Articles Catch It & Cook It

Catch It & Cook It

A series of articles featuring fish we catch and then cook.

Catch It and Cook It – Razor Clams

Razor clams are an edible species of shellfish which gets their common name from their resemblance to an old fashioned cut-throat razor.

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Catch It and Cook It

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.

common whelks

Catch It and Cook It – Whelks

Many of us have fond memories of visiting the seaside and buying some seafood from a stall. You then douse it in white pepper and vinegar and enjoy the taste of freshly caught and cooked shellfish. You taste prawns, mussels, cockles, winkles and for the brave souls among us whelks.

spider crab

Catch It and Cook It – Spider Crab

As a rod and line angler, the majority of crabs I catch from the shore are spider crabs. Found in huge numbers just offshore during April to June when they migrate.

squid caught rod and line

Catch It and Cook It – Squid (Calamari)

Rod and line fishing for squid (calamari) and cuttlefish has become popular in the UK over the past few years. Specialised fishing techniques use custom lures known as jigs. These have two circular rows of crown hooks that entangle the tentacles.


Catch It and Cook It – Cuttlefish

My featured recipe marinates the fish with lemon, chilli and garlic. The acidic lemon juice partly cures and tenderises the flesh before cooking very quickly over high heat.


Catch It and Cook It – Herring

The herring is an oily silverfish high in omega 3 oil. Grilled, smoked (as kippers) or baked, they are very good for you!

european conger eel

Catch It and Cook It – Conger Eel

The largest species of eel found in European waters, growing up to three meters in length the Conger is relatively common around British shores living amongst rocks and hiding inside shipwrecks. Rarely taken home for eating, congers usually go back when caught by fishermen.