Fishing Adventures

Broiled Rainbow Trout with Portuguese Garlic Vinegar Sauce- Hugo Medeiros

  Here’s one I made this week with my first open water trout of the year.

Rainbow Trout

Scaled and gutted, three diagonal slices on either side
Season with white pepper and sea salt
Rub with chopped garlic
Stuff with chopped garlic, a bunch of cilantro and lemon slices.

Broil 4-5 minutes per side.

broiled rainbow trout

And now here’s the good part.

The sauce:

Portuguese Garlic Vinegar Sauce (aka Molho Frito or Molho Vilão)
Background: This is a traditional sauce from the Azores islands of Portugal that is served over fried fish and often boiled potatoes on the side. Good bread is also a must to dip in the sauce and gather the garlic.

1/4 cup olive oil
10 cloves of garlic, thick sliced (not crushed or diced)
1 tbs of paprika
Sea salt and white pepper to taste
1/4 cup white wine vinegar or to taste
1 bunch of chopped parsley or cilantro (depending on preference)

Bring oil to a medium heat in sauté pan
Add garlic and cook to either golden or browned depending on preference
Season with salt and pepper
Add vinegar and cook over medium high heat for 1 minute
Remove from heat and add the parsley or cilantro

broiled rainbow trout

Pulling the Trigger On the Tastiest “Funny Fish”

Pulling The Trigger On The Tastiest “Funny Fish”

Hugo Medeiros- Fish Nerds Culinary Correspondent 

Late summer in New England grants us the great opportunity to hook into a few “funny fish.” These warm water species, that only show up in our waters this time of year, include bonito, false albacore, banded rudderfish and the delicious grey triggerfish. I was lucky enough to “pull the trigger” on my first triggerfish just recently. A friend invited me out kayaking in Buzzards Bay Massachusetts and mentioned that, while hooking into black sea bass, sea robin and scup, we may get lucky and come upon triggerfish. We paddled out in search of good structure and began fishing using squid strips. Triggerfish have small, tough mouths that are geared to eating crustaceans. Small, sharp hooks are the key. It didn’t take long before we were onto them. I was soon doubled up with two nice sized triggers!

Everyone told me and I read everywhere that these were great eating so I brought them home to try. I decided to make them as fish tacos and the result was spectacular. Filleting them is a bit different only in that the skin is very tough. I used a Dexter-Russell Trout knife, which is there new 5” fillet knife, cut through the skin all around the edges before proceeding to fillet as you would any other fish. Below you’ll find a video, pictures and the recipes. I hope we all have a chance to get out there and “hunt” for these fun funny fish!

Pico de Gallo
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 3 tomatos diced
  • diced cilantro to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • vinegar and oil to taste
Combined all ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • 3 avacados
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 2 plum tomatoes minced (seeded if you like)
  • 1 jalapeno (seeded if you prefer less spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tbs chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste (1/2 tsp)
Remove avacado pulp and toss with lime juice in a bowl. Season with salt, cumin and cayenne. Mash with a potato masher. Fold in remaining ingredients. Set aside
Triggerfish Fillets
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs paprika
Mix the egg in the milk. Season the flour in a plate with the salt, pepper and paprika. Dredge the fillets in the flour, dip in the milk and dredge in flour again. Deep fry at 375 degrees until golden brown.
Fish Tacos
Now simply use any combination of the prepared food, along with sour cream with soft tacos.
Video with triggerfish in the beginning:

250 Mackerel in 2.5 Hours = A Perfect Day Fishing With Kids

The Fishing


The sun was up, the seas and the seas were calm as my wife, my two daughters and I headed to Camp Ellis Maine for a day of fishing on the Miss Megan II.  Captain Shawn Tibbetts runs excellent, family friendly charters for groundfish and mackerel. We were there to fill the bait bucket with mackerel and couldn’t have been more excited.


As we walked towards the smiling and waving guy in cargo shorts, flip-flops and a weather beaten hat, we expected a “Good morning,” or a “How are you?”  Instead, we got a surly, “You didn’t have bananas for breakfast, did you?” Captain Shawn was not joking; they are known to be bad luck for sport fishermen and he was taking no chances.  After checking us for potassium laden contraband Captain Shawn welcomed us on board.


