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Have not done it in years. But I would take a big mesh laundry bag. Attach a fender to it. You put $20 inside and wave it at the shrimpers on deck. If they wave you over, pull up to the boat forward of the riggers and throw the bag or bags with the money up on deck. They will fill with the bycatch and throw over the side. The fender keeps your bag floating and you pick it up. I would buy two bags from them for a day of fishing. When we would tarpon fish we would throw over the croakers and other fish and save the silver trout for bait. We would inflate their stomachs with a hypodermic needle so they would float on top with your rig. You would see the tarpon working the floating fish behind the boat getting closer and closer. Sometimes the shrimpers ask if you have beer instead of money. Used to be $5 a bag in the old days, last time I did it, it was $20. To fish without buying chum, just drive up to the back of the shrimp boat, put it in neutral and put your baits out. If you don't have bait, cigar minnows or ballyhoo from the bait ship works fine. When the shrimpers are done culling there catch, they will shovel the rest over the side. You will see the million seagulls go crazy at this time. If you drift near the floating bycatch you will see sharks feeding on them.
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