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Go Shrimp Baiting

Throwing a cast net is an essential Lowcountry skill, and hauling one in that’s teeming with juicy white shrimp sets off joy receptors. You’ll need a boat, PVC poles, a cast net, fishing and shrimp baiting licenses, and bait balls (a pungent mixture of clay and fish meal). The poles are used to mark where you drop your bait. Give the shrimp an hour or so to accumulate around your bait during a rising tide, and then cast your net with hopes to “cooler out.”

The season runs from mid-September to early November each year, and hot spots include the North Edisto River near Cherry Point boat landing, the banks of Charleston Harbor, and behind Bulls Island. There’s no shrimp sweeter than the ones you catch.