For most of us , when we hear the word “jubilee” we put on our best dress and prepare for a day/night of fun filled activities. Here on the Eastern Shore, “jubilee” means something much different for us. This means, we grab our buckets, fishing nets, water shoes, gigs, spotlights, friends and family, and we make our way to the shore of the Mobile Bay. See, a Jubilee is a natural phenomenon that occurs sporadically on the shores of Mobile Bay, in which and abundance of easy-to-catch seafood is right at your feet.
It’s fairly easy to fill several 5 gallon buckets full of shrimp, your pickup truck feet deep with crabs, or gig a hundred flounder. Sometimes the jubilee is species specific so you aren’t guaranteed to catch all of these. However, you’ll never have another opportunity like this anywhere else unless you live on Tokyo Bay in Japan!
A jubilee may effect the entire Eastern Shore ranging from Daphne to Mullet Point, a distance of about 15 miles. Sometimes they may be a bit more localized and only range a few hundred feet. Let’s hope you’re a morning person because this event normally happens immediately proceeding dawn. Certain conditions are required for a jubilee to happen, such as calm or slick waters, an easterly wind on the previous day and the occurring day of the jubilee, a rising tide with two water masses meeting ( with the saltier water invading), and Summer months. Most jubilees happen between June and September but more frequently in August. No one knows what area of the beach the next jubilee will occur but we do know that it will happen here on the Eastern Shore!