Foto Friday- It’s in the Family!

Goliath Grouper

While looking through photos in preparation for my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, I was lucky enough to find this gem… My great uncle, John, with a charter captain and a huge Goliath grouper, circa de 1949. (aka Jewfish). Enjoy.

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5 Steps to Rigging a Line

As I anticipate warmer weather and long, sunny days on the boat, I thought it would be helpful for all my wild women out there to have a crash course on rigging a saltwater fishing line.

Fishing Pole

Fishing Pole

Read on and get excited about catching those fantastic finned friends with a line you didn’t have to have assistance to cast out into the big blue.

Before we begin, here’s what you’ll need:

-braided fishing line

-leader line

-saltwater sinker

-saltwater hook

Step 1– Loop a braided mainline through the guides on a fishing pole.  Be sure the line is guided UNDER  the bail before through the pole’s guides!  Using braided line is important because it doesn’t stretch when a fish is on the line.  Be sure that there is about 12 inches of line to tie the leader to.

Step 2– Cut about 2 feet of leader.  The next step is to tie the line and leader together.  Not only does this technique of using two different types of line strengthen your rig, but it also insures the fish doesn’t damage the line being reeled in as well as giving the fisherman or woman the ability to reuse the rig set-up again with another pole.  I recommend using is a uni-to-uni knot.  The steps to tying this knot are shown step-by-step in the photos below. Continue reading

Get cookin’ and get crackin’: Stone Crab Boil

As promised, this blog post is dedicated to the post-catch job of cooking stone crab claws.  Cooked Stone Crab Claws

Last week, I was lucky enough to go out on my friend Eric’s pontoon boat to check his crab trap on the Indian River Lagoon.  And even luckier for me, he gave me three of the crab claws for my own taste buds to enjoy.

Through my own experience and the thoughts of several of my other sea-faring and river-faring friends, I have gathered a few tips to help anyone interested in preparing stone crab claws to be served in all their messy and delicious glory.

Needed:

  • Medium-sized pot
  • Stone crab claws
  • 3-quarts of water
  • ½   cup of salt
  • Crab crackers
  • Old Bay seasoning (recommended)
  • Butter (recommended) Continue reading

The Stone Crab Grab

 Angry Stone CrabIn the cooler months in Florida, stone crabs seek the warmth of the brackish inter-coastal waters. For me, I’ll always think of these months as the ones my friends drop their Maryland-style crab traps (also called “crab pots”) to the floor of the Indian River Lagoon and check them every few evenings for any crustaceans.

Stone crabs range from the North Atlantic all the way down to Mexico and, although their bodies don’t have much meat, their claws are considered a delicacy served up with butter.  A Floridian from birth, I particularly enjoy eating all shellfish from crawdads to crabs.

This past Thursday night, I was lucky enough to be invited along to check my friend Eric’s crab trap.  Being an early March evening in Florida, the temperatures that were fairly warm in the day plummeted down to a fairly cold (especially for Florida) 53 degrees. Continue reading