Shrimp-baiting season opens this week

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 10, 2013 

The 2013 shrimp-baiting season will open at noon Friday in South Carolina, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Recreational shrimpers can purchase a license -- $25 for residents, $500 for nonresidents -- to legally cast their nets for shrimp over bait during the season, which closes at noon Nov. 12.

The catch limit is 48 quarts of shrimp measured heads-on -- 29 quarts heads-off -- per boat or set of poles per day, and each boat is limited to a set of 10 poles. Cast nets must have a mesh smaller than one-half-inch square measure or one-inch stretch measure.

Recent DNR sampling in S.C. waters found that areas around Port Royal and St. Helena sounds produced the largest shrimp.

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