One thing that we always do when traveling is “ask the locals”. We want to explore new places not as tourist but really try to get a look at the local foods, areas, and activities. While at the state park in MN we told the locals we met that we were going to Hillboro ND and asked if there were any places they would suggest. They quickly suggested Brewer Lake and we are very thankful of their suggestion. This turned out to be the perfect place to unwind after the many miles of traveling, and the excitement of WMSTR.
We have loved fishing and enjoy looking for the local wildlife. We have seen deer, beaver, a fish stealing mink, rough leggeged hawks, herons, a kingfisher and even a Bald Eagle fishing along side of us. We have heard coyotes singing at night and the raspy call of the heron when he flew across the lake to regain his distance from all disturbances. The sky has been a beauty to behold, it has been FULL of twinkling stars and the occasional view of our Milky Way Galaxy.
On our last night camping at the beach we decided to have a feast and experiment with our catches from the Pier. The only fish that were biting on a regular basis were Whiting. They don’t get too big, but they are very good when filleted and fried (what isn’t).
Lydia used my iPhone to record how I removed the wings from the sting ray. If you have a large ray, there is a bunch of good meat on there and it is very easy to prepare. You will have to excuse the video orientation, I am working with Lydia to help her record better videos. She has a tendency to get caught up in the moment, so she forgets what she is supposed to be filming…
I decided I wanted to prepare the shark and sting ray in two different ways. To grill each, I left the skin on, I added very little seasoning and grilled them on a low steady fire. To prepare them for frying, I removed the skin from both the shark and the ray. I dunked them in a batter then straight into the fryer for a few minutes. I preferred the fried over the grilled, next time I will grill over a hotter fire and cook it much quicker. The fried shark was awesome, but the sting ray surprised everyone that tried it. Many people will tell you that rays and skates are not good to eat, our whole family loved it and we will be eating them again for sure…
The beautiful Hunting Island State Park Camp Ground was a great place to search for treasures from the Sea everyday! This has been our favorite camping spot since the Scholl Bus departed on its maiden voyage. We were here from April 15-21 and loved every minute.
The campground has large trees and very nice ground cover if you are on the higher numbered sites, which we actually preferred over the beach front sites. The sites on the beach were very tightly packed with no space between you and your neighbors.
The blue crabs were caught on the Hunting Island Pier, fishing from the pier is included with the campground pass with no extra SC fishing license required. The girls had fun catching them, Jody had a minor incident with one crab latching on to his index finger but managed to survive (the crab did not).
This beach is well known for large numbers of sharks teeth. Jody and the girls found 19 teeth in just a few hours on one particular day. He is addicted to the art of teeth hunting now for sure.