Beach Kids!!

Behold, the (not so) lowly Mud Crab

Yes, that’s a full sized lemon…

 

Claire and Cate’s sand sofa

Kayaking the Bay
The boys have been really diligent, spending hours fishing and crabbing… They take fishing mags out of the library, talk with classmates; learning the local tides and ocean environments of Moreton Bay. All that hard work is beginning to pay off! Not only have they caught a few keepers that provided wonderful dinners…by using the fresh heads n’ guts in our crabpot, we have also landed some huge legal-sized mud crabs….The prosaic name aside, these are the sweetest, cleanest crabs I’ve ever had, easily on par with the famous Dungeness crab of the Pacific NW, and they are HUGE….Of course, now they’re begging to hire out a boat and get into open water, after the local snapper and pelagic (open ocean) species; tuna, wahoo, jack, even marlin! So we hope to soon…Stay posted..ddu…

Fishin’ Dogs…

 
Watch those toes!!
Coochimudlo Island

Yellow-tailed Pike

Coochimudlo Beach Girls…
So, gory bits aside, here’s a cool sequence of turning a Mud Crab into a gourmet delight.. Fresh, wild crab salad with a local lime vinagrette….

One very fresh Mud Crab, foot for scale…

 
 Success!!

Crab and wine still life, post simmer…



Hungry boys…

Pickin’, and Peelin’

Clean crab meat
 
Plated salads…(I’m psyched about now…)

Bon Appetite!

Ditto..
Aidan had a major success, catching a large and very desireable Flathead right off our local beach. Called a Lizard locally, the meat is white, chewy and mild. Similar to a lobster tail..

The big catch

A bid old “Lizard…”

Tasty, but not pretty…

I said to Aidan that a fish like that should keep him interested in fishing for a little while longer..He just casted again and said ” For the rest of my life, Dad…..”  Very cool, hooked on fishing…

Aidan’s Big Catch…
 
Patiently waiting…
…for the next big strike….
Raby Bay canal sunset…Thanks for sharing in our adventures in the outdoors…More fishing next time.. Best Luke, Aidan and all the Nolan kids.!!

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