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Blackfish, aka Tautog, Chowder

WaterRat

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Hey All,
Had a good day this past weekend fishing and came home with some nice blackfish aka: Tog, tautog and a Black sea bass. So on a cool drizzly day yesterday I decided to make the GF some blackfish chowder. I mostly followed this recipe: https://www.food.com/recipe/blackfish-chowder-78556 but added and equal amount of celery to the onion, as well as some cayenne and fresh lemon thyme from my garden. I also used veggy stock instead of water. It came out quite tasty and very easy to do. Served with a nice loaf of sourdough and a salad. Enjoy!

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normanaj

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One of the finest people I knew made one the best blackfish chowder on this Earth.

Miss you Crafty.
 

gmc2003

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I love me some chowder(New England style - not Manhattan) and yours does look really good.

Point for sure
Chris
 

WaterRat

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Any day with fish chowder is a good day.

Yours looks especially nice.
Thank you! My GF was a little warry when I said fish chowder even though she loves clam chowder and is a chef but she loved it.

Tog is a great fish, wonderful flavor.
Almost too danged good for chowder, why hide it?
It certainly does look hot, hearty and delicious.
Like!

We love a good chowder too.
Try the chowder recipe in my Index sometime.

https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/threads/redfish-chowder.253264/
Thnx Chile! More fish in the freezer and hopefully get another good fishing trip in. I'll give your recipe a go for sure. Yes, it's tasty, I guess after a summer of grilling striper and black sea bass, once tog season opens it's chowder time. Also a big thing here in NE. Also fried some the night before :)
One of the finest people I knew made one the best blackfish chowder on this Earth.

Miss you Crafty.
My regards.
 

jcam222

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Haven’t had Tog before That chowder is lucious creamy looking!! I’d devour it for sure. Where and how to you catch tog?
 

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Awesome looking chowder!
Nicely done!
Al
 

WaterRat

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Haven’t had Tog before That chowder is lucious creamy looking!! I’d devour it for sure. Where and how to you catch tog?
Thank you! Tog are a heavy bodied saltwater fish. They live/hide around rock piles and shipwrecks, have thick skin and a pretty heavy slime coat to protect them from the same. We fish them anchored up (as opposed to on the drift) and use peeler/green crabs as bait. Their natural food is all types of shellfish. I fish them along the CT/RI coast from Fishers Island to Block Island.
 

tomd8

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Blackfish also make a great salad coming close to tasting like lobster. In my younger days I used to spearfish these. Excellent tasking. WaterRat I'm just south of you on Long Island. Sounds like a banner blackfish season.
 

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