Just imagine tens of thousands maybe even millions of small silver fish just under and on top of the waters surface. You can hear them too! Its quite the spectacle. News spreads fast this time of year in Newfoundland as young and old gather to scoop up some of these beauties. You’ll see all kinds of nets and buckets you might even see a grocery bag or an old ice cream tub anything at all will work. Its quite the sight with the kids squealing at the slippery little fish wriggling around in their hands. If you were lucky enough to bring your rubber boots you can wade in the shallow water and easily scoop them up.
Not only can capelin be fried, dried or cooked in the oven, it can also be used as a great fertilizer for your garden. I know my potatoes sure love it. Simply build a little trench right long side of your veggies burry it under the soil. And voila you have feed for the summer! A lot of fishermen use it for bait as well. That’s how I caught my fish. Another great tip is to dry them whole without salt , then freeze for dog treats. I hear they really enjoy them.
This is a great little video clip, You can see they capelin quite well. They come to our beaches every year to spawn and with the come thousands of birds and whales who also put off quite a show! The people come in droves with their buckets and nets in hand ready to scoop up some of these glittery little fish.
I remember my Dad years ago drying the capelin on flakes he made over the picnic table in our back yard. Us kids would go poke at them and have a great laugh. Oh, and then Dad would eat the head right off. What a sight that was for a child let me tell ya eye balls an all!
Its hard to predict exactly when the capelin will start rolling in Newfoundland, it usually happens around mid June or July. When the capelin start rolling you can be sure the nice warm summer weather comes along with it. The humpback whales usually follow too. Tourists come from all over the world just hoping to get a glimpse of these stunning creatures. Families, friends and strangers that become family are sure to be seen on the beaches with their picnic baskets, buckets, nets and rubber boots in tow. Your sure to find a friendly smiling face.
There are many ways to prepare capelin frying, roasting even pickling here’s a nice recipe from Newfie Recipes on Facebook
Deep Fried Caplin
- 1 dozen Caplin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
Clean Caplin, removing head and tails, then wash and dry them on a paper towel. Beat eggs, add oil, flour, salt, baking powder and milk. Beat well. Dip fish in batter. Deep fry in hot oil or fat until golden brown (3 to 5 minutes).
Heres a few more pics of my Awesome Capelin Adventure
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