One of the “to do’s” on my bucket list was to catch a fish and eat it. Sounds simple enough, but it took me 26 years to get the chance to do this. While at the beach I caught my first “real” fish, descaled and filleted it myself, and cooked it at home. Of course, I had my handsome instructor to guide me the whole time, but I still consider myself a pro now.
Descaling was awesome. Now I know what to do after a stressful day at work. Actually, fishing at the beach in general was so relaxing and I thoroughly enjoyed it…just don’t tell the hunter boys or else I’ll be forced to get up at the butt crack of dawn to tag along on their fishing excursions!
While on the beach, Nate would “fillet” some of the puffer fish to use as bait. Something about cutting an animal that is still alive just gets to me, but filleting this fish, I had no moral problems with it! So I guess I could never hurt a fly, unless it was already dead haha. But really, was this any different?
|Descaling. Grab that sucker by the tail and give the fish a back rub with the back of the knife. All the scales should fly out…all over the place. No one said this wouldn’t be messy!|
|It was almost like slicing through butter. Nate said I did really well for it being my first time. It was fun at the end to chase him around and make him smell my fingers. Now I can live in the wild!!|
Stay tuned…what’s up next? The cooking of the fish!