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2014/07/08 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Jul 9, 2014, 4:10 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Jul 9, 2014, 4:13 AM ]
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Hi Bob thought I would put it on LL, know you will get it, others might want to spend a full day on the TFF and bring their fry pan.

First off, I often hear that the fish at my shore lunch are the best they have had. This is not due to my cooking skills, the wood fire, cast iron pan, fresh fish (swimming in a live well 15 minutes ago) and the ambiance of an island camp site can't be replicated in your kitchen.

The fish: fileted with no bones, washed with fresh water, brought along, large fish cut into pieces, laid on paper towels and blotted dry. Then put in egg and milk mix, done ahead of time and brought in cooler in a Tupperware container. Fish then breaded with Italian bread crumbs. The potatoes and onions which one of the customers has been turning with a spatula are almost done. The other cast iron pan for the fish is put on the grate which is set low over the flames, oil added (canola) the oil doesn't take long to heat. The pot of beans is put on. The oil is tested by dipping hand in ice water in cooler and flicking water in the oil (if not guiding beer is used)if the water makes a sharp ping when it hits the oil, it is ready for the fish. The fish don't take long to fry they are turned once with a tongs, total time in oil maybe 3-4 min. I go by sight, never timed it. Put on a plate with paper towels and placed on the massive log picnic table ready for some fine dining. Sometimes new recipes are found by accident, a couple weeks ago my guests from Georgia gave me a bag of Aunt Jemima buttermilk corn meal mix which I had in the front compartment of my boat(in zip lock bag). I was low on Italian bread crumbs so added the corn meal to stretch it out, it was really good. The last few fish frys I used about 1 part corn meal to to 4 parts bread crumbs, the corn meal adds a nice crisp texture.

I get asked often, fish eaten are part of your daily bag.

Enjoy the fishing and the eating.