Archive for August 2013

Kiser Lake 8/25/13

Headed down to Kiser lake early this morning. Caught a ton of small white bass, bluegill and yellow perch. They were biting on night crawlers, glow worms and chicken livers. Ended up keeping one bluegill and one white bass. I also caught 3 softshell turtles, thats a total of 6 turtles I have caught in the 3 times that I have been down there. Other than that I had a nice peaceful day out fishing.

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Submitted by Scott Fuqua

Turtle Soup

3 lb’s boneless turtle meat
5 bay leaves
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp white pepper
1 3/4 tsp garlic powder
1 3/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp cumin
4 tbsp unsalted butter
4 tbsp margarine
1/2 lb finely chopped spinach
2 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped celery
3 1/2 cup tomato sauce
2/3 cup flour
1 tsp minced garlic
11 cups broth (vegtable stock works well)
1 cup lightly packed fresh parsley

Combine the bay leaves, salt, white pepper, garlic powder, red pepper, onion powder, thyme, mustard, black pepper, basil, and cumin together. Set aside.

Chop the turtle meat into bit size pieces.

In a large dutch oven, melt the butter and margarine over medium heat. Add the meat and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the seasoning, spinach, onion and celery. Cook for 15 minutes.

Add the tomato sauce and cook 15 minutes.

Add flour and garlic. Stir.

Add 9 cups of broth and cook for 1 hour.

Chop the parsley and add to the soup along with the last 2 cups of broth.

Cook 10 more minutes.

Serve and Enjoy!

Submitted by Scott Fuqua

Maumee River 8/24/13

Took my daughter for her first fishing trip up to the Maumee River today. The river was a little lower than the past several times we headed out there. Didnt do really good but Justina landed a nice 13 inch white bass. We also caught a ton of small catfish and several fresh water drum. I kept four of them to try out and see once and for all if theyre worth eating or not. Figured out how to clean them and the fillets came out nice with no bones.

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Freshwater Drum

There has been a lot of talk amongst members here lately about Freshwater Drum or as most people call them sheepshead. I for 1 don’t eat them but consider them to be a fun fish to catch because of the fight they put up.

A few week ago while fishing up at the Maumee river with a few buddies I noticed one of the guys had several sheep head on his stringer. I politely asked him if he was going to use them as fertilizer for his garden, he laughed and stated that he was going to fry them up to eat. I have never tried to eat one or tasted one but have heard from others that theyre a real boney fish and have a bad taste.

This past week I was out fishing the Maumee again with another friend and we were catching quite a few sheep head and whenever he caught one he would throw it up onto the banks to die stating they’re a trash fish and wreak havoc on the river system. I usually throw mine back since they are a native fish to Ohio and I rather catch something than nothing any day of the week. So here is a few questions  I have for those of you that fish and catch these fish…..

1. What do you do with them when you catch them? Do you eat them, throw them on the bank , etc…

2.  If you do eat them, how do you clean, prepare and cook them? Share your favorite recipe if you got one.

Maumee River 8/18/13

Started the day off at my favorite fishing hole on the Maumee River this morning with my buddy Ralphy but had very little luck, landed a total of 3 keepers in a total of 3 hours. We had a lot of people fishing around our spot and walking through the deep holes we usually fish. I think that might have been what caused the slow day. We moved over to a few other spots were I landed 1 nice channel cat. Poor Ralphy got skunked on keepers but did land quite a few sheep head carp. Hopefully next time will be better.

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