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Shrimping with Bob Worthington Again

Just as he did before, Bob Worthington invited my husband and me to catch our dinner!

It's that time of year again! It's time to go shrimping according to Bob Worthington! As I've explained it to my friends and family, it time to create the perfect shrimp Alfredo from the very first step, catching my shrimp one at time. That's right, one by one, filling my bucket with small, medium and large shrimp. Trust me, it isn't easy!

Last year lifelong Gulfport resident Bob Worthington invited my husband and me out to go "shrimping" near Fort DeSoto Park in Boca Ciega Bay. We went and we had fun. Of course, I caught the least amount of shrimp, but Bob and my husband praised me for trying. This year, when Bob invited us again!

Worthington provided the boat ride, equipment and full demonstration on how to catch shrimp with the Ozello Shrimper. I describe it as a square trap that you put over the shrimp, pull the cord and trap the shrimp inside.

This year, we met Richard Martin, Bob's friend and CEO of Ozello Shrimper. Martin has been shrimping with Bob for 20 years! He and Bob shared fun stories and explained the evolution of the Ozello Shrimper. It all started with a friendly invitation to Richard's father Dr. William "Bill" Martin. Bill worked as a scientist at Honeywell and was invited out to go shrimping one night with Bob and his close friend Don Kelly. Eventually Richard, then 14, was invited to join them!

Bob Worthington explained to me in the past that Don Kelly first thought of creating something to catch the shrimp. Kelly invited the Ozello Shrimper and over the years, Worthington and his crew contributed to it's design and improvement. I've since asked Richard Martin about this invention.

Richard Martin writes, "Bob invited a lot of the team at Honeywell out with him and many of them were engineers or scientists. During the day, they worked on Honeywell's projects, at night, they turned their minds toward improving upon Don's original design for the Ozello Shrimper. We all eventually had some sort of input into the invention. The latest design is my contribution to the longtime trend, a major revision."

I truly enjoyed hearing about the history and trial and error behind the idea.

In all, my husband Robert, Bob Worthington, Richard Martin and I spent about 3 hours on the water. While the men walked away from the boat and in deeper water, I stayed near the boat and stuck to about calf deep water. Yes, a few of my shrimp got away. But I caught enough to feel confident about my night. After heading back to the dock, Bob filled our to go bags and said I caught at least two dozen.

In the end, Robert and I enjoyed a great night on the water, great conversation and catching enough shrimp for our Alfredo!

Rob Fowler June 02, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Hmmm, while many of us have heard the fascinating tales of old Gulfport as told by Bob Worthington and his brother Louis, the tempatation is to fall for the amazing mullet and scallop legends that they tell so well. However, it has been suggested by sources that the Worthingtons are really new additions to Gulfport (since 2008 or so) from urban New Jersey. It appears their goal is to trick Gulfport folks into believing they are old Florida characters who have been around for many generations. Ha! Do they think we are that gullible? The old black and white photos of Bob and Louis at the Gulfport Historical Society, supposedly from the 1940's in Gulfport, are famous Hollywood shots from old movie stars we could identify if we wanted. I wonder, it is really mullet they throw at the Gulfport birthday bash? Is it really smoked mullet everybdy raves about at the same event? Or is it Walmart imported Chinese mystery meat flattened and flavored with chemical liquid smoke they hand out? Well, I think i know... Tell me Cherlene, were they really shrimp you all brought in? I want to taste them, and I'll let you know my opinion. In fact, I want to taste a LOT of them. At least a pound or more! We'll get to the truth about the Worthingtons!
Renee Martin June 03, 2012 at 06:29 AM
All I can say is..... Please take the my dad, children and myself out for the experience
Rob Fowler June 03, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Of course I was kidding around in my post. I think everybody knows that, but you never know. The Worthingtons are as old Florida and real Gulfport as anybody possibly can be.
Cherlene Willis June 03, 2012 at 03:51 PM
HAHAHA! Well, if you notice, I didn't respond to your shrimp comment! I earned my shrimp and I'm going to enjoy my Alfredo! I'll have to take a pic when we make it :)
Rob Fowler June 04, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I am sure I was not nearly as funny as I thought I was when I wrote the post. But I am not nearly as smart as I think I am when I write either. What can I say? I love to write, and but sometimes hope nobody reads it. :) Last night we had some fresh wild caught shrimp from Save-on-Seafood on 49th Street South and every bite was absolutely delicious. I thought of you all pulling in your shrimp, knowing it was slightly fresher than what we had. If you need help cooking it, my lovely wife Theresa is amazing with fresh seafood. Looking forward to the pic!

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