2011 Shrimp season is now open.

Good news for anyone looking for fresh local shrimp…

In the creeks we have been seeing some small shrimp running in the shallows along with small fish. Going through the shallows in a kayak, the shrimp try to scurry for cover. Around low-tide is when it is the best time to see nature in creeks. At high-tide the small fish and shrimp hide around the root systems of the Smooth cord grass and use it as cover from larger predators. Obviously when the water retreats back to the ocean on an outgoing tide, they have to follow the water out of the grass and into the shallow channels of the creek. This is where we see them and the Blue Herons, Egrets and dolphins feeding on them.

More on the story in today’s paper below.

First day of shrimp season yields smaller brown shrimp

Read more: http://www.islandpacket.com/2011/06/22/1700611/first-day-of-shrimp-season-yields.html#ixzz1Q9AZEGcx

Shrimper preparing the nets.The commercial shrimping season opened Wednesday morning — nearly a month later than usual — as local boats trawled for summer brown shrimp after white shrimp usually harvested in spring were widely killed off by winter cold snaps.

Temperatures dropped so low in the winter that the first crop of white shrimp never showed, causing the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to delay the season so the crustaceans could repopulate by fall.

Last week, DNR trawls began pulling in summer brown shrimp.

“They came out of nowhere all of a sudden,” said DNR biologist Larry DeLancey.

The season opening couldn’t have come soon enough for Benny Hudson Seafood owner Tonya Hudson-DeSalve on Hilton Head Island. She had run out of shrimp frozen from last season.

More than 10 boats that launched from the dock Wednesday reported sizable catches of brown shrimp, she said.

“The good thing is there’s plenty of them. They’re just a little small,” she said. “We need to pray for some rain to get them up to size.”

Rain adds nutrients to the water that feed the shrimp, and it moves them downstream from the brackish feeder creeks, where they otherwise would remain and stay small.

 

JCWS is a NuCanoe Dealer

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About mid summer of 2010, Jarvis Creek Water Sports became a NuCanoe dealer. We were looking for some stable family boats to add to our fleet and who we could represent in the area. There ware currently two other dealers in the state of S.C. at the moment.  The NuCanoe is like the swiss-army knife of personal crafts making it great for any family who may need a small craft for multiple occasions rather then multiple boats.

The NuCanoe can be used for hunting, fishing, paddling, and rowing.  There is also a third party which has built a sailing kit that works on the boat as well. There are numerous accessories which can help in customizing your craft to which you may need for your next adventure. The NuCanoes come in two sizes, 10 foot and 12 foot. We like the 12 footer for a little extra length for tracking better and for the families who enjoy it together. The width of the boat makes it really stable and unlike a traditional canoe, has channels and a skeg on the bottom to help it track better through the water.

NuCanoe Models
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NuCanoe F&Q

Since we are a small store with limited space we do have one base model for sale while we have some others out for tours and rentals. If you know what you would like, we can help you customize a NuCanoe for you and order it. It can be shipped to the store for you to pick-up or we can have it shipped to you when ordered.

If you would like to try one out, we have a few for tours and rentals.

If you are interested and would like one, we can order one to you specifications and have it shipped to your door as well. For questions, prices, tours or rentals… call 843-681-9260.

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