A few underwater photos from waaaaaay down South on the weekend.
Was pretty much the ultimate fishing trip: stripy trumpeter, bluefin, calm Autumn weather and not another boat in sight.
Over the next few months we are going to be doing some articles for Smith Journal.
The first follows a successful morning out on the kayak catching calamari.
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The other day I got the chance to go and fish Mewstone – which is and island out in the middle of no where off the very remote South coast of Tasmania. I had never been there before and was pretty blown away by it all. It is a totally different world down there. Huge shear cliffs rising stright out of the ocean, birds, seals and tuna as far the eye can see. We mainly went down to chase Stripey Trumpeter but they weren’t having a bar of it. Luckily there were schools of tuna jumping around the boat and they were a lot more cooperative.
With all the awesome tomatoes kicking around at the moment I thought I would do something pretty simple and fresh with tuna.
Ingredients (For 2 servings)
4x Slices of bread (I used the 2 pound loaf from Jackman & McRoss)
10-12 Slices of Tomato
2 Tbs Capers
1/4 Salad Onion sliced very finely
150gm Fresh Tuna
Pepper and Salt
Clove of Garlic
1. Place the onions in some vinegar and a pinch of salt an hour before you want to eat them.
2. Bring the tuna to room temperature by leaving it out for 30 mins before cooking. Season and sear all side in a hot pan and let sit for 10-15 mins before slicing into 5mm portions.
3. Toast the bread ina griddle pan and rub with garlic.
4. Fry the capers in some oil until crispy.
5. Assemble the dish by placing tomatoes, tuna and onions on top of the bread and sprinkle with capers. Season well and finish with some rosemary infused olive oil.
I know I’m not going to say it’s shit, but I can really recommend this one – was bloody good.
We finally had some good weather (not windy that is!) the other day, so I took the opportunity to put the boat in the water. My plan was to try and catch a shark but the engine was playing up so I stayed inshore – probably a good thing considering I was by myself.
Anyway the fishing I did have was excellent. Flathead, whiting, salmon and calamari were coming in thick and fast – so fast I was home by lunchtime. Because I had a few different species I decided to do a bit of a platter/mixed grill for tea.
4 Tbs Pine Nuts
1/2 Clove of Garlic
About 1 cup Parsley
3 Tbs Dill
3 Tbs Tarragon
2 Tbs Capers
1/4 Preserved of a Lemon (Peel)
1 Anchovy (Optional)
1 Tbs Dijion Mustard
2 Tbs Spring Onions
1/4 Cup White Vinagar
2/3 Cup Olive Oil (Approx.)
Salt to taste
Throw everything in the food processor minus the oil and while blitzing, slowly add the oil. You want this quit runny because you kind of use it as a sauce. So add more vinegar and oil if required. Also if the tarragon is a bit over powering add more parsley.
For the Fish:
Flathead: Flour, egg and bread crumbed. Also picked some in white vinegar, dill salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar.
Whiting: Just cooked whole under a really hot grill.
Calamari: Dusted in rice flour and salt and white pepper. Also did some butter and garlic.