“Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
― Ernest Hemingway
Km I believe it’s within the FWC’s power to control all of the shrimping within state waters... Getting players like the CCA and others interested hasn’t happened. I brought the subject up with my local CCA a few years ago and was told they had more important items to pursue first (and they were probably right...).Protecting the food that our fisheries need around the state is still very important though. These days we no longer have the unity that allowed us to get the net ban amendment into place - after years of conservation failures... I spoke up about commercial shrimping in Biscayne Bay the last time the state held a public hearing here in Miami - almost 25 years ago. Only three or four of us spoke against it while the auditorium was packed with shrimpers, their families, and local politicians that knew a sure thing when they saw it... You can guess how it turned out.
A tiny bit of history... the first part I was told about by a very reliable source at the very first tackle shop I ever worked for (winter of 1972 was my starting date at Reef Tackle, 79th St Miami...). The guy who taught me so much told me that in the 1950's local Miami drift boats had shrimp tanks on board - and their anglers used live shrimp mostly. Each drifter would buy as many as 10,000 shrimp at a time from local sources... I can't imagine those days now. I showed up here in 1971, fresh out of the service - and had never been here before at all so my local knowledge is limited...
You got it... I worked for Richard Weigle (his son Gordon also worked there as well...). The guy who taught me the most was Tim Murray ( a dead ringer for that chicken guy, Col Sanders). Serving drift boats was no longer happening by then. We also had young Pete Tyson who’d stop by and rig dozens of fresh ballyhoo for the shop whenever needed....Miami Shores was still a premium residential area - but 79th wasn’t very nice at all... That little shop was a great learning place. After a year or so I went to work on my first charter boat out of Haulover, the Time Off Too, and eventually up to the Castaways docks - learning every day... It was a great time for a single guy. Miami was a much different place back then.
In February March and part of April go to the Titusville new Smyrna area for real shrimping. Look into it. I live in pompano and wouldn’t bother with South Florida Shrimping
Sometimes at the beginning, sometimes towards the end of a tide... Only way to know is to be there.I’m not a shrimper - just a guy that’s done years of night fishing for snook and tarpon that feed on the shrimp every winter and early summer...