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Kiss Your Fish

Kiss Your Fish

So, do you kiss your fish. If yes is your answer, then why? If that’s not how you roll, then why not?

Old Salt receives several thousand fishing pics during the year, a couple hundred of which involve someone kissing a fish. It’s a thing…. a real thing. So much so that we all know someone who engages in the practice. The why’s and wherefores of the practice differ from one person to another, however.

Kissing your fish is an old tradition. While the origins are a bit gauzy, it seems to center around respect for the fish, the idea that the kiss will bring you luck and some believe it symbolizes a ‘kiss goodbye’. Further there are those who believe that fisherman kiss fish to apologize for catching them in the first place and to speed up the healing process of the wound left by the hook.

At the end of the day, those who kiss their fish do so for reasons of their own. Maybe its just to good of a selfie opportunity to pass up. Maybe it’s one of the reasons alluded to above. Maybe it is something all together different.

Pan Seared Hogfish and Beet Stack Salad

Pan Seared Hogfish and Beet Stack Salad

It’s Valentines Day and if you are looking for a sure fired way straight to your sweethearts… heart, this Pan Seared Hogfish and Beet Stack Salad recipe is it. Originally published in 2017 we thought it would be a great re-roll for the 2019 Valentines Day holiday. Hog Snapper, with its delicate texture, mild flavor and… Continue Reading

Inshore Fishing In The New Year

Inshore Fishing In The New Year

The New Year is upon us and we have not skipped a beat here in Tampa Bay. We closed out 2018 with a strong finish catching some quality gag grouper and for fishing in the new year have now shifted our efforts back inshore. January fishing is always dependent on the weather and fishing around… Continue Reading

Minorcan Clam Chowder

Minorcan Clam Chowder

The winter winds are blowing already and there is nothing like a hot, steaming bowl of Minorcan Clam Chowder to cure what ails you. Minorcan Clam Chowder is “minorcan” in large part due to the use of the Datil pepper and the historical roots of the cuisine centered in and around St. Augustine  Florida. If… Continue Reading

Seared Yellowfin Tuna Nuggets

Seared Yellowfin Tuna Nuggets

Strolling past the case at a favorite fish monger I spied a small carton of Yellowfin Tuna nuggets (the pieces that were leftover after the juicy steaks and loins were cut) being offered at $6/lb. Grabbed the entire carton. Smaller pieces like these do not sear up as nice as their larger counterparts (no cool… Continue Reading

2018 – A Year To Be Thankful For

2018 – A Year To Be Thankful For

Old Salt had a very busy 2018,  with a full calendar of tournaments, angler seminars and meetings, family seawall fishing events and youth programs.  Old Salt held the Silver Anniversary (25 years) Spring and Fall King of the Beach fishing tournaments hosting over 1100 teams across the two events. Teams came from across the country… Continue Reading

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

With ingredients that are readily sourced, a recipe that is straightforward & easy to prepare and with a final product that accommodates a wide range of palates….. this one is a proverbial no-brainer for the holiday season. Recipe Ingredients 12 Large White Mushrooms 1 ½ sticks of butter Juice from 1 Lemon 1 cup Italian… Continue Reading

Selecting A Cast Net

Selecting A Cast Net

Selecting the right cast net involves little art mixed with a little science. Bait size. Mesh size. Lead. Coverage. Your capabilities. Well, in this video from Barracuda Tackle, Burton Young walks you through the decision making process using Barracudas’s family of nets as examples. Catch up with Burton Young and Barracuda Tackle to enjoy great bait… Continue Reading

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