I just caught dinner! Anyone enjoy fishing like I do?

@mentalward (14695)
United States
July 28, 2008 12:23pm CST
We live on a lake that is stocked with striped bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegill. I was out looking at my garden and decided it was just too nice a day to go back in so I decided to go fishing. I caught a bunch of bluegill, but threw them back. They taste great, but they're more trouble than they're worth, in my opinion. Then, I finally caught dinner, after 2 hours of fishing! It's a really nice, very large striped bass. I think I'll cut up some potatoes and have "fish and chips" tonight. Do you have a passion for fishing like I do? How do you prefer to cook your fish? I prefer broiling them, but usually bake them because it takes less energy. I don't fry fish anymore because fried foods are not healthy. How do you make sure you get all the bones out? I've never been able to do that.
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
28 Jul 08
I only wish I had a dollar for every fish I have ever cleaned. My mother would cook and eat fish but didn't want any part of the cleaning and my dad and brother were fishermen. Many times I heard dad telling of how he has never seen anyone else stand and clean fish for 3 or 4 hours at a time then turn around and cook one and eat it, but I did that all the time and I started at about the age of 12. I really dislike the idea of fillitting the fish. I know I spelled that wrong but you know what it means. The skin and the main backbone is removed. I used to just love the fish we did. I would scale them, which I don't think you can do very eazily to bass??? but nevertheless, I would scale and gut them, wash them good in cold water making sure all the scales and other stuff was all removed, then roll them around in flour and fry them. After they're cooked you just have to hold the tail portion and start taking the meat away from the bone and work yourself up, the backbone comes away and so does a lot of the little bones. YUMMY. For those that you weren't going to eat right away they are just like fresh caught fish if after they are all cleaned you freeze them in water.
• United States
29 Jul 08
OMG! All that is involved in cleaning a fish? Well, fish are out for me! Just store bought fish from now on. Fish is so super healthy, but don't like the idea of doing that much work for a meal.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I'm not fond of cleaning fish, but I'll do it if I caught it. Besides, my husband would never touch one! LOL He actually prefers McDonald's fish sandwich! He's weird. You mean you leave the tail and head on? I always try to get the fins cut off along with the tail and head. I've stopped trying to filet them before they're cooked, though. I'll leave the bones in there. They are so much easier to pull out once the fish is cooked. Bass are not hard to scale (de-scale?). I use a vegetable peeler! Works better than a knife for me. To beautyqueen: Yep, there's a lot to cleaning a fish. And, it's quite messy, too! You have to LOVE fishing and cleaning them if you want really, really fresh fish! Luckily, I do.
• Canada
29 Jul 08
Goodness no I cut the head, fins and tail off, but after the fish is cooked I crab ahold of the tail part of the fish and start peeling the bone away working towards the front. The main backbone comes out eazily as well as some other bones with it. Yes there is a bit of work to cleaning fish but it's SO worth it. I don't know why I thought bass was hard to scale, obviously I'm getting it mixed up with other fish. See I learnt something today from a good friend on myLot! It seems like a hundred years since I was lucky enough to clean and eat a fish. I sure miss it too. That store bought stuff just doesn't measure up. Thanks dear and happy fishing.
• Canada
28 Jul 08
Perhaps it is a Piscean attraction but I enjoy the tranquility of fishing. I don't have to get a stellar catch to enjoy a day of fishing. There have been many times that I have thrown small catches back as I am not someone who likes to eat fish. Fishing to me is almost spiritual and I feel a calm, sense of wholeness going through the motions. Now where I come from, people call catfish bullheads...
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Our Lake and Deck - This is where I do my fishing. I have a chair and table on the deck now so I can cast out, sit down in the chair, and relax. I love it.
I have the same feeling when fishing! It's so peaceful; tranquil. I don't have to catch anything, either. It's a great time to do some thinking or reflecting. I doubt it's a Piscean thing because I'm an Arien! Typically, Aries people are not supposed to be able to sit still long enough to enjoy something like fishing, but life has slowed me down. I learned patience a long time ago when my children were babies. I do like a fresh fish dinner, though. You can't get fresher than catching it yourself!
