Halibut have been getting caught in close by areas. I picked up one on the troll… it was 108 cm and weighted in at 35lbs, another guide was on the hook and picked up a 133cm and an 89 cm, others have also been catching either by troll or on the hook. Loaded on my anchoring system today, so I am ready for some hali action ….. Lets go hali fishing!!!
A couple really nice vermillion rock fish….. a few good pieces of white meat. Vermillion is also called red snapper by some locals, the meat is a little courser than other rockfish and has been used as a filler trick when canning the white meat mixing with dungeness crab, when you open a can and eat it you would think it was all Dungeness crab……
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If you enjoy pickled herring and can put your hand on the fresh fish, here is how to pickle it.
I start with 20 lbs of fresh herring (picked up at Victoria Fisherman Helping Kids with Cancer) www.fhkwc.ca
After filleting I ended up with 9 lbs of fillets
Salting Brine – 1 part salt to 20 parts water (1 cup salt for 20 cups of water)
To add to jars with fillets
8 medium red/yellow onions
4 tbsp allspice
For the pickle:
• 4 cups water
• 6 cups white vinegar
• 1 cup sugar
• 4 tsp allspice
• 4 bay leaves (or 1 California Bay leaf)
• 2 tsp grated ginger
• 1 tsp mustard (ground or seed)
• 2 tsp horseradish
• 1 tsp peppercorns
• a pinch of ground cloves
Cover the fillets in a brine of 1 part salt to 20 parts water (1 cup
salt for 20 cups of water for 9 lbs. of herring fillets) and let sit in the
In a large pot, over medium heat, combine 4 cups water, 6 cups white vinegar, 1 cup sugar, 4 tsp allspice, 4 bay leaves (or 1 California Bay leaf), 2 tsp grated ginger, 1 tsp mustard (ground or seed), 2 tsp horseradish, 1 tsp peppercorns, a pinch of ground cloves. Once the sugar is dissolved, let cool.
The next day, rinse brined herring.
Slice up the onions
In a jar (I used a combination of pint and quart wide mouth jars), alternate layers of herring and onion, toss in some allspice as you go. Don’t pack the jars to tight.
Top the jars with the pickle. Screw on lids and refrigerate
Refrigerate for a couple of days before eating. Enjoy over the holiday season. Use up the pickled herring within 30 days.
Finally got a second helm in the stern of the boat… it will make it better when landing a fish instead of relying on the autopilot or running back and forth to forward helm… can’t wait to get out and try it out… Boat going in for a little cosmetic glass work and when it returns it will get a good spring cleaning and start loading it up for launching in the beginning of March. …. get out to get some prawns and also fish in the annual Sproat Lake Loggers Derby they have in Barkley Sound on the first Saturday and Sunday in march. Check out the Early Season Discounts for salmon and cod fishing maybe even some crabs ….. discounts for March, April and May. Ling Cod opens April 1st. Salmon, Rock Cod and Crabbing is always open. Tight Lines!!!! AL 250-735-9453
Well it sure has been Windy with lots of torrential rains, haven’t seen storm action things like this for awhile, but it is better now than during fishing season. Glad the boat is out of the water and put away for the winter. Sometime in February I will pull the boat out and get out for some prawn and crab fishing as well as fishing around for a salmon or a few. I will move the boat into Ucluelet for April 1st, Ling cod opens up and there will be some nice winter chinooks just waiting for our hooks to swim by and add a little bling in there mouths….