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Steelhead Hash & Eggs


Do you ever watch fishing TV?  On mornings that I don’t have to go off to work, and I’m not going out fishing … in truth there aren’t many of those … I like to start the day enjoying my coffee from an actual ceramic mug with no travel top on it, and watching other guys on TV catching fish.   Another…

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General Tso’s Ling Cod


  I don’t think of myself as being a superstitious person.  I know fishermen are renowned for being so, but I consider myself a bit more reasoned. Take the famous superstition of bananas being bad luck on a boat as an example.  I have always considered that to be complete hogwash.  The fact that I have never brought, or allowed anyone…

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Easy Chowder Base


It’s soup season, and I have an easy little kitchen hack (yeah, I hate me for using that word too) for making a chowder base.  It’s an old hotel kitchen trick for prepping several soups while doing the work of just one. The idea is that you make up a batch of the base.  You divide it into containers that you…

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Calamari Party


Squidding this season has been REE-diculous.  They showed up earlier than usual, in crazy numbers, and they appear to this angler to be of larger average size than we’ve seen in recent years. They are everywhere right now.  My personal favorite spot has been the Seacrest pier in West Seattle, but that’s primarily because it’s so convenient to my work kitchen.…

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Albacore Tuna


Yeah, I spared you a picture of me this time.  That’s Captain Mark holding that albacore in the photo above.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or following my FaceBook page, you’ve doubtlessly heard me talking about fishing with him. I first met him after I asked on a local online angling forum for guide recommendations.  I got a number…

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Into the Pink


Once every two years, a remarkable angling event happens here in the Pacific Northwest. Pink, or “humpie” salmon make their bi-annual return to our waters, in numbers between 6 and 8 million.  You heard me right, that’s million with an “illion”.  It’s like a freakin’ Egyptian biblical plague of pink salmon around here.  Only these plague beasts taste great smoked, and…

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Crab Sour Cream Enchiladas


One of the great things about crab is how versatile it is.  It’s great just steamed and eaten out of the shell.  If you’re feeling schnazzy, you can dip it in garlic butter or aioli.  A simple chilled crab cocktail is delicious.  Of course, there are crab cakes and stuffed mushrooms; its great on salads and in pasta dishes.  Unlike…

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Skagit River Sockeye Salmon


It feels like I’m going back to the beginning this time around.  My very first post about salmon was on sockeye from the Skagit River.   Now it’s a few years later, I’m a little more seasoned, a little more skilled, and I’ve got even more of that Clooney-esque distinguished charm going on. So I had a confident swagger when I…

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Fish Taco White Sauce


I picked up this ling cod just the other day, my first one of the season. Fish tacos were the first, and second, meals I made from it.
Tonight I got my own white sauce recipe tweaked to just where I want it to be. Give this a try:

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10 tactics to help prevent losing that fish


It’s always going to happen.  It’s part of fishing. There’s always going to be the ones that get away. Around here, conversations with other fishermen we encounter often go like this. “How did you do today?” “Not bad, we went six for ten.”    Or, “6/10” if we’re texting, emailing, or whatever. That gives a quick picture of how the day went.…

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