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Old 12-31-2011, 03:41 PM   #1
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I found a bunch of them on Orange Beach this morning and started wondering if they are here year round or only certain times? (I'm new to the ways of the ghost shrimp) Thanks in advance for your answers.

A funny side note, after finding them and trying to dig them out I decided I needed to make a ghost shrimp pump and went to the Home Depot on highway 59 to get parts. A HD employee asked if I needed help and I told him what I was getting the parts for (figuring he wouldn't know what a ghost shrimp was) and he tells me they have kits already made up for the cost of the parts--$16.95! All you have to do is put it together. They've only got one kit left after I got mine so he said they'd make up some more next week.

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Old 12-31-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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Year round although it can get tough in the summer time when warmer water temps force them out deeper.
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Completed building my pump yesterday and tried it today just to see if it would work. Caught 5 shrimp in 3 pumps. Very cool. Can't wait to use them.
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OK, please splain. Pictures?
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Bill Me--Ghost shrimp pump picture, Penn 450 for perspective.

Well, when I try to upload the picture I get a security error, so here is a link to a previous discussion about the elusive ghost shrimp and how to catch them:

https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com...urp-gun-99427/

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Interesting. So its a bait thing only, not for eating?
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Interesting. So its a bait thing only, not for eating?

Yes, and believe me, when you see one, eating it would be the last thing you want to do with it--nasty looking critters. For bait though, they are supposed to be the ultimate surf/beach bait for pomps and sheepshead.
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Yes, and believe me, when you see one, eating it would be the last thing you want to do with it--nasty looking critters. For bait though, they are supposed to be the ultimate surf/beach bait for pomps and sheepshead.
Clearly looks are not always determinative. Take the oyster for example. Whoever ate the first one of those must have been mighty hungry and pleasantly surprised.
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Sandman770,

Is the Alabama coast the only place to find them? Are they on Pensacola/FWB/Destin/Navarre beaches as well?
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Is the Alabama coast the only place to find them? Are they on Pensacola/FWB/Destin/Navarre beaches as well?

Not sure, I've seen a couple people on here say they are over there as well, just not as many. Best way to find out is walk the beach looking for holes in shallow water; they tend to be in groups or "colonies." If you've found holes, you've found ghost shrimp
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