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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Foraging.

Fish are fun to catch.  They're also good to eat.  Youtube and/or your grandpa can probably teach you all you need to know to catch and prepare a fish.  Preparation methods vary depending on the species and where it came from.  For instance, freshwater trout are often cooked with the skin and bones attached while warmer water freshwater fish are often filleted (walleyes, panfish, pike).  Preparation techniques also vary by country/region so do whatever you want as long as the fish is treated humanely along with the people eating your dish.


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements is to catch and prepare at least one pound of fish meat
      o multiple small fish or maybe one large fish

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
 - A picture of the fish with your fish catching gear and where the fish came from in the background
 - A picture of the cleaned/gutted/filleted or otherwise ready-to-cook fish (on a scale or obviously more than one pound)
 - A picture of the prepared dish

Clarifications:
 - This is "Foraging" so the fish can't come from your aquaponics system, nor an aquaculture system, nor a store
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I went on a canoe camping trip in Ontario a month ago.  Too bad there isn't a BB for paddling all day :)  I caught lots of fish and these three walleyes made it into our dinner one day.  They ranged in size from 15-18 inches.  I caught them on a jig with a twister tail and a half a night crawler on the hook.
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The three monsters
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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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Can "fish" be extended to "seafood" for this? We regularly forage for shellfish (cockles, oysters, winkles, prawns, seaweed) around our local coast, but there doesn't seem to be a spot to include it at present.
 
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I think Otis would be just as impressed with foraging up some oysters as he would foraging up a carp.  So I think so.  As long as it's a critter (not a plant) and preferably one that requires killing and cleaning.  I'm not sure if that applies to any of those seashore items you mentioned since I live many miles from an ocean.  I think Otis would like to see that someone can search out a pound of aquatic meat, that they can stomach the process of killing and gutting and that they can turn it into a meal.
 
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Given the above, I hope this can count for this foraging badge bit!


We have a lovely local patch where we can harvest oysters, cockles and winkles - way more than can be quickly consumed. We have made a few trips there since finding it.

Here is a trip I made with my eldest, with the plan to cook up a feast on the beach. Also included are photos of harvest of 8kg of cockles which we used in a few meals - seafood pasta was fabulous, with cream and smokey bacon. My youngest steals my oysters, which simultaneously makes me sad and a big proud of raising proper food lovers.

Locally we have a commercial oyster farm, and their oysters spawn and spread all along this coast line. Most people don’t even realise they are there to collect.
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Our cockling beach... the oyster bed is just to the right of this shot
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8kg of cockles
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My oyster thief
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

Per Paul: This was an edge case so it got pushed to me. Not a fish and not a montana thing. But since is more than triple the required pound, I'm going to allow it. I certify this BB is complete!

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This is a favorite fishing spot our family calls “Paradise” because of the beautiful waterfall and quiet tranquility.
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Here in Finland, so the catching is always good and with too many lakes to count, the abundance of freshwater fish is amazing. Trapping is a nice way of just setting and forgetting and takes no time to check with the old row boat.
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Apologies for the cheesy smile hahah
Apologies for the cheesy smile hahah
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She's a boney one
She's a boney one
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The rest went to the rest of the family
The rest went to the rest of the family
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So it took me a while to get back around to this BB but alas here I am with another fish just to get me pushed over the pound mark. Apparently the fish just weren't finding the trap this season despite moving them around multiple times. But hopefully this alond with my other BB submission gets me across the line!
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Trapped in the lake
Trapped in the lake
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Filleted and weighed. Just shy of a pound
Filleted and weighed. Just shy of a pound
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Made into a sweet and sour soup where the rest went to my lady
Made into a sweet and sour soup where the rest went to my lady
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Me and my husband took a trip to Alaska a few months ago for a fishing adventure. We caught herring and used it as bait for halibut fishing. We also spent a lot of time salmon fishing. In the cove that we were fishing in, it seemed that the salmon only wanted to bite pink Flying C's. Between the group of 6 that went, we came home with 234 lbs of salmon, halibut and crab. One of my favorite meals to make with this fish is halibut fish tacos!  

P.S. This is my first post. Me and my husband came across this forum and we are so excited to join this group of like minded people!
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Catching Herring for Bait
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Delicious Halibut Steaks
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This is a chum salmon, we also caught many pinks and silvers
This is a chum salmon, we also caught many pinks and silvers
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This picture shows our 9' rods with pink Flying C's
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Halibut Fish Tacos!
Halibut Fish Tacos!
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I think I’m in trouble. I caught two pounds plus of catfish but cleaned they only weigh half a pound or so.  Does this count or do I need two pounds of fillets?
 
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Neither, you're not in trouble and you don't need 2 lbs of fillets.  You only need 1 lb of fillets so just catch some more fish.  Photo each batch of fillets on a scale to show how they add up to a pound.  You'll basically need the "proof" pics for both fishing trips to satisfy the certifiers.
 
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Thanks I’ll keep fishing and documenting. I’m in trouble with my son because we stopped fishing because I thought we had enough.  
 
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So, I've been tying to catch a fish for this BB. I've bought a fishing license, and have been out 3 times with my 4-year-old to catch SOMETHING. The fishermen around here all say that last year's drought was horrific for our fish populations and it will take years to bulk them back up.  So imagine my gladness at finding two fish in the canal! After the canal was turned off, puddles left behind held two trout for us. My son's ecstatic! What a memory! We picked them up with a net, no poles at all. I gutted them and cooked them. Each was around 1 pound. People say they don't like trout, but even my basic fish cooking skills gave us a yummy, welcome addition to dinner. Lemon, pepper, and butter.  
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got a fish!
got a fish!
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in a net, in the canal
in a net, in the canal
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this one was a bit over a pound
this one was a bit over a pound
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butter, lemon, pepper
butter, lemon, pepper
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served with spaghetti
served with spaghetti
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