@devilsangel (1817)
• United States
28 Jul 08
I love fishing, I suck at it but I love it anyway. Last time I went fishing though I didn't catch the fish, they caught me LOL. The first one grapped by hook as I was reeling my line back in to re-cast it. The second one just kind of jumped in my paddle boat. I've never been good at cleaning them though, So I don't think I'd be the one who could tell you how to get all the bones out. I let my husband do stuff like that.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I wouldn't say you suck at it! Grabbing your hook as you're reeling in to re-cast? That's awesome! AND having one jump right in your boat??? You must have some kind of "fish magnetism"!!! LOL My husband's idea of a fish dinner comes from McDonald's. He's worthless when it comes to cleaning fish. He has a phobia of choking so he's always leery of eating the fish I catch because there "might" be a bone in there that he would definitely choke on (in his mind, of course). So, I usually eat the fish I catch and he eats the frozen, breaded kind from the grocery store. Sigh!
@singout (980)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Hi mentalward. I, too am an avid fisherman, and my passion is striped bass. I live in VA and do a lot of fishing on Smith Mountain Lake. I have a question concerning how you prepare your fish. When you dress your fish do you remove the black stripe from the meat or do you leave it in? I've noticed that the dark meat has a much stronger taste to it than the white meat and some people don't like that taste. I, for one, don't really care for the dark meat. What is your opinion?
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Wow! This is weird! I haven't had enough time to answer everyone right away and just got to yours. The weird thing is that I will be almost passing by Smith Mountain Lake this Tuesday! I live in Winchester, VA and own a house in Halifax, VA. Smith Mountain Lake is right on the way! I'll be going to Halifax this Tuesday to meet with a realtor to put that house on the market. Small world, huh? Anyway, now that that's out of the way, your question... I don't believe I've ever removed the black stripe, but haven't noticed the strong taste. I started out catching catfish and everyone knows that they have a VERY strong flavor, so I learned a trick to mellow that taste down some: milk. I soaked them in milk for about a half-hour before frying, grilling, baking or broiling them. I started doing this with all fish except for trout, which have a naturally light flavor. My favorite fish is definitely trout, but our lake isn't stocked with trout. My usual catch is bluegill/sunnies, and I'm told that there are channel catfish in there, but I haven't seen any. We also have striped bass and largemouth bass. I've caught both of them and use my milk method. But, since I love the dark meat of chicken and turkey, I probably wouldn't have a problem with the bass if I didn't soak them in milk. Actually, you are the first person I've ever heard from who mentioned the dark meat, so I guess most people either like it, or they just don't mention it. To each his own, huh? Happy fishing! I'll yell "HI" as I drive by Smith Mountain Lake this Tuesday. Maybe you'll hear me! LOL
@singout (980)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Thanks for the comment. It is a small world, indeed. Isn't VA beautiful? I'm so thankful I've had a chance to live here for the past 25 years. Next time you catch a striper, try tasting the dark meat by itself and tell me what you think. Sometimes with the mixture of the two, the flavor can get covered up. But as you said, "To each his own." Also, like you said about removing the ribs, I find it easier to remove the dark meat after it's cooked because the meat is much more managable.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I was born and raised in Maryland, but visited relatives in VA occasionally and completely fell in love it with! We just moved here last year. Virginia is indeed very beautiful! I will try your suggestion about the dark meat the next time I catch a stripped bass and let you know what I think.
@anawar (2406)
• United States
28 Jul 08
mental, it's like this. The first time I went fishing with my dad, we were at a resort for summer vacation. I remember standing out on the edge of the pier and feeling that pull in the line that means something is on the other end. I wrestled it onto the dock myself and then screamed in horror. My dad came running over while I just pointed and screamed. I caught an eel! I never fished again. If I eat fish, I can't eat fish from a lake or river. The fish tastes like dirty river water. I was on a scuba diving boat trip, just tagging along, with no idea some of the guests planned on spear fishing. I almost threw up when they brought their catches on board. Right after that, one of the divers shoved a pole in my hand saying "hold this". I looked at the end and started to scream, remembered that wouldn't be a good idea, and yelped instead. Everyone turned to look at me. It wasn't an eel at the end of the pole this time, It was a lobster, all crawly and leggy, oh it was horrible. Everyone else thought it was funny. I guess I'm not a fishing person, huh?
