So Many Options
If you use the DOA 3" shrimp without the popping cork, the small weight inside (called a belly weight) allows it to fall in a smooth, slow horizontal fashion. They are also 'scented' during the manufacturing process so they can imitate the look and smell of live shrimp. As the lure is attacked, nibbled on and chewed on, more of the scent is released. This can save you the extra cost (and frustration) of buying dozens of live shrimp only to have them all eaten by pinfish within the first hour of fishing. Some of the most popular colors are listed below:
This soft plastic lure in 'glow' color (below) is one of Capt. Toney's favorite "go-to" baits. He will simply 'nose-hook' them (see below) on a 2/0 circle hook, tied to the leader line with a Canoeman's Loop Knot, cast them out and slowly retrieve...no weight, no scent. You'd be surprised at how well this works as simple as it is. The loop knot that you tie is one of the reasons these artificial baits work so well. It allows the lure to mimic the natural movement of a bait fish and this is what provokes an instinctive strike on the lure. One more step you can make to increase or "stack-the-odd" in your favor is to add a small amount of scent to it or invest in a package of Gulp brand bait that is already pre-scented.
Next on the agenda was an impromptu canoe-man loop knot tying session!!