Monday, August 25, 2008

Fishing Stayed Really Hot.

Fishing has remained extremely hot, I have caught fish on every trip out. I took a vacation day on Thursday and picked up 30 Crappie and two Large Mouth Bass. The bass where returned unharmed. My friend Klaus asked me what I did with all the fish. I double bag them in a quart freezer bag first and the smaller bags go into a gallon freezer bag. This keeps a double protective layer over the fish and they can stay good for 9 month with no problem. Here is a fish and I'm going to show the results of filleting without being very graphic. I have a five inch Rapala Fillet Knife that I use for all my filleting. I have done a 5# Walleye very easily with the knife.
I have already filleted this Crappie and you can see I fillet without removing the skin from the fish. I fillet along the backbone to the rib cage and cut the fillet loose except at the head. I then flip the fish over and take the fillet off the skin so there is no scaling or mess involved. There are just two delicious pieces of white meat ready to cook. I love to bread and fry them and I gave a recipe for Italian Crappie earlier in one of my blogs. I had a fish fry last Tuesday of a quart of Crappie fillets that I hadn't frozen along with a fresh zucchini out of the garden and it lasted me two suppers and one lunch. They were delicious.
Here is part of the 20 fish I got on Saturday. Here is part of the 28 Crappies I got on Sunday. A total of over 160 fish or 320 fillets in a five day fishing period. That end one was 11 1/2" and was a really good fighter.
I love Crappie fishing and Crappie eating also.

29 comments:

Becky said...

At a place I used to work. A couple of the guys like to fish. They would put them in the freezer and when they had enough they would host a fish fry at work. It was delicious. Not sure what kind of fish though.

Louise said...

All I can say is repeat what you said... you must love fishing and fish! Glad Klaus asked that question. I was about to.

dot said...

What a catch! I love fried fish.

Cláudia said...

I prefer to eat them. But I also like to be on the boat appreciating the scene!

Lawstude said...

congratulations. you are not only a good photographer but an excellent fisherman. now, where is my sushi?

sorry for not visiting these past few days because i used the 3-day weekend we had in our country enabled to wander around my neigbouring towns and city.

have a great day ahead.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Nice catch. Fresh fish taste very good :-)

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Sheesh... you went and done it again! Is there any left in the lake!? LOL Very nice indeed. Went out to Alces lake and caught a few Brookies last weekend but very slow and sluggish with the warm 102 F temp.... runnin' real deep as I do the fly fishing so I'm going to have to wait till the waters cool down a tad.
Great photos... there's some good eatin' happening at the homestead for a while!!

Sherri Kaye said...

I just wanted to let you know that I have thouroughly enjoyed your website. You have some awesome pictures and by looking through your archives I see that like myself, you are a country music and Jeff Gordon fan. Can't wait to see what you put up next. Oh by the way, thanks for commenting on my site. I love receiving comments. Have a great day!

The Birdlady said...

Those lined-up fish always make me laugh! Congratulations..nice catch.

Abraham Lincoln said...

These are very nice Crappies. Which is, by the way, my favorite fish to eat pan fried.

kjpweb said...

Ah - so that's what you're doing!
Cool! Well send a container over! ;)

Congrats on a great fishing week!
Cheers, Klaus

JeFf &NoVa said...

wow... that's too many you mind of sharing some to me??? hehehehe... i miss eating fresh fish since i move in US... i think i'm not having fresh meals here too..

anyways.. thanks for the visit into my sky watch.. i almost forget about it again.. since i dont know maybe i just have too much in my head...

happy week days... enjoy that yummy fishes...

Carletta said...

You've certainly been busy I see!
Have a great day FG!

Darla said...

I bet you had a blast....nice catch!

***Fotografia e Luz*** said...

I give him my congratulations on beautiful fishery should be as good to eat these wonderful fish already good appetite

Cátia said...

wow ... so many fish!very funny pictures

Jack and Joann said...

I can tell that fishing is in your blood and that you are darn good at it. I have never tasted crappie.

John said...

FG, what a fabulous fish catching.
I also love fishing and I have some Rapala woobler`s for freshwater. Did you know that your Rapala knife and other Rapala fishing equipments are made i my neighbouring country Finland.:-)
Have a nice week, Cheers John.

Jack and Joann said...

Fishing Guy, you have become a Renaissance Man. So many talents: engineering?, being a great husband, being a great father and grandfather, critter watcher, fisherman, the fish filet person, chef, photographer and writer of poetry and all around nice guy who faithfully visits other blogs and leaves wonderful comments. Well, my hat goes off to you.
Well done, Renaissance Man.

The Texican said...

Man, I'm moved to go fishing. I don't know of any Crappie/White perch near by, but I can catch Red fish and Sea trout. You are sure making me hungry for a nice Crappie fry. Pappy

Laerte Pupo said...

Hello fisherman,

Nice fishing time and go ahead.

RazorFamilyFarms.com said...

I love fishing. I think I could just sit and fish in a roadside ditch without water or fish -- just sit there with my pole and my old straw hat -- fishing just rocks my little country world.

Love the pictures (as always!),
Lacy

Texas Travelers said...

Crappie. Uhmmmm Uhmmmm Good.

Nice series of photos.

We vacuum pack all of our meats, fish,
veggies, fruit, left-overs, etc in a 'Food Saver' sealer (Wal-Mart). No freezer burn. The one we have is about 5 years old. We have used it well over a thousand times. Martha buys a couple of bushels of peas in the spring, has them run through a 'sheller', and we seal and freeze them in pints. We eat them for a year and the last is fresh as the first.

Thanks for the visit,
Troy and Martha

Tammy's Blog said...

Hi there....I love, love, love to fish...but don't get to go very often. But I will visit your blog often....
My blog is called The Fishin Mama, but I haven't been able to post much about fishing.
Hopefully that will change soon.....

tipper said...

What a pretty mess of fish! Thanks for showing the fillet how to. The knife-Pap has one just like it and I remember him cleaning fish with it when I was younger.

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Anna said...

I just love those fish in a line!

Rose said...

mmmm-mmm-mmmm good! that looks like some good eating. And I bet it was an absolute blast to catch them. We fillet our fish, too. Well, actually usually my husband does, but I do know how and have done it when he isn't around. But we started that when they were young till we didn't have to worry about bones.
We like to wade the creeks and fish...we use little jigs and spinners. In my blog on July 5 or 6...I show some of the things my husband makes.

He also fly fishes and has just started making flies....

I haven't been fishing in a while..the summer has passed and we have had other things to take care of but hopefully we will get to go a few more times.

Gina said...

Wow..what an abundance of fish in your area..either that or you are an incredible fisherman..probably a bit of both LOL.. they look great and it must be so nice to eat fish through most of the year.. very good for you! :D