In 2015 I started a tradition that me and my wife initially enjoyed and now absolutely love: The end of Summer Fish fry! if there was one thing that always reminded me of the blog, that was it! I'm not much for keeping fish; I mostly catch and release except for the occasional striper or stocker trout (but Mark hasn't gotten me into trout in years! haha). Aside from that, this is the one season where I keep most of the fish I catch.
In 2016 we had the 2nd annual End of summer fish fry.
A couple of late season trips to catch bass and large cats saved this fish fry! This year we added in the fish taco theme and that went well. My friend Mari decided to take over hush puppy making duties and my wife prepared some wonderful sides. Many a great time was had by all!
2017 was a slow year for fishing and camping. Work kept me busy so aside from a few cool fly fishing expeditions at our local bass pond, fish for the fry were few. Luckily California had an indian summer because in late October we found a new spot and in one glorious fishing trip, caught all the bass we needed for the fry!
On my birthday this past year, we had the 3rd annual End of summer/ Fall fish fry. I added the fall because it was early November by the time we had the fry. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate life than to fry fish and drink some bad ass beers with the people I love!
There is something special about setting out on a mission with your Dad and your best friend, to catch enough fish to feed your tribe. Everybody knows that this one party has been planned for months. A lot of effort goes into one afternoon. However the afternoon is full of frying, family, laughs and a superb collection of delicious craft beer! This is one tradition that will continue for many years to come.