Shrimp season 2021 has begun! Offshore waters are open! The Shem Creek fleet has been having a good run so far! A few boats will wait to shrimp when inshore waters open slightly closer to the beaches. This will be there may be more varying sizes to catch; currently we are seeing about a 16/18 count which means larger shrimp! Have no fear all of you medium shrimp lovers; your time is coming! We are happy to see a few more boats tying up to the dock this month. The MY GIRLS, run by Captain Timmy Hewett and crew is back in town and Paul Richardson will Captain the WITS END. Our very own Carolina Breeze is back in town and Captain Donnie Brown will remain here until he goes South to keep up with the big shrimp.
We had a quick but plentiful first season of Soft Shell crabs right in our very own backyard; look for round two of those coming this Fall! The Fish House has been all hustle and bustle leading up to the season and off to the races now catching up on freezing and processing the shrimp! We are happy to have Cindy and Taylor’s youngest son, Kola, and fiancé Christine on board this season as well. Kola has a long background in the shrimping business. Like his brother he spent much of his young adult life on the dock, shrimp boats, and fishing. Christine has background in fly fishing and is excited to learn all about shrimp, shrimp, shrimp! Joining them are their two dogs, Argus & Dixie who will add to the occasional “bring your kid to the dock day.”
For all of you John’s Island and close by residents who don’t make it to the dock as often as you would like due to traffic and distance, great news; we will now be at the Sea Island Farmers market every Saturday 9:30-1:30 with fresh shrimp and some other rotating goodies! Please note our regular ours at the dock have also resumed, we are now open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm! We are happy to see many of our restaurants doing well again after a very long scary year. We will continue to do our best to provide fresh local shrimp to everyone while we are catching up from the offseason.
As you know, we have been featuring a professional Chef each month from one of our supporting restaurants, private Chefs, or caterers; this month we bring you a recipe by Phil Brenner. Phil curates in home culinary experiences to clients all over the Lowcountry. Chef Phil wanted to highlight as many local ingredients (found at the dock to note) as possible for this easy to make at home spring dish of Miss Paula’s Shrimp & Butterbean Salad! Click on our Featured Recipes button on our HOME PAGE to make this at home!