What a strange Winter and Spring it has been – it feels like we’ve barely been outside but the period from New Year to now has flown by. Thankfully our boat didn’t need much work on it this year – well, there are always things that my husband wants to do. Grand future projects that impress me no end with his incredible vision but for now he serviced the engine, re-painted inside and out and mended a few errant parts. All in all we got to see a lot more of him than we did previous winters – and how lovely was that!
So, come the beginning of April the boat was ready to go into the water…and joy of joys, it snowed as it was going in and what’s more shocking – the sea was only 4˚C! That’s very cold for the time of year and sadly it meant that the mackerel were definitely not biting.
Did I tell you our exciting news? No 1 son is getting married next month and we’re all looking forward to it enormously, especially our daughter who is a bridesmaid. The master plan was for my husband to catch enough mackerel for the starter. The bizarre seasons did not help – in fact they kiboshed the plan completely.
Instead my husband settled for a few gentle trips on the boat, a little more work on the engine and a more relaxed aim to catch anything that would jump onboard. The week before the wedding, he managed to land 6 fish (1 Black Bream and some unknown fish that we think are Pouting). So we couldn’t supply the wedding but we could start the fish season in style and enjoy the catch. I look forward to many more fish this year, especially the onboard sushi’d Mackerel.
Have you tried fresh mackerel? No come on, I don’t mean fish you’ve just brought from the supermarket or fishmonger. I mean the fish that has been just caught from the sea. OK, I’m very lucky I know a slightly crazy and friendly fisherman (ie husband!) who likes to head out to sea at the weekends. He has a particular penchant for catching mackerel which is fantastic as they’re one of my favourite fish. One weekend a few years ago he came back with 74 fish! We ended up distributing them to friends up and down our street and filling our freezer.
He’s since tried to focus on catching other fish – sea bream, sea bass and plaice amongst others. They’re great and quite delicious but I think the difference between supermarket and fresh mackerel is so significant I would be as happy as Larry just to get a net full of those each week.
One of our favourite ways to spend the evening is sitting on our boat in the mooring eating freshly caught and lightly cooked mackerel as the sun goes down.
As the season comes to an end, we’ve had far too few evenings eating fresh fish on our boat but our freezer is full of mackerel and so I raise a glass to the produce of the sea and my husband for bringing it home to us. Here’s to next season and better weather.
Happy, happy us! After toiling away on his boat (he loves it!) my husband came back with a cooler full of yummy Mackerel. Sadly they’re the first of the season but excitingly, they’re really here and plentiful.
I am so looking forward to tea tonight – grilled mackerel with new potatoes and fresh broad beans from the garden. It really doesn’t get much better than that! Well, maybe if I’d got fresh garden potatoes but I’m probably being greedy!
Have a look at these and wish you lived close enough for us to pop in and give you some! 😉