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Shrimping with skimmers

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I have a 19ft Carolina skiff semi v hull. I am wanting to put skimmers on it. I'm wanting to know what size frames and nets I would need for this size boat.
Thanks
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   bigjim
10x7 are a really good size as they're easy to handle, safe on boat, catch well and if u make socket pivot net can fold back and sit in boat and be trailered. Boat can handle a little larger but can be dangerous, a royal pain to remove and transport etc.
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   JOHN C.
REALLY, DO NOT THINK you will have safe steerage (when turning) due to the mostly 'flat' bottom surface on this hull!
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   bigjim
You'll be fine on steering. Steering has very little to do with bottom but is totally dependent on percentage forward of center of your A frame. If A frame is placed in middle of boat 9 1/2 feet back boat will drift left or right when u try to turn. The further forward the A frame the better it will turn. About 8 ft back from front should give u very good steering. It's all about the pivot point, very little about the bottom. Sure a carolina will drift a little more than a deep v but carolina will be 5 times more stable. Would make a great setup. Good luck.
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   JOHN C.
bj said it right...'good luck'!!!
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Seems like an old party barge wouuld make a good platform for skimming.
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if you were to buy and build everything new , it will cost you a good chunk of money , shrimp are so cheap this year that it is a better deal to just buy them ----you could buy a boat already set up , like mine , those are 10x8 hard frames , it had 12 x 8 skimmers on it before so it would be an easy swop back to skimmers
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I know a lot of shrimper's right now that are refusing to go because of the low prices being paid for their catches. It's not worth the time and money to set up a shrimp boat. If you want to try to catch your own to eat just drag a trawl and you will catch plenty enough for that.

The docks are paying so little for shrimp it's just not worth the investment.

And remember SHRIMPING AINT EASY !!!
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   JIMMY W
What Gary said!!The few that are shrimping is killing their self working in this heat and not making nothing.If you want some shrimp just go buy them,They are cheaper now than they have been in 20 years.good luck
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Yep, they lowered the price again yesterday , jumbo shrimp $1.00 a pound at the dock and they don't want any little ones -------- I know friends that made 20 box , 2000 lb pushes last night in 50 minutes , it's going to better tonight and I have a boat sitting in my yard ready to go that fishes good , know I could squeeze 1000 lbs easy and don't want to go , we bought 10-15's last weekend for $2.50 a pound , it cost $150 to put the boat in the water , full of fuel , 2 stroke oil , ice , drinks , food , launch
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   hunter13c
where and what size are you get shrimp at 2.50 a pound? If decent size I will take a couple hundred pounds
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   toodeep
seafood shed in golden meadow has 21-25 for 2.00 sold to the public. they are giving 1 dollar for them. F-I-L bought some today.
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The people that shrimp for a living are really having a hard time right now but the only way to bring the prices up is for them to just stay home or sell the shrimp themselves. I had to stop shrimping after Katrina took my boat I had a decision to make fix the boat or my house. I chose to fix my house and never had the time or money to fix the boat . Ended up giving it to my brother who really didn't need it he had a nice boat already and still does. But luckily he has a regular job and the shrimping was his retirement plan. I think he is rethinking that plan and certainly won't go catch shrimp just to sell them to the dock for the ridiculously low prices they are paying.

The shrimpers need to ban together and stop selling to the docks for a week and see how fast the prices go up. Unfortunately I don't see that happening.
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   hunter13c
I will buy directly from shrimper any day.
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It is terrible what the imports from Vietnam, South America and everywhere else have done to the shrimpers! Its hard to believe our government allowed this to happen. If this continues we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of the American Shrimper, and a way of life as we know it in Louisiana.
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the docks lowered the price again , $.90 for jumbos , the way the shrimp are running right now , I think it is just a matter of time till they shut it down and close the docks and don't want any more ----------
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As hard as it might be they need to stop selling to the dock's!

This is not the time to set a boat up for shrimping better to go to a launch/marina and find the guy's already going and buy direct from them they need the money.

After the first time shrimping is just hard work !
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hunter13c ride down la 1 from larose to leeville there are plenty of boats selling 15/20 and 21/25 for around 2 bucks a pound even saw a sign for 1.75 a pound yesterday
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may that a big shrimp ( got pic off internet so you know it real)
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   JOHN C.
The term 'jumbo shrimp' has been commercially misused many, many times and by those not knowing that shrimp prices are dictated by that number of shrimp AVERAGE PER POUND! TO DETERMINE THE PRICE PAID TO THE SHRIMPER...ALL buyers will 'sample' by taking three pounds, count that number and divide by three per every 100 pound basket! OR while a bigger boat is off-loading, take sample count of shrimp from the conveyor belt before the shrimp go into the 100 pound basket/wooden shrimp box/600 lb. plastic box. Commercial count shrimp by size was and is 7-9 (fairly rare in Louisiana); 10-15; 16-20; 21-25; 26-30, etc etc---NOT JUST JUMBO...what is jumbo to you may not be jumbo from me and definitely vice versa! After having commercially trawled since 1968 til 2005...having had four shrimp boats (built two), almost refitting after katrina, sold last boat-thought I made a mistake---BUT NOW...NOT! I still drag (from 22' bay boat) either a 16' or 25' trawl and I STILL thoroughly enjoy it...John Castelluccio, Jr.
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