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I've been bypassing closer grocery stores and bait stores to get the "fresh" shrimp at Giant (Its also the cheapest when its on sale:D .) I was told by the guy behind the seafood counter that Giant's shrimp arrives frozen and is thawed before display. He stated that all shrimp around here arrives frozen.

Giant's shrimp has worked well for me, but I'll probly buy from places closer to me now. Anybody know where you can get real fresh, never frozen shrimp? I'd like to take a sample of each and let the croakers see if they can tell the difference.

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6 99 a lb thats here in richmond fresh n large [ still got th heads on um :cool:
 

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I think that most shrimp around here is frozen. Almost all supermarkets sell thawed out shrimp because of how well it keeps when frozen. They are usually marked previously frozen or you can ask the person behind the counter. I have been to the fisherman's wharf in DC and their shrimp is frozen as well. Most shrimp is frozen at sea so their freshness is almost never an issue. I have had the best success with tiger shrimp that I always buy previously frozen. I think that the only place that you can get fresh shrimp is whole foods supermarket, aka fresh fields, as they claim that all of their seafood is fresh. Oh and I don't think that heads on mean that they are fresh as I have seen shrimp with heads on that are frozen but if it is stated as fresh, then it must be. Anyway I have found that if you smell the shrimp and it's not too strong, then it usually works well for me. Hope this helps.
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i wouldnt feed no fish with these shrimps here man i eatn m mmmmmm :D
 

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Shrimp?!??! If I were in your shoes, I would start targeting fish that have "friends in low places" if you know what I mean. :D

Hey, if rockfish bite on low-end cut bait like herring, I don't know why the croakers are getting so high and mighty... sounds like you've been cultivating those champagne tastes of theirs... ;)

Almost sounds like a great theme for a new reality show... Lifestyles of the Fish n' Famous.
 

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Shrimp when fresh are much better. But most places have frozen. I beleive the real issue is use the best you can get. Bait shrimp are very poor in quality and you are better gettin a 1/4lb of prev frozen shrimp for human consumption vs the price for the lb of bait shrimp. The further south you get the fresher the shrimp get. This includes being alive. The fresher they are the better. I can get fresh shrimp from about mid June until Oct without spending alot. After that things get wierd. Some seafood markets have them and most grocery stores don't. By the way I have a Cat (17years old) That I'm wondering if it knows the difference since it quit eating shrimp we bought, but ate the shrimp I just brought back from the Outer Banks(they were good). In other words the stuff ment for human consumption is better than baitshrimp and so on and so forth. By the way the same is true for squid.
 

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Fresh shrimp w/ heads on

Most Asian grocery store and stock products that won't ever make it in a Farm Fresh or Food Lion.I ocassionally by my crabs,squid(giant-non frozen),live mullet(cob),octopus,fish heads and jumbo shrimp-w/ the heads still on there.

Not to say,that some of the stuff in Asian markets isn't scary or a tad smelly-But it beats most B&T prices(per lb) and they carry some surreal stuff that us fishermen would call and use for bait......


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If you are on the outer banks, Fishing Unlimited always has fresh shrimp. Those guys take great care to provide the best bait in Nags Head. They are located on the Causeway.
 
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