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Recreational shrimping season opens

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The shrimp baiting season opened at noon on Friday in South Carolina. 

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says recreational shrimpers can legally cast their nets for shrimp if they have a shrimp baiting license. 

The license costs $25 for South Carolina residents and $500 for non-residents. 

Mike Brown is recreational shrimper.

"So my daughter has been hounding me to get her some shrimp Alfredo, I'm seeing if I can come out here and get some for her," Brown said.

This is his fourth year going shrimping. He brought his coworker Daniel McCaskill. It's his first time.

"Shout out to my boss for letting us have the half day off to let us come out here and do this," McCaskill said.

DNR biologists say the warm winter we had last year has led to high shrimp numbers in the spring and now a strong crop of white shrimp.

They say the commercial fleet and recreational shrimpers will benefit from this. Larger shrimp can be found further inward of the ocean. 

Though we see an increase in shrimp there's a decrease in the amount of shrimp bating license holders. In 1998 there were nearly 18,000 license holders, last year there were about 6,000.

DNR says the shrimp baiting season will last for 60 days. Recreational shrimpers will have until noon on Tuesday, Nov. 8.  

"We'll probably be out her 59 of those 60," Brown said.

They will use a mix of fish meal and powdered clay for bait to attract the shrimp.

"So when you're throwing your net on top of these where the shrimp are then you snatch that net up and hope you have some shrimp in there," Brown said.

They place poles in the water for markers so they can remember where their bait landed. Shrimpers say timing the tides usually lands the best catch.

"Three hours on the outgoing tide that's what I found for me, that's when I do the best," Brown said. "There's nothing better than some local seafood....just another reason to set down the video games and get outside."

You can apply for a license online here or by phone at 1-866-714-3611.

Click here for more information on shrimp-baiting regulations. 

DNR officials encourage the public to report violations of fishing laws to its 24-hour hotline at (1-800-922-5431).

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