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Fishing in the Rain

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By Michael

February 25, 2013

It was a Wednesday, I am at work with a storm moving in and the boss tells us to pack it up for the day ( it’s 10 am). I have got a itch telling me the bass are on the move, so I ask all my fellow coworkers to join with no takers, some even said I was crazy. I run to the bait shop then home, load the canoe grab 2 rods and the rain starts to fall, I look up and say it’s only rain. I am out on the pond rain is steady but so are the bass, I caught 33 largemouth bass in a 3 hour time period on a average of 2.5 pounds. Now I ask you CRAZY I think not just the ones who did’nt want to join becuse some rain. P.S. So the next time it looks like a storm is on the move call Bait-N-Wait for all your fishing needs and you may have the day of your life like I did………

Fishing with friends from Germany

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By Ira

August 28, 2004

This was my first time fishing on a boat with my boyfriend Ralf, with the best captain “Chick” and with a very concentrated camera-man “Big John”.
I was so excited to catch a big fish.
John promised me, to tape me in action.
When I was fighting with this big fish, John was sleeping and dreaming of nice girls and ice cold watermelon.
There was no way, to wake him up.
When you go fishing with John, don`t forget the camera!!!
But: fishing with John is a lot of fun!

Best wishes from Germany

Digger Fishing

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By Metalman

December 26, 2000

This is a story about digger fishing it is not exactly what it sounds like. As far as I know there is no such thing as a digger fish but my friend Rick might try to tell you otherwise. It was a Friday afternoon and my boy and I were itching for a outing. So I loaded up the truck with poles and tackle and headed to the school house to get the boy when he got out I had already decided to take up a offer I had gotten. So I picked up my boy and asked him if he would like to go digger fishing down in FtMeyers in the gulf of Mexico which would be our first ocean fishing trip. Heck yea he says. We arrived down there from Orlando, FL about 3 1/2 hours later and the boy was primed and so was I. All we had to do was find an old friend of mine that had went to Ft Meyers on a fishing trip and never came back. But he assured me on the phone that he was established there now and on very good terms with the bait n wait store man what ever that was suppose to mean, which I would come to find out later though. I was not for sure who was going to get the most enjoyment out of this fishing trip. All I can say is my friend Rick couldn’t get the grin off his face after seeing us. All he can say is load up in the fishing mobile, which is really a Jeep station wagon that usually has a cat or two hanging around it. As we headed out he tells of a place that is on the way to San Carlos Bay, something to stick to our ribs he says because we will be out all night fishing. So we ended up at a little place called the split rail which by the way gets a A in my book for good home cooking. So we had our meal and ordered a side order of biscuits and gravy to go. Just down the street was the bait n wait tackle so off we went with Rick toting the biscuits and gravy and a gleam in his eye knowing he had achieved his bakers dozen with the bait n wait man John. But someone should have named this man Paul Bunion if you ask me. I think Rick said he was a bouncer in Detroit MI before he came to FL. But old Rick had already figured out how to get on the good side of this fellow from Michigan, which by the way is loads of information if you have the time to take notes. He was extremely happy with his biscuits and gravy and decided to let me add my own bill up for our 3 dozen of shrimp, 4 steel liters and some 15lb tess line for me and my boy that was a mistake, if he hands you a calculator beware. It is better to have him figure your bills you will get a better deal. After we got some fishing information from Paul Bunion we headed for San Carlos Bridge have you got $3 my friend says for the toll but it is really worth it just to see the sights if nothing else, after we unloaded with our poles my friend Digger spit on our poles assuring my boy and I this was good luck for the type of fishing we were about to do so we took it in good faith while he explained how to put one of them shrimps on our hook within 10 minutes I had caught my first ocean trout and was pretty happy about that. During this time he had caught a whole mess of greenies (bait fish) with a cast net purchased from bait n wait he tells me it saves him a whole mess of money. At this point we have all the bait we will need for the nights fishing but we want to relocate under the bridge so therefore he tells me to release my trout because it was bad luck to tote only one fish around. Didn’t much like that but I put my best foot forward and gave it back to the ocean and off to the other side of the bridge we went where I caught more different fish on one night then I ever did before trout, perch, snapper, lady fish, sting ray, cat fish, and some I don’t remember the names of. My friend told me the manatee was a one man submarine that was really funny ha ha ha. Well we spent another grueling day and finally wore out our small reels catching fish guess I will be going back with the wife and daughter soon I am sure I will get another good story about that.

