Friday, July 15, 2011

Fishing Boston Harbor- Great Fun

Since we are curious about the health of the harbor and had seen Captain Bill's impressive slideshare presentation, we decided to check it out for ourselves. In short, we had a great time and were impressed to see the activity on the harbor with  five or six boats chasing the blues and stripers. It was a Wednesday so there were not many recreational fishermen/boaters about. There also were a few lobster boats puttering around.

We left at 6:30 with only the Coast Guard boats and gulls cruising the harbor.

We soon had the Boston Skyline not far behind us as we began casting to land the monster fish we were seeking.

Soon we were in a patch of feeding gulls and fish were breaking the surface. My colleague caught the fish of the day- a striper that approached 36 inches. Unfortunately, as we went to haul it into the boat it slipped away.

There was a bit of wind that kept dispersing the bait fish so we had to hustle and cast fast. We cruised around Long Island, Spectacle Island, and Peddocks Island chasing the fish. We saw the forts at Castle Island and George's Island. The latter had served as a prison in the Civil War is haunted by a lady in black and also hosted an event that Edgar Allen Poe used as the basis for the Cask of Amontillado story.

We did bring home one large blue fish. But where would we clean it? And How?

Then the light bulb went on and we visited Keri at the North End's Mercato del Mare. The food and staff here are awesome.
Keri with the large blue fresh from our Boston Harbor!
Working with her team and sharp knives we soon had it scaled, gutted, and filleted.

Griffin and Keri hold the end product. Thank you!

Tonight we will grill it lightly with a light coating of sea salt. We can hardly wait!

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