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5 Great Ways To Prepare King Mackerel

King Mackerel. Not everybody’s cup of tea at the dinner table but, handled and prepared properly one of the more surprising taste sensations. The key to King Macks, in this writers opinion, is not the varied and many creative preps (soak in Sierra Mist or Milk or ?) people ascribe but rather, the time from deck to dining room table. Keep it to a minimum and you’ll likely not go wrong. King Mackerel is a dark fleshed, oily fish bursting with a stout & savory flavor. Get it fresh, prep and cook it right away and you will have a table full of happy diners.

King Mackerel – Islamorada Style


kingmak-1This is a venerable Florida staple. Anywhere that King Mackerel is served, this is a likely candidate for how it has been prepared. A somewhat “heavy” approach employing mayonaise, breadcrumbs, provolone cheese, and Italian herbs & seasonings this prep melds nicely with the natural flavor of the King.

Catch the whole recipe on the Cooking Channel Website




Marinated King Mackerel Steaks

kingmack-2This is a dead simple recipe with ingredients that present little challenge to the cook. Orange juice, soy sauce and !ketchup! are a few of the things you’ll need. It is on the list for this reason and oh, it happens to taste delicious as well. Well worth a shot.

Pick up the recipe on the My Recipes Website




Lemon Saffron King Mackerel

Saffron Lemon Zest KingfishThis preparation is one we cooked up here at Old Salt. Kingfish, what with our two annual King of the Beach tournaments, is part and parcel of our raison d’être. Straight forward and letting the Mackerel take the lead this recipe will become a big favorite after the first try.

Get the Old Salt – Lemon Saffron King Mackerel Recipe





Saba Sashimi

sabaIf you are a sushi/sashimi lover (like I am) King Mackerel (Saba) is one the great delights. Freshness is key for any sashimi dish and even more so where King Mackerel is involved. If you do this right you may never go back to the lighter fleshed fish:)

Learn how to prepare King Mackerel Sashimi at

Image Credit: Takehiko Tsubakino




Pan Seared King Mackerel w/Smoked Gouda Grits and Tomato-Bacon Gravy

pan-seared-florida-grouper-with-smoked-gouda-grits-and-tomato-bacon-gravy_recipeOk. Ok! Yes, this picture is Grouper, not King Mackerel. Busted. This recipe, from the mind of Chef Justin Timineri, the culinary ambassador and executive chef for the state of Florida, is intended for Grouper. We are undeterred. With the Old Salt King of the Beach just around the corner, we will be substituting King Mackerel for Grouper in Chef Timineri’s wonderful recipe and presenting it here on the Old Salt blog for your review and comments. Look for this recipe in the November Salt email. Look for something tasty.

Get Chef Timineri’s original recipe on the Florida Fresh Website

Darcizzle Is Fishing The King

Darcizzle (Darcie Arahill), is fishing the Old Salt Fall King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament (November 3rd, 4th & 5th) this year. Darcie is a new breed of lady angler commanding not only the bite but, social media as well. Darcie is known to hundreds of thousands of anglers across a variety of social media platforms, for her fishing acumen, enthusiasm for the sport and her winning personality. darcie-1

Old Salt knows Darcie, also, as a tireless supporter of fishing access and acceptability for young female anglers, women, and children alike. We have been blessed to receive her support & promotion of our many programs and are absolutely pleased to have her at the 2016 Old Salt Fall King of the Beach Tournament for the very first time.

Darcie will be fishing the tournament with one of the toughest local teams, Team Central Marine with Captain James Lowe. Along with a likely trip to the awards stage, expect to see Darcizzle on and around the tournament all three days.

Don’t be shy. Take a pic, say hello, share a fishing story and maybe even get an autograph!

from Darcie’s website,

Darcie aka Darcizzle has been on the water since the age of 3 when she started tagging along with her father fishing and lobstering on an 18′ Gheenoe out of Miami, Florida; her hometown. She currently lives in Boynton Beach, FL and fishes weekly on a the 23′ SEADEK Proline out of Boynton Beach Inlet. Darcie recently quit her full-time desk job after 5 years to pursue her fishing dreams! She is now a full-time YouTuber and outdoors/fishing girl while providing fishing tips, tricks, how-tos, techniques & more! Darcie also finds the time to go to college at FAU to complete her bachelor’s degree when she’s not fishing/filming! She loves being a role model, encouraging kids, woman and people of all ages to get outdoors and go fishing!  Darcie is also a writer for Coastal Angler Magazine, Palm Beach County edition, with her own monthly fishing report & tips article.

