Hi and welcome to the blog! Last week I was planning to go camping... but it never happened, unfortunately. The weather was crazy, the work situation was hectic, and the body crashed. But it's going to be a very exciting time very soon. More about that later...
|Wapsi River at Jungletown|
|An easy way to transport without stink!|
I fished a few times last week. Two of the days sucker fish came home. They were dangled from the bicycle rack on the van. It's still cool enough to be able to do that. Of course, the kids at work chuckled when I popped in for an iced tea and there was a fish hanging in mid-air from the back of the van.
Suckers are such a different looking fish. Though they look like carp, the mouth is not in a line with the rest of the body. Rather, it is pointed downward for scouring food. Suckers are omnivores and eat a variety of things. The fish fillets are quite meaty and a wee bit bony.
There are so many ways to prepare fish. Due to the high bone content, I soaked the fillets in salt water for a few days to soften the bones. After thoroughly rinsing them, the fish were cooked on a griddle in olive oil. (Sometimes I use butter.) For this kind of fish, I'd rather break it up while cooking it to make sure the flesh was heated all the way through and the kitties would not get parasites. Additionally, it is necessary to pick out any fine bones so that the cat doesn't get them. Max attacked the cheesy hash brown potatoes first but loved the fish. He's a smart kitty!
There will be more angling as early as later today. Also coming up before long I have to train at another store up north.. .near trout country. The training shifts are very short with lots of fishing time available. It's also far enough from home that a person should look at an overnight camping trip to save mileage on the vehicle. The boss was cool with the idea because his family also loves fishing. There will be pictures!
For now it's back to work in the kitchen. It's a blast to have a job doing something you love and then get off and... go do something you love as well. I guess that meme above sums it all up! Enjoy every minute of every day!
Take care and thanks for visiting! Have a terrific day and a smooth week. Safe and happy camping adventures!
Brad and Jenny and Max
Jones County, Iowa