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Vote for Haddrell’s Point in City Paper’s ‘Best of 2018’

We have been nominated for the annual City Paper’s Best of 2018 in the  ‘Best Fishing and Tackle Shop’ category. We would appreciate your vote, and as always, thank you for supporting Haddrell’s Point for over 30 years!

To vote, click the link below and we are listed under the ‘Best Fishing and Tackle Shop’ category about one-third down the page:

Carolina Oyster Roast, Another Kind of Heaven…

The cold chill of winter is here. Our days on the water have slowed to a crawl. Your patio and deck has been quiet for weeks and those great weekends outside are a memory. No more smell of burgers on the grill or fresh fish being seared just right. Got the winter blues and cabin fever? Here’s the solution. Grab an old sweatshirt, ice down some adult beverages and pull out that propane cooker that you haven’t used since Thanksgiving. Call your fishing buddies and tell them to come on over and bring the wife and the oyster knife. It’s time for an oyster roast. It’s a Coastal Carolina social event and it’s easier than you think.

To start, you of course need oysters and lots of them. For planning, figure a bushel (about 50 pounds) for every 5 people. You can buy them at the local seafood market if you don’t want to spend a cool day on the water getting muddy and sticking up in the mud. Just make sure you call ahead and reserve them a few days in advance. If you do decide to harvest your own be sure you go in oyster season harvesting in an approved area. Check with your state fish and game enforcement agency for regulations. Once at a harvesting area just stand on the bow of the boat and start whistling for them. Pretty soon, they’ll be swimming to the boat making a chirping sound. Then just throw them in the bucket and take them home. Just kidding!!!! If you’ve never been before I strongly suggest that the first time you go, go with someone who has been before.

Once you get the oysters, take them out back to the water hose and hit them with a hefty spray of water to get off the excess mud. In the winter, this is sometimes a cold task so thick rubber gloves and boots are recommended. Some folks even take them to the car wash for cleaning. However, you might want to make sure the setting is on rinse rather than the soap or tire cleaner before you start washing the oysters.

First thing I do after getting my oysters is get my other stuff ready. Things like bringing out my big oyster eating table. This ain’t no sitting, but a stand up oyster eating table that everybody stands around. The reason for standing up is because that way you’re able to eat a lot more oysters. Then you get the biggest trash can you’ve got and have it right by the table so you can pitch you shells once you let that tasty oyster slide in your mouth. While I’m doing that, my wife is making the hot cocktail sauce, and melting a small pot of butter. She’s got a cast iron skillet in the oven filled with her world (if you consider your family your world) famous corn bread. She also makes a huge pot of hot Brunswick stew to feed the squeamish oyster eaters. We set out hot sauces like Texas Pete since it’s made in North Carolina, Tabasco is good too and it’s still made in the South. We bring out plenty of paper plates, (a couple rolls of paper towels of course) and oyster knives. When I get that done, I put my homemade sausage links on my grill and fix me a cold drink. You know, one of those drinks that the children ought not be sipping and my brother-in-law ought not be nipping if his wife’s around.

Now there are several ways to steam oysters, I use a propane turkey cooker with a basket. I put about a half gallon of water in the pot and add about a tablespoon spoon of salt. Don’t ask me why the salt. I get my water to a good boil. Then I fill the basket about 2/3rd of the way up with oysters and make sure the lid is on the pot and put them on the burner. Some people like to use a metal table with a fire built under it with the oysters cover in wet burlap sacks. Other ways include homemade steamers where you just put the oysters in a metal basket and let them steam.

You’ll know when they’re ready when they start to open up. When that happens, remove the basket and dump that sweet juicy feast of the low lands on the table. Let the shucking begin. Scrap them out, put them on a saltine cracker with some of that spicy cocktail sauce and your 2 steps from heaven. Don’t forget the cornbread, smoked sausages and Brunswick stew and you’re living the Coastal Carolina dream. Make sure to take care with the oyster knife. When shucking, it’s best to hold the oyster in a work glove or towel and insert the knife into the opening from the steaming. Then twist to open and scrap to eat.

