Any Shrimp Boat: "Shrimping" Top 5 Page for this destination Dry Tortugas National Park Nightlife Tip by grandmaR
Dry Tortugas National Park Nightlife: 2 reviews and 6 photos
In the Keys nearby areas, shrimping is done at night. The shrimp boats anchor during the day (like photo), looking like ghost ships covered with cobwebs (their nets). Sometimes there's a dog on board who will bark at you when you get close.
Shrimpers are pretty rough uncouth characters. They stay out for days at a time.
My SIL takes beer and cigarettes and trades for bait shrimp. They get it 5 gallon buckets at a time, and the shrimp are marvelous - too good for the fish. They just have to have the seaweed and stuff cleaned off. My SIL steams them.
Dress Code: The discovery that you could catch more shrimp at night than during the day as is done most other places came about by accident. I think it was when a boat didn't get back to port before sunset.
Two shrimp boats were blown into the fort and destroyed a lot of the moat wall and some of the reef. One boat was out of fuel or had engine trouble and the other one was attempting to come to the rescue.
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