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Hank
10-15-2006, 11:39 AM
What is the best time of year to dip net shrimp in Southwest Florida?

Marcus
10-15-2006, 12:18 PM
I believe around June is best on the flats. That's when the bigger ones come in to get jiggy wit it.

stickitfishy
10-15-2006, 12:46 PM
April-May, and November. New moon around low tide is best. If the moon is out or if the tide is coming in they will be more skittish. Easy part is getting them, hard part is the cleaning! Red tide increase the shrimp numbers since it kills off their predators. We got an arseload last spring in Sarasota Bay.

GRIM REEFER
10-15-2006, 01:19 PM
The only time of year I ever tried it was during Stone Crab season.
After you load up on claws, Hit the flats on the way back in :thumps:
This year I'm gonna try a sane net.
November is good

stickitfishy
10-15-2006, 03:17 PM
We use dip nets (flat head is better) and head lamps with 6V batteries.We put the battery in the drink holster of some fanny packs we found at WallyWorld. Works great!! Also the 6V are the screw on kind and we changed the wire ends to stay on the battery much better. 3 of us got our limit in 2-3 hours one trip last spring. That's alot of shrimp! :thumps:

Hank
10-15-2006, 08:21 PM
Are you guys walking the flats or just anchoring near an inlet and using lanterns and dip nets? I was thinking that the beer to shrimp ratio would be much better using the anchored up method.

stickitfishy
10-15-2006, 08:23 PM
We always walk the flats. Have done it with traps and from a bridge on the east coast for monsters but not here.

stickitfishy
10-20-2006, 10:54 PM
Got about 2 dozen shrimp last night in 10 min for fishing. Wasn't really trying. Most were medium some were large. Of course used arti's to fish.

WonderBoy
10-20-2006, 11:20 PM
hey grim, I didn't think you were allowed to drag a sein net...

Christof
10-21-2006, 02:26 AM
Got about 2 dozen shrimp last night in 10 min for fishing. Wasn't really trying. Most were medium some were large. Of course used arti's to fish.
Hey buddy, were you wading with a net for those? Headlight after dark?
I want to try that next....

stickitfishy
10-21-2006, 09:35 AM
Yeah, read what we do above Christof. Easy and lots of fun, shrimp are very stupid!

Marcus
10-21-2006, 10:00 AM
shrimp are very stupid!

What you tryin' to say Stickitfishy? Christoff might have a chance?? ;) :D

Christof
10-22-2006, 03:02 AM
Ouch!

*****er.... LOL...

GRIM REEFER
10-22-2006, 10:48 PM
hey grim, I didn't think you were allowed to drag a sein net...

I'll have to look more in to it to find out exactly what is allowable,
But I think if it's smaller than a certain size, It's oK
http://myfwc.com/marine/recreational/recshrimp.htm

WonderBoy
10-23-2006, 10:32 AM
Ahhh 10-4. I used one with the college taking samples in the bay but you can get away with a lot of stuff under "research" if you have the proper permits...

stevemc1
10-23-2006, 01:48 PM
You can legally use a seine net but you cant use a trawl net any more. Only offshore by commercial shrimpers. Dip nets are easier but you could get a lot in the right place with a seine net. I think you can only use 400 or 500 square feet of net. Which would be 100' x 4'. A 20' x 4' is very manageble with 2 people. A dip net works fine with a head light set up. You see the eyes glowing and scoop. Also you need some kind of bag or something to drag to put shrimp in. A bait bucket is a pain, a 5 gallon bucket wont work well. A lobster bag- the old type with metal jaws, works good.

stickitfishy
10-23-2006, 06:02 PM
Well Marcus, I don't think he has the skill to grab one with his hands like I can. But maybe with a net? :lol: :lol: