Louisiana Traveler - shrimp season - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Louisiana Traveler - shrimp season

HACKBERRY, LA (KPLC) - Just a few yards east of the Kelso Bayou Bridge in Hackberry, Michael Simon and his crew stay busy this time of year. East Seafood company has been here for 50 years, plucking out of the water what Mother Nature gives them. Their 60 feet long net isn't on a boat though. It's on the dock.

"You don't have a fuel charge," said Simon. "You only have to pay for electricity and ice. That's it. Everybody else has to pay diesel fuel and everything else."

When the tide is out, the net is lowered into the water. Owner D.J. East says you get a better shrimp this way.

"They're not dragged in the sand," said East. "They're caught and immediately put on ice. There's no deterioration of shrimp. Extremely fresh."

Shrimp caught by East Seafood along Kelso Bayou are sent to local gumbo pots, maybe a restaurant or two, even a packing plant where they are shipped around the nation. During the season, people come from all over the state looking for fresh shrimp here.

"I retired for 30 days and I had to go back to work," said East. "I was getting bored to death. It's the only place I want to be. I don't know what other life's about. This is where I live."

Shrimp isn't the only thing taken from the water hish along with things you don't expect.

"We've caught a sea horse last year. We've caught eels, stingrays. An otter," said Simon.

When he's not catching seafood, East works as a bridge tender next door at the Kelso Bayou bridge.

Copyright KPLC 2014.  All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • LIVE at 1 p.m.: Puppy Cam!

    LIVE at 1 p.m.: Puppy Cam!

    Friday, November 17 2017 1:51 PM EST2017-11-17 18:51:34 GMT

    Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam is every other Friday at 1 p.m.

    More >>

    Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam is every other Friday at 1 p.m.

    More >>
  • CPSB bond election coming up Saturday for areas of Lake Charles and Westlake

    CPSB bond election coming up Saturday for areas of Lake Charles and Westlake

    Friday, November 17 2017 6:12 AM EST2017-11-17 11:12:19 GMT
    CPSB logo (Source: CPSB)CPSB logo (Source: CPSB)

    Improvements to schools around Lake Charles and Westlake are in the hands of voters come Saturday.  The question is, are taxpayers willing to pay more to upgrade public schools?  Most school board members are for the bond election in their district, but there are some against it including those from the community who just don't want to pay more in property taxes for 20 years.  A bond election is coming up that if voted yes for, could provide capital improvements and ...

    More >>

    Improvements to schools around Lake Charles and Westlake are in the hands of voters come Saturday.  The question is, are taxpayers willing to pay more to upgrade public schools?  Most school board members are for the bond election in their district, but there are some against it including those from the community who just don't want to pay more in property taxes for 20 years.  A bond election is coming up that if voted yes for, could provide capital improvements and ...

    More >>
  • SPIRIT SCHOOL: Vinton High School

    SPIRIT SCHOOL: Vinton High School

    Friday, November 17 2017 5:12 AM EST2017-11-17 10:12:05 GMT
    (Source: Vinton High School)(Source: Vinton High School)
    This week our spirit school is Vinton High School in Calcasieu Parish. 'Spirit School' is an opportunity to showcase our high schools across Southwest Louisiana. From sports to student body organizations, to ace teachers that make a difference in a child's life -- KPLC's Candy Rodriguez will travel from school to school across the five-parish region to show the school's spirit. If you would like your high school to be featured -- contact Candy Rodriguez via email at crodriguez@kplc...More >>
    This week our spirit school is Vinton High School in Calcasieu Parish. 'Spirit School' is an opportunity to showcase our high schools across Southwest Louisiana. From sports to student body organizations, to ace teachers that make a difference in a child's life -- KPLC's Candy Rodriguez will travel from school to school across the five-parish region to show the school's spirit. If you would like your high school to be featured -- contact Candy Rodriguez via email at crodriguez@kplc...More >>
Powered by Frankly