For families that are inclined to the outdoors, the term grocery trip has a slightly different meaning. For most it means a visit to the supermarket. Growing up in Florida, it meant a day on the water with the objective of not only bringing back dinner, but also stocking up the freezer to enjoy fresh-caught fish whenever we wanted.
One of the easiest ways to accomplish a filled freezer is what we refer to as a party charter or head boat trip. These sort of trips typically go several milesoffshore to fish for a variety of deepwater and reef species which we have in abundance here in the Gulf of Mexico.
Keep reading to find out how to keep your catch nearly as fresh as the day it was pulled from the water with FoodSaver® GameSaver®.
Going on a party charter when I was barely big enough to hold the heavier saltwater reel was one of my first memories of saltwater fishing with my father. Although we’ve both moved on to more advanced fishing methods, we took a recent trip in my hometown here in Florida on the same fleet that I’ve been fishing with since I was old enough to bait my own hook.
Since these boats can accommodate large number of anglers they are an ideal way to take your large group out on the water. They end to target smaller species of fish, preferring quantity over quality. You probably won’t come away with a trophy on one of these trips but you certainly can fill a cooler after just a few hours. The boats generally have tables, plenty of seating and on-board restrooms, making them perfect for taking your younger children. The crew will take care of all your tackle and help remove your fish, making it perfect for fishing novices as well. They also tend to be much cheaper than traditional charter boats.
We finished out our day with a full cooler and a nice tan. Not only did we have enough fresh fish for that evening’s dinner but we had more than enough to last us for a week’s worth of meals. We just had to clean them. If you really want to make Dad’s day, save him the task of cleaning his catch and prep them for for an epic fish fry. Check out our tutorial video above to see how to clean and prep fish like snapper like a true Florida pro. If you need a delicious way to cook your catch, try one of our favorite — and simplest — ways to deep fry snapper below.
- 4 snapper, whole
- 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat deep fryer to 385 degrees.
- Remove head, scale and gut fish. Rinse and pat dry.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk eggs, salt and pepper.
- In a second mixing bowl, mix bread crumbs and seasonings.
- Dip prepared fish into egg wash.
- Roll in breadcrumbs.
- Place whole fish into oil. Fry for 7-10 minutes depending on size.
- Garnish with lemon and serve over rice or your favorite roasted vegetables.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 486Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 605mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 56g
Fresh-caught taste anytime
The GameSaver® Big GameTM Vacuum Sealing System is the perfect way to prep and store your fresh catch so that you can save and freeze fish for weeks longer than standard freezer bags. It can keep fish and game fresh up to five times longer and prevents freezer burn. With a rugged carry handle and 12-volt DC adapter, you can take it anywhere and use it right from your boat, car or RV. Each GameSaver® Heat-Seal Bags and Rolls are available in 8″ and 11″ sizes. The rolls and bags combined with the Big Game will enable you to preserve up to 240 pounds of game.
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How do you cook fresh fish? Do you regularly go fishing?