4 Bluefish Fillet pieces (about 6 oz each) 2 Cloves Garlic, minced 1 large red Bell Pepper, cored, seeded and quartered 1/2 Eggplant, trimmed and cut into 1/2 slices 1/2 cup Olive Oil 1/4 cup Mint, minced Salt and black Pepper - to taste
Directions: Preheat outdoor grill. Combine olive oil, mint and garlic; brush on eggplant slices and bell pepper and grill until tender (6-8 minutes), turning a few times. Set aside to cool; brush oil mixture over Bluefish Fillets, season with salt and pepper and grill until just opaque through (8-12 minutes), turning fish once.
Meanwhile, cut eggplant and bell pepper into strips and put in bowl; drizzle remaining oil mixture over; season with salt and pepper and mix well. Arrange Bluefish on plates, spoon eggplant salad alongside and serve.
Crazy people who try fly rods on stripers and blues say it is the biggest rush. Me, I like to have a fighting chance. The way the blues are in right now you can always find the blues, stripers a little more dificult to find a keeper which has to be greater than 28 inches long and these are wide bodied fish.
That blue he is holding is a little on the large size, might be 14 pounds. (Hard to tell since he might be 5 foot 2. But can be caught on a fly rod with 12 pound test.
I catch those with a light lamiglass rod made by St Croix with 14 or 16 pound test. (The rod is right behind my right hip in the boat's rod holder.) Small one is a bluefish. The big one is probably about a 34 inch striped bass. The striper is what is driving those trucks to the Cape Cod Canal. They have been "in" for at least three weeks down there. A blue and a keeper striper.
Kate, I have a recipe of thin slice potatoes in olive oil and chicken stock cooked to done then bluefish laid on top and cooked 'till bounce back.
I will definitely copy this eggplant one out though. I love eggplant and fish together.
Believe me, they use fly tackle for that. What he was likely trying to catch was a striper and a big old blue came up and snapped up the fly. Thy have huge flies that look like a six inch long menhaden (or paogie or bunker, depending on where you live i New England.
FYI. A fishing boat will go out with clients who are fly fishing. The captain will find a raft of bunker which is menhaden close packed because of fear of being eaten. He will fish with a weighted treble hook. (razor sharp) Whipping it through the water he snags a poagie and as soon as that happens the stripers below sense a fish in trouble and head up. He reels it in real fast telling the clients to cast behind the wake of the poagie and they get hits of stripers. (Or blues.)
To me fly fishing seems a tad frustrating since a 20 yard cast is huge. I like to whip a popper out there 50 yards easy to just where I think a fish is. That is the most fun. Think like a fish, guess where she is, land the popper in front of her nose and watch her hit it as you get the first tug of reel in.
That is certainly a real bluefish caught on a fly rod. The only thing fake is you might think he just caught it. But no one would hold a blue like that which is freshly caught. I have seen a bluefish lay in the bottom of a boat for 30 minutes then take a bite out of a passing boot. Their teeth are like razors and all they want to do is bite you.
That fish has lost her coloring a tad and has likely been on ice.
When treble hooking poagies you hook they poagy and the next pull you hook a blue. Or you reel in a small piece of poagy with a razor cut smile removing a big part of the fish.
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