|Laying out the poles for shrimp baiting|
It seems that every person is out in a boat with their cast net. The technique is pretty simple. There are 10 long poles that are placed near high tide. The long poles are used to mark a specific location, and then bait is thrown in the water near the pole. After several minutes the cast net is thrown as close to the bait as possible and the shrimp are caught in the net. Bait is generally put down as the tide ebbs and water runs out of the marsh grass.
|Showing how a perfect cast looks.|
We enjoy going out and catching enough shrimp to fill our freezer. Sometimes we catch about 20 pounds in a night. The allowable limit is enough shrimp with their heads still attached to fill a 48-quart cooler per day, or 29 quarts without heads. That seems like a huge number. And when you consider that people go night after night and catch this amount, you begin to wonder what they do with the shrimp. Some probably sell their shrimp which is against the law. Others share their catch with family and friends or they eat shrimp for every meal.
The instate license to bait is pretty cheap. So there will be a lot of people on the water here at night. In fact, it will be hard to find a quiet spot to moor the boat due to all the activity.
I remember an analogy one of my friends made about shrimp baiting and casting. He said that when there are problems in life that appear unmanageable, he throws out a spiritual cast net to surround the problem and lets God pull in the net. It's a great vision and especially appropriate considering the activity on the waterways.