As the weather warms my thoughts have been turning more and more to the nearby waters of the Atlantic and the extraction of delightful foodstuffs from its depths.
I woke up this morning with an odd idea regarding my nautical plans this summer.
A lot of fellow chowhounds have expressed a deep affinity for fresh fish. Some (i'll mention no names) even do bizarre and unnatural things to Monkfish livers. Most of our vegetarian hounds seem to view The Fish as some sort of highly evolved vegetable matter and acceptable for consumption. And a lot of you seem to have more than a passing familiarity with the arts of cookery. So....
How many of you would be interested in a day of deep sea fishing followed immediately by consumption of the fruits of our labor? Depending on interest we could charter a boat or just go out on one of the head boats (chartering is preferable and affordable if there's sufficient interest). Upon arriving back on shore (again depending on preference and interest level) we go either to a restaurant where they'll prepare the fish we bring in or somewhere we can cook and feast on our own. Personally, I think it has the makings of a smashing summer's day.
Also, I have this amusing vision of a bunch of 'hounds on a boat in the Atlantic, no land in site, all excitedly busting out the Banh Mi they brought along for lunch and marvelling at how profoundly ugly yet tasty a wolffish is.
For those unfamiliar with deep sea fishing, the ritual usually goes something like this:
1) aquire beer
2) aquire some warm clothes and sunblock
3) get up wicked early and drive about an hour to the sea-going vessel. Along the way stop somewhere for a large coffee.
4) board vessel
5) consume beer, fish
7) Rinse and Repeat.