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SUBJECT: # 37233: Shrimp - bait

Submitted by Ike ( from ALABAMA on 4/2/2002 11:05:00 AM

I read an article about a practice in the carolinas of setting up a course of pvc stakes where you use chum balls to draw shrimp in for netting with a cast net.

has anybody here tried this? Care to share some of the techniques that make it effective? What makes the best bait ball? How long does it take ot draw shrimp. When is the best time of day and season to try this? How xdo you keep trawlers from cruising over your course?


  1. 4/2/2002 11:44:00 AM Submitted by Gus ( from TX says sounds interesting

  2. 4/2/2002 12:07:00 PM Submitted by Gene from GA says Are ya sure its legal in your state??,
    it is not here in Georgia.

    The shrimping board is a little slow right now, but a search there may get you some info.


  3. 4/2/2002 5:01:00 PM Submitted by Super De ( from SC says Shrimping Over Bait
    Like Gene said, first to check to make sure that its legal in your state. They outlawed it in Ga, but still legal in SC. The bait consists of menhaden fish meal & clay to hold the fish meal together. I buy powered clay and mix 2:1 fish meal to clay (everybody mixes different ratios). I fill up a 5 gallon bucket a little more than 3/4 full of this powered mix and use that for one trip. We are limited to 10 poles here in SC. What you do is set your 10 poles in a straight line about 10 yds apart. Mix up your meal & clay with some water and make bait balls (a little larger than a soft ball). Don't mix too much water with the bait or it will turn too soupy and not hold a good ball. Squish your ball a little flat (so they won't roll on the bottom, but not too flat or they might glide away from the pole while decending to teh bottom. I use 4-5 balls per pole. Chunck the balls at teh same location off each pole & begin shrimping. Teh poles only mark where the bait is. If you don't hit the bait, you don't catch any shrimp. Typically, we get the best results aroung dusk to dark during the baiting season (Sept - Nov), but there are places where you can do good in the day time. You'll have to experiment and see what works best for your area. Typically, we shrimp 6'-8' deep.

  4. 4/3/2002 12:13:00 PM Submitted by Ike ( from AL says THanks Super De!
    I will check on the legality of this practice, but it sounds like a good way to get some nice live bait for use on specks.

    How much do you usually catch, in say, an hour's casting?


  5. 4/3/2002 3:56:00 PM Submitted by Super De ( from SC says You won't buy shrimp again.
    They only allow us to bait for 2 months out of the year, during the fall, when the white shrimp are just about to migrate south or go off-shore or whatever they do. The limit here is 48 quarts with the heads on or 29? headed (I suck at heading & usually do it at the house, so I'm not exactly sure what the headed limit is, but I think that 29 is close). On a good night, we'll run the poles 3-4 times and catch the limit. If you do the math, that's 30-40 casts. Some people like to wait inbetween runs of the poles, but sometimes the shrimp only hang around for 20-30 minutes, then they are gone, so we like to cash in while they're there. The limit (a 48 quart cooler full of heads on shrimp) will weight between 30-35 lbs once headed. If you've got someone good who can run the boat while you cast, you should be able to limit out in about an hour. The bigger the net, the better. We use an 8' Betts Super Pro. If we could throw a bigger net, we'd use it.

  6. 8/18/2005 2:12:00 PM Submitted by Danny Parker ( from SC says Shrimp Baiting
    I'm trying to shrimp bait this year with no experiance and no idea where to go. I scouted the public landings from Georgetown to Little River, SC. I believe I'll go out at Cherrygrove,SC. I have read a lot on the internet and have gotten my license and poles. Any e-mails on landings and where to go would be appreciated. I'm retired and have always wanted to go after shrimp, oysters and to gig flounder. Thanks ahead for any information, Danny Parker Kershaw, SC

  7. 10/28/2011 3:12:00 PM Submitted by skaterjedi42 from FL says Shrimping Bait(making shrimp balls)
    Hi everyone i live in Florida i just started shrimping myself and i was wondering how to make shrimp balls with a mix that will keep the ball from washing away in strong current. Some recipes and where to get ingredients would be greatly appreciated.

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