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Maybe helpful as it looks like we're lining up for a good shrimp run.

bswivbswiv Posts: 8,400 Admiral
Maybe even a exceptional one!

Last year the place we've bought fishmeal for decades ( The business changed hands so that may be why. ) all of a sudden stops carrying real fishmeal, the 100% kind, and instead has a mostly grain product that seems to be like the old chicken soup joke, where the chicken was only dipped into the pot for a moment.

That stuff was worthless. And the pellets they had were of the same basic quality.

So today I started looking about for the real stuff. Ended up talking to the lady at Clay Ag & Feed on SR17 just south of Green Cove......she has the real stuff coming. I think she said $62 for a 50# bag......obviously more in the smaller bags as it's more work for them.

If they are not close to you it'd be a good idea to check about and find the good stuff now.

Of course.......my prognostications are so often wrong, as my wife!, to where maybe there'll be no shrimp. But if there are, good meal, the real stuff, mixing that up will be far more productive than fishing with junk.

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  • JaxKayakJaxKayak Jacksonville, floridaPosts: 60 Deckhand
    So I've been fishing in the intercostal the past couple of weeks and I have seen more shrimp in the waterway than I can remember after fishing my usual areas for the past 10-plus years. The fish are so keyed into the shrimp run right now that you can pretty much toss anything at them and they won't eat. I fished the other day and probably saw 20-30 redfish pushing at low tide gorging on the small shrimp without a single bite from them. I actually had a big one come right up to the voodoo shrimp I had (Which I sprayed with shrimp scent) and stopped to look at it for a few seconds then continued on its way. I only use lures so maybe live bait would be different, but even during previous years shrimp runs I have done well on shrimp lures. Trout have been nonexistent as well. Not even the small ones have been biting. 
  • osprey11osprey11 Posts: 1,442 Officer
    Standard feed   Ben?
  • BattlefishBattlefish Jacksonville, FLPosts: 375 Deckhand
    JaxKayak said:
    So I've been fishing in the intercostal the past couple of weeks and I have seen more shrimp in the waterway than I can remember after fishing my usual areas for the past 10-plus years. The fish are so keyed into the shrimp run right now that you can pretty much toss anything at them and they won't eat. I fished the other day and probably saw 20-30 redfish pushing at low tide gorging on the small shrimp without a single bite from them. I actually had a big one come right up to the voodoo shrimp I had (Which I sprayed with shrimp scent) and stopped to look at it for a few seconds then continued on its way. I only use lures so maybe live bait would be different, but even during previous years shrimp runs I have done well on shrimp lures. Trout have been nonexistent as well. Not even the small ones have been biting. 
    Same here for the St Johns, one redfish this week it was loaded with shrimp not sure why it ate a paddletail, nothing else. Launched at Trout Creek and fished some docks today, got four nice bass, one though I'm calling the Ugly Lunker, video to follow. 
    Fishing YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyKdiam7vzvGthpaR1Anrdw 

    BattleFish
  • bswivbswiv Posts: 8,400 Admiral
    osprey11 said:
    Standard feed   Ben?
    It was Weedman's that changed things up. 

    And I would note that a friend who guides has a trip on the river Saturday where he plans to use live shrimp. He's convinced he can catch what he needs for bait around and south of Palatka based on what another guide told him. 

    We'll see. 

    And....supposedly there are enough shrimp in the Palatka area already to where folks are catching them off City Dock during the day. Got to be mostly mosquito size though. Louann and I have a timber crew to check on in the morning at the farm and plan to go see what if it's true after that.
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