Best Tide For Ghost Shrimp In Mission Bay?

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  1. Midnightpass

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    I know low tides are usually the best, but I have pumped places that get very dry at low tides, and are impossible to pump... I'm thinking of trying to pump NW Mission Bay, By the Catamaran Resort , but will a low tide be best? If so dead low, or with a little water coverage? Incoming or out going?...

    Thanks, Butch
     
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    Depends on the spot... A very low incoming tide is best for most areas though
     
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    Thank you for the response... That Is how most places I pump in work, but there are a few that don't pump well on a real low tide. I hope to find out... Thanks
    Butch
     
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    Some spots pump well at higher tides, but they seem damn few
     
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    I can get shrimp at my favorite spot anytime the water's at 2 feet or below the mean low tide.
    Here's a snip from the good people at tides4fishing.
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    Big sweet spot that day. From sunup until the water hits the 2 ft mark around 930. Some days when the low isn't very low, there's a skinnier window. The next time you get your limit of shrimp really quickly, check the time...then look at what the water was doing when you get back on the computer. Some days, arriving a half hour earlier or later can make a big difference.
     
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    I always check the tide charts before fishing or bait making. A few of my spots don't produce on an extreme low (ghost shrimp or sand crabs), but most follow those rules to the Tee... Thanks for the advice...
    Butch
     
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    Set up a ghost shrimp log....take notes on your pumping sessions. Like where you pumped, how many you got, what height the tide was etc for each session. Then when you want to get bait you should be able to look a the day's tidebook and refer back to your log info to help decide where to pump on that particular day.
     
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    I keep a log for fishing, and I pretty much know my bait spots. I know nothing about pumping in San Diego. Our areas up here are few, and going down hill. Too much beach grooming and pumping. They are constantly pushing sand over the shrimp beds. I don’t guard my spots, but some guys will give out their fish spots before shrimp spots.
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    Hit me up in PMs when you are ready to come down.. I will give it my best effort...
     
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    I don't know how the beach grooming effects the population . I think a major problem is the Griffens Isopod , ( Orthione Griffenis ) seems to be driving populations to extinction from British Columbia to SoCal . May be very hard to make bait sooner than we think. Lets hope not . Good luck out there . WR.
     
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    Thank you very much.. I have noticed your help to many on this forum, and I appreciate it...

    Butch
     
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    Butch, I’m back in town and still have that Newell leader thing for you. Message me one day, or I’ll forget.
     
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    There aren't many beaches in our OC bays and harbors, the few that there are, are consistently having the sand pushed around by heavy equipment... The homes built on the water aren't much above sea level and berms are made to protect them on high tides... A lot of this work happens at lower tides, and the sand is pushed over the shrimp beds... The sand is also pushed around to make it light, fluffy and pretty for the beach goers... I have read about those isopods, and it doesn't sound good... I hope your's and our shrimp don't succumb to them..
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    Ok, Very nice of you... You San Diego boys are alright.:emoji_handshake::emoji_relaxed:..
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    Yes, at my go-to shrimp spot on mission bay they do a lot of berm-pushing, but it doesn't affect the shrimp much. They're down two or three feet and just dig back to the surface once the earth moving's done. Plus there are (were) so many shrimp out a little deeper, gazillions of them, that pumpers and earthmovers can't reach 'em. But the little vampire worms can get 'em just fine, apparently.

    BUILD A WALL, AND MAKE THE ISOPODS PAY FOR IT!!!!
     
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