Florida Travel: Find Fresh Florida Seafood at Big Ray’s Fish Camp, Tampa

Florida Travel: Find Fresh Florida Seafood at Big Ray’s Fish Camp, Tampa


(seagulls calling)
– Hey, I’m Sean Daly and I am hungry
for some authentic Florida seafood.
I think I know just the place.
– [Voiceover] Lobster
Corn Dog has 20 seconds.
(invigorating guitar music)
– Welcome to Big Ray’s Fish Camp!
(invigorating guitar music)
– [Sean] So what have we got right here?
– [Nick] This is our Lobster Corn Dog.
– [Sean] Lobster Corn Dog?
– Yeah, man. We’re gonna take
an eight ounce Lobster tail,
We’re going to skewer it in half.
We’re going to put flour on it, dip it in
corn dog batter and deep fry it.
– [Sean] You’re a genius,
you’re like the Willy Wonka of seafood.
– [Nick] It’s just part of the deal.
– [Sean] I love it.
– [Nick] You have to be creative.
– [Sean] All right, what
have we got on here?
– [Nick] These shrimp back here are pink
Key West Pink Shrimp.
These locally caught the
shrimper comes and brings
them to me, maybe once
every three or four days,
I get shrimp in.
– [Sean] So tell me about
those Key West Pinks.
– [Nick] It’s a much different flavor,
it’s a little more briny.
– [Sean] Big Ray’s is
very much a family affair.
It’s only been open for about a year
but it’s history goes back decades.
Take us back to the beginning,
tell us the story of Big Ray’s.
– Well, Big Ray’s Fish
Camp has been generations
in the making.
As my grandfather was here in the fifties
he started fishing Ballast Point Pier,
so he was kind of the Mayor of this area.
– [Sean] The Mayor of
Ballast Point, I love it.
– [Nick] He was the
Mayor of Ballast Point,
he was actually one of
the best Snook Fisherman
in the town, in South Tampa at the time.
– [Sean] So, Big Ray was smart and strong.
– All of that, all of the above.
– [Ray] He had the bay.
– Absolutely, to be the Mayor
Ballast Point, you had to be.
– [Sean] And the Snook Slayer.
– And The Snook Slayer.
– [Sean] Snook Slayer, awesome.
– Snook Slayer, Absolutely.
– [Sean] Big Ray’s and
Ballast Point are about
ten minutes from downtown Tampa.
At Ballast Point you can
fish, hike, bike, play,
you know, work up an appetite.
– [Nick] I knew that
we needed a fish shack.
Something that could produce great food,
I could stuff it in a
small cardboard container.
And you’re going to
walk out of here saying
“Mmm. That was the best Grouper sandwich
I’ve eaten in Florida”.
– [Sean] Would you say Big
Ray’s spirit is in this place?
– [Nick] Absolutely, he’s here every day.
He’s always checking out his
own photos too, I’m sure.
(laughing)

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