darter Jig. Casting and letting them float to the bottom had the Brown Trout crazy for the offering.

I will try using these, for Walleye this year, jigging and on my trolling harnesses.

User Info

Waters Fished:
Large Lakes
Used:
2-6 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
They work! Easy to use,
Cons:
Can't leave out, must put back in package if re-using.
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Overall rating 
 
4.3
Craftsmanship 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Versatility 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

Good Product

I rarely fish with live bait. When folks suggest live bait I use Gulp. I have had the most luck with Gulp Minnows catching everything from Sheepshead to crappie on them. They are durable enough to reuse a couple times and are definitely among my confidence baits.

The downfall is that you can't leave your hook in the juice or leave them out in the open over night as they will harden. Otherwise, I am a big gulp fan!

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Catch Fish, portable, easy to carry
Cons:
Smell, harden if not kept in juice
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Craftsmanship 
 
4.0

Berkley Gulp Minnows

I have always been a fan of live bait. Minnows, nightcrawlers, crickets, grasshoppers, etc. I have used them all with good success. However, this past Winter, I decided to try and broaden my fishing experiences, so I went into this year with a goal of catching more species then ever before & using more variety of bait then I ever had before.

In late-April, I purchased a bag of 3" Emerald Shiner Berkley Gulp Minnows. They have been a great addition to the tackle box. Since that first bag, I have also purchased and used other 3" & 4" bags of Emerald Shiner, Smelt, and Firetiger. They have all produced, though the Emerald Shiner & Smelt designs have worked the best.

I have mostly fished them on a regular jig, using a variety of retrievals - slow & steady, "jigging" up/down, multi-paced jerk/twitch retrieve. All three methods have worked, though slow & steady seems to be the best.

A few weeks ago, I had a Firetiger on a split shot drop rig. The fish were deep & I was trying to get to the split shot on the bottom & then make sure the Firetiger was getting reeled in about 6"-12" off the bottom. My buddy's daughter's line got tangled, so I stopped retrieving & helped her. I had set my rod down for approximately 5 minutes while helping her. When I brought it back in, the back third of the soft minnow was gone! I was so intrigued, I cut down to a 1/2" chunk & flipped it back out. A minute later I caught a nice 8" bluegill.

I was amazed to have caught a fish on an artificial that looks nothing like anything in that body of water & it was simply sitting still on the bottom!!!

The only drawback with the Gulp Minnow is that they tend to be unusable a hard strike. I usually try to continue using it, but after a few retrievals, I can see that it has lost its action, or that it won't stay on the jig head properly.

Overall, I am extremely happy that I decided to start using these soft artificial minnows, especially with a jig head. It has been a really consistent lure (it has even worked when night crawlers didn't). The jig head makes it easy to change sizes or colors quickly. I plan to continue using this product as long as it's available.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
16-30 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Great action, high strike rate.
Cons:
Often not usable after a "big strike".
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