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Old 11-07-2017, 01:32 PM   #1
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Default Catching rock shrimp in Florida.

Hey Iím seeing that there are people coming in with respectable catches of rock shrimp during their daytime trips. Iíve been shrimping at night but was wandering what people are doing to get these rock shrimp?
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:26 AM   #2
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Not sure about rock shrimp, I think most of those are caught offshore.

I highly recommend checking out Capt. Lee Nooga's forum.

She is generally one of the best all around resources for Florida shrimping:

www.leenoga.com/
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Hey Iím seeing that there are people coming in with respectable catches of rock shrimp during their daytime trips. Iíve been shrimping at night but was wandering what people are doing to get these rock shrimp?
Yeah, I saw a couple similar posts and I'm guessing that they were catching them by the sack full from the deck of a shrimp trawler. However, if there is some new special technique, then, I want in.
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The shrimp boats targeting rock shrimp off the East Central Fl. coast anchor during the day inside of the 28 fathom break. We almost always make at least 2 trolling passes around them when we run across one trying not to disturb th usually sacked out crew. One time a crew member came out and waved us in closer. We ended up trading a case of beer for 1/2 a croaker sack of rock shrimp. He told us if we were to be in the area the next couple of days please bring milk, donuts and the Sunday paper. The bigger boats stay out several days. I have shrimped for years and have never caught any rock shrimp.

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No need to catch them, there’s a great little restaurant in Titusville called Dixie Crossroads serves fresh rock shrimp cooked to perfection.
Going there is a high priority for me anytime I go to Florida!
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No need to catch them, thereís a great little restaurant in Titusville called Dixie Crossroads serves fresh rock shrimp cooked to perfection.
Going there is a high priority for me anytime I go to Florida!
A long-time waitress there told me that they invented the machine that splits their hard shell which finally made them commercially viable. Dunno if it's true. BTW if you go don't be tempted to eat 50 of their delicious corn fritters before the rock shrimp arrive.
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Not trying to change the subject but commercially caught rock shrimp also decimated the oculina bank (cones.)

They do taste great though
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Not trying to change the subject but commercially caught rock shrimp also decimated the oculina bank (cones.)

They do taste great though


How does commercially caught shrimp decimate the banks?
Do you mean that the dragging wiped out the bottom structure?
Or did they simply fish it out?
What are cones?
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The shrimp boats targeting rock shrimp off the East Central Fl. coast anchor during the day inside of the 28 fathom break. We almost always make at least 2 trolling passes around them when we run across one trying not to disturb th usually sacked out crew. One time a crew member came out and waved us in closer. We ended up trading a case of beer for 1/2 a croaker sack of rock shrimp. He told us if we were to be in the area the next couple of days please bring milk, donuts and the Sunday paper. The bigger boats stay out several days. I have shrimped for years and have never caught any rock shrimp.
On the West coast the "Sunday paper" ment a bag of weed. Maybe times have changed..............
Or maybe they haven`t....................
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A lot of that shrimping happened on the Oculina Bank on about 600 ft. The bank is named for the very fragile and very slow growing coral found there. Dragging nets is what destroyed the reefs.
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Thanks Tarpun, sad to hear that.
Any kind of bottom dragging is super destructive fishing, lacks imagination and compassion for the future generations who might enjoy a little seafood too!
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That area is now off limits to any kind of dragging.
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http://cdn1.safmc.net/wp-content/upl...t_aug_15-1.pdf

Someone lobbied to open the area to dragging between 2012 and 2015. Page E-1 shows a map proposing to rape the already decimated stage horn coral colonies.
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Oculana coral is not stag horn. Stag horn coral is acropora. Acropora requires warm water and light and a lot of it. Oculana can grow in the dark and feeds on plankton. Also it survives winters here in North Carolina so. There used to be a place near surf city that an employee of mine used to buy us some rock shrimp. Last time he was in there he asked the people running it about the dock shrimp. According to them an older couple were the only ones around that targeted them. When they retired so did our rock shrimp.
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If inaccurate, then, my apologies. All I know by evidence is that the trawlers decimated one of our deepest photosynthic reefs. Then, the hook and line rec's were cut out. I support the experimental zone "as is" and am floored by the blatant inquiries pursued by trawlers.
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Where did you come from all a sudden? Betting that you are connected to The Department of Commerce.
Not connected to any government department. Actually a plumber by trade but have a fascination with coral and an unending craving for some rock shrimp. Havenít been able to get any for about 9-10 years now.
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Photosynthesis cannot occur where light does not occur. Occullana does have photosynthetic algae residing within thier tissues when they grow in shallow water. Most of the ship wrecks Iíve dove in NC have some on it and the rock jetty at radio island has a fair amount. Oddly I donít recall seeing any on the few ledges Iíve dove.
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A long-time waitress there told me that they invented the machine that splits their hard shell which finally made them commercially viable. Dunno if it's true. BTW if you go don't be tempted to eat 50 of their delicious corn fritters before the rock shrimp arrive.
That is true. Also the same people who built thompson trawlers and commercial shrimpin/fishin boats
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bridges in keys on cold winter nites got em
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bridges in keys on cold winter nites got em
I grew up in the keys and s. Fl and never knew that. How do they catch them ?
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