September 30th, 2016
As recreational fishermen and women, we fish for two main reasons. The first being, for the sheer sport of catching a fish on the line, and the second, to enjoy cooking and eating our own catch with family and friends. There are many articles about fishing techniques, but too few about cooking your catch and the kitchens designed primarily for seafood. If you walk into the commercial kitchen of your local seafood restaurant or café, you will see equipment and appliances designed specifically to cook fish and seafood. Unfortunately, not many of us get the chance to see behind the scenes at professional seafood restaurants.
Seafood Cooking Kitchens: Designed for Fins
What then are the salient design differences for the fishy kitchen? Salamanders are not just strange looking slimy creatures; they are also gas fired overhead grilling devices. The salamander is great for browning and flame grilling the surface of a fish at high temperatures. For a quick charcoal flavour on your favourite fish dish, this stainless baby can deliver in spades. Your seafood kitchen: designed for fins, must have a salamander, if it is to be a true fish dish temple of gastronomy.
What next home cooks? Fish and chips are synonymous with deep fryers. The crunchy beer batter, the twice and thrice fried perfect French fry, they all depend on large and capable deep fryers. Which then require extensive overhead exhaust fans and filters to suck up that grease and fat. Cooking seafood demands plenty of stainless steel surfaces to prepare dishes, and so, that you can hygienically clean the surfaces after cooking. Batter splashes and oil splashes are best wiped up on stainless steel. Also, the strong smell of fish is not absorbed into stainless steel, as it is into many other surface materials.
Kitchen doors are important to protect the rest of the house from these powerful cooking odours, and the make-up of the doors themselves is important. You may wish to have sealed timber doors or stay with the whole metallic theme. The seafood specific kitchen demands a more stringent approach in design and construction, than the average all purpose kitchen does. Fish are oily creatures that can stink out a home in no time at all. Remember the smells coming from cheap flats inhabited by people from seafood eating ethnicities. It is hard to get that fishy smell out of the building, let alone the kitchen. Good kitchen design incorporates all the necessary features for the primary purpose of that kitchen space.
September 27th, 2016
Big game fishing is actually a kind of recreational fishing where participants will capture big fish, such as marlin and tuna. It only became a sport when motor boats were invented. Big game fishing is held in places where there are a significant number of gamefish that are near the coasts. Some of these spots are in Queensland, Florida and Hawaii.
Big Game Fishing Competitions
“Breathe Easy” won the recently concluded Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship held in Orange Beach, Alabama. According to the event’s website, the Triple Crown Championship was comprised of five competitions. These are the Orange Beach, Cajun Canyons and Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classics, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, and the Blue Marlin Grand Championship. The winner of the sport was determined using a hybrid system that only accounts for the weight and release points of the three best finishes during the blue marlin events.
As per Marlin, there are other big game fishing tournaments wherein great rewards await the winners. For instance, Bisbee’s Black and Blue is regarded as one of the most opulent sport fishing events in the world. Spectators and participants are already a winner just by attending the event in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
In 2015, the White Marlin Open had the largest participating fleet. More than 300 boats battled it out for a whopping $3.9 million of winnings. The MidAtlantic big fish event also offers huge prizes for its winners. Just last year, over 120 boats vied for $2.8 million in this five-day tournament.
Betting on Big Game Fishing
You need not to click here and there to know how to make a bet on big game fishing. The sport literally lures punters who want to make quick cash. According to Clavin UK, “betting is based on target species of fish that belongs to standard and quality of the race.” Prior to the start of the tournament, bookies secure the type of fish and spot of the punters.
Among the favourite big game fishing competitions of punters are those in the United States. Examples are WON BASS and the Bassmaster Tournament Trail. Making a gamble on fishing sports is fairly common in Australia, China, the United States and India.
December 4th, 2015
Bass fishermen are a special breed and that is because they love to wrestle with the monsters of the deep. Bass fish are fighters on the line and they grow to prodigious sizes. A fisherman knows he is in for a fight when he has hooked a Bass. There are two distinct types of Bass, the freshwater and the marine species. The word Bass comes from the Middle English word ‘bars’ meaning ‘perch’. Both freshwater and saltwater Bass are from the order known as Perciformes.
The bass are then categorised under three classes, which include the black basses, temperate basses and Asian basses. Under the first of these you get the Choctaw bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, Guadalupe bass and largemouth bass. The temperate basses include: striped bass, white bass and European seabass. The Asian bass include: blackfin seabass and Japanese seabass.
The Australian bass is part of the temperate perch family, Percichthyidae. Australian bass are primarily freshwater native fish found in streams and rivers near the east coast of this island continent. A close cousin of this fish is the muddy bass found in the Brisbane River and in brackish waters in the Queensland hinterland. The dirty Brisbane waters are a favourite location for this much sought after angler’s fish and rare as they might appear to be they are well worth seeking them out. These fish are highly predatory and were originally thought to be related to the barramundi; this has now been found to be erroneous.
Australian bass have a forked tail fin and a spiny dorsal fin of medium height. The gill covers on this fish can cut fishermen handling them due to their sharp flat spines. They are gold, bronze or bronze green in colour and can grow up to sixty five centimetres long in the far northern waters of Australia. They reside in the freshwater reaches of coastal rivers for half the year when it is warm and move to the estuaries in winter. Australian bass are reported to be slow growing and long living.
Bass are good eating fish as well, with non-oily white flesh, which is prized by many leading chefs. Many keen fishermen practice catch and release with the fresh water bass, as they are more interested in the fishing experience as sport. Waiting for that tug on the line and then it is on, as the bass twists and turns, fighting the fisherman all the way.
November 30th, 2015
Peacock bass being substrate spawners can breed more often than just once a year. These beauties, in warmer climates, like in tropical regions in South America and Florida, can be in season once a month. In cooler conditions once or twice a year is a more typical breeding period. These wonderful fighting fish are an angler’s dream and sport fishermen everywhere enjoy the opportunity to test their mettle against the peacock bass. There are currently fifteen known species of the fish and these include: the butterfly peacock bass; the speckled peacock bass; the royal peacock bass and the blue peacock bass to name but a few.
The largest of the species is the speckled peacock bass, which can grow up to around one hundred centimetres long. Some of the various species have a spot on their tales, which looks like an eye; and this a deterrent to their predators. Some of the other species have a hump on their head. Most of them exhibit a colour pattern featuring three wide stripes down their bodies. They are an attractive looking fish, in general, and much sought after in Asia.
There is a substantial aquarium trade in these exotic beauties, as the fish are considered to be a colourful addition to tanks. As a large tropical fish they require tanks that hold between two hundred and three hundred gallons of water depending on the size and species of peacock bass. The peacock bass will eat smaller fish, so tank mates need to be of a similar size to the bass. The peacock bass can leap out of the tank if startled, so a lid is essential. Water filtration is a must as these fish produce more waste than most and feeding them often when immature, a few times a day is advised. Once a day is fine for the adult fish.
When sexually ripe the male develops a pronounced hump on its forehead. The wild peacock bass then cruises in search of a display ground to show his bona fides to passing females. This territory is aggressively defended from other male fish. When an interested female stops the male produces lateral displays and begins digging a bed area. The pair then will mate after a few false starts and the larger male leads the female to a nesting area. When they have bonded, then the spawning usually occurs in two weeks hence. Both fish will dig beds for the recently hatched larvae.