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Old 10-21-2019, 11:27 AM
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Default Harbor pollock, are tasty-fried, and fun for the kids to catch

Yesterday was a great day to get out of Salem and let the kids jug some mackerel jigs.

My 9yo boy got right into the harbor pollock with some double and tripleheaders-but could not get all four hooks into four fish, but the pollock were all big enough to get at least one decent fillet on each side of the fish to dip in an eggwash, flour and fry up as the family thought that the fried fish was every bit as good as haddock, and cod when we could keep them. The smaller size of the pollock had to account for their milder flavor as they were not too fishy at all.

The kids had a blast feeling the fish hit and could then tell when other fish were jumping on the mackerel rigs.

They also caught some mackerel.

Hopefully the waters will be calm/the wind will be slow for this upcoming weekend so we can get out there again and maybe get one more day of fishing in before the boat gets put away for the winter.
Old 10-21-2019, 01:58 PM
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Fresh Pollack is a very under rated fish . Even the big ones IMO .
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Old 10-22-2019, 11:27 AM
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I had made sure to gut, and then ice, all the little buggers that the kids were catching, as there is no limit of any kind on pollock here in MA.

Each fish yielded only one fish stick but it was a good sized fish stick, and so, so tasty. I was so happy when the kids kept on asking for more and more as fresh fish has to be one of life's most precious delicacies that as boaters and fishermen, we tend to take for granted.

That I was able to get out and just off the NNW side of Halfway Rock, in what might have been 90-40' of water-I had left my FF at another house, that it was not that deep, or that far from port, was a bonus.

Here is to hoping that this weekend has low-wind so we can go out and do it all again, but just catch more and maybe take my neighbor and his kids along for their first time fishing from a boat.
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That is pretty cool. My kids are the same way with blow fish.
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That is pretty cool. My kids are the same way with blow fish.

It is one of those kids-things, where here in MA, it is getting cool, but the kids were bundled up and could take the cooler ride on the water.

Catching fish, anything, is the most important part and we were lucky being able to catch, anything.

Then, being able to get 2-3 fish at a time was a riot. I always laugh when I see 2-4 fish on a sabiki/mackerel rig, it will always crack me up.

Finally, being able to eat them, and the pollock be so tasty . . .

Now that my kids are 7 and 9, it too, them this long to finally come around to really enjoying the boat ride and not being scared of getting up on plane, and then the fishing being fun, life is good.
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I'll say it 1,000,000 times, so fortunate are we that get to drive, dunk, catch, come home, fry and all with the wife and two kids, now 7 and 9, who are enjoying the entire experience.

It was almost exactly like last Sunday, but with a touch more wind, but then I realize that we are as inshore as "inshore" gets.

I had also realized that we have happened upon some sort of harbor pollock honey hole, and we are all the more grateful that we caught just a few more than last week, today. I laugh at "honey hole" as I had moved to 4-6 places over an hour or two and the only spot we were able to catch our dinner was the first honey-hole. We got a couple of mackerel near another channel but, no other pollock or cod-inshore.

The little torpedo's, shaped very much like baby cold water cobia, but are just the juvenile pollock, plentiful enough in Massachusetts so that the state does not have either a size or take limit on the fish-yes=amazing and good, good that the fish are plentiful enough that for as long as a kids patience for fishing can last when it is cool out, and there is almost no one else on the water but the lobster guys-all doing their thing.

My daughter and I just filleted the mess, and each fish makes two nice fillets-like a saltwater trout, so it only takes 3-5 fish per person to get what might just be the filet mignon of fried fish as the meat fries up as tasty and as light as either cod or haddock. Thankfully there is a cod closure so that all the cod can someday come back, even inshore as it is nice every now and then, seeing a smaller native cod, caught amongst the harbor pollock. Not to mention there is nobody out there fishing for these things with us.

Frying will commence shortly . . .

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Soaked the fillets in milk and scrambled eggs. Dreged in plain flour. Fried and as soon as the fillets come out of the oil, just some salt . . . like if Popeyes made fried fish, it would be what we made just a little while ago.

Eating outside in the cool night, with nice, hot fish right out of the oil, what a fall, fresh, saltwater-treat.

Once again, my 9yo boy outfished his dad. He would outfish me 2 or 3 to my 1.
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Here is a sort of nice-aside, to the past two weekends of fall-fishing. Two weekends, that it seems, I have waited all my life for as my wife and our two kids had enjoyed going out, and coming back with the tastiest fried-fish dinner that we will ever know. The only way it would/could have been better is if I had 120V and the oil fryer in the parking lot and could have fried them up right in the parking lot.

Back in 2005, an old friend got himself a new boat. I had gone on one date with my now-wife and that Saturday before Halloween, me and my friend had plans to jig sabiki's and mackerel rigs and I had invited my new-wife to come and she agreed to come. I knew it would be cold so made sure she dressed for a Massachsetts snowstorm for that day. We got to the ramp and it was cold, and it snowed and snowed hard that Saturday before Halloween of 2005, but everywhere we had stopped, we caught what seemed like an endless amount of mackerel, redfish, harbor pollock and herring. From Egg Rock to all the rockpiles in Salem Sound, fish were everywhere.

Now, fast forward 14 years later and I/we had to wait until the kids felt more comfortable on the boat and also better at fishing, and the past two weekends had paid off as we could trailer the boat, among the heavy Halloween traffic, to get some tasty fillets. It is like I had waited all my life, to go back, and lucky-enough, we got to find some fish to make another Saturday night meal of the buggers.

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