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    Oysters Hunting

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 13, 2011

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    Oyster mucking is what people do to get those morsels. This mollusk also has been depleted along the whole coast, but some people still make a bit of a living shucking them out. I did this once and it is MUDDY to say the least when you walk into the low land marshes and rake up those that are still alive.

    Oysters found in low tide Herrin also look for oysters
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    Shrimping as a Living

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 13, 2011

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    The industry of shrimping is only a fraction of what it used to be when I was here more than 25 years ago. They are shrimped out, but still some hardy stock hang on to get some catches. The boats are rigged with many nets and strung up on the poles

    Rig nets that are strung along the bottom Close up of a shrimp boat Models of boats of the old days.
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    Southern Fried

    by yallpeoples Written Jan 2, 2004

    For those of you who aren't accustomed to folks who make a big fuss about church, you'll see it here. In my experience living in Jax, I notice that people are conservative and are churchgoing. But nobody dragged me into a church. People here talk a little slower, be patient. Don't get freaked out if you see black girls in beehives bigger than their heads. The fascinating part about this is that these women are still able to walk in 4 in heels and carry their babies. How they do it beats me. Yes, there are rednecks here and don't laugh if you hear someone's name is Billy Bob or Bubba. It is for real. Everybody talks about how the South is racist, but I didn't experience it living there. I have lived in so called progressive cities where they have been more prejudiced than the South. Don't let looks deceive you. Sundays there are dead, so have something to do in mind like go to the beach, drive to the Okefenokee Forest in Georgia, go to St. Augustine, but do something or else you will be bored out of your mind. Be prepared to drive a long ways for everything. You'll either love Jax or hate it because the locals felt that way about it. Despite the fact I come from the West Coast where life is so different, I enjoyed Jacksonville and may come back again someday.

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