Fish “Tales” from the first mate:
From Mid – March through the beginning of May the King Mackerel begin the spring run through the Gulf of Mexico along the Saint Petersburg/ Tampa Bay coast. It’s not uncommon for us to limit out on King Mackerel within the first hour of a charter during those months. Typical king fish we catch are what we call “schoolies”. They are the smaller 5-20 pound king Mackerel. But on this day a family from Michigan joined us and landed a “Trophy” king Mackerel. There are tournaments won with fish this size. David caught a 52” inch king and oh what a fight it was. The fish nearly spooled the reel, and the captain had to chase him down with the boat while David fought the fish. It took the captain AND David to hold this fish up for photo’s because he was so heavy.
Check out the video “David vs. King”
As you can imagine, King Mackerel is a staple in our home during these months. We typically smoke the fish and our first helping is right off the smoker, then we turn it into our favorite king fish spread which is similar to a tuna spread. You can eat it as a sandwich or just serve it with crackers and cheese. Here’s a favorite recipe we found: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/60570/delicious-smoked-king-mackeral-dip-recipe
This year we also partnered with Ted Peters famous Smoke house on South Pasadena Ave. He’s great! You take him your fish and within 24 hours (unless he’s supper busy) you have your smoke fished in a nice bag that you can take home with you. His prices are very reasonable! Check out www.tedpetersfish.com for more information.