Yesterday I went to a small community lake which has a creel limit of 2 channel catfish per day. I did catch a second one, but it was smaller than I liked so I just ended up with this one that was 19" long. Still, I am really happy that I can start getting fish in the freezer now.
Some months ago I made a fish table for the back yard made out of old redwood deck boards from my friend Blair whose parents were replacing their deck. I'm glad the table is coming into use! I just poured rain water over it when the massacre was over.
With 91 breakfasts, 91 lunches, and 91 dinners over the winter I am going to need some steady protein. Fish, beans, nuts, some seeds, and bartered eggs are my main sources I'll be relying on. If you know someone who hunts that would like to barter for some preserved items, don't hesitate to let me know. My bartering rules are that I can trade my preserved foods for those that were obtained in the same way I've obtained mine; foods that are from a person's garden, foraging trips, hunting, or livestock must be the sources.
Kansas has a 30 catfish possession limit. That's about 60 meals of the size I caught yesterday just to put it in perspective. I'll want more than just catfish, so I'll be trying to catch a nice variety, but basically I need to get serious about the fishing. And no, as much as I like fish, I really don't want to be eating fish each day. The bean plants are looking awesome. Stay strong, beans.
Image credit: Cale Ruiz