After Edisto Beach, we traveled north up the coast and camped at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. I fished the jetty at the beach last year with some luck, but this year got skunked completely. The water was still too cold.
Disappointed but not defeated, my friend, Rick Lopez, and I took another approach and tried our hand at harvesting shellfish instead. Since there was a non-commercial clam and oyster bed at Murrells Inlet, we took our boots and digging tools and ventured through the mud at low tide. His wife, Barbara, joined us too.
|Murrells Inlet clam / oyster beds (photo by Rick Lopez)|
Within a couple of hours, we harvested a 5 gallon pail of clams and another of oysters. Not bad, considering we were all complete novices. All of us got stuck in the deep mud, but were able to eventually pull ourselves out. We celebrated my birthday with them - yum!
|Oysters in the cooler / Clams in the pail (photo by Rick Lopez)|
|Raw oysters with hot sauce, horseradish, lemon and cocktail sauce|
We returned the empty shells to the Oyster Recycling Center at Murrells Inlet.
|Rick Lopez and me at the Oyster Recycling Center.|
|An impressive and stinky mound of oyster shells|