I was a lucky recipient of the 4 pack of trout support dvd's for Christmas, and one of the things that I watched was that the shrimp flush out of the marsh during the winter and that reds are mainly focused on mullet at this time. I was fishing west bay marshes yesterday and decided to keep one of the reds we caught. Filleted it today and found it packed full of 2" shrimp. Is there always a shrimp population that stays in the marsh, or is this abnormal due to our warm winter? I caught it on a cock-of-the-walk colored paddle tail, but thinking I should be going with something like a gulp shrimp in the next few weeks based on its stomach contents. Thoughts?
Giant high tides staying high hasn't washed them out. They get pulled out with the low tides swings of winter that haven't happened this year.
And the warm weather they have no need to escape the cold looking for refuge...
Very strange conditions. But adaptation is the real point isn't it....and sounds like you are reading conditions successfully putting those pieces together.
This last front probably pushed the few remaining stragglers out. Very warm winter up to the last front with exceptionally high tides for this time of year. Slower than normal flounder run, shrimp stayed longer etc.
Also, As SGREM and It'sCatchy mentioned... we've had mostly weak fronts this year and only a couple of them had hard north winds that would dump a bay. Just before this last front we had higher than average tides, and water temps near April temperatures. Only one day of hard north, just enough to bring the tide height back to normal, then the wind switched to NE and the tide came back up above normal. It's something we may have to continue to deal with as we move forward, just really depends on the weather each year too. There also hasn't been a lot of rain this fall that would also help push the shrimp completely out (I credit Capt Steve Soule with that information on how Salinity can affect Shrimp movement). I would expect a large majority of the white shrimp to be out of the system since there is reduced 'bird' activity (there was still a little spotty action though before this last front).