Top 10 fin fish list I want to catch to eat


Jack mackerel / Aji
This is not on the list as this is the most common fish I catch. I am trying to expand my recipes to use Jack mackerel in creative ways in the kitchen. At the moment I am taking the Japanese way of cooking this fish and running with it. I want to go Spanish and Thai next but let’s not rush things. Let’s just sit back and enjoy the meal first. Slow Food.

These ham and arugula sandwiches with mustard were pretty tasty. Actually they were amazing. Left over glazed ham from the night before. Yum. Note the generous slicing. You can still make out the cloves in the rind. They filled our stomachs on the boat while fishing one day last month. Lunch is not usually this good. I was really making an effort that day. Going for the gorgeous homemade sandwich.

I want to increase the amount of fish in my diet. I want to eat fresh fish. I don’t shirk cutting and gutting. I have tweezers for removing bones and a special tool for removing scales. A friend told me that a narrow paint scrapper does the job just as well. It’s true. And I have a sharp knife. Which reminds me it needs a run on the sharpening stone. Cutting through jack mackerel bones tends to dull the knife quickly. I might even try and sharpen it at the end of each filleting session. Remind me.
I have caught jack mackerel. And I hope to catch more in the future but I want to expand my fish repertoire. I want to mix it up a little. Eating the same fish can get rather boring. I have developed different ways of serving it up. I have more ways to show and about that will be on a later post. I made deep fried jack mackerel with HP sauce served with rice. That was eaten so fast that I didn’t have a chance to think about photo opportunities. Next time I will take a photo and add a recipe for that. Smaller jack mackerel are best for fried.

TOP 10 FISH

  1. Anchovy
  2. Red Snapper   (caught 13 November 2012)

  3. John Dory
  4. New Zealand Sole
  5. Blue Cod
  6. Blue Mackerel
  7. Trevally
  8. Tarakihi
  9. Bass Groper
  10. Hapuku

If anyone has a particular bait or hook for catching these fish I would be very happy to hear what you use.
Also when are the best times to fish? Early morning or anytime you can are the answers that I read. The moon and the tides have a massive impact on the chances of catching a fish. I have much to learn.
Do fish have rest times and feeding times or that just a myth?
I am open to all advice on fishing. I would love to hear from you.

And while I am asking questions: why do I only ever seem to catch undersized red snapper? Where are all the big fish?

In New Zealand we have limits on the fish you can catch. Here are the limits for the fish I have on my wish list.

1. Anchovy

No Limits

2. Red Snapper
Size: 27cm+
Quota Limit: 10

3. John Dory
Size: No Limit
Quota Limit: 20

4. New Zealand Sole
Size: 25cm+
Quota Limit: 20

5. Blue Cod
Size: 30cm+
Quota Limit: 20

6. Blue Mackerel
No Limits

7. Trevally
Size: 25cm+
Quota Limit: 20

8 Tarakihi
Size 25cm+
Quota Limit: 20

9 Bass Groper
Size: No limit
Quota Limit: 5* (combined daily limit of 5 fin fish from Bass/Hapuka/Groper/King Fish, but only a maximum of 3 king fish)

10 Hapuku
Size: No Limit
Quota Limit: 5* (combined daily limit of 5 fin fish from Bass/Hapuka/Groper/King Fish, but only a maximum of 3 king fish)

Quota limits are for the Auckland Kermadec Area and is current at May 2012
*Fish are measured from the tip of the nose to the V of the tail

Source:
Ministry of Primary Industries New Zealand
New Zealand Fish Guide

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