Catching fish is so 90’s, kissing fish is what all the cool kids do these days. See if you can stomach your fish this fresh:
Here in Northern BC we have lots of great fishing lakes. This last weekend we went fishing at one of these stellar lakes just a few hours from our place. We headed out for a weekend of camping and fishing with our 14’ aluminum boat loaded down with all our gear and
kids (amazingly we came in just under the 400lb weight restriction for passengers and cargo).
This lake is teeming with 1-2lb Rainbow Trout and Ling Cod (Burbot) of various sizes. We trolled along with our Minkota electric motor dragging 3 lines at a time. There was so much fish catching action going on it was hard to keep the lines in the water. Three would be fishing, two would be baiting hooks, one would be manning the net and one left to steer the boat. Somehow it was never Roses turn to bait the hooks (in fairness, she did try once, it’s in the video, and it’s pretty funny)
The Ling Cod were caught on a set-line baited with a trout head and laced with halibut hooks. The set-lines are meant to sit on the bottom of the lake, tied off to a float. We left these overnight and gathered our bounty in the morning. Everyone wanted to pull in a set-line in the morning, its like christmas morning, so Jeff made a rule that anyone who pulled in a Ling had to kiss it! The kids were up for the challenge. The biggest Ling was 7 lbs 4 oz. These yummy fish are just as tasty as any cod from the ocean.
Our favourite way to prepare the trout is to brine it in brown sugar and salt for a
few hours and then smoke it over an alder campfire. We also canned some of
the smoked trout when we got home. It turned out great! The Ling Cod was
breaded and deep fried along with hand cut fries in a cast iron dutch oven over
the fire. The only thing worthy of chasing deep fried Cod and home made fries? Doughnuts, of course.
This plate here was fried trout, deep fried ling cod and some wild gathered greens; false Soloman Seal shoots and Fiddle Heads.
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