December 2009
FISHING NEWS, FORCASTS AND AN OCCASIONAL TALL TALE FROM GOODLAND, FLORIDA

FORECAST

The cold fronts are rolling down Florida's peninsula with regularity and if fish had coats, they would be wearing them now. Great flocks of White Pelicans are migrating through our area to warmer climes and that always forecasts the changes of fishing patterns in the 10,000 Islands.

For the next thirty days the best catches will belong to those fisher people who are willing to change tactics and fishing locales. The fish in southwest Florida are primarily tropical and sub-tropical species and when the water temperature falls below 69 degrees they move to different areas and feed differently.

Still, the fishing forecast is good for this period because some tasty fish move into our area in numbers that we don't see in other times of the year.

If it's table fare you're seeking you can aim your sights on spotted sea trout, silver trout (also known as white trout), mackerel, redfish or black drum. Most of the silver trout are small but tasty and they provided dinner for Stan and his son Ryan Hintze and family on a recent charter. That cold day the Hintze team from Iowa caught and released over 50 fish of various species but kept 15 silvers for a family dinner.


RYAN'S SILVER TROUT

Redfish in our area aren't as plentiful as in the past but if you can locate them they provide great sport and good eating. Same with the black drum who will find winter homes in deep holes for the next few weeks. If the fish are smarter than you some day but seafood is still whetting your appetite, I suggest you try my simple but delicious shrimp and scallop dinner.

CAPT JAY'S SHRIMP AND SCALLOP SCAMPI

Ingredients:

    1 pound linguine pasta
    12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    12 sea scallops
    I tablespoon any brand name blackening spice
    4 tablespoons butter
    2 minced garlic cloves
    Juice from 1 lemon
    ½ cup white wine

Preparation:

Cook pasta according to directions

Season shrimp and scallops with blackening spice, and after adding 2 tablespoons of the butter to a medium hot skillet, cook both about 2 minutes per side. Add the garlic during the last two minutes.

Transfer the scallops and shrimp to a plate and deglaze the skillet with the wine and lemon juice. Continue to boil until reduced by half and then add the remaining butter along with the shrimp and scallops to the skillet. Heat and then mix with the drained pasta in a large serving bowl.

It makes a nice presentation to garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges and sometimes for a different twist; I add cilantro instead of parsley.

GOODLAND HAPPENINGS

The snowbirds have arrived and it's always good to renew friendships. Our little town's population more than doubles when they get here and their arrival signals the coming of the crowning social event in our area, the Mullet Festival. Annually held at Stan's Restaurant, this year the festivities will be on the 29th, 30th and 31st of January. Thousands will attend and a fun time will be had by all. Maybe I'll see you there. In the meantime stay warm, be safe and keep a tight line,

For Reservations Call:
Capt. Jay's Fishing Charters
239-970-2105
P.O. Box 777 ~ Goodland, Florida 34140
Website: www.captainjaysfishingcharters.com
Email: captainjaybo@gmail.com