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I received a phone call last night from a friend asking me to join him on a shrimp charter. You heard me right. "Shrimp Charter". This one friend is always finding the strangest things to entertain himself.:)

He found a guy that has a 50' bay style shrimping boat that he docks in Conn Brown harbor in Aransas Pass, Tx. He has a commercial shrimping permit. This is how it works. He gets $800 for the charter. You get on his shrimp boat (which he says is the nicest bay shrimper in Texas) and he takes you out shrimping. You get to keep up to 200 pounds of shrimp and any of the by-catch.

From what I was told, Aug 15th opens up the white shrimp season in the bay. The white shrimp are less acidic than the gulf shrimp and still have that GOM taste to them. The shrimp will be culled by you and you can keep all the jumbo's or any size you desire up to 200#'s. That must be a law. Crabs and ribbon fish also fill up the net. The charter last up to 8 hours. If you get you 200# in the first couple of drags, he will just cruise around and watch you drink beer.:eek:

He also is open to shrimping in the gulf if you desire. You bring tons of ice chests and a folding chair. You sit and drink beer while he drags the nets. Being an open minded guy I said I would do it. I think it will be an interesting day on the water. I'm not sure how many crab's you can keep, but it sounded like you will have more crabs than shrimp.:D

Cooking fresh crabs is a PITA. We both have those turkey fryers with portable propane tanks. I think it would be an a major setup to boil a few hundred crabs and pick out the meat. Especially after drinking all day.:rolleyes:
 

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200lb of shrimp per person or per boat?

Not sure. I didn't even ask that question. I'll try and find out this evening. There will be only two of us, so 100#s of 10-12 count shrimp is plenty for me. My friend is more interested in the by-catch and drinking. :eek:
 

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I received a phone call last night from a friend asking me to join him on a shrimp charter. You heard me right. "Shrimp Charter". This one friend is always finding the strangest things to entertain himself.:)


Strange? Yep, you can say that again! :D

But one must give props to the shrimp boat captain; he's figured a way to go shrimping and make his payments on his boat without having to do anything but drive the boat! ;) :p :)

Man, if I was closer (or could figure a way to transport 200lbs of shrimp back to NoVA), I'd give this a shot! :cool:
 

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When I get permanently situated in Rockport, my answer to this will be (as gimmedeal is fond of saying: "Oh, yeah!"

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I went out several times in the past with a shrimper out of Port Lavaca, about 10 years ago.. He charged about 500. Out of the 4-5 times we went out with him, we only came home with good shrimp once...only about 40#.
The other times we came home with popcorn shrimp.
Very little crabs...
It might be better shrimping over there?

Any way, we can get reports of what has been caught recently?
Ofcourse when the season opens...
 

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Sounds interesting. If I was alot closer I would probably give it a try at least once.
 

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I thought that myself, Kil.

Now, MrBill, I got to thinking--that comes out to 4 bucks a pound--andI can buy it a lot of times at the dock in Rockport for about 5 bucks, without having to sit on the boat and get drunk....oh,wait.

Russ
 

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It's $800 for the boat. $100 per hour, 8 hr min. You can quit anytime prior to the eight hours, but $800 is the amount you will pay. The rules are funny. The more shrimp you keep, the less by-catch you can keep. You can keep over 200#s total for the boat if you don't take any of the by-catch. I just got the guy's phone number and email address from my friend. I will email him and try to phone him tomorrow. My friend wants to keep a bunch of Menhaden as they sell for $2.50 a pound at the bait houses.:eek: He has bought over $750 worth of menhaden this year. It's $25 for a 10# box.

You can also keep up to 300 dozen (3600) ribbonfish. You can also keep up to 150 live baits. I'm a little confused about the rules, so don't hold me to the above limits, until I hear from the horses mouth. My friend is pulling it from his distorted memory.:eek:

Uncle Russ. Nice size shrimp off the shrimp boats are about $6 a pound. I'm not looking at it as a monetary thing per pound of shrimp. I just want to do it because it will be interesting and entertaining as my friend is quite a character. That poor shrimp boat guy might take us back early.:eek:

It get more interesting as the boat is up for sale. The guy just put it into top shape and it's a side line for him. My friend wants me to go in with him and buy the shrimp boat. He thinks it would be cool to own. We could shrimp and drink on rough days like today.:D
 

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Uh, well, how should I ask this? Does your uh "friend" happen to be someone who is known for engaging in occasional uncontrolled projectile excretion in chests of drawers? (This is beginning to make terrible sense and could turn out very, very wrong.) I'm just sayin'. :D

Russ
 

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ya only live once.. I would love to do it, just to say "Hey, I did it!"... :) Besides... a couple 30W on standup sticks and some cull out in the gulf.. might have some shark or tuna fun :)
 

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You can also keep up to 300 dozen (3600) ribbonfish.
Don't tell any Korean living in Texas. If you do, you'll have hard time to charter the boat again. :)
 

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This sounds great. Shrimping and other forms of fair chase commercial fishing are dissapearing faster than you can say snapper. And if you go, then you will be able to tell you grand kids that you fished on a shrimp boat.

When they ask whats that? You can tell them, before we relied on the far east to net the shrimp out of doo doo ponds, they actually caught them in the ocean.
 
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Don't tell any Korean living in Texas. If you do, you'll have hard time to charter the boat again. :)


i am going to use the ocea pencil next big e trip in the ribbonfish color. if it works, i will fight them tooth and nail to catch ribbonfish...but i'll use for tuna bait :)
 
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