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Has anyone ever bought fish directly from a fisherman right after it's caught? If so, where??

chompie Jan 2, 2011 07:39 PM

When I lived in FL. we used to go to the docks and buy just caught fish right off the boat and I was wondering if there is anywhere to do that here, although I think there's rules around here that keep that from happening, but not sure... I remember also going deep sea fishing in MA, and no fish in stores or restaurants tastes quite like it.. Also, I have had excellent trout at Seawitch and Zalkeks, but have never had a trout caught at a river, put on a stick over the coals and have always had the fantasy to have that, althought I dont fish.. Does trout taste a lot different just caught?? And is there anyplace to buy it fresh from people fishing on the river.?. I read that North Shore has great trout rivers, but curious if they are good eating, or just for throwing back. Thanks!

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203 Newbury St, Peabody, MA 01960

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    9lives Jan 2, 2011 08:27 PM

    Salt seafoood is very prealent Tuna, striiped bass bluefufish,,flounder.,cod, haddock.

    Trout is a a freshwater fish and I've raerely caught it here; try midstate and te fish shops there. Any trout you buy here will have been likely shipped in ,is not a premium product.

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    1. re: 9lives
      hotoynoodle Jan 2, 2011 10:04 PM

      and most trout sold retail is farmed now.

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      Johnny West Jan 2, 2011 11:45 PM

      My son is a chef on Martha's Vineyard and buys striped bass from fisherman at the docks. He says they are fantastic. I hope to find out this summer.

      I grew up trout fishing in the Midwest but now live in NW and trout have always been great when fresh caught bu sometimes can have a muddy taste in the heat of summer. I always scale them & that helps as I like to eat the fried skin. We're kind of spoiled with fresh fish here.

      1. dmullin699 Jan 8, 2011 08:17 PM

        If you are familiar with Scituate Harbor, check out the docks behind the square, where the movie theater is. I have bought fish right off the boat on several occasions. They cut it, clean it, and wrap it in butcher's paper, and the price is a fraction of the cost of a fish store.
        Good luck.

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        1. re: dmullin699
          9lives Jan 9, 2011 03:30 AM

          I've heard of bit bough it there too. .no specifcs.
          it's against the law and you may be refused for a variety of reasons. Ithink it's MA Fish and Game that regulates andif they're on the pier..no dice. Your fine is minor if at all but it's a big bite to the fisherman.

          I've never bought cut,cleaned and wrapped..just whole fish.

          Bore you with the pics again..:) Marblehead too.



          Even if I catch my own tuna, I'm not licensed to sell..I don't know what the fine is and don't want to find out..:


          This was at Boston Harbor..


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