In December of 2012, Egret Baits began offering for sale their hottest new item yet on the market – the VuDu shrimp.
Designed initially to catch school trout under birds and over reefs, the VuDu shrimp has boated several speckled trout over 6- pounds, the largest of which was a 8.25- pounder taken by Captain Brent Roy in the Venice area on Wednesday, May 15.
And the VuDu shrimp has also been responsible for catches of other saltwater species since its inception – especially hefty redfish and large flounders.
Just recently on Wednesday, June 19, Egret Baits’ Ken Chaumont received word of yet another hefty saltwater species taken on a VuDu, a very tough fighting fish taken by Jonathan Reulet of Thibodaux, La. on Tuesday, June 11.
“I was fishing for specks in the Gulf approximately 7 miles south of the mouth of Oyster Bayou in Terrebonne Parish,” wrote Reulet to Chaumont.
“We tied up to a small oil/gas platform,” he explained.
“On my first cast using a Root Beer VuDu shrimp under a popping cork with a heavy mono leader tied to 12 lbs. Berkley big game mono, I hooked up to a Tripletail!”
Upon hooking the fish, Reulet admitted to concerns he had heard about the VuDu Shrimp, as he had heard of its hook straightening on larger redfish and big trout.
“After about 5 minutes fighting, I was able to land the fish,” wrote Reulet. “Both the bait and hook held up perfectly!”
Upon boating the large tripletail and weighing it, the scale read 20- pounds!
Reulet went on to write, “Catching a Tripletail is proof that the action of the Vudu shrimp mimics that of live shrimp extremely well.
“While I currently only have the root beer shrimp, I do plan to expand my tackle collection with other colors,” the angler wrote.
Egret Baits’ VuDu Shrimp
Egret Baits’ VuDu shrimp could be best described as a 3.25- inch plastic shrimp that is notched along the tail and weaved with strands of durable nylon. Also, a 3/16 oz. jighead with an attached hook courses the length of the interior of the body with the hook protruding on its dorsal surface.
Fishing the VuDu
“The number one way to fish the VuDu for speckled trout is under a popping cork,” said Chaumont. “I’ll use a Comal 3-inch cork with the VuDu shrimp at 18- to 20- inches below it. The cork is weighted and will cast better than any non-weighted ones.”
“You want to pop it a couple of times, stop – and then pop it a couple of times again and stop. Most of the time it’s when you stop it – after you’ve popped it – when the trout attacks the shrimp,” he said.
“Another excellent method to work these baits is to troll the VuDu,” said Chaumont. “You place the trolling motor on low and cast the bait behind the boat without a cork.”
For more information regarding Egret Baits’ VuDu shrimp, visit their website at Egret Baits. Egret Baits also has a Facebook site (www.facebook.com/EgretBaits/) where news, information, stories and progress on new developments can be obtained.