Gone Fishin’ & Almost Became Bait at Laurel Hill Trout Farm
With summer here, the boys have been asking to go fishing. Coupled with not having our license and feeling a bit lazy, we only had one option, the Laurel Hill Trout Farm. If you haven’t been there, this is a great place to go where you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, you will catch a trout. For $40, we rented polls, got bait and came home with over 5 lbs of trout. Not too shabby.
The danger comes in giving these rented poll to adolescents who think they are fishing in a lake. Right off the bat, Laurie almost found herself on the end of Liam’s hook as he swung the pool up over his shoulder.
When there was a bite on the line, you would think they were trying to set the hook in a megalodon as hard as they pulled on the line. This action brought hook and mill worm dangerously close to Laurie and I as we were trying to get these guys under control.
I think the funniest thing was seeing this guy all decked out in fishing gear like he was Reverand Maclean in, “A River Runs Through It”. If you ever visited this place, coming here in full gear would be like Ben Rothlesburger quarterbacking for a U12 football team.
When it was all said and done, we walked out of there with six really nice cleaned fish with the heads on.
Not bad for about thirty minutes of fishing.
We ultimately all survived the fishing expedition
We soaked the fish for three hours in a brine of:
- 1/2 gallon of water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cumin
- 1 tbsp of garlic
Then smoked it for about 2 hours in the smoker with apple chips.
After it was smoked, we deboned the fish (for the most part) and ended up making a smoked trout dip out of what was left.
Robb & Laurie’s Trout Dip Recipe
- 2 Cups Smoked Trout
- 1/2 tsp of thyme
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp Spanish paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
From here, I mixed everything together and ran it through the meat grinder. There always seem to be some little bones in trout and even though they are soft, they can be annoying. The meat grinder seems to take care of those little guys pretty good!
After you run it through, you can add some sour cream to make the dip a bit creamier if you like, or add some cayenne pepper for a little extra kick.