When Jimmy Buffett calls you early on a beautiful Earth Day morning to see if you’re keen for a second round of local dolphin searching via paddleboard, do you head into the office, or do you make the water your office? I’ll give you one guess.

You make a quick call to a couple of crack local water-guide filmmakers: Luke Pope Corbett, founder of Charleston Kayak Company, and Scott Snider, the cinematographer we just featured on the cover of the March 23 issue of City Paper. Then you load up some boards onto a slow-rolling skiff and head out. 

Today, we took to the water not too far from Jimmy’s friends at Crosby’s Fish and Shrimp Company and soon happened upon what we believe to be a young male dolphin cruising the edge of the spartina grass in search of fish and crabs. The dolphin appeared to be at least somewhat interested in the Duke of Margaritaville as he surfaced and eyed Jimmy a few times while meandering along.

We followed him at a distance before he decided to cruise off towards Morris Island. Our crew then turned our attention to a beautiful tidal flat out near a favorite marsh island and found the shallows there teeming with redfish. We had no rod and reel. Just a couple of cameras, our paddles and our eyeballs. 


The afternoon ended, as it does many times when Jimmy’s in town, at the Lost Dog Cafe on Folly Beach. There, fried green tomato BLT’s, she crab soup and sweet tea recharged the batteries. 

All in all, a pretty damn nice way to spend Earth Day in the Holy City. 

Thanks Jimmy, from all of us. 

Chris Dixon is senior editor of Charleston City Paper and author of The Ocean. The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical Knowledge, a book he conceived with the help of Jimmy Buffett. 

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