As a meal, swordfish are the perfect combination between fish and a meaty steak. Unlike some fish, swordfish is the ideal in-between flavor of fishy and non-fishy taste, making it a perfect selection for those beginning to expand their palette with fish and seafood. What makes swordfish unique is that it is sold by steaks and carries a meaty-like texture to it, rather than a flaky consistency such as tilapia or grouper. Swordfish are cooked exactly like steaks, so they are grilled to your preferred temperature.
We cut a lot of fish. Some for eating and some for bait. In the picture at the top we are cutting a bonito into chunks by cutting in a checkerboard pattern then cutting all of those off the carcass. We will use these chunks for chumming and for baiting our hooks for a host of different species and applications.
Each fish has a way that it is best filleted or cleaned for eating. One thing that is in common with each of these is that you will need a very sharp fillet knife. As you get more involved, you can move from one knife to several which are slightly more specialized for each task. Here are some examples:
Each of the fish we fish for have ways that they can be held safely. There are very few fish that we catch that do not have dangerous parts. Teeth, sharp fins, bills or gill rakers can all cause damage to your hands while other fish just react wildly to being held.
As a Captain or an avid fisherman, it is important to know how to handle each fish to get it in the Yeti or to release it safely and unharmed.
There are some key features that I wanted on my boat:
I wanted twin Mercury Verado motors. A lot of people are used to having 3 motors on a 36 due to having to cover a lot of millage for offshore fishing. There is plenty of power and strength with 2 motors, and in the Keys I don’t have to run as far to get to the fish. This is why I chose to go with 2 350 Verados rather than 3.
This boat is built with 3 live wells, we have a back transom well that is very easy to open the latch to grab a few baits where you don’t have to lean over to get them out. The other well is a floor well. The reason we like this is because when we throw the net we can easily transfer the bait into the floor well. Lastly we have the leaning-post-well which we use mostly as a drink cooler but it can be filled easily.
I updated with all the new Simrad NSS Ev 3. I couldn’t be happier with all of the Simrad functions and abilities it has to put us on the fish. This technology is by far the best Simrad product to date…