Do you keep all your shrimp or sort them out by size?

Went shrimping off the dock last night and did pretty well. Initially I was sorting out the mediums and throwing back the smalls, but my friend said he wanted the small shrimp. Ended with almost half a cooler and had to call it quits earlier since we both had to work in the AM.

During the heading process I felt like peeling the small shrimp was going to be a whole lot of work for small payoff. What’s the minimum size shrimp you will keep?

For eating, greater than 5" for me. So medium-ish.

For fishing, around 2.5" or better. —My better half caught a 42.5" bull under a cork with a 3" shrimp, at the jetties.

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The only sorting I’ll do is if there are some super large that i might want to butterfly, stuff and bacon wrap. Most that you get using legal 1/2 are workable. The smaller are more of a pain but in my case that is what the wife likes best. I have always liked the two biters, so much easier to fill a cooler and de-head.

I have been and hit a point where all we were catching was smalls. I usually move or go home.

I keep them all! Too much work to throw anything back. Generally, I dice them up anyway and make shrimp cakes, so size doesn’t matter. (That’s what she says, anyway. :sunglasses:)

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I probably need to try one of these shrimp cakes, you know, just to make sure they are fit to eat and all…:sunglasses:

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…well, some fishing too!

I haven’t been to hunting Island in a few years, but there was a little stand in the last curve to the Island that sold Shrimp burgers. Amazing and not bad priced.

Anyone know if the little stand is still there? Be worth a weekend drive to have one.

You must be thinking of Shrimp Shack. Still there, I haven’t been in a while either.!1s0x88fc15984b9615b1%3A0x3c8aa5f22b249257!3m1!7e115!!5sshrimp%20shack%20-%20Google%20Search!15sCgIgAQ&imagekey=!1e10!2sAF1QipNmQW5JVQ_AJgg6xAzKcVdNyH8046NjQqbwyxf-&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiw4t_oxIrsAhVtc98KHembCk0QoiowE3oECB4QBg

I used to love the Shrimp Shack’s shrimp burger! Haven’t had one in 15-20 years.

As for shrimp size, I’ve never claimed to be an expert shrimper so if they are unfortunate enough to end up in my boat then they stay! The smalls are a pain to clean, but I think smalls (not tinies) are best for creole, grits, etc. Always felt they were a little sweeter and better texture than the larges.

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