Review: Berkley 1-Inch Gulp Alive Leech
Berkley now has their Gulp! Alive! Leeches in a tiny 1" size. This is a perfect size for panfish such as crappie, perch and sunfish. It's also a great option for tempting larger fish that have received a lot of fishing pressure.
Construction: 2 out of 5
These leeches, like all Gulp! Alive! baits, are made from a biodegradable soft material that absorbs the Gulp! water based attractant. The baits will dry out if left in the open air for too long, so any unused baits should be put back into the jar. This might seem like an unnecessary hassle at first, but you quickly get used to making sure the baits stay moist.
It should be noted that the jars that these baits come in are known to leak. Berkley has a Bait Management System, which is a tackle tray with 6 compartments that seal tight and do not leak. However, the tray will cost you another $14.99. This is a lot for a problem that could be solved by a simple rubber gasket in the original package.
The other issue with the construction of this bait is its durability. Small fish can easily tear it off the hook. While testing, it even fell off the hook while fighting a sunfish.
Appearance: 5 out of 5
They are available in 6 colors; black, black olive, chartreuse, natural, pearl white, and pink. I tested both the black and natural colors. They all seem like effective colors that can be useful in different situations. They are surprisingly detailed for such small baits. They are covered in subtle ribs and have a tiny mouth.
Usage/Effectiveness: 4 out of 5
These baits are very easy to use. They can be rigged a variety of ways. During testing I had success using them on a 3-way rig, dropshot, on the back of a 1/16 oz jighead, and below a float.
Fish love Berkley's Gulp! attractant. These baits catch fish, and they get lots of bites. However, the lack of durability reduces its effectiveness. Many times I would get a small tap, and the bait was gone before I could even set the hook. On a few occasions I ended up with a bare hook and didn't even feel or see a bite (when rigged on a float). They would catch a lot more if they could stand up to the pecks and pulls from small fish.
Innovation: 3.5 out of 5
Having small leech baits like is a great idea, and they could be used to catch both panfish and small bass or trout. The scent and flavor are an added bonus that often isn't an option with tiny soft plastics. These baits just need one more innovation for this tiny size - a stronger front end that won't easily tear off the hook.
Price: 3.5 out of 5
When it comes to panfish, I feel you may be better off just buying a dozen worms because you go through the jar of baits just as fast - if not faster. However, when fishing for steelhead and other trout species this bait may be the ticket. When rigged lightly, the bait moves naturally and seductively with any type of current. While trout fishing the durability, for the most part, isn't a major issue. This makes it well worth the money. So for panfish I don't think its a great for the price, but for trout its totally worth it.
The 1" size of the the Berkly Gulp! Alive! Is an effective bait for triggering strikes, but it's lack of durability prevents all those strikes from being converted into hook ups. It might be good for tempting large fish looking for an easy meal because they can swallow it whole, but panfish just rip it off the hook. If Berkley could come up with a way to strengthen the front of the bait, then they would surely have another winner in their Gulp! Alive! product line.
|Manufacturer ||Berkley |
|Model ||Gulp! Alive! Leech |
|Type ||Soft Plastic |
|Size ||1" |
|Number per Pack ||2.1oz |
|MSRP ||$5.99 |