We always finish the night with some of my wife’s homemade chocolate cookies and Irish coffee. I like mine with a good cigar by the fire pit with all the men folk. An oyster roast is dirty, messy and many times cold, but the memories are even better than the food. It’s a great way to bond with your friends and neighbors and teach your kids a Southern Tradition. It beats any debutante ball I ever been to.


The Best Boating and Outdoor Shows

Even with the cold weather here and Christmas just a few days behind us, it’s time to think about Boat and Outdoor shows. January is packed with events that include boating, fishing and hunting in the Carolina’s. This impressive trail of shows kicks off with the Big Rock Sports Show in Raleigh, NC on January 5th -7th. This show is closed to the public, but it is the show of shows when it comes to seeing the latest and greatest for fishing and hunting for the coming season. The Bass and Saltwater fishing Expo is next. It takes place at the Raleigh Fairgrounds on January 12th-14th. This an older show that is mostly freshwater fishing with a few saltwater vendors scattered in. The Raleigh Convention Center Boat Show takes place the first weekend in February. The includes a number of great dealers from the Carolina’s, but has little or no fishing gear vendors. It was once considered to be one of the largest saltwater shows in the Carolinas, but now seems to largely target the lake boater.

The real stars of the January Boat and Outdoor Show trail actually take place at the same time in two separate states. Carolina Outdoor Expo in Greenville, NC is a full fledged outdoor show that includes hunting and fishing vendors and seminars. The event takes place on January 26th-28th at the Greenville, NC Convention Center. The great part about this show is the fact that it has been developed by true outdoorsmen. The show is produced by Joe Albea and John Moore, the producers and host of the well known Carolina Outdoor Journal TV Show that has been on the air for over 23 years. They’ve teamed up with Perry Bagley, renowned hunter that has traveled the world on numerous hunting expeditions. Their expertise brings a perspective of hunting and fishing that only true outdoorsmen can have. The show includes over 100 vendors as wells as numerous seminar speakers hitting topics like saltwater and freshwater fishing and hunting. The show producers have made sure that the expo exhibits are relevant to the interests of today’s fisherman and hunter.

The second of the January show stars has to be the Charleston Boat Show. This 38 year tradition is one of the most popular boat shows on the Carolina and Georgia coast. The event will take place on January 26th-28th at the Charleston Area Convention Center. The show is managed by JBM and Associates of Greenville, SC. JBM is synonymous with a growing number of boat shows in both Carolinas and Georgia. In recent years they have brought a fresh perspective to these events with regional and national vendors that have an increased appeal to the boating and fishing public. This show will be filled with plenty of boat options from the best names in boat building with everything from powerboats to small jon boats, skiffs, cruisers, yachts and ski boats. There is something for everyone’s taste and budget.

In addition to all the great boats, the Charleston Boat Show will include a large number of fishing seminars for the angler in you. The speakers will cover a wide range of topics for the Low Country fisherman. This includes light tackle and fly fishing as well as offshore fishing tactics. There will even be fishing seminars for the kids.

Our pick for the 2018 Show Season has to go to the Charleston Boat Show and Carolina Outdoor Expo. This is based on the fantastic options that both shows offer their visitors. They reach far beyond many other events by providing quality vendors and show attractions. Both events are well planned and take place in nice venues and not in drafty dimly lighted buildings that are commonly seen today. The Charleston Boat Show and Carolina Outdoor Expo are the boat and outdoor shows of today and for today’s boater and outdoorsman. “Times, they are a changing.”


Shallow Water Fishing Expo 2018: Captain’s Round Table Seminars

Want to learn more about Charleston’s awesome Inshore fishery? Join Chuck Griffin, Mark Phelps, and Peter Brown for the Captain’s Round Table seminars during the Shallow Water Fishing Expo 2018. Capt John Irwin will be talking on fly fishing the area and light instruction on casting during a separate session! Check the seminar schedule so you don’t miss these guys!

Best Sporting Goods Store: Charleston’s Choice Winner 2017

A big thank you to all of our fans that voted Haddrell’s Point Tackle  the best Sporting Goods Store in the Post and Courier’s Charleston’s Choice Awards 2017. For the past 34 years, our customers and our community have always been our focus. We could have not done it without you.

We wish each and everyone of you happy holidays from all of us at Haddrell’s Point Tackle & Supply. Merry Christmas!

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