Mike's Place - for bait, crabs and shrimp on the Intracoastal just north of St. Augustine, FL
I like crabs. I just do. I like picking crabs. I like taking a couple of hours just to eat them. You don't put on any weight this way. I am like Bubba in Forrest Gump. I like stone, Dungeness, snow, blue, king, you name it--- crabs. I like them steamed, cold, in a salad, crabcakes, baked in a casserole, you get the idea. I just like crabs.
I grew up eating blue crabs that we caught in the panhandle of Florida (okay, my brother caught them). Then I caught them (okay along with my husband) in Maryland. We have been trying to catch them here in Florida but all we keep catching are fish in our crab trap. We will try the St. Johns River soon.
We have been purchasing crabs throughout the northeast Florida area. I have noticed for years the handmade sign for Mike's Place that said "live crabs". As Mike's Place is a bait shop, I thought this meant small crabs for bait, so I never checked out my neighborhood bait shop.
But then a neighbor told me about their stone crab claws that Mike's Place got from Cedar Key, Florida. A 5 lb. bag was $30. I went over and bought the last bag. They went so quickly. So when I was at Aunt Kate's Restaurant that adjoins this property last week, I stopped in to see if they had crabs.
"Yes", said Randy Harris the operator of Mike's Place along with Janie Jones since 2005, "we do have crabs." Being a Doubting Thomas I asked to see them. There they were:
I brought them home at $3.50/lb., steamed them and enjoyed a great meal. Randy told me they usually get the crabs on Thursday (come on, no jokes here).
He also showed me their jumbo shrimp with heads on for $7/lb.
I will be back for those.
Of course, Mike's Place is the place for bait and supplies in North Beach. It is located next to a St. Johns County Public boat ramp, Usina Boat Ramp, at the end of Euclid St. See directions below. Mike's Place also has a boat dock so you can arrive by boat and get your bait and other supplies. Or grab a bite to eat at Aunt Kate's restaurant, get your bait, and have a wonderful day on the Intracoastal in St. Augustine. Come visit.
Directions to Mike's Place:
Take Scenic A1A from St. Augustine over the Usina (Vilano) Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). Continue on A1A by taking a left on Coastal Highway and travel about 2.5 miles north to Euclid (by The Reef Restaurant). Take a left on Euclid as directed by this homemade sign
all the way to the Intracoastal. Aunt Kate's is on the right and Mike's Place is on the Intracoastal connecting to Aunt Kate's.
Mikes' Place: 614 Euclid Ave Saint Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 829-8567
Barbara Jenness has lived in the North Beach area since 1998 and is an active community volunteer. She is President of Friends of A1A, vice-president of the local community association North Shores Improvement Association (NSIA), Board member of Vilano Beach Main Street since 1998 and has assisted with the redevelopment of Vilano Beach since 1998. She is a member of the Porpoise Point Homeowner's Association. She was selected as Businesswoman of the Year last year by the Women's Council of REALTORS in St. Augustine because of her community involvement. Additionally she was selected as the 2008 REALTOR of the Year for St. Augustine.
Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.
Awards: REALTOR of the Year, Businesswoman of the Year, SPIRIT Award Passion, Five-Star Best in Client Satisfaction-7 Years Winner