It has been a while since i have done anything at all. The number one reason I have not done much is my outboard is not running correctly. I was lacking the necessary funds to get the repairs done. Well i am happy to report the motor will be getting worked on this coming week. I am looking forward to some serious winter clamming and some late season goose hunting.
Now on to the Atlantic Herring. I used to catch these fish in the winter, but we never thought of eating them. They were used for bait to catch lobsters or eels. I did catch a few in the local marinas along with the spearing. I decided to give them a shot in the kitchen as well. I have not heard much of people eating our winter herring. I have tried pickled herring and it was bad. I decided to Internet search it and i was surprised with the results. It turns out The United States is about the only country where herring is not consumed. I have to admit i am a little plate shy when i hear "great source of omega 3's" which is one of the finer advertising points of herring. I associate this with a very powerful fishy taste. I did however think there must be something to it if people all over the world are chowing down on herring, and decided to give it an honest try.
The first step was finding out how to clean these fish. Herring have a lot of bones, or so I have been told. A you-tube search produced several videos on the subject and i felt confident that i could make this work. I also learned the the bones are not serious and after being cooked are reduced to nothing. The herring were about 11 inches long and i made short work of them. Filleting was pretty easy. It is a messy job since Herring have more scales than Idi Amien has titles. The Fillets do contain the little hairs bones and there is not much you can do about it. I coated the bottom of a baking dish with butter. I laid the fillets down and just sprinkled them with some salt and pepper and threw them in the oven for 15 minutes. My final verdict is thumbs up. It has the same taste as snapper sized blues. I feel that i have discovered the hidden winter feast. The boat probably will be employed to go catch herring upon its repair.
The warm weather also put a huge damper on my ice fishing plans. Even with the recent cold the state of CT has no ice. Even with the recent cold, winds have kept the big lakes open. My 7 inch lazer, flasher, and jigging rods are ready to go at moments notice so i am hoping for a little taste of winter.