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Capt. Edwards casts off aboard Miss Judy Too for another shrimping season

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By Gregory Woods
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- While many people were busy at the beach or their own back yards with barbecues and games, Capt. Tommy Edwards was back out in open waters as the local shrimping season kicked off.

Aboard Edwards shrimp boat the Miss Judy Too, it’s a five man crew. Edwards and his crew haven’t been able to shrimp for the past seven months, but now that shrimping season has started, they finally get to cast out their nets.

"We got to lower down our outriggers, tie the nets onto them and make a drag. That's how you catch shrimp,” said Edwards.

After two hours, the crew caught more than 200 pounds of shrimp.

“You got to start sorting the shrimp out because if you let them sit for too long the coloration is not good and the quality is not good,” said James Owens, a crew member.

“We pick out the squid, whiting, and flounder, fish like that that we can sell. Everything else goes back overboard,” said Joel Ackerman, another crew member.

On the second round they caught even more. They caught 300 pounds of shrimp. Edwards says this year’s season is already looking better than the last.

“Two hundred pounds would have been an excellent day it seemed like last year, so anything over 400 or 500 pounds is a plus,” said Edwards.

Edwards says shrimping is a dying profession in the Lowcountry, and now that the season has started back up he encourages everyone to buy local.

“We need the support so we can stay in business. You can go to any boat any dock there are ten boats here, and at least three crews, so you’re talking 40, 50 people to 100 people they’d be supporting,” said Edwards.

Edwards says to support local shrimpers, you can call Shem Creek Fisheries at 843-446-7942 to place an order.


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