I don't think I need to tell you that July was hot and was a great time to be in the A/C. The fishing in July was not bad despite the heat as we continued our assault on the Spanish Mackerel and the Sharks. The biggest problem in July was the bait. After the hatch is can be difficult to find baits big enough to fish with. Thank goodness they grow fast. The only outing of the month that was a disappointment was a Tarpon trip that turned into a Mackerel trip that later turned into a anything that would bite trip. I did appreciate the patience that Buster Doherty and his son displayed.Sorry guys that was a very tuff day on the pond. August should be another hot month with fishing early or fishing late the best idea. The Shark, Mackerel, And Trout bite should continue to to be good and I am already starting to see some schools of Redfish appear in places that I usually see them in September or October. Normally this time of year we have a good Mangrove Snapper bite but I have not had much success with them yet so if you want to fish deep you'll have to size up and fish for Grouper. If big is your game then you might want a dose of Tarpon fishing as the Tarpon are going to be with us for several more months. Below is this months fish recipe ( Pappi's Lemon Caper Fish) sent in by Ken Waldecker. Thanks Ken for sending in the recipe. Anyone sending in a fish recipe to share will get a 10% discount off your next outing.
*** August Special *** If anyone is interested I have worked out a deal with Pirates Pointe Resort here in Ruskin on the Little Manatee River that will give you 2 nights and 3 days stay if you book a full day charter. All you will be responsible for is the tax on the room, which is somewhere around $15. This offer is for 2 persons and is good Monday thru Thursday and has to be used in conjunction with the fishing trip. I will pick you up at the dock to start the day and bring you back to the dock when finished. If you want this deal with more than 2 persons Pirates Pointe will add a linen charge to the stay. I do not know those prices. Anyway, if your looking for a great getaway with a tropical feel check out their virtual tour online by going to www.Piratespointeresort.com
One last thing. The fishing rods that I have told so many of you about from the rod company that I am involved with "K9", are done and on the way. Those of you that were interested in purchasing one please email me and I will give you the particulars. Thank you for your patience.
Capt. Ric Liles
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Pappi’s Lemon Caper Fish
* 12 oz. Heavy Cream.
* 1 Stick of Butter or Butter Substitute.
* 3 Tble Spoons Real Lemon Juice.
* 1 Jar Approx 8 oz. Capers.
* 1 TeaSpoon Garlic Powder.
* 4 Tble Spoons Olive Oil.
* 2 Cups Flour.
2 to 4 Good Sized Filets (Trout, Red Fish or Mackerel Work Great)
After washing the filets, using only flour (No Eggs) lightly bread the fish. In a large non-stick frying pan, add the olive oil, and on medium high heat, lightly braise the filets approx. 3 minutes on each side until golden. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES.
In a small sauce pan on low heat, wisp the Heavy Cream, Butter, Lemon Juice & Garlic Powder together to a low boil (You might want to add 1 tlbe spoon of flour to thicken sauce)
Place fish in baking dish, spaced slightly apart. Pour the lemon cream sauce over the braised filets, and top coated filets with Capers. (Extra sauce in the baking dish means more dipping sauce for the finished fish)
Bake uncovered @ 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes (Depending on the size of the filets)
Fantastic with mashed cauliflower or turnips.