- Published on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:09
- Written by Super User
Capt Mike Harrison
Lucy’s Choice Bay Charters
Fishing for Sea Mullet in the river, it’s not at all uncommon to catch other “stuff”, such as pinfish, puffers (blowfish) and Pigfish. ‘Generally unwanted by-products of most fishing trips. There may be good uses for pinfish, but I can’t think of any. No matter how large or small, they are automatic “throw-backs”. Puffers used to be in the same category, but more and more anglers are finding out how absolutely delicious they really are. And, no, they are not poisonous. (I’ll try to do some research on that ugly rumor… maybe there is a poisonous species of puffer somewhere in the world, but it’s not the ones we catch around here!). Then there’s the Pigfish: A positively beautiful little fish, shaped somewhat like the pinfish but with a tropical green color and pinkish-red freckles around its face. I wish I had a picture for those of you that may never have seen one, but unless it’s a color photo, you wouldn’t see the true beauty. Still, I’ve considered them just one notch above the Pinfish, and just smile at the pretty little pigfish, kiss them, say I love you, and throw them back. (I pretty much love everything in the sea. ‘Except a Pinfish.) People have often asked if I’ve eaten one… why do I throw them back… are they not good? I’ve always said “I don’t know, I just don’t think they’d be good. (Maybe because they’re shaped like a Pinfish) Anyway, a lady recently challenged me by saying “If you’ve never tasted one, you don’t know. It’s a “Pig” fish… maybe it taste like Bacon!” Um. Bacon. No that’s getting serious! So I fell for her challenge, and the next large Pigfish caught went in the cooler; where the Sea Mullet were supposed to be. Here are my findings and opinion: They are harder to scale that Spots or Sea Mullet, but not as hard as a Red Drum. I clean them just like a Spot, and the bone structure looks about the same, but the fish is larger and meatier. And, the most surprising and best news is… they TASTE like Spots! Honest! I’m hooked! Now if I end up in the hospital this week, I’ll have to retract this report, but as of now, Pigfish are keepers! (Check with me next week, to see how I feel.)
With the rain and winds, fishing has been a little difficult this past week. I saw some large sea mullet on the pier, and anglers are finding good numbers of small Speckled Trout, if you work for them.
Express your thankfulness. It’ll make you feel better.
Stay safe. Wet a line this week if you get a chance. That’ll make you feel better too.
Capt. Mike Harrison
Lucy’s Choice Bay Charters
Allen & Kendall Yopp caught these flounder aboard Lucy’s Choice this week.
Grover hooked some pretty Specks this week! Said he caught them in the corner of the mouth.