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Episode-1380- All About Cooking Fish

Today we complete our fishing series with a show on cooking fish.  Fish is dish best served well, “not ruined”.  If I were asked what are the two things that most often ruin fish I would say the following.  Over cooking fresh water fish and often bothering to cook some salt water fish at all.  Now don’t get me wrong I cook plenty of salt water fish, but some of it is best simply sashimi or ceviche!

Today I will go over some of my favorite ways to prepare and use fish.  The good news is you can do all of this even if you are not a fisherman with fresh fish from the market.  The key with fish is when done it should flake, not be mushy, you simply most not be afraid that you will “under cook it” this indeed is the most common way fish is ruined.

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  • Some basic rules
    • Don’t overcook
    • Never eat raw or citrus cooked fresh water fish
    • Learn to clean fish and consider buying them whole
    • Learn to use what others throw away
    • Be creative and use recipes as a guide, not law
  • Some of my favorite ways to cook and eat fish
    • Shore lunch style fish fry
    • Almost paleo style fish fry
    • Catfish Steaks (works for salmon too, it is where I got the idea)
    • Plank Cooked Fish (salmon, catfish, tilapia, and many others work)
    • Two types of “fish chowder”
      • Simple Shore Lunch Style
      • Gourmet Cook Style
    • Make it fish stew, omit the corn and milk, add tomato paste
    • Cerviche – Some important thoughts
    • Sashimi – yes you can do this wrong or use an not so good fish for it
    • Fish on the half shell – great for camping
    • Sumac and dill infused fish
    • Fish for fish tacos
    • Smoked catfish – people will fight over this!
  • Final thoughts again don’t be a recipe Nazi!

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Episode-1374- “Unconventional” Fishing Methods

The first thing you need to know is that some or all of these methods might be illegal in your locality and it is up to you to determine the legality of any of these methods before using them.

Some of these methods are best suited for an actual “survival situation” or at least a bush crafting situation.

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  • Why leave the rod and reel behind
  • Thoughts  on “unconventional” or whatever you wish to call it
    • Jug fishing
    • Limb lines
    • YoYos
    • Trotlines
    • Noodling
    • Spear Fishing
    • “Trapping”
    • Nets
    • Bow Fishing
    • Gigging
    • Beer Can Fishing (hand lines)
  • Thoughts on why these methods should be considered

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Episode-1350- Fishing Lakes

I am going to continue our fishing show today and move on to lakes.  By lakes I mean anything from a small farm pond to a large 50,000 or bigger reservoir.  In some ways I like fishing lakes less than just about any other option, especially large lakes.

Why?  Well with the exception of smaller ponds of  a few acres of less lakes are  often more like hunting than fishing.  Exactly where are those fish at becomes the key to catching them. If you are seeking certain fish at certain times you might have a great start on things.  During spawning channel cats will be on rocky shorelines in shallow water if they exist.  In lakes that don’t have a good river feeding them, sand bass often spawn on rocky humps near channels or rocky wind blown points.

Lake fishing is unique and really must be broken down into many disciplines.  Big lakes vs. small ones.  Man made vs. natural , north vs. south.  Stocked and managed vs. wilderness and wild.  The key though is, most people tend to have more access to lake and pond fishing than any other kind.  So today we will focus on some of the basics of this type of fishing.

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  • Lake Structures
    • Rip Rap and Rocky Areas
    • Points
    • Humps
    • Docks and Bridges
    • Brush Piles
    • Standing timber
    • Jetties
    • Coves
    • Weedlines
    • Ledges
    • Holes
    • Shallows
    • Thermocline
    • Your Own Creations
  • Why I love GPS for lake fishing
  • Some ways to target specific species
    • Channel Catfish
    • Crappie
    • White Bass and Striper /Hybrids
    • Bluegills and Sunfish
    • Yellow Perch
    • Trout
  • Final Thoughts

NOTE Today’s show notes are abbreviated due to technical issues, they will be updated with sponsor links etc. later today.  Right now I am getting the show published while the internet is up.

