Sunday, May 24, 2009

Team Fishing Trip Motutapu

To celebrate the launch of the Beca website, we went fishing, as you do...

Oscar took this photo - I am showing off my knot tying skills.

There were serious knots to do, serious berley to release, and serious fish to catch. I guess the two sharks were the most serious, then the two large kahawai, and two bust-offs, and two throw back snapper. Not that good overall in the fishing stakes I would have to say, although the sail down to Home Bay and back to Westhaven was good.

Fishing Spot X did not produce the goods on this particular occasion... Here's hoping for the trip to the Bay of Islands in September.

So what happened to those to lovely Kahawai I hear you ask???

Beca Kahawai
A large baking dish to fit the fillets in one layer
A saucepan
4 Kahawai Fillets - i.e. 2 fish - remove any bones
1 Medium Onion - sliced
1 Tin Diced Tomatoes
1 Bunch Basil
1/8 Tsp Thyme
2-3 Cloves Garlic

Pre-Heat the oven to 220c

In a saucepan sauté the onion and garlic, add tomatoes and herbs. I always put a little water in the tin, swill it around and pour in too - just enough to clean the tin. Do this for 15 minutes.
Then put a little of the tomato mixture in the dish to create a rough layer for the fish fillets to lie on. Add the fillets in a single layer. Pour over the rest of the tomato mixture, cover with tinfoil, and bake for 8 minutes. Check the fillets - they should be fine though - if the dish is heavy ceramic then maybe allow another minute. Then again, if the fillets are thin take off a minute - you know - its the art vs the science thing...

I decided to roast some carrots and potatoes seeing as I was putting the oven on, and added steamed broccoli to complete the meal. It came with a chilled Villa Maria 2007 Sauvingnon Blanc. How hard can it be, people?

Seeing as I only caught the baby snapper (who are swimming happily off Motutapu somewhere) I did well to have the two fresh Kahawai in my possession - skippers prerogative?? :-)

Crew: Nicola, Bryan, Oscar, Mark. Absent: Martin - couldn't make it - was working... huh?

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