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remington_870_99
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Posted - 06/02/2014 :  4:24:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone had success recreational trawling? Last year was not so good for me. I spent more in fuel and wasted time than I want to remember. Have you had any recent success? if so, in what general area?

remington_870_99
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Posted - 06/07/2016 :  2:18:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anybody? C'mon man....

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Gary Fishaholic
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USA
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Posted - 06/08/2016 :  06:51:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For the exception of live shrimp it's just not worth the trouble. The price of shrimp hasn't gone up since I was doing it when i started shrimping on my own in 82. I quit shrimping after loosing my boat in Katrina ! It was never anything but work I started going with my dad in the late 60's . So i might have a little different view than other's forget about it!

Good luck to all on your next trip!
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fishgill
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USA
353 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2016 :  09:02:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Louisiana shrimp (16/20) maybe(21/24) are 3.25 a pound at grocery store. At the dock less than 3.00 a pound. Unless you want 2 or 3 hundred pounds in the freezer, the expense does not out way the gain to go out there. Now I still trawl my own live bait ( croakers and shrimp) since they are 30 cents a piece these days at most live bait shops. Just remember, you can only do this when the season is open.

go fish
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remington_870_99
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Posted - 06/08/2016 :  12:21:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I understand the economics for sure, but just like fishing, I do it for the experience and the opportunity to show my kids something most will never experience. It would make the experience a little better if we would actually catch a few. The problem I have is that the places we used to drag as a kid no longer hold shrimp! I am sure some are successful in Lake Pontchartrain and the the Rigolets but I cannot to seem to catch it "right". Regardless, it's nice just to be out on the water.

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Frank Martin
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USA
352 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2016 :  6:28:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not much was caught by any of my friends; some that trawl for a living out in the Gulf are catching a fair amount of shrimp but their having to hunt them down and keep running around to try and find them!!!!!!
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remington_870_99
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Posted - 06/09/2016 :  11:09:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We went last night In Lake Borgne around petite pass and made 3 45 min drags and caught 20 lbs of small shrimp. Lot of big boats around so I stayed just outside of them and had poor results. Fun trip but if I had to do it in the heat of the day it would have been much tougher to take. It was nice just to be out there enjoying the outdoors. Will try again soon.

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remington_870_99
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Posted - 06/13/2016 :  12:52:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What is the best speed to pull a 16ft trawl? Now that I have a good GPS I can monitor my speed better but not sure what is best. What do you think is the best speed?

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JOHN C
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USA
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Posted - 06/13/2016 :  1:05:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Brown shrimp... 2.0 MPH

White shrimp... 2.5 MPH (3.0 MPH IF you are pulling a 'third-line/bib-line') John Castelluccio, Jr.

Are you pulling that trawl with a 'bridal-line' OR with TWO lines???

OLDER SUV and house, STILL HAVE new boat-'06 Avenger, Semi-retired-'10, soon to get "new-wife" BUT MAY CHANGE MY MIND and THEN 'MIGHT NOT BE' in debt for the rest of my life! Now & 4-ever!!! Been a member on R&R since 09-21-1999

Edited by - JOHN C on 06/13/2016 1:06:34 PM
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remington_870_99
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Posted - 06/13/2016 :  3:43:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
2 separate lines

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JOHN C
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USA
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Posted - 06/13/2016 :  5:18:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Length of your two pull-ropes? Depth of water you will be trawling in?
Point of pull---from the gunwales? from where your are pulling the distance to the transom? May seen minor/trivial, but definitely fine-tunes your efficiency! I learned from ALL of my mistakes...John Castelluccio, Jr.

OLDER SUV and house, STILL HAVE new boat-'06 Avenger, Semi-retired-'10, soon to get "new-wife" BUT MAY CHANGE MY MIND and THEN 'MIGHT NOT BE' in debt for the rest of my life! Now & 4-ever!!! Been a member on R&R since 09-21-1999

Edited by - JOHN C on 06/13/2016 11:59:28 PM
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remington_870_99
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Posted - 06/14/2016 :  12:23:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Length of your two pull-ropes? - Standard setup From Gus' in Slidell. I think 100ft

Depth of water you will be trawling in? 10ft

Point of pull---from the gunwales? Yes. Poles mounted to get above outboard.

from where your are pulling the distance to the transom. approx. 26"

Any Suggestions?

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JOHN C
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USA
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Posted - 06/14/2016 :  12:47:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
100' rope is okay!

