A friend and I have been talking about fishing a lot lately, it is still cold, the winds are stupid this time of year, but man I have the bug. It is likely that I will be investing in a boat in March, and will be hitting some of the bigger lakes in the are.
I really do love simply bank fishing and shore fishing though. Something about the simplicity, park the car or truck, a short walk with your gear and a cooler with a few beers and hopefully some stuff worth frying up by day’s end. With surf fishing it is a long drive but the experience is even better, standing up to your waste while schools of fish and the occasional shark swim by, (no I am not kidding) with the anticipation of never knowing what you might catch next.
Fishing has become a massive industry even at the “recreational level”, I know people with 55,000 dollar “bass boats” filled up with 15,000 dollars worth of gear. (once again not kidding) These people fish constantly and never keep a fish, yet refer to fish like Sand Bass and Bullheads as “trash fish”.
I don’t know, perhaps it was growing up without a lot but a love for the outdoors that keeps me grounded. I have been off shore for Marlin, in the Florida bays catching Snook longer than my leg, on Gatun Lake in Panama after massive Peacock bass and deep into the mountains for brook trout that had never likely seen a hook in their lives. There is more, I have quite literally at times been an “adventurer fisherman”.
Yet I still enjoy bouncing slabs for sand bass or just sitting at a small stock pond catching small bullhead catfish or fishing a back water creek for various perch/brim/sunfish. I also enjoy standing in the surf and catching whiting, hard heads and gaftops. And in many ways it is these fish I most enjoy eating.
They are small, tasty, fast to clean, they have a great size to yield ratio and you literally can’t harm their populations with hook and line. Today we talk about this type of fishing and the food value it brings to your home.
Join Me Today To Discuss…
- Basic bank and surf gear for these types of fish
- Finding places to fish, check right under your nose
- How do you actually “target a species”
- Some of my favorite species to target
- Fresh Water
- Bullhead Cats
- Channel Cats
- Fresh Water Drum
- White Bass
- Bowfin – I don’t eat these but fun to catch
- Salt Water
- Gaftop and Hardhead Catfish
- Sand Trout
- Jack Crevalle
- Small Sharks (Blacktips)
- Fresh Water
- Some ways to prepare some of these fish
- Pan Fried “shucked catfish”
- Grilled Channel Cat Steaks
- White Bass on the Half Shell
- Yellow Bass Chowder – you can use any fish
- Whiting Cerviche – you can do this with any salt water fish
- Grilled Shark or Jack Fish
- Nothing will kill you (cooked) so try everything
Resources for today’s show…
- Join the Members Brigade
- The Year 1937
- Join Our Forum
- Walking To Freedom
- TSP Gear
- TspAz.com – Support TSP When You Shop Amazon
- The Granddaddy’s Gun Club
- TSP Episode on the Basics of Fishing Gear
- Shucking a Bullhead Video One
- Shucking a Bullhead Video Two
- Automatic Fish Scaler – Towed by a Boat
- I’m Gonna Miss Her – Brad Pasley
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