Last week I fished off the jetty at Huntington Beach State Park, south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
|Google maps satellite view of area|
|It's a 1.3 mile walk to the jetty from the beach|
|View from the end of the jetty. Murrels Inlet on right|
The next day I had better luck. I hooked a few Spiny Dogfish, but was only able to land one.
|2 1/2 foot Spiny Dogfish|
Since dogfish have no kidneys, they pee through their skin. They need to be immediately bled, gutted, de-skinned and iced, otherwise their flesh will quickly spoil and smell of ammonia. I was careful to prepare them, and then marinated some for 4 hours in apple cider vinegar and lemons. I soaked the rest in a milk bath overnight to remove any fishy odor and tenderize it..
I found a recipe for Spiny Dogfish Shark in Tomato and Citrus.
|Ready to bake|
|Ready to eat|
The next day, I removed the rest of the fillets from the milk bath, rinsed them in water and marinated them with fresh lemon juice, olive oil and just a little vinegar. Then, I iced it all down for our road trip to Florida. A couple of days later, it had become super tender lemony ceviche. I decided to broil it. It made great fish tacos.
It seems the lowly dogfish is slowly making a comeback in the culinary world. Check out Eat Magazine's article, "Spiny dogfish makes history as first sustainable shark fishery."
Meanwhile, I'll be fishing along Florida's "Forgotten Coast." Tight lines y'all!