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Nope, it sounds like you're definitely not a fisherwoman! LOL But, that's why they sell fish in grocery stores, huh? I caught an eel once... twice, actually, but one managed to "unhook" itself before I pulled it in. The other one scared me bad, too! They have teeth! They actually attack!!! I just cut the line and nudged this fella back into the water with my food (I had boots on). There's a little trick I learned about making fish taste better. Soak them in milk for about a half hour before cooking them. It takes all of the nasty or strong taste out of them... neutralizes it or something. I don't like catfish because it has such a strong flavor, but if it's soaked in milk, it tastes delicious! I've gone crabbing before and really enjoyed that. I caught 2 dozen crabs! Well, I caught a lot more than that, but a lot of them were under the size limit so I threw them back. I never had to deal with a lobster, though! I could probably handle that. I started seriously fishing about 9 years ago and I've been "hooked" ever since! LOL
@anawar (2406)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Are eels edible? I never heard about the milk soaking. I'll pass that information along to friends who might be interested. I like salmon, but I only eat it in a restaurant. If it smells at all, I send it back. A waiter told be salmon are prone to a fishy taste and smell depending on where and what they eat. Fish in the grocery store still creep me out. All that adds up to not being a fisherwoman, as you suggested. I think a person needs plenty of patience to fish. I don't know if I can sit still for any length of time. Nice to see you again. I hate losing days inbetween postings. Life gets in the way!
@Nana530 (286)
• United States
28 Jul 08
I love to fish better than anything but I am disabled now and can't fish. That stinks. :o) When my hubby was living we went fishing almost every day. We live about ten minutes from the river. I love to bream fish and they are pretty good to eat but my favorite fish to eat is crappie. And although it's not good for me, I still fry my fish. I'm from the south, so that may explain it. We have fish, fries, hush puppies and slaw. That's our fish dinner. So unhealthy, but oh so good. :o) We always filet our fish, using an electric knife and then I use my kitchen scissors to cut off the rib bones. It's really fast and easy to do. Much better than gutting and scaleing the fish. I like to filet them so I don't have to worry about the grandkids getting a bone when they are eating the fish. Congratulations on catching your dinner. That's always nice isn't it? Nana
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I need to learn your method! I'm still using the "gutting and scaling" method and I really don't like it! I never learned how to filet a fish. Can you give me some hints? I'd really appreciate it!
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@Nana530 (286)
• United States
3 Aug 08
mentalward, The way we do it is: We use a ceramic cutting board and an electric knife. Cut down behind the gills to the backbone, then turn your knife and cut down the backbone, stopping just before cutting through the skin at the tail. Then you flip the filet over, skin side down and cut between the meat and the skin. Then you flip the fish over and do the same thing on the other side. Next I take my kitchen sheers and cut off the rib cage and that removes all the bones, leaving you with just a nice white chunk of meat. It takes practice but soon you will be able to clean a big mess of fish in no time. I hope this helps and that you can understand what I am saying. Good luck and happy fishing. Nana
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
28 Jul 08
We love to fish too, we mostly fish for catfish, like you we think bluegill are tasty but they're more trouble than they're worth. During the summer we almost live on the river, we try to go fishing on the weekends, this year its rained so much tho, that everythings flooded, now tho its too hot to be out in the sun for too long, so we haven't been going as much as we like. We fry our catfish, I know its not healthy for you, but we don't have it all the time, my husband fillets them so its easy to eat.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
How does one go about filleting a fish? Believe it or not, I've never done that! I'm sure I'd love it because I've eaten enough filleted fish from the grocery store! Is there a trick to it or is it pretty straightforward?
• United States
3 Aug 08
Well I know my husband uses an electric fillet knife, he starts just below the head on one side, and cuts right against the spine or the bones whatever, all the way down to the tail, he said you can feel what your doing, you can tell just how close you are to the spine, then he turns the fish over to the other side and does the same thing, all you'll have left is the skin hanging on the fish. Its best to do this on a bigger fish, we catch catfish and thats how we do them, for bluegill, they are too small to mess with, unless you catch some big ones, they're just too hard to fillet. Thats the best way I can explain it, I don't really know how he does it, I've just watched him.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
28 Jul 08
That is something that I have never done, been fishing. I have always eaten fish but have not been fishing before. I know that's nice when you have a lake close and when you have a taste for fish go fishing. I like my fish fried but I have has to baked before. I have not really broiled fish before, just fried and baked. I wonder how it would come out if you put it on a grill? Have you grilled fish before?
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I have personally never grilled fish, but I've eaten grilled fish. A friend of mine who prepares his that way always wrapped them in aluminum foil with seasonings before putting them on the grill. I imagine you can also put some veggies in there with them, including lemon slices.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Sound like your friend can really cook. Have a good one.
