Reader Email: Edible Albies
I got an email early this week from OTW reader Tim Adams who, after catching his first false albacore, did what supposedly cats won’t even do, and ate it. Sounds like something I might have to try…
I decided to take your advice this week and target false albacore. Since I have never landed an albie it seemed liked the thing to do. Here is the report…
My son and I headed out Sunday morning from Green Pond on the south side of Cape Cod around 5:30 am. There was a nasty and cold wind out of the east due to the storm offshore, so we decided to take cover from the wind and do some trolling on Middle Ground. After several rounds of bluefish, one of the poles doubled over, I immediately knew it wasn’t a blue, bonito, or bass. As you probably know, albies are all business, fight hard and don’t let up, even for a second. It is great to experience such power from a fish inshore. My son netted the fish, we bled it and put it on ice. The fish fell for a green/yellow Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow trolled slow, around 3 knots. We also had numerous hits on a green and orange Fas-Trac Rebel, but no additional albies landed.
I was a bit discouraged after doing an internet search for recipes, most of which are “joke recipes” (i.e. season and cook the fish on a pine board, then throw out the fish…..and eat the board). Nonetheless, I forged on with three different recipes. I trimmed all of the dark meat from the fillets and rinsed the pieces in saltwater.
The three recipes:
Marinated in teriyaki, then grilled . Brushed with butter on top just prior to serving
Marinated in Italian salad dressing then grilled
Egged and breaded with Italian breadcrumb/cornmeal and pan fried
It was all moist, melt in your mouth delicious!! (Please see attached photos)
How the fish is cared for after being caught can greatly affect how the fish will taste. Notice that Tim immediately bled and iced his catch. Better still would be a saltwater/ice slurry that would keep the fish extremely cold for the duration of the trip. If your next albie looks like it might not make it, give it a shot — you might be surprised.