How to Clean and Store Fish

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By Bait N Wait

Learn how to properly store and clean your fish:

What you need:
Ice
Super-sharp knife with a long, thin blade
Rubber Gloves
As soon as you land a fish, put it on ice. Be sure the ice drains as it melts. To improve the quality of the meat, drain the blood by cutting the fish across a major artery. Sharks and salmon should be gutted as soon as they are landed, rinsed and immediately packed with ice.
Keep the meat in the refrigerator for up to five days. Use a vacuum sealer to pack fish that will be frozen, or put the meat in a sealed bag, and add water until the fish is covered. Be sure to squeeze out any excess air before sealing.

Zesty Halibut in Ginger Dressing

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By Carey Audette

Recipe to die for

1 (2-pound) skin-on halibut fillet or white fish of choice, rinsed and patted dry
1 zucchini, cut into ¼” thick coins
¼ head of cabbage, cut lengthwise into ½” wide strips
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 teaspoons Braggs or coconut amino acids
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
NTM Salt and pepper
2 scallions (dark green part only), chopped, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Put the fish in a baking dish and top with the zucchini, cabbage, and onion. In a small bowl combine ginger, amino acids, and orange juice. Drizzle dressing over the fish and vegetables, season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle the zest evenly over it; cover the dish tightly with foil. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the fish and vegetables are cooked through.

Using two large spatulas, transfer the fish and vegetables to a serving platter, pour the juices from the baking dish over the top, and garnish with the scallions.

Makes 4 servings.

Cooking Facts

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By Bait N Wait

The ten minute rule–measure fish at its thickest point. allow 10 min cooking time per inch of thickness. for fish measuring less than one inch, cook till flesh flakes easily with fork.

three ways to cook fish .

BAKING–PLACE CLEANED, DRESSED FISH,FILLETS, OR STEAKS IN A GREASED BAKING DISH.BRUSH WITH OIL OR MARGARINE TO KEEP MOIST. BAKE AT MODERATE TEMPERATURE [350 DEG ] UNTILL FISH FLAKES EASILY WITH FORK.

broiling–arrange fillets, steaks or small dressed fish n single layer on a greased broiler rack. baste fish with margarine or cover with mayonnaise and cracker crumbs. do not turn unless fish is very thick. follow the 10 min rule.

FRYING– TO BATTER FRY PAT DRY FILLETS AND DIP IN BATTER MIX. FRY TURNING ONCE,UNTILL GOLDEN ON BOTH SIDES. KEEP WARM OR SERVE IMMEDIATELY. FOR A BREAD CRUMB COATING, PAT DRY AND DIP IN EGG MIXTURE [BEATEN EGG WITH A BIT OF WARER OR MILK ] COVER WITH BREAD CRUMBS AND FRY ON BOTH SIDES UNTIL GOLDEN. SERVE IMMEDIATELY.

Pan Fried Sail Cat

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By Bait N Wait

1 1/2 lb sail cat fillets
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 large egg beaten
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoon canola oil
1—preheat large sauté pan on med heat season salt pepper. dip fish in egg and coat with cornmeal.
place oil in pan add sail cat cook 3–5 min on each side or till crust is golden drain on paper towel.

Garlic Herb Shrimp

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By Bait N Wait

This 10 min recipe is my top choice
set out–4 tablespoons garlic butter
1 1/2 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 pepper
that took 5 min and 5 to go
preheat sauté pan on med high. add butter, then shrimp for 5 min or till pink season with salt . now there is still time to go fishing

Marinated Grilled Cobia

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By Chef John

Start with —- 4 fillets
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1— place fish in baking dish whisk remaining ingredients until well blended. pour over fish let stand 10 to marinate. preheat grill 375 deg
2 — place fish on grill [discarding marinade] grill 6–7 min on each side serve with salsa.

Baked Snapper with Peach Mango Salsa

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By Big John

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 TSP SALT
1/8 TSP PEPPER
1 1/2 LB FILLETS
1 [16 OZ] CONTAINER PEACH-MANGO SALSA
1 CUP FRESH MANGO DICED
1 TABLESPOON CILANTRO,CHOPPED
FIRST preheat oven to 400 deg, season fish with salt, pepper, place on baking sheet. top with salsa, bake 12–14 min till it separates easily
last step — top fish with fresh mango and sprinkle with cilantro and get ready to enjoy