I'm sorry this didn't work for you, Rich. Just checking if you used fine-ground cornmeal? Anything other than that won't really work. Also, were your oysters well-drained? I will say that the batter is a thin one, but it should still hold up enough to form a ball in the hot oil.
No matter how much more dry ingredients in added above what the recipe called for, this was all liquid like pancake batter. Had to resort to putting them in muffin tins and it was a total waste of VERY expensive ingredients.