Shrimp Fishing: Florida Shrimping Academy With Capt. Lee Noga

By: Joseph Simonds on March 29, 2019
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It’s shrimping time!

This podcast episode we talk to Capt. Lee Noga of Florida Shrimping Academy and get the low down on how to get into the sport of shrimping and become successful at it.

In this episode we cover:

  • Capt. Noga’s crazy back story and varied past (from the Navy to web developer to shrimping)
  • Why shrimping is the red-headed stepchild of fishing
  • The secret formula for catching shrimp (including her favorite depth and light tricks)
  • The best spots in Florida to catch shrimp
  • Why the moon is the biggest factor in shrimping (and the three days in the month she won’t go shrimping)

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Some of my best memories are Island Camping with friends on # 8.
When the shrimp are running at nite you can catch some gator trout as well.
Dont plan your trip in advance as the weather can change rapidly. Be prepared and when the weather calms go a few days After a front. I found they seem to run strongest after bike week’s next full moon. When they run you’ll laugh so hard cause there’s no way you can catch em all. See Capt Lee ‘s website for the best advice, watch her videos and you’ll be set. And yes the only place I’ve ever shrimped is Oak Hill but I hear the rail road bridge is even better.

Roy Noblin
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very good advice here. my question –are there shrimp at oak hill again? it’s been years since i have been back over due lack of shrimp last trip and what there were were to small to keep. i spoke to a local on my last trip about what happen as i always got my 5 gallons and i didn’t even have a quirt. he said they changed the rules on net size and local people along the river were loading up. so my question is have they tighten up on rules and is it worth going back.

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Yes! It is on, the sizes have been big this year, the bio mass of dinks have not shown up. River is packed so launch early. Our season started very late….so plenty of time to stock your freezer.

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Roy, this is Capt Lee, the only net change was the back net or some call it a box net or frame net. They tend to be 4×4 foot or 3×5 ft. The material choice was the only gear change for that one net IN OUR SPORT. . Changed in 2015. We cannot use monofilament for box nets, has to be polypropylene, nylon, cotton or linen. The local net makers use dark green poly. I never do well with it, so I broke my dependency on a box net and stepped up my dipping game. Some will not give up their mono and are willing to risk a ticket.

The water is warm, local intel reports daily fly thru my forum, I would go out around a building moon.

Oak Hill intel is the link at top of this article for the Academy on Facebook and you can decide.

Bait fish etc remain problematic but you can still get a gallon. Stronger moon currents help push bait out. Some nights no bait issues, but dirty water compromises visibility.

Roy Noblin
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my last trip was in the 90’s. i started in the early 80’s and spent a week at indian mound near the end of may. back then you were only allowed a round net and oak hill was first to start 5 gal limit. the state started a limit rule but due to oak hill success it was left at 5 gal. i have no idea what it is today. there was no river breeze back then. the last time i went over to indian mound i found owners had changed due to buck death and sandy moved back to where they came from. river breeze had been built so i just started launching there. the 3×5 you mention is what i think was then allowed. buck always told me oct and nov sometimes into dec were when the biggest shrimp ran but i was more interested in hunting so never went then. i really miss that week as i would fill my bucket every night and every other day go home due to camp limit. i’ll never forget one night my wife was with me and buck had taught me how to set lights and how to hold net in the water. it had to be held in the hand not allowed to touch the boat. we anchored off and set lights with my wife one side and me the other. i had a big and smaller net for the wife but had bought another bis a law allowed and she was using it. i would only hold a few minuets and then dump and had about a gallon after a few dumps. she said they were not running on her side so i said come to mine. then she said her net was stuck so i set mine down to help her. it was not stuck it was full. when we dumped into the bucket they over flowed all over the floor so we swept them back and went in. we had been out about 30 minutes. there were so many times we filled the bucket and got our limit on trout that were feeding on the shrimp. your remarks about lights are right on and i found when there was moon light it was better to keep light on top and hold net down below moving up and down a little until you found the flow. dark night is as you said get light below them so them will come to top and you can see their shadow. thanks for the tips and wish the best for you.

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Times and landscape has changed. The lagoon is not healthy and shrimp eggs are laid out in the ocean and the tide brings them back to lagoon. They attach to grass, mullet used to be the only threat because they are the grass holding the eggs. Shrimping has gotten more challenging because the runs are leaner. This is what evolved education and light technology. Great news, you can still fill the freezer. It just takes a few more trips. Global warming is the threat….winters last 4 years were warm water winters. The bait fish and catfish don’t leave and attract to lights creating new problems for shrimpers. Like we talked about in podcast…I’m grateful I was able to solve that problem by infusing a computer into the light and blast light frequencies to back them off the light. I wish we could solve the decline of Brevard and Volusia County….put some locks in, or some way to exchange the water at will. Great talking with you. tight lines, full pulls and may the wind be at your back.

Roy Noblin
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i agree the lagoon is not healthy, i could see that coming 30 years ago with all the grass clipping in the inter coastal. but global warming and cooling has been going on a lot longer than we have so lets not fall into that hoax. shrimp bury in the mud when water is cold and come out when it warms. i remember one night a friend wanted me to take him and the run was real slow. when the tide changed and went slack at low we barley had a gallon. i moved in closer to the bank and we started dragging the nets across the bottom. we would get a few and see many come up behind the nets. maybe 30 minuets later we had 5 gallon and went home happy. this is fist i’ve heard the shrimp in there come from the ocean. i have seen a lot more flow out of the flats on out going tide than flow in. i do not recall anyone ever shrimping on the incoming tide and the outlet to the ocean are a long way from the lagoon. sure sorry to hear about your friend and with the pollution flowing into the inter coastal and warm water i can see more happening. i read a little about this tunnel to the ocean but sure have questions about that idea. first dumping the mess into the ocean is not the answer but cleaning what goes into the lagoon is. next if you go over to the east side it is a big drop to the ocean and the inter coastal has locks so what is the plan not to drain the lagoon with these tunnels? anyway thanks for the reply i wish the best for the lagoon and you .

Roy Noblin
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oh i forgot but my best nights were on the new moon.

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Wrote you a long response. And a salt strong popup froze my screen before I could post comment and it vaporized. Thanks for writing. Basically said shrimping is still popular. The sport is more science and the gear is more sophisticated. Global warming is problematic. Lagoon is gonna have to find a way to exchange the water. A friend of mine died Oct 2018. Launched his boat in Edgewater, had a cut on his shin waded on ramp to crank boat and got that deadly bacteria that gangrene both legs in 2 days, he died. The last few warm water winters with fish kill motivated me to do all I could do so the sport of shrimping continues. Runs are leaner now, but you still can fill the freezer over multiple trips. Tight lines and may the wind be st your back.