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Shrimping in southwest Florida

We will be in the Englewood area next week and would like to try shrimping over there. Does anyone have any tips for shrimping in this area? We usually shrimp on the east coast and do pretty well. Was just wondering how the run is around Lemon Bay/Stump pass? We have seen people shrimping this time of year for the last 2 years and last year we had a shrimp jump in our skiff after dark. Is it worth it to bring our gear?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Gypsies CallGypsies Call Posts: 265 Deckhand
    I lived in Jacksonville for many years and every fall looked forward to the St Johns river shrimp run... some years were better than others, but we always seemed to get plenty for the freezer and the table.  Having grown up in Clearwater, I've never seen anyone consistently try to shrimp on this coast... not exactly sure why, but I guess its really just best to go out some night and give it a go...  I remember years ago snook fishing at night in Clearwater pass - they would come up and start tickling my legs... but I never saw them in numbers big enough to think it was worthwhile to net them.  

    Perhaps some others can offer some comments... 

    Catch em up...

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    Gypsies Call
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  • fishdishfishdish Posts: 1,223 Officer
    Not worth the effort in my opinion. You can get enough to use for bait but they aren't normally very big and they do have a little bit of a muddy taste. At least that's my experience in Pine Island sound. Water is a little cleaner up that way so they might taste better. 
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