Answer to Question 09/20/17

I was asked about Shrimping in Placida, where the best place would be.
This Question has a multi part answer. where either you are lucky or everything has to come together.

Where to catch Shrimp, In or close to a Pass on an out going tide, Shrimp do not “Live” in The Harbor or I.C.W. they grow up here. and like many other species they leave when they get Large enough. Red Fish, Tarpon, Goliath Grouper and other do the same thing. So while there is shrimp in the Harbor and I.C.W. even the creek and Canals, How big they would be is the Question. The Smallest Shrimp of the Year, would be in June and July. Pee-Wee Shrimp. season is what this time is called as they are the hatch from the shrimp who left.

When to catch well as shrimp molt or cast off their shell outer coating each month or so to get bigger just like a BLUE crab does they get adult size late October or November and would start migrating out of the back country, Harbor and canals heading towards the gulf the Peak season for catching shrimp is January-ish and ends some time in May.

Why are they there. Well Shrimp Live in 60+ feet of water in the Gulf or Oceans Shrimp in some form or another have been found as deep as people have been able to go. and Shrimp use the bays as nursery to grow up where they can hide from the predators. Not all type of shrimp do this but many and the ones you can catch from shore are this type. So in order to catch them it has to be an outgoing tide as they leave the Harbor, bay, and I.C.W. to go where they will live as adults.

This is not to say you can not catch shrimp at this time of year, only that it would be more difficult and as they say it would be better to be lucky than good right now, We always have shrimp and you never know you could find a way ward group and have a great time. But your chances of having a night where you fill the cooler  with big shrimp, sweet and tasty as there is less Iodine, in the Back country waters, the shrimp do not have the slight bitter flavor of ones caught in deeper waters. I like them better. Your chances are much better in November to April
Hey it is early and this is my first typing of the day.
so I hope you can understand my thoughts written here. and I hope this helps
Fishin Frank

 

 

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