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Friday we ran out a ways and ran across two different shrimpers, both of them did not have net one on their boats. No lines in the rigging, nothing, wings were extended but their birds were full up....

One drifting one under power I wonder if the Coast Guard had a discussion with them and decided they did not need the nets any longer??


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No these were shrimpers ... nothing on there deck that looked like snapper catching equip....


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that is strange when you consider $4 a gallon for fuel and lube and the shrimp buisness is tough anyway - it ain't a joy ride, especially farther out. did you see the names and ports?
 

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ding-a-ling said:
that is strange when you consider $4 a gallon for fuel and lube and the shrimp buisness is tough anyway - it ain't a joy ride, especially farther out. did you see the names and ports?
That is what makes me think the C/G took their nets ...

I cannot remember the names but it seems like Stella or Sister ... no idea on the ports
 

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Possibilities

1. They could have been repairing nets that were broken on the deck.
2. They could have lost the nets due to nasty bottom structure.
3. It could have been one of those rip off time shares for a cruise and instead got a lame shrimp boat.
4. The shrimpers may have a "cloaking device - ala Star Trek" which makes the net invisible to both fish and observers.
 

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mredman said:
1. They could have been repairing nets that were broken on the deck.
2. They could have lost the nets due to nasty bottom structure.
3. It could have been one of those rip off time shares for a cruise and instead got a lame shrimp boat.
4. The shrimpers may have a "cloaking device - ala Star Trek" which makes the net invisible to both fish and observers.
1. nothing on the deck at all ....

2. Both were in the same area and both did not even have rigging lines in the block an tackles...

3. Not that many snow birds left down here

4. their cloaking device was not active I always carry a cloak detector and it never went off...
 
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Evidently there is such a shortage of oil field boats, that shrimp boats are being pressed into service for some uses. Maybe that would splain it?
 

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They might have been runners. Dad and I passed a completely wooden boat, with no lights and no gear at about 25 yards one time on the way to Grand Cayman late at night. Nothing showed on our radar and I am pretty sure he changed course to miss us. We were on AP at the time, so I know we didn't. We never saw one thing until he was passing us going the other way. We actually heard him before we saw him. Give guys like that a lot of room if you can.
 

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On the one drifting he had his single diesel running but not a soul poked out their head... another boat was fishing it and left as we approached....


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THIS IS CAPTIN CURT OF FISHMASTER INTERPRICE. WE NOW HAVE A NEW CLOAKING DEVICE. CAN NOT BE DETECTED. NANU! NANU ! LADERRRRRRR.
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1. nothing on the deck at all ....

2. Both were in the same area and both did not even have rigging lines in the block an tackles...

3. Not that many snow birds left down here

4. their cloaking device was not active I always carry a cloak detector and it never went off...
 

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More than likely

What you seen was pogey boats. Gater
 

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Coast Guards will never remove nets or anything large off a vessel on open water. They will tow or escort you in to dock before removing anything. Or they could be bank repos. They usually get stripped down to reduce weight and drag before running them overseas. All the nets, doors and cable could be sold to collect debt. I've seem this a few times already.
 

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There is a shrimp boat in my neigborhood that has been converted to a private yacht. It is mostly used for booze cruises in Clear Lake/Galveston Bay now.
 

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willyhunting said:
Many have found jobs as "chase" boats for seismic, cable laying, and other oil field work.
This makes sense there were two workboats doing something (2 miles before and after) and the shripmers...

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