 

Episode-1345- Fishing the Surf and Piers

A Black Tip Shark - One of the Surf's Many Surprises

A Black Tip Shark – One of the Surf’s Many Surprises

For Dorothy the beach is a place to walk, pick up shells and sit around and do nothing.  While I enjoy much of that, especially with a Jimmy Buffet approved drink in hand, I also love to fish the shore.  There is an excitement about shore and pier and brackish water fishing that to me just doesn’t exist in a lake or a river.  Do a bit of research on any lake or river (fresh water river) and likely there are 6-12 fish if that that are common.  When you look at fish you are likely to catch the number is likely to be closer to 6 than 12.

Now let me remind you of what I caught just in species on the Sanibel island coast, only about 5 of the 10 days I was there was the surf ideal for fishing by the way.

Here is a list of the species I caught while on vacation in the Sanibel Island Surf…

  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Permit
  • Snook
  • Ladyfish
  • Whiting
  • Gafftop Sail Catfish
  • Hard Head Catfish
  • Jack Cravalle
  • Blue Runner
  • Speckled Sea Trout

That is 10 species and I am leaving out some of the little odd bait fish stuff that also managed to get hooked like Pig and Pin fish.  So that alone is a dozen.  We took a quick trip down to the pier as well, we just missed a guy landing a black tip shark and we saw another guy catch a nice nurse shark.  When the surf was clear at one point I found myself surrounded by about a thousand or more (no exaggeration) cow nose rays.  Though I managed to intentionally not catch any.

I have fished the Texas coast many times and while not quite the diversity of Florida’s coast it is also a great deal of fun.  I have often caught red fish, sea trout, whiting, sand trout, croaker, sail cats, hard heads and a lot of other stuff.  I have also managed to catch a few small black tip sharks down there.  I even remember one day when the surf was really clear and I was standing about waste deep on the second sand bar and several of us watched a bull shark that was at least 8 feet cruise by just 10 yards in front of us, while we all backed slowly onto the bars shallower area, no one panicked and the fishing continued.

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  • My basic gear, not much different from lake fishing
    • Medium action spinning rod
    • Snap swivels
    • 10-14 pound premium mono
    • Bait casting sinkers
    • Bait holder hooks #2 – #4/0 generally snelled
    • Cut bait (shrimp, cut whiting, squid, etc)
  • Stepping gear up for bigger fish
    • Medium Heavy to Heavy Action rod and reel
    • Steel leaders
    • Large circle or khale hooks
    • Simply put, bigger bait
    • Paddle boards, surf boards, etc. – not necessary but functional
  • The basics of surf fishing – easy as it gets
    • Guts and bars are your friend, if they are there
    • Tides, high is best but it is not that simple
    • Surf reports, calm water equals better fishing
    • Seasonality – what is there and when
    • Piers – sometimes the only valid option but crowded
    • When wading shuffle – sting rays!
  • Beyond Cut Baits
    • Whitebait, Theadthins, Pinfish, etc.
    • Cast nets
    • Sand Fleas and Small Crabs
    • The DOA shrimp – probably one of the best artificial
    • Live Shrimp
  • A bit on brackish rivers, bays, etc.
    • There is a lot in common, especially on piers
    • Better for crabbing, fun at low tide
    • Fish tend to come in “runs”
    • Boats are great but that is another show
    • In some areas wading can be dangerous – Alligators!
  • Safety and Comfort Gear
    • Needle nose and hemostats – consider a glove
    • Basic first aid kit – have aloe gel on hand
    • Jelly Fish Sting Treatment – Link
    • Good knifes and a cleaning board – if keeping fish
    • Really good cooler, lots of ice
    • Water, water, water, water and water
    • Sun Block – water really fries you
    • Bait buckets for live bait, bait containers (avoid the chomp)
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Episode-1342- Fishing Rivers and Streams

Part of the Susquehanna I Fished Often in my Teens.

Part of the Susquehanna I Fished Often in my Teens.

If I had a blue sky budget I would live on a small to mid sized river, that should tell you how I feel about this subject.  Of all types of fishing I love fishing moving fresh water the best.  Rivers come in many sizes.  I grew up fishing the St. John’s River in Jacksonville Florida.  While I have many fond memories of it, that is not the type of river I most enjoy fishing.  The St. Johns where I fished it was over a mile wide, the water was brackish, tides could easily drown a swimmer, etc.  Rivers like that I see more akin to bays and pier and surf fishing.

