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Come early to buy fresh seafood off dock in Biloxi

By: Peter Nguyen / Published: Aug 11,  2016

Do you like Gulf seafood?

As for me, I love to eat Gulf Seafood from right here in the Mississippi Sound. In the past, I used to shrimp for a living for more than 20 years.

If you enjoy seafood like I do, I recommend you that you go down to the dock by the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi behind the garage parking lot. There you will find yourself some fresh shrimp, fish, crab and squid that the fishermen caught right out of the Mississippi Sound.

Some people buy shrimp in Biloxi and then sell it in other cities and towns.
Some people buy shrimp in Biloxi and then sell it in other cities and towns.

The skimmer fishermen set out on the water when the sun is going down. They catch their shrimp at nighttime. When the sun is rising in the morning, they go back to the harbor and sell their catch.

People buy shrimp by the pound at the harbor behind Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi.
People buy shrimp by the pound at the harbor behind Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi.

Some of the fishermen that I know used to own freezer shrimp boats back before Hurricane Katrina landed in 2005. Some fishermen lost their boats in the storm, and others survived even through the BP oil spill. But, some had to sell their boats because the economy was so bad in the years after the spill. They bought smaller boats so they wouldn’t have to worry about paying high boat payments and other expenses. These fishermen now have smaller inshore skimmer boats to make short trips and sell their fresh shrimp and seafood daily right off the harbor dock. This way, they still get to spend time with their family and friends.

People bring coolers of ice to store the seafood they buy off the boats.
People bring coolers of ice to store the seafood they buy off the boats.

Shrimp season for the inshore skimmer fishermen started on June 6 this year. So far, they have been catching some large white shrimp (10/15 count per pound – that’s 10 to 15 shrimp in a pound) and some smaller brown shrimp (40/50 count per pound). From June to November, the fishermen have to work hard trying to catch these shrimp to make a living by selling their fresh catch. They only have a couple of months left before the season is over.

Every day at the Hard Rock dock harbor (that is what they call the location), they have a lot of visitors and tourists from all over the state that go there to buy fresh shrimp and fish for their family and friends to enjoy. If you really enjoy seafood like I do, I once again recommend you go out there early in the morning from 7 to 8 a.m. so you can get yourself some fresh shrimp and fish of the day. They usually sell out by 9 or 10 a.m.

Headless shrimp costs a bit more per pound at the harbor behind the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi.
Headless shrimp costs a bit more per pound at the harbor behind the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi.

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