Actually, he's been doing the hard part, which is baiting my hook and removing it from whatever I've managed to catch. So I guess I've really just been sitting on the boat with him and holding the fishing rod. ;-)
Luckily, he doesn't mind helping me, because the hook-baiting part needs to be done frequently.
Every once in a while, though, I do reel something in. Check out my very first catch:
It may look small, but it weighed four pounds! Ha, kidding.
We use his dad's boat and already have the gear, so fortunately our major financial outlay has only been gas for the engine and bait.
Here's a joke about expensive fish:
Two redneck guys go on a fishing trip. They rent all the equipment: the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. They spend a fortune.
The first day they go fishing, but they don't catch anything. The same thing happens on the second day, and on the third day.
It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, one of the men catches a fish. As they're driving home they're really depressed. One guy turns to the other and says, "Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred dollars?"
The other guy replies, "Wow! It's a good thing we didn't catch any more!"
Last Sunday's outing was more exciting than usual. I snagged a Northern Pike that was almost a decent size:
Just after I took that photo, while we were discussing if we should keep it or not, it slipped out of Steve's hands and back into the water.
But, really, we were probably going to do that anyway.
So it looks like I still need to work on catching my dinner. In the meantime, I wanted to share one of my favorite fish recipes with you, adapted from Allrecipes.com. (There is also a healthier version, which is very good.)
Right now, we use tilapia...but hopefully soon that will change!
Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I use half this amount)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets
Old Bay seasoning, to taste
Preheat your oven's broiler. Line a broiling pan with aluminum foil, and mist lightly with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with paprika, garlic powder, dried basil, pepper, onion powder, and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan, and sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over, season with Old Bay again, and broil for a couple more minutes.
Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork.