Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Shrimp Man Comes to Richland Chambers

There are lots of cool things about the Richland Chambers Lake Community. There are large and small happenings all over the lake. Impromptu gatherings on the water, at The Harbor Restaurant or on a friends dock all the way to the big Poker Run going on this year on September 1st. (more about that later).

One cool thing that has been going on since we've been here the last 10 years is the Shrimp Man.  Kyle Kimball from Nederland TX comes every fall and has a big freezer trailer full of  large, fresh caught, flash frozen, gulf shrimp for sale.  Every time he's here people come by land and by water from all over the lake with their coolers and line up to buy shrimp.

A gentleman by the name of Glynn Holloway used to live over in The Point on Richland Chambers.  When we first came out here it seemed like everybody knew Glynn.  Glynn came here in the early 90's when the lake was new.  He built a house and had a business building docks and walls and various other things. Glynn is quite the guy.  He knows "Kyle the Shrimp Man" and Kyle used to bring the shrimp to Glynn's house and folks all went there to get them.  Glenn has since sold his house and moved so now the shrimp man comes to Bob Capallo's house over in Fowler's Point

 The shrimp comes whole, head on and frozen solid. I usually just leave mine in the cooler overnight, (because Kyle comes on Saturdays) and Saturday afternoons in August is lake time!  Then on Sunday morning or afternoons go out to the dock, turn on the water hose, some music and clean shrimp.  I just toss the heads and anything else into the water as chum for the fish.  When you buy the shrimp they are diligent to tell you how to preserve them.  They tell you to clean them, put in freezer bags, cover in water with a tablespoon of Karo syrup mixed in.  I'm not sure how it works but the Karo syrup in the water does a great job of preserving them.  We've had them sit in the freezer for a year+ and they are always in great shape when we want them.
There is a shrimp list to let everyone know when he's coming.
If you would like to be on the shrimp list for next year, let me know!

These shrimp are always super fresh and delicious, right out of the water! So however you like your shrimp: boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, shrimp scampi, shrimp burger, shrimp soup, shrimp gumbo, shrimp sandwich, shrimp salad.... this is a good thing!!  And by the way, this year these beauties were only $6.00 a pound!  Richland Chambers is a great place!!


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