If you plan to use additional equipment such as shrimping pots, you will require a permit as well. While you can find shrimp in various bodies of water, you can best catch them in areas such as rivers, creeks, bays, ocean shores, lakes, as well as estuaries.
These are all shallow and easier to access, so you can net a lot of shrimp while they move around. You can catch them in groups when they start swimming back out to the sea, which is a good technique.
You can purchase tidal charts or tables from local bait shops to measure the right times to go out shrimping and where you should go. You will want to go on overcast days compared to sunnier ones, as shrimp are closer to the surfaces.
Mix cups of fish bait and clay with a ratio of 2:1 respectively, then add water until the mixture thickens enough for you to mold it into patties. Coil the net rope with one hand and create several loops you will reel in with.
Throw the sides away from one another when doing so, as the net needs to open wide before it hits the surface. You can start practicing how to cast your net before going out to the waters so you can cover a wider and farther distance.
Just be sure to be knowledgeable on shrimping techniques AND Florida ’s rules and license requirements! I hope this article on how to catch shrimp in Florida gave you an idea of where to start.
Once I learned to throw a cast net, though, I began to get more deeply involved in my fishing. If all goes according to plan, the bait I catch in my net in turn produces dinner via the old rod and reel method.
A light source, such as a propane lantern, is a useful attractant and also shows the shrimps’ glittering eyes, letting you know when the run is starting. Then it’s a simple matter of tossing your net over the baited bottom and hauling in your catch.
Your local tackle shop will almost certainly have brochures furnished by the state that give limits and sizes of all sorts of catchable marine creatures. Alternatively, you can go to myfwc.com on the web for a full listing of regulations governing both salt water and freshwater fishing.
Simply take your boat out into the current, anchor and put a spotlight or lantern on the bow. Then just sit there, keeping a careful watch for the glitter of shrimps’ eyes as they wash downstream in the current.
I love crabs, but for a long time I was confined to buying them at the fish market. I’d occasionally haul up a big blue that was determined to have my fishing bait for lunch, but one crab does not a meal make.
My first efforts at actually catching enough crabs to make a dinner started out the old-fashioned way: a chicken neck, a string and a dip net. You toss over your chicken neck tied to the string, then sit and wait until you feel a little tug.
Then the net drops and you have dinner (assuming, of course, the lobster meets the minimum size limits to be a keeper). Part of my problem was that for a long time I used a pole spear or Hawaiian sling.
A Hawaiian sling is a wooden tube with a hole through the middle and a big rubber band attached. A four-foot stainless steel spear slides through the hole and into a pocket in the rubber band.
When you see a target, simply pull back the band, aim the spear and let ‘er fly. He uses a pneumatic spear gun that is powered by compressed air rather than rubber bands.
Jeff goes spear fishing two or three times a week, weather permitting, and even he misses a lot. While grouper may hide in a hole or under a ledge and make a good shot, snapper and other fish are nervous and tend to flee when a diver gets near.
Over the years that he’s been diving, Jeff has accumulated hundreds of “numbers.” Those numbers are the latitude and longitude of reefs, rocks, ledges and wrecks that hold fish. These are the places that rod-and-reel fisherman on the surface have dismissed as “fished out,” on the assumption that too many people know the location.
But the good news from Jeff is that it isn’t a lack of big fish to catch that’s the problem. Scuba diving puts you in a realm most people will never experience, but it isn’t something you do casually or carelessly.
NOTE: Before participating in any of the above activities, remember to check with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at myfwc.com to check that you have the proper licenses (if required) and are aware of the most up-to-date rules and regulations (they may have changed since this article was published). Running up to the Home Sound area from Jupiter to avoid the sharks, Capt.
Bill Taylor of Black Dog Fishing Charter has been getting good numbers of mangrove, yellowtail and a few short buttons in 40 to 60 feet of water using mostly thread fin herring and squid. There is still a decent sailfish bite off of Jupiter and people fishing for them are also getting good numbers of dolphin as by catch.
Working very specific depths from 100 to 115 feet, kings up to 15 pounds have been caught from the Boston Inlet and then following as they move south. The sailfish bite is still holding steady off of the Boston area with many boats having several releases per trip.
They are hitting goggle eyes, blue runners and pilchards on kites in 100 to 150 feet. There have also been red grouper caught in the same depths using cut or whole squid on the bottom or slow pitching jigs.
On the inside edge of the reefs off of Boston, lesser amber jacks, some keeper gray trigger fish, yellowtail and mangrove snapper are being caught. Though the season is closed until Feb. 1, the bite for shook in the St. Lucie River has been excellent recently.
Around the bridges spanning the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers there has been good action for black drum, pompano and bluefish. In the Intracoastal Waterway in the channels a quarter mile north and south of the Boston Inlet, there has been an excellent bite for jack crevasse, lady fish, bluefish and some nice mangrove and mutton snapper.
Also in the Ice, on the east side from the Santana Bridge up to the Shook Islands, there has been good action for sea trout and a few slot-size redfish. Though the artificial bite has been tough, a Carolina rig with a strawberry color worm did produce a few fish.
Bag Limit: Individuals can take 5 gallons, heads on, per harvester per day. Possession limit of no more than 5 gallons, heads on, per vessel at any time regardless of the number of persons onboard.
Big Bend closed area: Harvest of shrimp is prohibited in areas of Weibull, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties landward of a line beginning at Bailey’s Bluff in Pasco County progressing to the St. Marks Lighthouse in Weibull County, as shown in the map. Landing or dip net with an opening no larger than 96 inches around the perimeter.
One frame net with an opening no larger than 16 feet around the perimeter, if deployed from a vessel or from a structure other than an operational bridge or causeway or catwalk attached to such bridge or causeway. A Frame net that is dragged or towed is considered to be a trawl, which is not allowed for the recreational harvest of shrimp.
Frame nets cannot be used to harvest shrimp in any waters off of Made County. The incorporation of external or unattached wings or other devices to funnel shrimp into the trap is prohibited.
No pole shall be set within 50 yards of any dock, pier, public boat landing or ramp, seawall, jetty or bridge. The term “tend” means that the harvester is within 100 yards of the nearest pole at all times.