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I Never Liked Bluefish, Until I Tried This Simple Recipe

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Note from Ryan: This recipe from Lauren was originally published in August of 2015. Today I updated this post with new information and links to other popular bluefish recipes - including the MFCC Bluefish "Cookbook" which you can download below. Enjoy!

Lauren Collins

Here’s something to wrap your head around – bluefish that tastes delicious!

I’ve never been a big fan of bluefish – their sharp teeth and oily, fishy and worst of all blue meat, make them less than desirable (at least for me).

For a long time Ryan and I have tried to figure out a simple and delicious way to cook bluefish without using mayonnaise. 

That's when one of our members here on My Fishing Cape Cod, Eric Meyer, shared with us his recipe for caramelized bluefish.

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My First Experience Smoking Bluefish (and Our Smoked Bluefish Pâté Recipe)

Smoked Bluefish Recipe
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Ever since I was a little kid, I have heard anglers talking about smoking bluefish. I've eaten smoked bluefish before and I've always enjoyed it.

However, it was not until the summer of 2020 that I finally tried smoking bluefish on my own. I'm happy to report that the results were great!

Smoked bluefish has now become one of my favorite locally available seafood items. In this report, I'd like to share with you what I've learned so far about smoking bluefish and smoked bluefish recipes.

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My First Experience Smoking Bluefish VIDEO FOOTAGE

bluefish caught in cape cod bay
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This video post goes alongside the written report which I published earlier today. If you haven't read that report, then you can do so here.

Bluefish are not only good for smoking, but as many of you know, bluefish are also a lot of fun to catch. They are aggressive and fight hard.

In this video, you'll come along on a tin boat blue fishing adventure with my wife Lauren and I. This video was filmed on September 5th 2020 inside Cape Cod Bay.

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Exciting New Underwater Video Clip of Bluefish Chasing Live Bait

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Cape Cod's saltwater environment is a wild world. Each day on Cape, countless underwater dramas unfold as predators such as stripers, tuna and tautog hunt their prey.

The vast majority of the action is never witnessed by human eyes. However, in today's video I'm going to give you a glimpse of the fascinating world beneath the Cape's waves.

I filmed the following video on October 8th in Buzzard's Bay. In this video clip you'll see an estimated 2 pound bluefish in hot pursuit of a live killifish. I found the agility of both predator and prey to be fascinating. 

Please click play below to see what I mean!👇

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Goose Hummock Fishing Report | May 29th

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Yesterday my friends from the Goose Hummock Shops published their weekly Cape Cod fishing report, which goes live each Friday.

Today I just wanted to share the video with you in case you've never tuned-in before to their YouTube channel.

In yesterday's report, captain Phil Howarth from the Goose provided a full update on everything from black sea bass, to bluefin tuna. Click play below to check it out! 👇

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If You Absolutely Despise Bluefish, This Recipe is For You.

Lauren Collins

Raise your hand if you're one of the billion people who think bluefish taste oily, fishy and just plain gross!

I too, thought the taste of bluefish was pretty awful, but I learned that with the right preparation, it can actually be a pretty great recipe.

When Ryan and I first started dating, I learned two very important things.

One, you can never spend too much time fishing, and two, bluefish are the enemy.  They smell bad, they have huge giant teeth, and they steal the bait for what you actually want...stripers (also dogfish, but we'll get to that some other time).

With this information, I had pretty much already made my decision that bluefish suck, but then I started trying a few different recipes and ways to cook it, and you know what?  It's not so bad after all!

So here is the recipe that will change all bluefish-haters. 

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Bluefish Have Reached Cape Cod

Ryan Collins

I was quite surprised to find out that My Fishing Cape Cod member Jordan Brainson had caught a bluefish this past Saturday afternoon on May 4!

Earlier in the day I had chatted with Jordan at the MFCC meetup at Fishermen's View Restaurant, before he left to go fishing. I figured he would have a good chance with stripers - I definitely didn't expect to hear about bluefish.

Then on Monday May 5th I received a photo of another bluefish, this one caught by Trevor Anderson. So while there may not yet be huge schools of bluefish around, a few have already arrived.

The rest of this post will provide more information about the bluefish, as well as a recap of what our members have been catching and encountering this week here on Cape Cod.

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Mediterranean Inspired Cape Cod Bluefish

Lauren Collins

I'm not sure if I'm alone on this subject, but when the blues start to show up, my mind starts to scramble about all the ways I can cook it so as not to taste the strong flavor and oiliness of blues.

When prepared correctly, bluefish can make for a really delicious and nutritious meal, and today I have a brand new recipe to share that'll knock your socks off.

One thing I have learned about bluefish is that the smaller the fish, the lighter the flavor.  If you happen to catch a larger blue, then that's great!  But you might find yourself with a more intense fishy flavor.

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Gator Bluefish in the Cape Cod Surf

Ryan Collins

Some of the biggest bluefish of the entire season have showed up the past few days here on Cape Cod.

These are "gator" bluefish over the 10 pound mark with some specimens pushing 15+ pounds.

In this post I would like to share with you another drone surfcasting video filmed by my friend Zach Lesinski of

In this clip Dave Steeves of Goose Hummock and I catch huge blues in the whipping wind, and pounding surf of this past Sunday.

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