What’s worse, these fish were not biting. Finally, however, we found our spot, a large swath of submerged eel grass up against a sea wall. Let this stand for at least 10 minutes, and as long as an hour. Nutritionally, herring are as much of a spring tonic as are nettles and miner’s lettuce: Filled with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, they are a cure for the winter doldrums. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and either toss them in a plastic bag with plenty of oatmeal or put the fish on a plate and coat them with oatmeal - you may have to press the oatmeal into the fish to ensure it is fully covered. 3 Season with salt. Serve with beer and mashed potatoes, champ, colcannon or just simple boiled potatoes. Driving home, I decided to eat some herring fresh and to pickle the rest. We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. I used 2 1/2 cups oats for a pound of herring and didn’t eve use half of it. By Hank Shaw on February 19, 2015, Updated October 28, 2020 - 10 Comments. But I am afraid it will be the last herring and oats I will eat until November. There is a side benefit to catching herring so small — the zillions of tiny bones in their fillets would be undetectable when we ate them; calcium without the bother. We were hitting the very end of the spawning run. In no time R.J. spotted a school of herring on his fish finder. Herring is an oily fish, rich in omega-3, that's best baked or fried whole. I grabbed my coffee, curled up on the couch and read every word. Don’t know if it was eel grass though, I think it was kelp – this was in the Pacific North West. This was simple, good food. Well, so are sardines, which I’ve seen retail for more than $10 a pound. This dish will never appear on the menu at Alinea or the French Laundry. Mix the mustard and cream in bowl and … Tightly roll the herrings from head to tail, keeping the skin side on the outside. It will not transport you to the astral plane. A fishery so untapped you can keep up to 25 pounds of herring per person. Whole fresh herring showed up today in a supermarket in Duluth. If you are very lucky, you will get two, or even three on the line at once. Serve the crisp herring fillets warm, with the salad. We’d be opening a new fishery for recreational anglers. I bet it also would be good with sand dabs, mackerel, bluefish, spot or croakers, alewives, Great Lakes whitefish… you get the point. It was tiny, only about 6 inches long! Welcome to Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, the internet's largest source of recipes and know-how for wild foods. The herring run is the official start of spring fishing there, and scores of anglers line the banks of the Rappahannock River to catch them. Hi from San Francisco where the herring run is on! Do not boil! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Your email address will not be published. Ninety-nine guides out of 100 would have given me the hairy eyeball for wanting to target what is, for most people, bait. Dip the herring in the melted butter, then cover with the mixed oats. Enjoy! It seems herring first enter the San Francisco Bay in November, and that every succeeding wave of herring gets younger and smaller. Herring "under a fur coat". After all, they’re small, oily and bony. Set oven to 325F. (I never do that when looking for recipes). Hesitantly, I asked if he would take me out fishing for them. This dish can be done with sardines or other small fish, or you can use this breading for any other fish if you are willing to stray from the original recipe. I can’t tell you how many times I’d hook a herring, full of hope, only to feel it slip off the line a few seconds later. But when you have truly fresh herring, enjoy them. There’s always next year. R.J.’s fish was no bigger. I filleted 10 of the fattest fish for the evening’s dinner. The bluebacks we caught in Virginia were all about 12-14 inches long. It’s glorious fishing. Having purchased herring this week, on a whim, I googled recipes and this one popped up first. I knew I had to make herring and oats, a staple of my spring diet in Virginia. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content on their web site. Herring and beans salad. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We would be pioneers. I’ve eaten herring wrapped in grape leaves and grilled, “cooked”  in lemon juice like Greek gavros, salted down and eaten like bacon with cornmeal pancakes, pickled, and — my favorite — smeared with mustard, rolled in oats and fried in butter. Our herring in oatmeal recipe is a classic Scottish dish that's so easy to make. Huck the rig as far into the river as you can, and reel it back in, twitching the line as you go.