We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Not really. Before sunrise this morning we were after legal Stripers and Fluke. Legal stripers are in a narrow slot - not too big and not too small. You need a ruler.
Thing is, Bluefish can sometimes be all around. Big ones too. They are delicious on the grill, coated with some mayo, mustard, and soy sauce. Many people feel they are "too fishy" - but they are fish. Best if cooked the day you catch them.
If you get into a school of Blues, at some point you get annoyed and throw them back. A good-sized Blue is supper for six people or more .They will bite you though. Gotta be careful removing the hook.
When I was living in Florida, people used to pickle them. It was pretty good eating, too, if you bleed them out as soon as you get'em. I was in a rural area on the Atlantic side, and you could surf-cast for them. A school of blues would come by, you could land a few, and then drive the jeep up the beach a ways and hit the same school again.
So I grew up on the Jersey shore, fished off the jettys, from the beach, and of course, from boats. Blues are the best! Taste great grilled or smoked. They run in packs (schools) and when you go out, bring a garbage can to put all of them in. And they are tough fighters on the line. They hit the line like a locomotive...boom. Seen someone cradling their rod, a Blue hits it, and there goes the entire rig, rod, reel, all of it, into the drink.