Do you love big bluegill?
They work very well when fishing for Bluegills & Redear. I never fish them on a bare hook, but add them to my Horizontal and vertical jigs, when fished with or without plastics.
The Gulp Maggots add a scent to the jigs, that entices the fish to bite, when they might not under certain conditions. Like "Musky" said.
They also work well as a substitution for waxworms, when Ice Fishing. Had good success with them.
Im kinda the spoiler here - Ive never had real success with the Gulp! Maggots. At least not on bream.
Shiners, on the other hand, love them. When a shoal of those silver-side bullets come tearing around, there is always a hook up on the maggot. In fact, they wont hardly touch anything else.
But it seems only the small, shoreside "piddle bream" give them the slightest notice where I live. And that isnt' much, to be honest. Give them a bit of worm and a Gulp! maggot side by side and the maggot will get a yawn.
I've put them on all sorts of baits, jigs, spinners and so on, too - and nuttin'.
Some of this has to do with the fact that I'm shore bound and cant really test them in the deep hideouts where the bigguns hunker. But overall, they have been something of a disappointment.
Only as a last, last resort - and even then, I would have to think about it. They are no match for the real maggot. To me they are pushing it with the Outfishes All Other Bait™ & the Outfishes Live™ - note they do not claim to out fish live bait, but they try to dance all around it.
If they keep encroaching, I would like a few volunteers in the legal community to join the live bait distributors of North America and we can put their jar to the test when cash is on the line. - I might even let them pick the spot on the side of the lake : )...
Keep it in your box sealed in case live bait Armageddon takes place and you are stuck with it -
i feel like im late to the party...
I cant say enough about the great product Berkley has in the form of the Gulp Maggot… I contribute most of my success last year to this product dropshotting on a bare hook, slip and fixed floating and continuing into this year with bait dropping behind a crankbaits with Hali bait chains… just an overall amazing product.
I am confident enough to say at this point I will catch fish anywhere with this product and I will outfish live bait in the same time period (time saved preparing bait) and more cost effectively.
Some testimonial links listed below
20141024--FISHING THE SLOT - CARLS BOBBER AND PINK GULP MAGGOT ~ fixed floating with Pink Gulp
20140912--FELT LIKE NOVEMBER PANFISH OUTING~ Nothing but Gulp maggots and minnows
20140826-- SNAPSHOT OF YESTERDAYS OUTING~ PB and Master Angler P’Seed using Gulp Maggots and crawler bits
MICRO-DROPSHOTTING ~ I show a testimonial collage of a decent gill outing using Gulp Hellgrammites
VERTICALLY FISHING ICE JIGS IN OPEN WATER ~ Slab jigs on chains in open water vertical jigging with Pink Gulp Maggots
... and i do very well with it on the ice...