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. 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. 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.