Vintage SoWal - Boatful of Fish on Eastern Lake
July 28, 2014 by Payson Comer Howard
What you see is called purse seining - now illegal so I hear. These boats used to come along shore and drop these semicircular nets out and bring in a huge haul of mostly bait fish. These fish look like lady fish to me. Probably got served up in fried fish dishes at local PCB restaurants.
Back then, the easiest way to get a boat to the beach was via what we called “The Red Clay Road” which was a relatively flat “jeep trail” at the location of One Seagrove Place. Most likely my great aunt Sue White took this picture around 1965.
The older man is my great uncle John White and the boy partially hidden by John is my brother, Keith Comer. Also pictured are friends of my cousin Maunsel White.
The man with the baseball cap is the boat captain A.V. White, who operated a shrimp boat out of Point Washington for many years - that’s his jeep and trailer in the background. Two of the boys are his sons. Then the other two are friends of Maunsel’s. The boy in red swim shorts is likely Arthur Zatarain (of the New Orleans food products family).
- Payson Comer Howard
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