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Date posted July 20, 2008 11:26 AM
Posted by Nostradamus
Report location New York > North Shore > Eatons Neck Great Evening
Fishing method Surf
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Rounded up the whole family again and headed over to Eatons. Got to the beach about 3:30 and it didn't look too promising. Water was pretty dirty and there were quite a few jellyfish. Pretty good S-SW breeze blowing all the crap up onto the beach.

Started tossing Atoms and Tsunami Poppers and on the second cast BAM!!! My 11 year old nephew wacks his first ever surf caught fish. A fiesty 3lb. cocktail.

AWESOME sight watching him reel it in!!

We picked away at the blues right up until sundown.

I beached 9 fish with many many other hits. My bro beached 7 and nephew 2.

They were all between 2 & 5lbs with one fish probably around 7lbs.

Interesting side note. The last several times I was out there most of the fish came on a chartreuse teaser fished ahead of the popper. Yesterday most of the fish came on the popper itself with only 1 fish on the teasers.

One other thing. For the lowlife people that go to the beach and insist on leaving trash(bottles, cans, bags, broken beach chairs etc...) I hope you read this and are ashamed of yourselves.

If I didn't have children with me I would have confronted you.(But you don't speak english, do you?)


All in all though it was another awesome day.

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Joined: 07/12/2001
Posts: 2369
Location: Port Washington
 07/20/2008 12:38 PM  

Nice report, good to see kids fishing !

The people who are leaving garbage on the beach are making it difficult for the people who use the beaches responsibly. Fishing has been banned at Shoreham beach for arguably more then one reason, but certainly littering is one of them.

Could be a risky proposition to confront people on your own, but hopefully in situations like this there could be some kind of law enforcement around ?

Delegate of the New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing

Member Montauk Surfcasters Association, LIBBA

Joined: 10/28/2003
Posts: 125
Location: Forest Hills
 07/20/2008 06:15 PM  

Freezing bluefish

Nice going.

I agree with you about the garbage. I try to pick some up on the way off the beach, too, but places like Ft. Tilden need a team of people to clean it up.

But I've caught some blues there, and my wife cooked some last night -- pretty bad! She's a great cook, but I think it was because I froze the fillets 3 weeks ago. I sliced the meat off the blues at home, about 2 hours after catching them. I didn't scale them, and I didn't gut or bleed the fish either.

They tasted like they had freezer burn or something. She cooked them in the oven with lemon and butter, and I tried to smile through the meal, but even she couldn't finish it.

The last time I ate bluefish was 30 years ago on a BBQ. Maybe I was drunk back then & anything would have tasted good.

Anyone know if bluefish should taste like a hot, chewy, buttered sock? Should I avoid freezing bluefish? Other fish freeze OK (like fish sticks -- there is fish in there somewhere, isn't there?), doesn't bluefish?

Or could the blues I could in the Rockaways have been polluted? I didn't puke last night, so I think was the freezing.


Joined: 06/28/2008
Posts: 213
Location: Not Sure Yet
 07/20/2008 06:35 PM  

Unfortunately I never tried hot, chewy buttered socksurprisesurprisesurprisesurprise

"In a world beyond controlling
Are you going to deny the savior
In front of your eyes
Stare into the night"- Disturbed

Joined: 06/29/2006
Posts: 1982
 07/20/2008 06:50 PM  

i completely given up on eating bluefish... yes if you prep it right it will taste good but its to much of a hassle to marinate it in milk.. they all get released unless theres a guy next to me thats wants one...

Joined: 10/20/2002
Posts: 402
Location: Nassau County
 07/20/2008 08:40 PM  

Smoke them or give them to me and i will smoke them.


Joined: 09/28/2005
Posts: 14
 07/20/2008 10:06 PM  

I eat cocktail blues all the time, I find the meat cooks nice and white and they are very platable! The trick is eat them when they are fresh, ice them down properley after catching them and they should taste fine. the problem most people have with blues is with the larger ones because they are very oily. Eating small ones should taste just fine. Here are two ways I enjoy them:
Make them oreganata style, mix bread crumbs, oil oregano (dried) salt and pepper and some granulated garlic together and coat the top of your fillet with this mixture. Add some wine and water on the bottem of the pan and cook in oven at 375 for appx. 15 minutes.

The othe way i enjoy them is to coat the fillets with skin on with cajun spice and cook on a very hot grill until done.

Do not over cook the fish! Whaen you see the albumen cougulate the fissh is ready. Serve with fresh lemon and enjoy.

Trust me, I'm a proffesional chef, and I say cocktail blues cooked fresh is good eats!

Joined: 10/28/2003
Posts: 125
Location: Forest Hills
 07/21/2008 01:56 AM  

Overcooking the blues

Hi Chef,

Could overcooking the fish have caused the weird taste? Maybe they were too big?

The blues were about 22" long, so I don't that's a cocktail, right?

MT Confused

Joined: 04/15/2006
Posts: 137
Location: Riverhead
 07/21/2008 07:41 AM  

love bluefish

My wife and I love bluefish. I think the fish is phenomenal. But to be fair I would never eat one, if I didn't follow these importants steps, because if you are off, the ramifications are brutal and intensely magnified with bluefish more than any other fish. There is no room for error in my opinion.

#1. Bleed the fish immediately.
#2. Fillet ASAP, and cut out the dark meat.
#3. Marinate in milk. I think my wife does it for 3 hours.
#4. Cook within 24hours.

As far as our favorite recipe, she bakes it in the oven with lemon, butter, spices etc. And just before removing from the oven she coats it with tortilla chips, so there is a nice crunch on top. Then she heats up Salsa in a pan with a tablespoon of sour cream, and pours it over the fish when served. We've done it numerous times, and it is as good as any dish when done right. Halibut, Cod, Seabass, you name it?

I have had family over for Stripers and Bluefish, and everyone always went for seconds on the bluefish.

This post edited by SmithtownScotty 07:43 AM 07/21/2008

Joined: 11/13/2003
Posts: 615
Location: Port Chester / Byram River
 07/21/2008 07:32 PM  

Fresh bluefish is delicious. I always eat my fish fresh and keep fish in livewell or immediately on ice. Cut out dark meat. I've eaten big blues and they were equally as good.

Freezing bluefish... never....never ever.

I have never found a need to marinate in milk.
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