Tunica Fish Fry

Thanks go out to Harold and Lola Hanson, as well as their neighbors Rick & Prudie, for having us out on Sunday for the annual fish fry. This event is held on the 3rd Saturday of October and then, again, eight days later. The bass, chicken, and BBQ shrimp were quite good, with the dipping batter for the fried bass among the best I’ve ever tasted, a complete redefining of lemon and black pepper as a breaded seasoning. The bacon-wrapped venison was excellent, the bacon grease softening the normally tough, gamey deer meat.

This is an event that Harold and Rick fish all year for, with a requirement of over 1000 fish to provide enough fillets for the four fish frys Rick puts on throughout the year. Their fishing community is in the Nel-Win camp, on the edge of Tunica Lake [Google satellite view]. The lake is actually a old part of the Mississippi River, and it still rises and falls, to some degree, as the height of the Old Man River rises and falls.

I’m hoping we are lucky enough to be invited back next year, when we will definitely remember to bring a desert!

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