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Shrimping at night for Winter Shrimp

Recreational Night Shrimping in the Rivers on the East Coast of Florida

Shrimping for Florida's Winter Pinkish Red & Brown Shrimp Photos

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Florida's Winter Shrimping is a popular sport among Florida anglers...

ShrimpNFishFlorida™ Members catch Florida’s, "Pinkish Red & Brown"Shrimp at night using, Dip nets, Frame nets, Cast nets, Traps, along with Green LED shrimp lights... From Boats, Docks Seawalls and Piers...

Our Florida Winter Shrimp season run extends from Port Orange to Sebastian Inlet. Volusia & Brevard County's are the most popular hot spots in the State, which runs from November through June...

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Shrimp Lights Setup

The most effective lighting set up is to submerge a light deep enough that there is only a slight glow visible from your boat, dock seawall etc...  The shrimp that are running are not attracted to the lights; they are in fact deterred by them.  

Having Bright Green LED Shrimp Lights are a great piece of equipment, easy on your eyes and bright enough that you can see the shrimp as they pass…

Setting your lights at the right dept will give you just a slight glow at the top of the water Column, and will not chase the shrimp off and will be just enough to see the shrimp as they swim over, around, between, and past the lights.

Catching Shrimp Techniques;

Dip Net Techniques:

The shrimp that are running usually do so in the upper levels of the water.  They swim with the outgoing tide on their way out to sea. The best way to catch them is to have the dip net in the water up current of the light field, when shrimp are spotted slowly move the net into the shrimp's path to avoid spooking the shrimp.  Repeat this process until you have enough shrimp in your net then empty into a five gallon marked bucket or marked cooler. I say marked because you are only allowed to harvest five gallons a boat per night… (not person)

Frame Net Techniques:

Since the shrimp that are running usually do so in the upper levels of the water.  Besides dipping as mentioned above you can place a Frame net attached to your boat, this will catch any shrimp that you don't see or that has slipped by...

1. You can attach the frame net to a pole and extend it out to the side of you boat.

2. Hang it of the back of your boat if facing into the current.

3. If you position your boat sideways and hang it of the middle backside of you boat...

4. If you position your boat sideways, you can attach the frame net to a pole and extend it out to the stern of your boat.

Box Trap Techniques:

If Shrimping from a Dock or Seawalls you can use a Shrimp Box Trap, by placing it close to the seawall or dock pilings...

Shrimp Light Deployment Techniques:

So see different Shrimp Lights Deployment Techniques you can go to GatorTough's website here; GatorTough posted a great how To Deploy your Shrimp lights page along with some Great photos and Diagrams...

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Night Shrimping in the flats on the West Coast

Night Shrimping has the advantage of taking you out from under the sun and putting you on the river during the cool evening hours.

After nightfall, shrimp come up from of the depth of the river channels onto the shallow (3 feet deep) grassy flats to feed. Because the shrimp can spread out over a considerable area of grass flats, it's necessary to attract the shrimp to your boat with a light and bait.

A typical bait is a mixture of rock salt, flour, and shrimp meal made into meatball-sized patties. Most people use a Coleman lantern or its equivalent for a light source.

Go out onto the river at dusk and pick out a shallow, grassy spot. I prefer to run straight across the river from the Governor's creek boat ramp in Green Cove Springs.

If you are not sure where to go, inquire at local bait shops or the place where you buy the fixings for your shrimp bait, such as the Ace Hardware in Green Cove Springs.

Alternatively, look for other boats anchoring up and putting out lights. Once you find a spot, anchor up very securely so that your boat will not swing off the baited site. Two anchors, bow and stern, often are necessary.

As soon as it starts to get dark, hang your light so it shines on the water. Then throw out a dozen or so baits all around your boat not any further away than you can throw a cast net. Periodically make test casts until a shrimp or two appears in your net, indicating that the evening run has started. Continue with frequent casts, pausing only occasionally to re-bait your site, until you have your limit, it's well after midnight, or you are exhausted!

Now all you have left to do is find the boat ramp somewhere on the far side of a dark river, drive home at some awful hour, and clean 5 gallons of shrimp. Loran or GPS makes quick work of the first task, lots of coffee helps with the second, and if you iced down the shrimp soon after they were caught, it's O.K. to put off cleaning them until you've had some sleep. Make sure you put them on ice until the next day!

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