Swamp Pawn

Swamp Pawn

Follow Rick Phillips of Phillips Swamp Seafood in Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana. Not your typical pawnshop, Phillips Swamp Seafood buys and sells anything the bayou serves up — including alligators, turtles, bullfrogs, crawfish, and everything in between. Phillips and a colorful cast of neighboring “swampers” make their living fishing, hunting and haggling in this tiny, self-sustaining community deep in the heart of the bayou.

Swamp Pawn features an array of quirky locals who rely on their ability to sell whatever will catch a price. This close-knit community lives off the land, learns to be resourceful when times are lean and depends on each other to get by.

Participants

  • Rick Phillips
    Rick Phillips

    Rick Phillips

    Rick Phillips

    Every town needs a mayor, and Rick Phillips is the closest thing Bayou Pigeon is going to get. Rick grew up in Baton Rouge, LA., but the allure of the Atchafalaya Basin and a simple Cajun life beckoned, and he settled in Bayou Pigeon permanently. Rick owns and operates the Phillips Seafood Company, and it’s grown from selling crawfish in the front yard to a booming business that’s the lifeblood of this fishing community. Rick’s a tough customer (he’ll never get the short end of a barter or business deal, ever), but he’s also one of the most laid-back characters you’ll ever meet. He’ll bend over backward to help a friend or a stranger. And he does it with a casual country charm and sense of humor that’s made Phillips Seafood Co. not only the center of commerce in Bayou Pigeon but the town’s social center as well. Rick doesn’t get out in the basin as much as he used to, but he knows his business, and there’s no doubt he’s a fisherman through and through.

  • Clayton Daley
    Clayton Daley

    Clayton Daley

    Clayton Daley

    You could say that fisherman Clayton Daley has the bayou in his blood. He works the swamp any way he can to make a living. When he isn’t earning a paycheck as Rick’s jack-of-all-trades at Phillips Seafood, he’s dropping lines and nets in the lakes and spillways near Bayou Pigeon, much like he’s been doing for 40 years. And he does it the way a true-blue Cajun always has — stringing nets across the waterway and using his boat to stampede the fish right into the nets. For the past 15 years, he’s been fishing, hunting, snake and frog trapping and living off the land with his second wife Jonie, a dyed-in-the-wool country woman who’s more comfortable in hip boots than high heels and the perfect match and foil for this rough-around-the-edges fisherman. Together, they make a formidable team. Last year, he and Jonie hauled in 140,000 pounds of buffalo fish all by themselves. It’s enough to give them a nice lifestyle both at home and on the houseboat they plan to retire to — when they decide to hang up their fishing nets for good. But for the record, that’ll never happen!

  • Joney Daley
    Joney Daley

    Joney Daley

    Joney Daley

    Some people might find it impossible to be married to a hardcore Cajun man like Clayton, but then they’ve never met a woman like Joney Daley. By day, she works at the Plaquemine city credit union 30 miles away. But at night, there’s nothing she wants to do more than get out in the swamp. She’s been fishing and frogging her entire life — being Daddy’s Little Girl meant Joney spent her quality time going hunting and fishing in the bayous of Louisiana. When she married Clayton, their families didn’t think it would last. They gave them six years together, tops. But for the past 15, they’ve been living the dream life for two people who like nothing more than being ankle deep in frogs and fish guts. And no doubt, they’ll live happily ever after.

  • Brian "Shorty" Gomez
    Brian "Shorty" Gomez

    Brian "Shorty" Gomez

    Brian "Shorty" Gomez

    Brian Gomez may be short in stature, but this boy’s big on personality. When he was born in Baton Rouge, doctors gave him a 1 in 10 chance to live. He beat the odds on that birthday, and he’s been doing so ever since. He doesn’t live in Bayou Pigeon, but the residents know him well, bestowing him with the affectionate and obvious nickname “Shorty.” And though he’s topped out at 4 feet tall, he’s made his way through life schemin ‘ and strivin’ and taking on whatever good fortune came his way. Now, at one point that put him at odds with the law, but since then, he’s been doing his best to stay on the straight and narrow. And as he drifts from project to project and hustle to hustle, he’s found his niche in Bayou Pigeon — as the man with the gift of gab who’ll never turn down an opportunity to make a dollar.

