Get your own shrimp by going shrimping over bait in Mt. Pleasant waters

What’s not to love about South Carolina Shrimp?! 

South Carolina’s favorite crustaceans are known for their sweet flavor. Chefs like Kardea Brown put them on pizza, in rolls, in Lowcountry boils and many more recipes. And of course there is everybody’s favorite, shrimp and grits.


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What is shrimp baiting?

There are several different shrimping seasons — which include both commercial and recreational — in South Carolina, but most recreational shrimpers pay attention to the shrimp baiting season. Get all the details on the 2020 shrimp baiting season.


South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources website notes:

“The recreational harvest of brown shrimp by cast nets and seines takes place in the state’s tidal creeks, usually starting in early June. White shrimp are first caught in the creeks in late July or early August and have usually moved into the ocean by late October. The shrimp baiting fishery, which targets white shrimp, is set by law to last 60 days and opens at noon on the last Friday on or before September 15. Shrimp are also harvested recreationally by drop nets from docks and seawalls during the fall as larger white shrimp are moving seaward. Unlike seines and cast nets, drop nets require bait.” 


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In 2020 the season opened in September and closes on November 10th. 

There is a permit required and there are limits. Individuals who want to go shrimping generally make bait balls and put those out in the shallow Coastal Waters around the Lowcountry. Individuals mark off where they’re fishing with poles that are tagged with their ID information. At night, shrimpers head out to attract shrimp with lights shined over their baited location.

There are very specific guidelines about how and where you can place your poles and where you may shrimp.  Click to read the shrimping regulations.

Using a cast net


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People throw a cast net to capture the shrimp. The circular nets are like a lady’s old fashioned style purse, with a draw cord that draws them up. if you’re lucky, you can fill up your cooler. 


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Whether you put some in the freezer for later, or hold a giant Frogmore Stew party, you’re sure to be a hit which you bring home these succulent morsels.


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Not interested in doing your own casting for shrimp?

Local sources like Tarvin Seafood and Mt. Pleasant Seafood are great sources of local, sweet, fresh shrimp! But no matter whether you catch them yourself or buy them from a local seafood shop, you will be happy knowing your shrimp are the finest, sweetest, and most tasty you can get, because they are from our local waters.


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