BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Many say that shrimp are one of the most beloved types of seafood.
"We're looking for some shrimp for the gumbo, and also for the grill, and to fix it other ways. We'd figure we'd come by here," said tourist, Lucretia Pope.
Pope and her family travel from the Huntsville, Ala. to enjoy some of South Mississippi's finest shrimp.
"We came down and we found some stuff we liked, so we're gonna head out in the morning," said Pope.
Fisherman like Randy Lesso, Jr. are preparing for the Monday kickoff of shrimp season.
"My dad has been doing this for 44 years, I'm just following in his footsteps. Were out here today just getting our boats ready, making sure our nets our prepared," said Lesso. "Our boats are ready to go and ready for the opening on Monday morning."
Lesso says that at the end of the day, it's all about serving the customer.
"It's a great feeling because you can come down here and get some fresh shrimp off our boats. Every morning you come in here 7, 7:30 to get what we caught that night. A lot of people love it, that's why they come down here to see us."
Recreational and commercial season will open at 6 a.m. June 6. Shrimp season north of the Intracoastal Waterway will close at midnight on Dec. 31, and will close at that same time on April 30, 2017 south of the waterway.