Smoked Sea Pig!!!! (Huge Striper)!

Discussion in 'Fish' started by leah elisheva, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. Happy Friday To All!

    A dear friend of mine caught a 46 inch, 33.2 pound striper on Tuesday, right here off the beach! I was blessed beyond belief to be gifted that fish!

    And so, I gutted, scaled, cleaned, & cut steaks all by myself - painstakingly by hand & with the blunt side of a knife with the scales, as my little dogs (who weigh less than the striper even when combined together), will choke on one scale even; so I couldn't just do it rapidly and let them fly everywhere and merely hose down the deck afterward but instead had to make sure that not even one scale hit the ground and/or stop when it did and find it and pick it up.

    Three hours later, I was pleased with having kept the fish intact and gotten every scale off!

    Moreover, my appreciation for food even grows TENFOLD when "working" some for one's dinner, and I am just so grateful for it all! And for life!

    Smoking the head on low heat with hickory chips, for 50 minutes, the meat and cheeks and all was just baby soft and fell apart! I bagged that smoked head meat as it freezes well and is fantastic on pasta!

    Then I smoked a giant steak for 23 minutes - also low heat & hickory on my tiny gas machine - and plated with black Cyprus sea salt, freshly ground white pepper, avocado oil and some lemon zest and squeezed lemon. It was fantastic and the steak cut is so flavorful!!!

    Just delicious! (And yes, I brought much back to my friend and cooked as well)! Such fun!

    Happy weekend to all and CHEERS to LIFE & The Wonderful Opportunity to eat fresh fish right out of the sea! How very grateful am I! And thanks for sharing in my recent eating! - Leah
  2. Not sure why the pics are all out of order, but hopefully one can figure out the step by step fun!
  3. You always have very great plating and pictures. looks great!
  4. Thank you Jcollins!! This was fun and delicious too! Happy Friday!!! Cheers! - Leah
  5. Leah,

    I've always enjoyed your post along with your whimsical outlook on life but this morning as

    I watched you attack that fish with implements from Home Depot, I had to belly laugh!

    Beautiful lady, beautiful fish, beautiful meal.

  6. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You made my day Leah. Almost fell off my chair laughing...seeing you attacking that monster from all angles: over, under, sideways, power tools , hacksaw, getting soaked.

    A video of this would become viral on youtube.

    I usually say great smoke, awesome plating. This time I will also say thank you for entertaining us.

    OMG. I can't stop laughing.
  7. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    This post is awesome.  Love the extensive Q View.  That's an amazing bass.  What did you friend catch it on?  Well done.
  8. Thank you Teddy! And Atomicsmoke!

    You made my day!!!

    Now a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, yes? And since I had to be so careful to get each scale off yet nowhere near dogs, I had to go at it in any way able!  WOW would I love my chance to butcher an elk!

    Anyway, the gills were tricky to remove and required, pruning sheers, my hands, a pair of scissors and a couple knives! I got them out however and am grateful for the whole experience.

    The reciprocating saw however, is my favorite!

    And it cut great steaks!

    It reminds me of the now extinct "electric knife" that my folks had when I was a kid, (I think it was a wedding gift of theirs) and I would play with it, which made the TV go static, and I loved this! Though it scared the Hell out of my folks, I am sure!

    (To this day, if I saber open Champagne with a sword, that scares them too, and so I didn't send the striper cleaning pictures to them out of respect)?

    Anyway, I had an entertaining sassy photo too, that shows the whole fish, but know it's a family site and don't want to be kicked off the site either, and thus refrained from posting that one.

    Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  9. Thank you so much Mummel! I don't know on the rod, but will find out!
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  10. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I ask because the Striper season has been awful down here.  I've only caught a handful :(  Biggest was 38 inches and it was a beauty, but the rest have been barely of size.  Where have all the bass gone???  Striper is my favorite fish after salmon.  Looking at your pics makes me want to pic up my rod this weekend and give it a shot again.
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Job on that Striper, Leah!!![​IMG]

    Looks mighty Tasty too!![​IMG]

    I've seen Gator wrestling before, but this was the first I ever saw a good Striper wrestling match!!!

    You might not be much bigger than he was, but YOU WON !!![​IMG]

  12. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I have an electric Rapala filleting knife and it works like a charm on Striper.  Takes me 3 minutes to remove the fillets.  Dont even have to gut the fish.  I do like how you've smoked the steaks that way, cross cut.  Never tried that.  I should give it a go. 
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  13. Mummel, the info I have is: St Croix legend 10'6 surf casting rod, shimano Calcutta 700b bait casting reel, maxima treazure 25 lb test line, 28" flurocarbon 50 lb test leader with a gamakatsu 8/0 octopus circle hook & a 4 oz storm sinker. (I know not what it means but there you go)! I am just grateful and humbled by the fish - a 20 minute fight - and those guys use mackerel they buy from fishermen and freeze. He used a frozen cut head and it bit it within seconds.

    (Hope that's a language that you understand better than I). Smiles. But such fun stuff!

    And striper season here was terrible until now too!

    Most of the guys only caught small ones and had to throw back. All changed however, on Tuesday!

    Oddly, that fish I was blessed to receive, had an absolutely EMPTY stomach!

    I turned the stomach inside and out, took out every single organ myself, and double checked everywhere - must be he either threw up during the fight - OR, he was damn hungry and hence such a fabulous Sea Pig biting the bait, and within seconds of it hitting the ocean!

    In any event, I love the SKIN of all fish (but for marlin which try as I did, even I couldn't chew through it as it was like eating chains) but otherwise, from salmon to mackerel and more, the SKIN is the best, hence me scaling and needing to take extra time to get it lovely.

    The steak cut too (and marrow savory stuff inside the one bone when eating a steak), was fantastic!

    And your knife for fillet action sounds fabulous! So many toys out there!

    Bone-in rack of elk is such a favorite of mine and I believe that knife would works there too!?

    And Bear!!!

    Thank you tons as well!

    Yes, I actually love smoking gator meat, (though haven't wrestled it and have seen such on TV and that's just wild!!!), but to clean a striper, I did mange, and such was fun!

    Here's sending good cheer your way! And to all!
  14. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    This is some serious detail thanks, and some seriously bad-ass rig.  Thats a ~$450 rod.  The guy must be dedicated!  Glad the fishing is better up there.  Down here is been really poor.  Better than last year, but nothing like the years before.
  15. Now that's what I call a fish!.

    A great fish and it appears it was well presented to the Gods.

    Cheers from Down Under.
  16. Thank you so much Pilch!

    And Mummel, I am glad the details made sense to you. I am impressed with what he brought in indeed!!

    Cheers to all!!
  17. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Fish heads fish heads,
    Roly poly fish heads,
    Fish heads fish heads,
    Eat them up yum
  18. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Adds a whole new concept to the old mafia saying, "She's dancing with the fishes!"
  19. Hilarious!! (Foamheart). Yes, indeed I had some fun! And the head neat was so baby soft!!!
  20. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Leah, evening..... My GAWD !!!!! If you put up bleachers..... advertised: "How to scale and gut a striper"...... the stadium would be full and you would be rich beyond your wildest dreams..... not that you aren't already but... trying to piece that slide show together into a flick was one of the funniest things my imagination has tried to conjure......

    Had I been at the scene of the crime, and been drinking a beer, (highly probable), beer would have been exiting my nose and I would have been in total enjoyment partaking in one of the greatest shows on earth...

    CHEERS !!!!!! my friend... and thank you....

    PSS: Great job on handling that monster... You could have been #1 deck hand on my charter ANYDAY...

    conjure... verb.... make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic.
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