  • Coy Gomez
    Coy Gomez

    Coy Gomez

    Coy Gomez

    There’s Mutt and Jeff. Abbott and Costello. And then there’s Shorty and his dad, Coy Gomez. This mismatched duo live a couple of miles down the road from Bayou Pigeon. But being fishermen who live off the swamp, much of their time is spent at Rick’s place, looking for work and seafood they can turn around and sell “in the hood.” They would make perfect business partners, except for the fact that Coy and Shorty couldn’t be more different: Coy is bayou-bred, a tall backwoods gentleman who’s quiet, reserved and thoughtful and stands in total contrast to the brash and scattershot Shorty. And while they disagree on just about everything — from living arrangements and what constitutes good business to merely what to have for dinner — there’s never a doubt that Coy loves his son and wants the best for him — if only Shorty would listen to reason every once in a while.

  • Quentin Morales
    Quentin Morales

    Quentin Morales

    Quentin Morales

    He may be younger than many of the hard-core fisherman in Bayou Pigeon, but 35-year-old Quentin Morales is still a master of his trade. His specialty? Trapping catfish — a high-value seafood that provides a nice lifestyle for Quentin and his wife Jamie. Quentin is a man of few words, but he means what he says, coming from a long line of soft-spoken, honest, hard-working fishermen. He’s has a wife to support, so Quentin does what he can — even took construction jobs when fishing was slow. But there’s no taking Quentin out of the swamp for long. Hunting and catching fish is in his blood, and as long as he can make a living, he’ll be living on the bayou.

  • Jamie Morales
    Jamie Morales

    Jamie Morales

    Jamie Morales

    Quentin’s wife Jamie was born and raised in the big city — well, at least the closest one — Morgan City, La., population 12,404. She was always a tomboy, but the closest she got to fishing was dropping a line in the city river. But since marrying Quentin 17 years ago, she’s become a swamp woman, hard-core. As a team, Jamie and Quentin are quite a pair — the soft-spoken bayou man and the blonde, bubbly former city lady who still likes to get “prettied up” every once in a while. Except now, she “don’t need no tanning bed.” She gets that tan year-round from fishing in what she calls “the best office in the world” — the swamp.

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Schedule

Saturday November 15th, 9/8c PM

A Little Gar Goes A Long Way

Saturday November 8th, 9/8c PM

Wedding Band Of Brothers

Saturday November 8th, 9/8c PM

Wedding Band of Brothers

Saturday October 25th, 9/8c PM

Rick's Sweet 60

Saturday October 18th, 9/8c PM

Driver Down

Saturday October 11th, 9/8c PM

Swamp Market Crash

Saturday March 8th, 9/8c PM

From Gators To Garters

Saturday March 1st, 9/8c PM

A Lil' Ol' Prick

Saturday February 22nd, 9/8c PM

Size Matters

Saturday February 15th, 9/8c PM

Son of a Godzilla

Saturday February 8th, 9/8c PM

Housejacked

Saturday February 1st, 9/8c PM

Where's Shorty?

Saturday January 25th, 9/8c PM

Buggin' Out

Saturday January 18th, 9/8c PM

Much Ado About Snakin'

Saturday January 11th, 9/8c PM

Going for Croak

Saturday January 4th, 9/8c PM

Dead in the Water

Saturday December 21st, 9/8c PM

Friends With Benefits

Saturday December 14th, 10/9c PM

The Inspector Spectre

Saturday December 7th, 10/9c PM

Politicky Ricky

Saturday November 30th, 10/9c PM

The Crawfather

Saturday November 23rd, 10/9c PM

Buyers Be Where?

Saturday November 16th, 10/9c PM

Holy Crawfish

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