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Old 08-01-2015, 07:27 PM   #1
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Went by Gulf Breeze Bait and Tackle This morning a bought 4 dozen shrimp. next time will look at them before I leave! Had maybe 10 alive out of the whole batch. Half of them where mushy so that means they had been dead for a while. some of them had even turned red! Will not be going back there. they knew it when they sold them!
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Old 08-01-2015, 07:33 PM   #2
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Maybe it's just me, but before I bash a biz on the internet, I give them a chance to make it right. BTW, did you not look at them in the store?
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When did you first notice they were mostly dead? Were they also placed in a boat's live well (I've cooked shrimp in a live well before during the summertime due to elevated sea surface temperatures)?

During the summer I fill a ziploc with ice and use it as a cool pack to keep water's temperature down that the shrimp are in.

As for getting dead shrimp or barely alive shrimp in the mix from GBB&T; several years ago I have experienced this there.
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I always for some reason look at my live shrimp when I buy them.
I think their neat creatures
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I always have a few dead but when thy are mushy( so they will not stay on a hook) and the heads are falling off, they have been dead awhile. not the first time its happened. i called them and the guy said i should have looked at them before i left.
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Caveat emptor!
Yep, always check your live bait in the store/boat/etc before leaving.
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Check your bait, but summer heat can really kill your bait fast.

I rarely use live shrimp, but when I do...

I keep liter sized water bottles filled with water in my bait freezer. On the way to pickup bait from GBB&T I stop by shoreline park and fill up my live well with a 5 gallon bucket. I put 2 of the frozen water bottles in the well and I turn on the recirculating pump - this drops the temp of the water just a bit.

After I pickup the bait and get on the water I swap melted bottles with a fresh one - about every hour or so I will swap them out.

This dramatically helps to keep the shrimp lively. Just don't get the water too cool, or you'll shock them and kill them quick too.

When I get home I wash off the bottles and put them back in the freezer.
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GBBT are good people. I've gotten live shrimp there and they are in fact alive.

Now the "fresh dead" are another matter. Last two times I did the old "sniff test", and smelled OK...sort of, so I accepted. Well, as they thaw the real rot smell comes out and you realize the bad ones are buried down deep and pollute the rest. By quick freezing, they hide the smell long enough to make the sale. Once out the door, there are no refunds. None.

Other then that I still go there, but no more fresh dead. Anyways, other than for the sheepshead run in the spring, who needs live anything anymore when Matrix catches everything?
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Must be a good bit of variation in that. I got a dozen there last weekend and they were jumping out of the bucket they were so lively.
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GBBT are good people. I've gotten live shrimp there and they are in fact alive.

Now the "fresh dead" are another matter. Last two times I did the old "sniff test", and smelled OK...sort of, so I accepted. Well, as they thaw the real rot smell comes out and you realize the bad ones are buried down deep and pollute the rest. By quick freezing, they hide the smell long enough to make the sale. Once out the door, there are no refunds. None.

Other then that I still go there, but no more fresh dead. Anyways, other than for the sheepshead run in the spring, who needs live anything anymore when Matrix catches everything?
To free line for reds under dock lights.
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