Hello, friends and neighbors all around the coastal area.
Well, lately the weather has been perfect for fishing. My friend, Capitan Eric Moody down at Jekyll Island, said the big reds are running. There was a photo of him on the front page recently. I also have heard a lot of folks talking about whiting, and everyone I have spoken to said they are plentiful.
My good friend, Neal Patterson, said he can go down to his boat slip at Skidaway Island and catch all you would want to clean right off the dock. I also have had some reports of weakfish or summer trout being caught. Those were from some fisherman wetting a hook surf side at St. Catherine’s Island.
This time of year, families and friends seem to like to get together and cook out to welcome in the summer. Here is a little recipe, with help from allrecipes.com, that you may like to try for your welcoming party.
East Coast fish tacos
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking power
3 to 4 good splashes of Tabasco sauce
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup of a hardy lager of your choice
1 teaspoon minced capers
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon dried dill weed
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
½ cup plain yogurt
½ cup Duke’s mayo
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 quart oil for the frying
1 pound of trout, whiting filets or any of your favorite fish
A bag of corn tortillas
½ head of medium cabbage, finely shredded
To make beer batter: In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking power, salt and Tabasco. Blend egg and beer, then quickly stir into the flour mixture — do not sweat the lumps.
To make white sauce: In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt and Duke’s. gradually stir in fresh lime juice until consistency is slightly runny. Season with jalapeño, capers, oregano, cumin, dill and cayenne.
Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Dust fish pieces lightly with flour. Dip into beer batter, and fry until crispy brown. Drain on paper towels. Lightly fry tortillas, not too crisp. To serve, place fried fish in a tortilla, topped with shredded cabbage, and white sauce with a little Romano cheese. Now go to the cooler and get a nice cold Negro Modulo beer, and you are ready for the welcoming party.
God bless all the veterans around the world, and thank you so much for your service. God bless America, and God bless all of you folks out there.
Until next time, folks, remember what Old Tight Line always said: “Get out there and go fishing, and if you do go, remember to always keep a tight line.” That’s it for this week.
Living the Tight Line life on the coast,
Tight Line Jr.