Safety on a boat is serious business.  While it is important to Captain Shawn that all on board have fun, it is even more important that all listen to and understand the safety rules and expectations.  Getting kids to sit still and listen for any period of time is not an easy task, but Captain Shawn channeled his military background, and clearly explained where they were and were not allowed to go, and what they were and were not allowed to do. ”Understand?”  he barked.  The girls solemnly nodded and continued to sit.  “OK, then, let’s go!”  The gruffness disappeared and a cheerful Captain Shawn invited Sam to sit with him as the Miss Megan II headed out to sea.


We cleared the jetty at the mouth of the Saco and Captain Shawn pointed out the brackish boundary area where the freshwater from the Saco River meets the Atlantic Ocean.  Once pointed out, the brackish rip was obvious.  The fresh water had a smoother surface and was a slightly different color than the choppier ocean water.  The line where they met was thick with krill, a sure sign that mackerel would be schooling underneath.


The fishing rods on the boat were well organized and ready to go.  Captain Shawn had fitted them with sabiki rigs, a series of sparkly flies on a string with six hooks. He called the girls over and gave them each a rod.  My wife and I were put to work helping them.  One of the advantages of mackerel is that the fishing action is fast and furious.  Within seconds my 8 year old daughter felt a tug and with her mom’s help reeled in three fish at once.  I helped my 5 year old reel up four. They kept going, pulling up fish after fish.


When the girls sat down for a break the grownups took their turn and it got serious. It’s important to us that the girls are supportive of one another, but for the grownups it was all competition. Captain Shawn had to work fast to keep up.


Each time the fishing slowed, Captain Shawn stowed the rods and headed to a new spot all the while pointing out seals, porpoises, and jelly fish.  He showed us how to read the sonar to find the schools of mackerel as well as sturgeon.  He stopped in front of the Wood Lighthouse so we could take some family photos and cruised past some homes of the rich and famous.


Over the course of two hours we caught more than 200 mackerel. These will be used to catch shark and tuna all summer. The girls felt great about their fishing success and we all left the boat happy with our trip and excited about doing it again another day.


The Kids Excursion on the Miss Megan II is $275 for a two hour trip.  The boat can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably.  


To book your trip contact:

Maine Tuna Fishing

Captain Shawn Tibbetts



The Fun


After saying bye to the Captain we grabbed our bags and walked two blocks to the beach. I was able to take a nap and the girls were able to play, catch hermit crabs and look for sand dollars. I was woken up by the arrival of the icecream truck and had a great laugh when Sammy got her tongue stuck to her very cold popsicle. After taking a photo of the offending tongue we decided to call it a day and head home.

With fabulous fishing on board the Miss Megan II, easy parking, beautiful beaches within walking distance, jet ski rentals and restaurants, Camp Ellis is a fabulous place to waste a summer day. We will definitely be going back!

Avoid a Pain in the Ass: Eat Fish

maple salmonColorectal cancer is serious.  According to the American Cancer Society it is the third most diagnosed cancer, and the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the US.  But Fish Nerds take heart: A recent study reported in CNN, Reuters and the New York Times indicates that a pescetarian diet (fish and seafood, no red meat) could reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by  27%.


Atheists are Screwed

The study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine was based on 77,659 Seventh-Day Adventist men and women, from the United States an Canada. This Christian-based church keeps very good records and advocates its members to be vegetarians.  By the way, about 50% of Seventh-Day Adventists identify their race as white and 27% as black. There have been many studies suggesting that spirituality can have an effect on health, so it is clear to us that people should eat fish and find a God to thank for it.



Clay getting his omega-3s


Researchers suggested that “Vegetarian diets are associated with an overall lower incidence of colorectal cancers. Pescovegetarians in particular have a much lower risk compared with nonvegetarians. If such associations are causal, they may be important for primary prevention of colorectal cancers.” It is widely believed that  omega-3 fatty acids may be the key to lowering the  risk of cancer, so people should eat anchovies, salmon, mackerel, sardines, sable fish and whitefish.


A Special Birthday Treat

The CDC recommends regular screenings for colorectal cancer should begin at age 50.  The disease can show now signs in the early stages, but that is when it is most curable.  We suggest that old men make their birthdays extra special by coupling the screening with a prostate check.