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Inshore Fishing in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana

Recreational shrimping trawling

I,m considering buying a custom flat set up with nets. I was wondering anyone knows what is the largest size or length of the nets limitations are without having a commercial license? If anyone can help me I would appreciate it very much.
July 07, 2013 at 5:14pm
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Posted July 07, 2013 at 5:39pm
25 ft

recreational limit is up to 25 ft and that's the perfect size IMO to catch all the shrimp you want.

16ft and 20ft trawls don't catch near as well as the 25 so get a 25ft trawl with a set of 24x36 inch boards

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DulacdatProfile Photo
Posted July 07, 2013 at 5:54pm

Yes 25' is the largest recreational trawl you can pull but I would suggest 42' boards to open trawl to full potential.

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Posted July 07, 2013 at 5:59pm
Square nets

The boat I'm looking at has two square shaped openings of the nets , like they are to be folded down into the water . Really not sure what they are but I was considering this for our family.

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Posted July 07, 2013 at 6:06pm
Owners boat


Owners boat



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Posted July 07, 2013 at 6:14pm

Is that expensive?

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jlsProfile Photo
Posted July 07, 2013 at 8:15pm

Question:.....I've never been on Shrimp Boat before but I've always wondered how the Boards Work??? Sinkd Front of the Net?

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Posted July 07, 2013 at 8:31pm
keep looking

you don't want to get into wing nets or skimmers until you know what you are doing and intend to do it for a living either full time or part time. its not for the average joe wanting to fill his freezer.

wing nets are the square frames and skimmers look similar but are only two sided half frames with a skid on the bottom of the outside pole. the bottom of the net and the open side next to the boat don't have any poles and use weights and ropes to hold it open.

any boat can pull a regular trawl and that is what you should look for, a regular trawl. don't try to buy a boat with everything just find a good boat, preferably one set up for trawling but you can set it up yourself fairly easy, then go buy a new trawl and boards. they are like tennis shoes, they don't last long because you work them hard so second hand trawls is like buying used tennis shoes.

to set up a boat for trawling you just need to add 4 posts to it. two in the center of the boat one on each side sticking up about a foot or so above the railing with an eye bolt in it for hooking the trawl to. next you mount two more posts at the transom in each corner sticking up about 2 feet above the transom so the rope doesn't get above it in choppy waves. nothing connects to the back poles and they don't do anything but take up slack to pull on the rope in turns so you can turn much easier and the front posts put the weight of the trawl in the middle of the boat so its easier to steer as you push the net instead of pull on it.

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Posted July 07, 2013 at 10:05pm

There's a lot more to shrimping than just going out and throwing nets over. Just like fishing a small percentage of the guys catch most of the shrimp. Being a newbie you will take a whooping trying to go push wingnets with no knowledge and without a good bit of experience. You will hit bank and spin causing nets to go in prop or fill net with mud. In addition to that it takes a while fishing an area to learn where and what tides to push, not just when u want to go. Also most places there are much fewer shrimp today than years past. A few places still have a few but nothing like years gone by. Even if you get a bottom trawl u need to get someone who understands shrimping to take you once and teach u the ropes so u can be safe and have a chance at catching a few.

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Posted August 19, 2013 at 11:25pm
Posts for trawl

Just curious about how you set up for shrimp trawl. Do you have a picture that you can post showing: 'to set up a boat for trawling you just need to add 4 posts to it'

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Posted August 21, 2013 at 9:22pm

If you opt to go with the equipment in the picture you posted, you will need a commercial license.


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