@baileycows (3668)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Yes, I have about forty in my freezer right now. We are waiting until we can have a fish fry with my parents all my siblings. But I love going it is so peaceful. This is about the only time that me and my husband are not at each others necks fighting.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Forty? Wow! That must've been SOME fishing trip! Yes, fishing is indeed very peaceful. That's one of the reasons I love it so much. I'm glad fishing helps, but I'm sorry to hear that you and your husband fight a lot. I hope it's not serious. I've heard that some people prefer it that way, though. If you're not one of those people who like to fight, try feeding a lot of those fish to your husband... they say it's "brain food", so maybe he'll get smarter and learn to say, "Yes, Dear!" instead of arguing! LOL
@tina2696 (127)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I love fishing! Around here we catch mostly walleye or perch. My top two favs. We throw them on the bbq, wrapped in foil with a ton of butter and onion....so much more healthy than frying. lol My husband hates the way I clean fish, he says I am too hard on the knives. I always cut through the ribcage, seperating the filet form the fish in one slice. Its just easier for me that way.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
You cut through the ribcage? You mean you cut the backbone off? I'm confused. I'll try anything to get as many of those pesky rib bones out as possible (for my husband's sake, the weenie!). Tell your husband that's why they make knife sharpeners! We wouldn't want to put the knife sharpener makers out of business, now would we?
• Malaysia
29 Jul 08
I have never fishing before, I'm not sure how great id the feel. I think that fishing will be able to test a person's patient. Fishing seems like a relaxing activity.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Oh, yes! It is VERY relaxing! I enjoy the peace and serenity I get when I go fishing. I'm alone with my thoughts and am able to work out problems in my mind while fishing. Even if you're with someone else when you go fishing, you can still get that feeling. I guess it could test a person's patience if they weren't naturally patient. I wasn't a patient person at all before I had kids. THEY taught me patience! I used to fish with a person who need to change fishing spots every 5 minutes or so. He drive me nuts because he didn't have much patience.
• Japan
29 Jul 08
During my childhood I enjoyed with my sister and brothers. Now I am not in a situtation to enjoy that. Jealous of you !!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I hope that someday you will be able to be in that position again to go fishing. There is nothing like it!
• Philippines
29 Jul 08
good day.. Fishing is the best hobby I always want to do. It requires patience and serenity. For me it's a hobby and recreation rolled into one. The smell of breeze, sound of water and gentle warmth on the shades is a perfect place for enjoying nature. I catch local fish like Tilapia and sometimes if I'm lucky some cutfish. I grilled them and eat them with rice and fresh tomatoes.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I love the peace and serenity that you get when fishing, too. It is so nice to be alone with your thoughts and nature.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
28 Jul 08
I love fishing. I have been quite obsessive about it. I fish primarily for trout in summer and pike in winter. I envy you your lake, but I have access to quite a lot of water here so can't complain to much. I place my trout in a fish kettle, pour boiling water over it and leave for about eight minutes (depending on the size of the fish). I also grill them and serve with boiled potatoes and salad. Whoops. I don't eat the pike, you're not allowed to take them from the rivers here and the lake ones taste like mud.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I love trout! That's my favorite fish. We don't have any trout in our lake. I envy you your pike fishing! We don't have pike around here and they are some very impressive fish! I never thought of preparing them the way you mentioned! Interesting... and healthy, too! But how do you get rid of the bones? I love fishing and, even though my husband doesn't like to fish, he loves to eat it but is so afraid of choking on a bone. (He's actually almost phobic about it!)
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
28 Jul 08
my dad fishes year roung (we live in canada) and he goes ice fishing in the winter, fishes from the dock at a few choice place during the spring and fall and has a buddy with a boat that takes him out in the summer. he and my mom eat fish at least a couple of times a month.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I went fishing once in the winter. Never again! I froze my buns off! LOL It's always fun to have a fishing buddy, especially in a boat. Fish is considered "brain" food, so it's very good for you. Actually, fish is high in Omega-3 which is also a cancer-fighting agent. Everyone should eat fish at least once a week, at least that's my opinion.
@littleowl (7157)
28 Jul 08
I actually don't like fishing but do eat it now and then I prefer cod or haddock plaice but normally have it from the fish and chips shop though sometimes I'll be healthy and have a steamed haddock peas and mash-your friend littleowl
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Yummy! Steamed haddock sounds delicious! I wish I could catch that in my lake! I don't have much of a choice, though. My neighbors have told me that the bluegill are great and I have to agree that they taste nice, but they are so small that they are not worth the trouble of cleaning them.