Our Seafood Market

Pelican Point was originally opened in 1979 by Julie's parents, Joe and Susan (Harris) Reis. At the time it was called J. Reis Seafood. Joe and Susan had numerous fishing boats (Snapper, Grouper, Shrimp, etc). Julie and Jack purchased J. Reis Seafood in 1987 and officially changed the name to Pelican Point Seafood.

Since the 1970's Pelican Point has prided itself on carrying a wide variety of local seafood, unloaded directly at their dock by local fisherman. Pelican Point also carries a variety of hard to find seafood items, however they strive to provide domestic wild caught products.

Pelican Point carries whole fish, filets, shrimp, oyster, clams, squid, octopus, live blue crabs, scallops, etc. etc.

The market also operates a large wholesale business. They ship to various locations nationwide, as well as supplying nearby businesses with fresh product.

Pelican Point is also responsible for most of the seafood processing for Rusty Bellies. This requires a significant amount of time and labor as each shrimp we serve in the restaurant is peeled and deveined in house, as well as our fish is filleted and portioned by hand daily.

In 2004, the Russell's tore down the hardware store and removed half of the railways to begin construction of their newest endeavor, Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill. Rusty Bellies was completed in June of 2005.

Our Boats

Julie and Jack also purchased the marineway and hardware store that was originally built and owned by Julie's parents. This business was located directly next to Pelican Point and was named Tarpon Marine and Hardware. This is where Jack built and repaired boats, most notably he built the Julie Ann on this property. The Julie Ann is an 85' steel hull shrimp trawler and was built by hand by Jack. This project took Jack over 5 years to complete and was launched in 2002. Jack still operates the Julie Ann with his crew and it is the main source of shrimp for Pelican Point and Rusty Bellies.

The Russells also own the Redman, a 34' grouper boat that was refurbished by Jack in 2002.

In 2004, the Russell's tore down the hardware store and removed half of the railways to begin construction of their newest endeavor, Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill. Rusty Bellies was completed in June of 2005.

In 2008, Jack refurbished a 39' stone crab boat named the Crabracadabra. He is currently in the process of converting the Crabracadabra in to a grouper boat in order to keep up with the demand of fresh local grouper.