• Saturday, August 29, 2015
  • Depart the Shands Pier Road public ramp at 8:15-8:30 AM.
  • A trailer caravan will leave the Waldo road Sonny’s Restaurant parking lot at 7:00AM


St. Johns River – Green Cove Springs

1) Driving Directions from Gainesville to the Shands Pier Road public boat ramp: north to Starke, right/east on Highway 16 at Downtown Starke intersection. Travel through Penney Farms to Green Cove, road dead ends into lighted intersection in downtown Green Cove, take a right and within ¼ mile take a left onto Highway 16 going over the Shands Bridge. Just before the bridge, on your left, is “Shands Pier Road”. Take Pier road until dead ends at ramp. Travel time from Gainesville is 1-1.5 hours. Shands Pier road public ramp is best suited for Bay Boat or smaller, or

2)  Black Creek public ramp is well suited for larger boats and nearby. You’ll take a left where road dead ends in downtown Green Cove, rather than right. Black Creek ramp on right within couple miles. After launch, run south towards Shands Bridge – Shand’s Pier ¼ mile before Bridge on right. GOFC boats in immediate area 8:30.


Ed Ellett on VHF channel 9 at the River. Ed will be a guest on the Daniel’s boat, “Doc Holliday”. Please RSVP to Ed (331-8044 or if you plan to attend. Call or e-mail if you have pre-trip questions too. Last minute participants with no RSVP are welcome.

Ed plans to attend GOFC, Wahoo Restaurant social, Tuesday, August 25th before event. He’ll bring a cast net for technique demos (there are several pros within club who’ll be glad to demonstrate to anyone interested) and will be available for questions.

If interested in going, yet, don’t own a boat, let Ed know, and, he will seek to match you with a Captain with extra space. It is appropriate you offer to help your host Captain with trip expense. A call to Captains: if you have extra space, and, can host a guest, please let Ed know.

What to Bring:

1) Shrimping Cast Net (webbing on perimeter (helps it open on way down))

2) Gloves – pulling long, wet line can be rough on the hands

3) Button-less shirt – amazing how a cast net can find/tangle with a button at the least        opportune time! The new GOFC, long sleeve T-shirts are perfect.

4) Five gallon bucket to measure a boat limit, towel to cover, extra ice to keep shrimp cool as accumulate

5) Laundry baskets/plastic washtub to flush net of shrimp after throws

6) Saltwater fishing license/all boat safety gear current

7) Cold drinks and appropriate warm weather clothing, including an extra shirt – yes, it will be hot!

8) Sometimes, extra rope to tie to/extend your cast net rope.

Trip Plan:

Based on initial scouting report, the plan will be to shrimp on/near channel edge off Shands pier – ie. Not far from the boat ramp.  For those who feel the need to use more boat gasoline than a gallon J, ask Ed for tips on areas to explore.

Event Duration:

Captains choice – ie. When a limit is filled, or, you are exhausted. If the weather is nice a short trip to Outback Crab House just south of Shand’s Bridge is a wonderful way to end the day (a cold beverage is extra refreshing after throwing the net – they, also, serve an excellent shrimp platter): 8155 County Road 14, St. Augustine, Fl. 32092, 904-522-0500. Call Ed for water directions.

Scouting Report:

After reading Gary Simpson’s, 7/31/15, Gainesville Sun column, your GOFC Club point contact for event, yours truly, went on scouting trip with Allen Turner and Jay Peacock, Saturday morning, August 1st. I am pleased to confirm the presence of some medium to larger bait size shrimp. We spent 8am-noon  throwing nets near Shands Pier and boated  two and half gallons – ie. ½ boat limit. Our best cast yielded 12-15 and we had several blank or one/two cast. I did not explore as weather was somewhat “iffy” and we timed it well to be off the water by noon.



The Daniels family went Friday, July 31, to same area and got 4 gallons in two hours. They, also, timed it well to be off the water by noon.  Eric and Gwen are finally recovering from cleaning same thanks to Gwen preparing  a delicious shrimp dinner – the cleaning ordeal (three hours) fades from memory…..

Date(s) - Saturday, 08/29/2015
8:15 am - 5:00 pm

St. Johns River - Shands Pier Road Public Boat Ramp



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