Florida's Winter Shrimping is a popular sport among Florida anglers...
ShrimpNFishFlorida Members catch Florida’s, "Pinkish Red, Brown & Ruby Red" Shrimp at night using, Dip nets, Frame nets, Cast nets, Traps, along with Green LED shrimp lights... From Boats, Docks Seawalls and Piers...
Our Florida Winter Shrimp season run extends from Port Orange to Sebastian Inlet. Volusia & Brevard County's are the most popular hot spots in the State, which runs from November through June...
What makes our Club & Forum so unique is our members... We have the most active and knowledgeable members around... They know where and how to locate those Large Jumbo tasty morsels... When others are just thinking about Shrimping...We are out doing.
Shrimp Lights Setup
There many species of shrimp in the lagoon system including our winter Pink, Brown, and Ruby Shrimp.
The most effective lighting set up is to submerge a light deep enough around 7 feet down from the surface, so that there is only a slight glow visible from your boat, dock, pier or seawall etc... The shrimp that are running are not attracted to the lights; they are in fact deterred by them. The Shrimp lights are only to light up the background so the you can see the Shrimp swimming by and catch the as they do. (See Shrimp Light Deployment)
ALL shrimp are "deterred" by bright light. I have enough knowledge to know that Shrimp do NOT like bright intense light like "White Light", the intensity of the White light will actually steer the shrimp away from the bright light, making them steer to the darkest outer part of the light field and away from you boat or kill zone. thus leaving you with less shrimp in your bucket.
Florida's Pink, Brown, and Ruby Winter Shrimp are "nocturnal" shrimp and have lenses in the back of their eyes that magnify light. They "shy away from bright light", and will swim away from bright light. That’s why our Winter Shrimp run at night, and hide during the daytime hours in the muddy bottoms of the rivers and lagoons and hide under rocks and structure where there is no light.
Not only does the white lights drive the shrimp away from the light but it is also blinding to stare at all night long. it raves havoc on your eyes.
GatorTough™ has made Green and White Tube lights for our product research and development team to test and experiment with, as we do all with all our GatorTough Lights™. Upon completion of the lights and putting them through our tough experimental and testing process, the lights worked perfectly as all our lights do.
However, while the Green and White light was a good produce, it did not perform well for Shrimping.
We have determined while the white light is bright and intense. Too intense as a matter of fact. you can see Shrimp with it, but you can also see the shrimp swimming away from and backing away from the white light. That the white light and the amber light actually deters the Shrimp away from the white light.
When you turn both the green and white on at the same time it washed out the green and white making amber or yellow color and was just as bright as the white.
So you may see some White and Green lights being marketed, but I believe it’s a big gimmick. If you have 150 LED lights in your Shrimp light, half or 75 light would be white and the other half would be green. That’s half the amount of the good green and half the amount of the bright white that deter shrimp. And if you turn both the green and white on at the same time it washed out the green and white making amber or yellow color white is just as bright as the white. So you’ll find yourself using the green all of the time… using only one half of your lights.
So this is why GatorTough™ chooses to only manufacture Green Shrimp Lights.
Thus it is our opinion after ridged testing, that the white and green lights to not perform well for Shrimping.
So whoever tells you that white light work great for shrimping may also have some swamp land to sell you.
After reading this and you still would like some White and Green Shrimp Lights, Click here for the info:
Dip Net Techniques:
The shrimp that are running usually do so in the upper levels of the water. They swim with the outgoing tide on their way out to sea. The best way to catch them is to have the dip net in the water up current of the light field, when shrimp are spotted slowly move the net into the shrimp's path to avoid spooking the shrimp. Repeat this process until you have enough shrimp in your net then empty into a five gallon marked bucket or marked cooler. I say marked because you are only allowed to harvest five gallons a boat per night… (not person)
Frame Net Techniques:
Since the shrimp that are running usually do so in the upper levels of the water. Besides dipping as mentioned above you can place a Frame net attached to your boat, this will catch any shrimp that you don't see or that has slipped by...
1) You can attach the frame net to a pole and extend it out to the side of you boat.
2) Hang it of the back of your boat if facing into the current.
3) If you position your boat sideways and hang it of the middle backside of you boat...
4) If you position your boat sideways, you can attach the frame net to a pole and extend it out to the stern of your boat.
Box Trap Techniques:
If Shrimping from a Dock or Seawalls you can use a Shrimp Box Trap, by placing it close to the seawall or dock pilings...
Shrimp Light Deployment Techniques:
So see different Shrimp Lights Deployment Techniques you can go to GatorTough's website here; http://www.gatortough.com/shrimp_light_deployment.htm GatorTough posted a great how To Deploy your Shrimp lights page along with some Great photos and Diagrams...
What time to Shrimp?
Show up an hour before the tide turns outgoing to get set up and ready before the run begins
What Shrimp Lights work well for Shrimping?
1) GatorTough™ makes a well build shrimp light and is available at www.GatorTough.com
2) Green LED lights are easy on the eyes and don’t spook the shrimp when placed properly.
3) GatorTough™ shrimp lights are compact just 12” and packs a punch!!!, Packing a whopping 150 super bright LED’s, brighter with just the right amount of lumens, and draw less current.
4) They are more versatile, more durable, and stronger, than any other shrimp light on the market today!
5) GatorTough™ uses all the best components available to bring you a quality Shrimping Light.
6) GatorTough™ shrimp lights can be used when shrimping from a boat, a bridge, a seawall or a pier.
7) GatorTough™ shrimp lights are the Toughest lights on the Planet... Period!!!
You can learn more about GatorTough™ Shrimp Lights on their website. at www.GatorTough.com