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Catch It and Cook It

Last Updated on 29/05/2021 by richard

Sea fishing and cooking are my two passions in life. Share my experiences of catching fish around the south coast of the UK and cooking them to share with my friends and family over the dinner table.

The Spanish style of cooking with olives and peppers is my favourite and suits fish so well. With the finished dish served in the centre of the table, everyone digs in. The French say “you eat with your eyes”, the colours and the presentation of Spanish family cooking fits this perfectly.

I Catch It

Basically, if I’m near the sea I want to go fishing.

20 years ago I had a sudden onset of chronic sea sickness so had to stop boat fishing. After corrective surgery last year the sea sickness disappeared so I am back boat fishing and enjoying every minute.

So I go fishing:

From a boat …

Or From a pier …

And on the beach …

When On holiday …

fishing in canaries
Canary Islands

It’s a good job my poor long-suffering wife of over 40 years doesn’t mind my passion for fishing. Sometimes, annoyingly, if she tags along she catches more than me!

Both of my sons fish, my grandsons fish, even our 4 year old twin granddaughters go fishing with me.

Not Caught It Yet!

Even after all these years fishing there are some UK species that elude me:

thornback ray
Thornback Ray
bullhuss
Bullhuss

These two are my target species for 2021.

charter boats uk

Brighton Charter Boats

Then I Cook It

Having caught it, or sometimes bought it now we have to prepare and cook it.

Fresh fish is so nice to eat and very healthy, especially the oily fish like mackerel or herring. Currently trendy and very popular, sushi has exploded onto the UK eating scene. The nearest I get to sushi is smoked salmon.

sushi platter

Some fish are very delicate like plaice, others are more robust like turbot and different cooking techniques are required to bring out the best in each.

I will bake, fry, steam, casserole, marinade or roast fish depending on what I catch that day. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting recipes but am heavily influenced by the Spanish style of cooking.

spanish style baked fish
Spanish style baked fish

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Please observe minimum size limits when fishing.

Use a measure like this one from Tronixpro.

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