The further from the transom...the BETTER STEERING CONTROL YOU HAVE...especially when using a flat-bottomed boat (aluminum/fiberglass, etc)! IDEALLY, pulling with outboard...MAXIMUM-1/3 LENGTH OF ENTIRE BOAT. ex: 18' boat = 6' should be your point of pull!

Initially, try pulling from your originally determined location and check for effective steering response to see if hull is 'sliding' when turning.

DEFINITELY be aware of your wheel/prop wash. You should try to keep from having wheel wash directly behind you hull, especially in shallower water. IDEALLY, slight right turn...wheel wash just to outside of right pull-rope and vice versa. Just imagine wheel/prop washed area as (disturbed) having no shrimp/bait!

Spray paint the metal skids on each board (steel/iron)-white---aluminum-black/ This will indicate if adjustments have to be made on either the top/float line---shorten/let out!

Are you pulling a '1/8" long link tickle-chain'...which should be 18" SHORTER THAN THE BOTTOM/LEAD LINE?

Any more questions...glad to help! John Castelluccio, Jr.

OLDER SUV and house, STILL HAVE new boat-'06 Avenger, Semi-retired-'10, soon to get "new-wife" BUT MAY CHANGE MY MIND and THEN 'MIGHT NOT BE' in debt for the rest of my life! Now & 4-ever!!! Been a member on R&R since 09-21-1999

Edited by - JOHN C on 06/14/2016 10:53:10 PM
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remington_870_99
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Posted - 06/15/2016 :  10:36:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
as far as painting the metal on the boards, Do you want them to hit the bottom? If I paint them and I see the paint being rubbed off, is that good or bad? I assume you do not want them hitting bottom?? Would speeding up / slowing down effect this more than rope length?

That was good advice on prop wash. I usually just go straight ahead.

I appreciate your advice

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JOHN C
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USA
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Posted - 06/15/2016 :  12:45:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Telephone me when you can...John Castelluccio, Jr. 504-481-1344

OLDER SUV and house, STILL HAVE new boat-'06 Avenger, Semi-retired-'10, soon to get "new-wife" BUT MAY CHANGE MY MIND and THEN 'MIGHT NOT BE' in debt for the rest of my life! Now & 4-ever!!! Been a member on R&R since 09-21-1999
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Gary Fishaholic
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USA
663 Posts

Posted - 06/20/2016 :  4:00:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Call John everything he told you is absolutely correct pretty sure the paint is to tell you your boards are down and working properly they should shine!


Good luck to all on your next trip!
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Frank Martin
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USA
352 Posts

Posted - 06/20/2016 :  7:02:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The skids should pretty much be rubbing on the bottom all the time; always used 2 lead lines 100ft and pulled right next to the bank sometimes my board would be sticking out the water but I was catching shrimp never had any trouble except when I would bring someone who never trawled!!!!!

Edited by - Frank Martin on 06/20/2016 7:03:48 PM
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Gary Fishaholic
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USA
663 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2016 :  09:09:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We always used a tickler chain that was to make the shrimp jump out of the mud and hopefully into our net!

Good luck to all on your next trip!
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remington_870_99
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153 Posts

Posted - 06/29/2016 :  08:40:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is the recreational shrimp season still open? I went to LADWF but cannot tell for sure. The shrimp map doesn't say when it was updated so to me it is confusing. whatdoyouthink?

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JOHN C
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USA
2839 Posts

Posted - 06/29/2016 :  10:29:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HEARD...but NOT SUBSTANTIATED...ALL INLAND COMMERCIAL/RECREATIONAL TRAWLING CLOSES JULY 4TH---MONDAY! I don't think that would include bait dealers!?!?!

LAST WEEK: Monday-Friday---The trawling for 'bait' shrimp and croakers in the Grand Isle area was insane!!! 10 minute drags w/16 ft. trawl averaged 500-600 croakers (2.5"-4.0") and 300-500 live shrimp (50-60 count)!!!!! ALL drags were 20 minutes before daybreak and one drag during sunrise.

HAVE DEFINITELY NOTICED THE TOTAL DISAPPOEARANCE OF THE MULTI-LEGGED 'SEA ROACHES' ALONG THE ROCKS!!! John Castelluccio, Jr.

OLDER SUV and house, STILL HAVE new boat-'06 Avenger, Semi-retired-'10, soon to get "new-wife" BUT MAY CHANGE MY MIND and THEN 'MIGHT NOT BE' in debt for the rest of my life! Now & 4-ever!!! Been a member on R&R since 09-21-1999
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