We caught 'em, we cleaned 'em, we cooked 'em and we ATE 'em…
Shrimping season this year has been outstanding with the best yields in 15 years! Get ready to grab your gear, the fishing is expected to be just as good. Master net crafter, Stuart Pacetti, spent many an hour with Jim Carrick (dockmaster) on the River catching buckets of shrimp. The five gallon bucket limit was easily caught within an hour. Amidst all the nets, our guests had no problems catching fish. Bobby McCoy made a pre-Labor Day visit and the camp was packed solid for the holiday with Ralph Tucker, the Wallaces, the DeWitts and Hancocks, Brooks and Becks. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Story celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary here and Ernie Tullis dropped in to try his hand at shrimping. Tommy Duckworth's gang stayed a while and caught a bunch of fish. (They tasted good, too!) Larry Brooks and his crew came back for a second round in October.
We were lucky not to have been damaged by hurricane Floyd. Everything was packed and stored away in preparation. The boats were pulled and filled with water. Several of our cabins were used by evacuees from St. Augustine and New Smyrna. The whole episode turned out to be an excuse for a gathering as the storm turned and delivered only rain. Water still rises above the lower walkways on the dock, but other than that, all is back to normal. We look at the situation as a practice run in the event of another potentially dangerous occurrence. Our best wishes go out to those less fortunate who are still suffering from the effects of the storm.
Cabin #3 and #4 renovations have been put on hold until next summer. With all of the other projects going on, we don't want to fall behind and have to rush completion. The dock is currently (no pun intended) being completely re-wired and the gas pump has been moved and refurbished as well. The ice machine area has been re-wired and the Shed/Pump House is next. Cabin #6 is still in the process of being painted.
Long live the cooler days of fall! They've finally arrived. It's time for fishing in comfort. Come on over and relax!