Gone Fishin’!

It all started a couple weeks ago when J. suggested we go fishing down at the community lake a few blocks from our house. I thought that was a fun idea!  That first outing resulted in feeding the ducks rather than catching anything and that fun idea turned into a daily mission for us to catch something other than little perch!

We even scored a 17′ canoe from our neighbor who was practically giving it away for $50.  We had been using a one man blow up raft that whistled when we sat in it because of all the holes!

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On Wednesday, J. was out on the lake all day and nearly caught a big bass if his line had not broken!

Today after I came home from work, we went out again and after a couple hours, caught that bass that had got away–his hook and line still stuck in its mouth along with someone else’s!  Tough cookie.

It’s our first real catch and he’s a big ‘un for our lake!

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Little bit bigger than our goldfish you ate this morning, huh Riddick?  Poor little Ernie (RIP).

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Mr. Fish: “Serenity now…”
Riddick:  “What the…”
Ofelia: “OMG. WTF.”

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The proud fisherman!

Fish came in at 2.6 pounds and 17″ long.  Not bad, eh?

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When we sliced it open to prepare for our delicious dinner, we also cut open its stomach to check it out since it looked quite swollen.

We found 2 whole little fish and one of MY hooks in it! Apparently, he had bit both of our lines, but because I didn’t tie my line very well the hook came loose and got swallowed, so he went in for J’s and swallowed HIS, too.

This is one determined fish.

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From this… to this…

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To THIS!

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Yummy!  I dashed on some salt and pepper, basil flakes, fresh cilantro from my garden, and a pad of butter.  Then we tossed it on the BBQ and about 10 minutes later had ourselves a fantastic (and free!) dinner.

So delicious!  I’d never had bass before and I dare say I like it better than salmon.  It has such a mild flavour, not fishy, yet not bland at all.  It’s rich and smooth and so… so good…

Definitely worth the trials to get it :)

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