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9 years 11 months ago #171 by Spaatz
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Hi All,

I would like to introduce myself and get to know others on the forum. I taught at USF for a while a long time ago. That is the only time I lived on the west coast except when I was at Pensacola while in the Navy.

My name is Frank and I live in Sebastian, Fl. I have shrimped since I was a child and my family did as well. I shrimp at Sebastian Inlet, Titusville bridge, the railroad bridge just north of the 405 and the Oak Hill area. I used to keep a trailer (Airstream) at Lopez RV Park during the winter.

I make underwater shrimp lights for my own use only and it has turned into a hobby as well as shrimping. I am 74 years old and don't stay as long nor go as often as I once did. I also make shrimp traps of the 3'X2'X1' type that you fish off the seawall and docks.

I have taught school and commercial fished most all of my life as did my family. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Best regards,
Frank

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9 years 11 months ago #172 by reussinator
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hey Frank-welcome aboard-most unusual for a 1st year new shrimper like me to welcome an ol'timer shrimper like you to our shrimping forum!!! We encourage your input as you have many years of experience and probably much advise which you can share with everyone. I for one would like to know more about the 3'x2'x1' shrimp traps you mentioned and how do you get the shrimp to go into them?? later.....peter

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9 years 11 months ago #174 by rrhodes15
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Hey Frank :mrgreen:

Your right Frank is very knowledgeable and a great guy!

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9 years 11 months ago #179 by prawn
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I for one would like to know more about the 3'x2'x1' shrimp traps you mentioned


I too would like to hear about this 3'x2'x1' shrimp trap. I made a shrimp trap pretty much
like you mentioned. Mine was about four feet wide, two feet high, with a trianglier net
about seven feet long. I left it on my Jon boat one night and someone stole it. I couldn't
find the guy to thank him,.....boy,... was that a back breaker.

Don-key

Don Kelly
Inventor of the Ozello Shrimper
http://www.ozelloshrimper.com/

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9 years 8 months ago #214 by rip267
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ahh-traps-what is it u wish to know-im the king of shrimp traps in East Central Florida :) Hey Frank-nice to see u in here-and FOF-u2!

the traps are made of small mesh wire and are made by more creative folks than =I just buy them for $30 apiece. Law says u are allowed 4 each-mind u this is for shrimping off a seawall-i've never seen anyone use them from a boat (they would be rather impractical that way-current would render them useless).

The traps are made to sit perpendicular to the seawall-with the holding container part farthest from the wall-the shrimp is walking along the bottom-right up against the wall-and crawls into the bottom of the trap. As soon as they hit the wire-they head for deeper water-then find themselves in the trap-no way out-i will post a picture of one of the traps if allowed in here.

I bet u guys shrimp by throwing castnets while wading at night-right? ARE U NUTZ?

We dip shrimp out of boats-when the shrimp are running its no problem to get 5 gallons in an hour or 2. What size are the shrimp over there? Our largest shrimp are about 8"

Do any of our West Coast shrimping friends shrimp off a seawall?

You should inquire about Frank's lights-they are fluorescent-4' long-green or white-and run on a battery all night no problem. Here's my question-what kind of lights do u use?? I see now that others throw castnets and have no use for lights-u guys really gotta try dipping out of a boat at night-8-10' of water-they gotta be there!

Great website-have u heard of ours? We have a shrimp/fishing club over on East Coast with 200+ members that are dying to know more about East Coast shrimping :)

Let's share info! Here's an example of some of the ones I caught in Feb in Titusville-not just one or 2 mind u-5 gallons a night! the whole month of Feb-then the big ones were found in Oak Hill in March and April!

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9 years 8 months ago #217 by Richard Martin
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Hey Smilie,

Feel free to share whatever you want on the board, photos, links, movies, etc. (as long as it isn't obscene of course) I will fix the problem with the smilies. I just reconfigured it and they seem to be malfunctioning. Also, please feel free to share your other forums hyperlink. If it is Jethro's, I think I have it referenced on the Links page of the main site. If it isn't his site, let me know the name and I will look to see if I have enough real-estate to include it on the page (reciprocal exchange of course.)

Here on the West Coast, we don't usually use cast nets or seawall cages. We use the device pictured in the upper left hand corner and in the store on this site http://www.ozelloshrimper.com/cart/ It is a handheld, extendable pivoting head trap with a closable trap door activated by a string. You lower it on top of the shrimp, close the door and drop it in a bucket floating behind you. The lights we use are also listed there. We use high intensity Rayovac 6.5 volt krypton bulbs powered by rechargeable sealed lead acid batteries mounted on suspended and cushioned helmets. They last a little over 4 hours each.

The shrimp here are the same size as the ones you catch. The attached photo was in April of 2006 at the beginning of the season here. It was a slow night. As you can tell, they also appear to be the same species - pink shrimp. Our season is a little shorter though. It lasts from about late May through Early July. We catch an average of 3 gallons a night per person during that time of the year although it has not been uncommon to catch 5 gallons. We spend an average of 2-3 hours actually shrimping and a lot longer drinking or talking on shore. There is rumor that the shrimp run in November and other times of th year but most people here don't want to deal with the cold water or have enough shrimp left from the early summer in the freezer and don't bother.

Some of us go out on boats but many of us just don't have them. At only $65 for a shrimp trap, you can catch the same amount as the guy with the boat so it works as an excellent alternative to netting, baiting, or boating.

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9 years 8 months ago #218 by rip267
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ok-here's a link for ur readers-we charge $25 a year membership

I've been in it for 5 yrs and can't think of a nicer group of folks to fish/shrimp with

watch out for Bama and Rosco lol


http://www.isaa.cc
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internet Shrimpers and Anglers Assc

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9 years 8 months ago #219 by Richard Martin
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Ah, you're the one hyperlinking in from that site. I was wondering who was coming from there. I assumed I would figure out eventually. We actually do have a link to your site on ours - http://www.ozelloshrimper.com/links/shrimping/
Looks like a good group of people! Great idea for a professional group.

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9 years 8 months ago #233 by rip267
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Here is an example of our shrimp traps-this one is a 3x1x1

The trap sits perpendicular to the seawall with the backend touching the wall and the trap parts is facing out. No bait required-those shrimp just arent too smart. they crawl on the bottom and when they hit the trap-they head for deeper water-which happens to be the trap part-and like lobster-they cant figger how to get out :)

the string inside comes out when we put the taps in the water-there is a release catch on top of the trap where we can dump the shrimp into our buckets.

Sometimes ya get 2 in each trap-sometimes ya get 50-ya never know

We are allowed 4 traps each=one of our members-Wilfish247-has 4 kids and is working on making 24 traps-egads!

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9 years 8 months ago #234 by rip267
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Here's a good picture of the dipnets we use-they are telescoping-about 16' long aluminum pole-the net is about 6' deep about 30" across

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