I've always been a bit of a foodie, and since I love fishing, I often decide to sample the fish that I catch. Fish, by the way, is healthy for you. Fish have less saturated fat than most meats. The unsaturated fats that are found in fish have health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. There also are other substances that are found in fish that reduce cancer risk, and other things.
Above: Creek stew, made from organic garden herbs and creek chub and fall fish. It's almost free to make, and delicious Unfortunately, I forgot the recipe.
Wild fish is free, too, and, if you get it from a clean source, it's clean, too, both physically, and environmentally. Many, many farmed fishes, especially tilapia, are crowded together in near cesspool conditions, and heavy doses of medications are added to in to make sure that the fish survive, and many are extremely unhealthy to humans. Many fish farms are located in countries where fish farming drugs are unregulated - as well as methods of getting fish feed and land for the farm. Many mangrove swamps are destroyed in the tropics for aquaculture. Reefs are robbed of life to create fish food. Just search around. This stuff is well documented, and happens on all the time. I buy locally farmed fishes in good conditions and certified farmed fishes as often as I can, as well as sustainably caught wild fishes.
Anyways, I have caught and eaten many fishes in my life - bass, wild tilapia, bluegill, stocked trout, striped bass, etc. I was curious to see how the creek fish tasted in a creek near my house. It looked safe enough anyways.
I had caught 7 creek chubs/fallfish on garden worms, a hook, and a split shot, and went home. The fish were small, and fillet them would be a waste. I decided to gut them, scale them, and cut them up. I then put them in a simmering soup. The soup was pretty good, and the fish was also pretty tasty. I plan on going back to the creek soon for some more fish.
Hi. I am Ian, an extremely avid bass fisherman living in Howard County, MD. I like to bank fish and fish at local ponds and small creeks. I will explore budget friendly options for people to use in this blog. I hope I can teach you something.