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Old 04-01-2020, 04:45 PM
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A quick history of myself; I have lived in the East coast and as far west as Alaska. Everytime I move, I try to learn something new. I have no idea how to fish for shrimp. I would like to learn where and how to. I just recently moved down to NC; currently stationed at Ft. Bragg. I have a Hobie Tandem Island. I easily seat another person on my kayak if they are willing to show me the ropes. Thank you in advance.
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Man Iíve never tried shrimping off a kayak. Looking forward to any answers you get.


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Im guessing you are referring to catching them with a cast net? That might be tricky throwing one from a kayak.
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Cannot speak for the whole coast but I have done pretty good in Bogue Sound in the summer months with a cast net. Just a about any edge, flat or creek with visible grass should work. I have read lots about baiting and using stakes, I have not felt the need to do that, just paddling around and looking especially in low light has worked for me. I have been successful at low tide blind casting weed edges. Night time with a good flashlight and you can see their eyes glowing along the edge of the grass. I am no expert but last summer it took my sister longer to drive to Publix and pickup a couple of pounds than it did me to walk to the end of the street and throw my net and get the same. Note my experience was lots of smaller ones, good for bait, it took some effort and culling to get more size. Google North Carolina shrimp with a cast net and you will find lots of info.
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Default I am not an expert, but I have been able to catch some shrimp from a kayak

I usually do it in search of bait. Head to the creeks off the intercoastal. I use a 3 foot cast net Shrimp can get stuck in low tide in some of the pools. Usually I can get a couple of dozen if you hit a decent pool. Usually you can wade in the creeks which makes it easier. I can stand on my hobie outback, but wading makes it a lot easier.
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Originally Posted by urgoingtoneedabiggerboat View Post
I usually do it in search of bait. Head to the creeks off the intercoastal. I use a 3 foot cast net Shrimp can get stuck in low tide in some of the pools. Usually I can get a couple of dozen if you hit a decent pool. Usually you can wade in the creeks which makes it easier. I can stand on my hobie outback, but wading makes it a lot easier.
any creeks in particular? Once I get the experience, I think I would be alright.
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Saw a guy last year who was using his kayak as the cooler barge, and used it to tow out a paddleboard, which he was throwing his cast net from.
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First you need to find them. I'm lucky to have a dock & a ramp that holds Shrimp at certain times of the year.
June last year gave up these baits & more. August has always been better for Shrimping.
Boat wake is what I use to find Shrimp in creeks.
Slowly run down any creek & watch the Shrimp jumping / swimming out of your wake. Go back & cast them..... ICM


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any creeks in particular? Once I get the experience, I think I would be alright.
I go to several of the creeks around Tubbs in sunset beach. Not too picky as the my show up in a lot of places. Usually they appear as I fish so I keep the cast net handy.
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I usually hop out of the yak back in a creek and throw my net right on the edge. Iíll throw far enough to let the top lead line catch the very edge of grass, wait a second for the other end to sink and then slowly pull it in. You will see the shrimp jumping up into the net so you donít lose any with it up on the grass.

I havenít tried to throw from the kayak, but it would most likely end with me swimming.

Stay away from oyster beds if you like your net.
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Bring a floating light, dip net and go at night?

Otherwise i'd imagine you'd be getting in and out of the kayak to throw the net in shallow water but I hate throwing a net from the boat in less than perfect conditions so best of luck.

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