In 1985 when I was just hitting my teens we moved from Jacksonville, Florida to Pottsville, Pennsylvania.  Soon I wash fishing trout streams from little trickles you could walk across in 2-4 steps all the way up to the mighty Susquehanna north of Harrisburg.

Now the Susquehanna where we fished it was wide, like the St. John’s almost a mile wide but in some areas you could almost walk across it!  By wading you could find all sorts of formations, it was almost like finding mini creeks in the rivers.  This is the type of river and stream fishing I will be talking about today.  Bodies of water you can fish from shore, wading or with small boats.  Water that you can “read” and actually understand what going on below the surface by how the water moves.

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  • River, steam, brook, creek, crick, call it what you want it is all fun
  • Choosing your gear for moving water
  • Learning to “read” water
    • Deep pools
    • Edies
    • Fast moving deep water
    • Ledges
    • Cut outs and deep banks
    • There is a lot more, you learn to just see it
  • Some of my favorite species to fish moving water for and how I do it
    • Trout of any and all kind
    • Small Mouth Bass – my favorite
    • Catfish
    • Fresh Water Drum – yes I am serious
    • White Bass – like a micro salmon run
  • How to find spots and access points
  • Float fishing with canoes, how to reach spots others never go to
  • Small boats on slow deep swamp like rivers

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Episode-1341- The Basics of Fishing Gear

A Small Surf Caught Pompano that became Sashimi

A Small Surf Caught Pompano that became Sashimi

While at Sanibel Island I did a LOT of fishing.  Had a blast as the surf was pretty good to me for the first half of the trip.  About mid way into it, the ocean just got really rough and turbid and it really wasn’t worth the effort at that point.

I always enjoy fishing and frankly the last year was so full of work not much of it got done.  I enjoy fishing in fresh and salt water, in bays, estuaries, the surf, rivers, streams, creeks, hell I would fish a puddle if I thought there was a fish in it.

Surf fishing is hard to beat though, just for pure variety and the “never know what you will catch next” factor.  Over the years I have both caught and watched others catch some really interesting stuff just surf fishing the guts and bars on the beaches.

Here is a list of the species I caught while on vacation in the Sanibel Island Surf…

  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Permit
  • Snook
  • Ladyfish
  • Whiting
  • Gafftop Sail Catfish
  • Hard Head Catfish
  • Jack Cravalle
  • Blue Runner
  • Speckled Sea Trout

It was an absolute blast.  As always though when I am in a place where fishing is popular I see a ton of other fishermen.  Some are really switched on, some are specialists, like the guys fly casting to snook.  But there are always some who are well, just not quite “getting it”.

From rods that are too heavy to giant weights and hooks or God knows what else, you see a lot of things that just don’t work when you go fishing where others are fishing too.  This got me thinking, why not do a TSP fishing series.

So we are going to start that today, here is the plan for all the shows in this series…

  • Episode One -The basics of gear, rods, hooks, weights, reels, etc. (Today)
  • Episode Two – Fishing rivers and streams
  • Episode Three – Fishing the surf and bays and piers, etc.
  • Episode Four – Lakes
  • Episode Five – All about boats and hiring guides
  • Episode Six – “Unconventional Methods” – Jugging, Trot Lines, Bank Lines, etc.

If there is anything else you would want added to that list, let me know.  I am not going to focus much of artificals today but will pepper thoughts on them into most of the episodes as the situations discussed demand.

For Today this is What We Will Cover

  • Rods and reels (bait casting, spinning, fly, cane, etc)
  • Types of fishing line, mono, braided, fluoro
  • Hooks, bait holder, khale, circle, long shank (Aberdeen and Siwash), treble
  • Weights, split shots, casting, slip, rubber core and more
  • Nets and gaffs
  • Bait containers, stringers, coolers, etc
  • Floats, round, stick, slip, fly bubbles, etc.
  • Clippers, pliers, first aid stuff, hand towel, gloves, etc.
  • Some basic tips that always apply
    • Fish relate to structure and edges
    • Use the lightest gear that is suitable
    • If you are getting no action, move, change baits, etc. don’t just wait
    • Talk to others, read “fishing reports”
    • If you are going to fish often in one place keep notes
    • Target species or “go for anything” based on the situation
    • Learn “feel”, “hook set” and “play” (find easy action)
    • Have fun, don’t overdue it

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