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8 years 8 months ago #710 by tmaxmccoy@
tmaxmccoy@ created the topic: Shrimping jacksonville area in August
Hi everyone, I'm new to the sight and am impressed with the knowledge I've found so far. I know I'll get a lot of jokes but I cast net for shrimp. It is a work out but it does provide results. I've shrimped from the Green Cove pier, lots of numbers not too big though. I used to go there to stock the freezer then head down to Guana river dam to grab the jumbos (not as many but great for the grill.) I'm currently living in Hawaii and am planning a trip to Florida in August. I'd like to know if anyone knows where the shrimp might be that time of year. I'm not opposed to dipping for them, I just have the set up for cast netting already, so that method is prefered. Any advice is appreciated, thanks.

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8 years 8 months ago #711 by Richard Martin
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Hi, Welcome to the Forum!

You shouldn't get much in the way of criticism about cast-netting. A lot of people are pretty interested in the idea.

The St. John's River is, as you well know, full of shrimp. Late August is good time of year to try your hand at cast-netting in that area but nailing the exact time will be an art. They start running in July and through August. People in that area do well with submersible lights for dip netting at night. Cast netting during the day will probably do well if you can find the right spot. The railroad bridge area (near where I95 crosses the bottleneck of the river) is a good location but mainly for the dippers

Here is a fishing report article from August two years ago
	fishing report article from August two years ago in Florida Times Union that talks about shrimping during that time of year. They seemed fairly enthusiastic about shrimping and provided a caution to shrimpers to give cast-netters room. Based on the multiple "shrimp, shrimp, shrimp!" quotes and the statement that "For those with smaller boats, the best bet will be to go shrimping.", I would imagine that it would be a great time.

White shrimp run in late May according to Sebastian, one of the members of our forum. You might try dropping him a PM and seeing if he can point you in that direction.

Oak Hill, Florida is a shrimping hot spot. People shrimp off the piers using dip nets and long handed dip nets. That area is one place where people crowd the area because the shrimp run strong.

My personal opinion is that time of year would be good for shrimping but you might run the risk of missing their main run. Still, it is a risk I would take.

Let us know what information you get together and how your trip goes!

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