Every year, our Cooking School ventures out on an excursion to a local, culinary attraction of sorts, and this year was the famous Lady Jane Shrimp Boat!
As an added bonus to this fun outing is that September is National Shrimp Month, and we coincidently got to celebrate it out on the waters shrimpin’!
Lady Jane is a United State Coast Guard certified passenger steel shrimping vessel that was recently retired after years of loyal service to the shrimping industry. To finish out her heyday, the Lady Jane offers once in a lifetime experiences throughout the Golden Isles marshes.
Once aboard, Cameron Ako and John Tyre walked us through what all we would be doing while on the excursion and then we took off, heading towards our shrimpin’ spots. With Lady Jane, the nets go down for about 15-20 minutes, so if animals such as turtles or air-breathing wildlife get caught it in, they will be released before any harm is done.
Finally, it was time to bring in the nets and begin sorting through what we caught!
While it is a shrimp boat, we caught a huge variety of marine life from puffer fish, to flounder, blue crab, sting rays, horseshoe crabs, and even a small shark!
Tyre did an awesome job sorting through our catch, while also educating us on the different species and letting the group careful handle them too. There were even several brave souls in the group who held the 3-foot shark!
Of course all marine life was tossed back, gently, into their natural habitats and no cute, nor slightly scary, animal was harmed in the whole process.
Lady Jane docks at the popular Marshside Grill in Brunswick, Georgia, described as in-between the Saint Simons Causeway and the Jekyll Island Causeway.
If you haven’t gone on a shrimpin’ adventure and you are in the area, then the Lady Jane is a must!