Last week when Mack got in from fishing….well “work fishing” we decided to hop in the skiff and do MORE fishing 🙂 Who woulda thought? We had no idea that we were about to catch A GIANT Speckled TROUT! Just another day in the cheese (wanchese) turned out to be one exciting afternoon!! Y’all…I can’t explain it when he hooked that thing and saw it flip and roll near the boat and he was like, “it’s a HUGE trout, get the NET!” and I was grabbing the net and scooped it right out of the water and we looked at each other like, HOLY SH*T! IT’S A GIANT TROUT! We knew it was BIG….but we weren’t sure exactly how big.
We were SO excited! I was freaking out! I couldn’t stop rambling on about who knows what but I just didn’t want to stop fishing and I wanted to land a HUGE SPECKLED TROUT too! Right before he caught this one….I had a HUGE bite that snapped my line and then a couple seconds later he caught this fatty so were pretty sure it was the same fish! So “we” caught it 🙂 But just seeing that huge trout come in the boat…just blew my mind! I know there have been a good amount of FAT trout being caught all around the Outer Banks but when ya get one yourself…it’s pretty exciting!
So, we ventured over to Oceans East bait and tackle shop to weigh it and the trout weighed 5 lbs 6 ounces and was 26 inches long!! Making it a CITATION 🙂 🙂 🙂 Can’t wait to hang that one up on the wall!
Once the excitement of actually catching this monster settled down….then we started thinking about how we were going to cook it and eat it! I was SO EXCITED because lately I had been wanted to grill a fish WHOLE and eat it with a fork right out of the tin foil. So I kept telling Mack, “we gotta fork this one” haha! He was a little skeptical at first but my goooooodness, IT WAS AMAZING!! Him & I both thought it was probably the best fish we’ve ever eaten!!
To properly clean a fish that you’d like to eat whole you need to scale it, gut it and take the fins off and then season it however you wish! We used salt, pepper, garlic, a blackening seasoning, olive oil, lots of lemon, and rosemary! Y’all…..it was SO delicious! We put it on the grill around 350-400 for around 25-30 minutes and it was flakey, moist, and flavorful! It was such a great day and I just love our fishing adventures! We get to catch it, clean it, cook it, and eat it! 🙂 You just can’t beat it! 🙂 Be on the lookout for more fishing adventures and recipes to come!