A few weeks ago, husband and I decided to take a spontaneous ocean fishing trip on Labor Day. We might make a tradition out of it because we both ended up having so much fun. I think that this idea came up because we happened to be walking by a marina the day before, and David commented on how nice it would be to be out on a boat. After some browsing of the Interwebs, I found out that CT has these open “party boats” – – no, not a booze cruise which is what I first thought — where you can just hop onto a fishing boat in the morning, no private charter or reservation required. Score!
So we woke up early, packed up a cooler with sandwiches, ginger ale, and water bottles, and off we went!
This was our setup in our little corner of the boat – rod and tackle which we were able to rent, and burlap sack for holding the fishies.
There was a pool that you could enter for catching the biggest fish out of everyone on the boat. I didn’t enter, but of course I caught the biggest fish. The picture doesn’t really show how heavy and huge that thing was. Right before I forced a smile on my face for the picture, I was freaking out because these guys really BITE and struggle. So I was trying hard not to drop it or let my fingers near its mouth.
The first mate filleted the fish for us, which was great because I didn’t have to do it.
So between the 2 of us, we ended up with almost 7 pounds of fish fillets. I tried baking them first, but I was not a fan of the rather strong fishy flavor and tough texture. David’s co-worker ended up taking about half of the fillets and smoking them for us in his smoker. It basically turned it into fish bacon — delicious, salty, and smoky — which then became smoked bluefish chowder this past week (recipe here). To make it healthier, I left out the bacon and used fat free evaporated milk.
So there you have it….boat to bowl 🙂
Happy weekend everyone!