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Protecting Your Boat in a Hurricane

hurricane_fran_sept_1996Hurricanes are enormous cyclonic storm systems covering thousands of square miles which usually develop in the tropical or subtropical latitudes during the summer and fall. To be a hurricane, the system must be producing winds of 64 knots or more. Less intense storms are designated tropical depressions or tropical storms. Tropical storms and hurricanes are named to aid in identifying them. Each hurricane is, essentially, an organized system made up of hundreds of individual thunderstorms. The core of the hurricane is called the eye, an area of relatively benign weather several miles across surrounded by turmoil. All of the severe weather conditions produced by individual thunderstorms (heavy rain, hail, lightning, tornadoes, downbursts, etc.) are produced and magnified within the hurricane. Working together, such storms generate tremendous tidal surges which can decimate coastal areas.

Historically, individual hurricanes have caused the loss of thousands of lives and billions of dollars in damage as they ran their course over populated areas. If you know that a hurricane is approaching your area, prepare for the worst. The important point is, GET OFF THE OPEN WATER AS FAR AWAY FROM THE STORM AS POSSIBLE! If this is impossible, keep in mind that the right front quadrant of a hurricane usually, but not always, produces the most violent weather.

With today’s modern communication net to warn them, people have a better chance to reach safety before a hurricane hits their area. Even so, you may have little more than 24 hours advance notice to get your boat secured against the storm’s full force. Check the weather often.

If your boat is easily trailerable, store it ashore, far from the danger of high water.  Follow these tips:

  • If you must move your boat, first inspect the trailer to ensure that it is in proper operating condition. Check tires (including spare), wheel bearings, tow hitch and lights.If you can, put your boat and trailer in a garage. If they must be left out, secure them to strong trees or a “deadman” anchor. Strip off every thing that could be torn loose by a strong wind.
  • Increase the weight of your trailered outboard boat by filling it with fresh water and leaving in the drainplug (inboard boats must be drained to avoid motor damage). Insert wood blocks between the trailer frame and the springs for extra support with the added weight.

If your boat must stay in the water you have three options: BERTH at a dock that has sturdy pilings and offers reasonable shelter from open water and storm surge. Double up all mooring lines but provide enough slack so your boat can rise with the higher tides. Cover all lines with chafe protectors (double neoprene garden hose cut along the side) at points where the line is likely to wear and put out extra fenders and fenderboards (the more the better).


ANCHOR your boat in a protected harbor where the bottom can allow a good anchor hold. An advantage to anchoring is that the boat can more easily respond to wind and water changes without striking docks or other boats than when moored. Heavy and extra anchors are needed for this option and enough line should be on hand to allow a scope of at least 10:1 for each anchor.

HURRICANE HOLES are ideal locations to moor your boat during a hurricane. These are deep, narrow coves or inlets that are surrounded by a number of sturdy trees which block the wind and provide a tie-off for anchor lines. The best location for a hurricane hole is one far enough inland to avoid the most severe winds and tides, yet close enough to reach under short notice. You may want to scout out a satisfactory hurricane hole ahead of time!


  • Never stay with your boat. Your boat should be stripped of anything that can become loose during the storm. This would include unstepping the mast in sailboats. Boat documents, radios and other valuables should be removed from the vessel prior to the storm, since you never know how long it will take for you to get back to your boat once the storm passes.
  • Hurricanes are among the most destructive phenomena of nature, their appearance is not to be taken lightly. Advance planning cannot guarantee that your boat will survive a hurricane safely or even survive at all.
  • Planning can, however, improve survivability and is therefore certainly worth the time and money to do so.

Some information from the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Education Branch and written by Nautical Know How, Inc.

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