Catch and cook Fingermark pan fried

Catch and Cook Golden Snapper

While we all love fishing, the catching is only part of the fun! Here we catch and cook Golden Snapper, a delicious food fish found near shore throughout northern Australia.

And while we are ardent proponents of catch and release.

That’s only after we have taken a fish for the table.

Eating fresh fish has amazing health benefits and better still, fresh fish cooked well is well… Yum.

This recipe works well for many species, especially white fleshed near shore fish like squire/pink snapper and bream.

In order to catch and cook Golden Snapper, step one is to catch the fish!

So watch the video and then scroll down for more pics of the day, gear used, tips on catching Fingermark (including a free workshop) and the recipe.



Catching Pan size Fingermark/Golden Snapper

While I'm not an super early riser, I do like to head off around 7am as early morning is such a great part of the day.

Typically I'm happy to use lures, as I'm getting to old to hunt down live bait haha.

But with our cameraman on board for this catch and cook Golden Snapper episode, we really had to catch a fish so I also grabbed some live bait.

Herring and mullet are both great Fingermark Lollies as are squid.

Heading out early morning to catch a feed of Golden Snapper

Heading out early morning to catch a feed of Golden Snapper

To catch and cook Golden Snapper first catch the bait.

To catch and cook Golden Snapper first catch the bait.

Live bait works when fish are temperamental with lures

Live bait works when fish are temperamental with lures

Perfect pan size fingermark

Perfect pan sized fingermark. And they played the game on lures as well so the live baits got released.

Gear Used

  • Reel : Quantum Smoke HD
  • Rod: Rovex Inazuma 5-8 kg baitcaster
  • Line: Rovex Viros 20lb
  • Leader: Ande 60lb

Using your Fish Finder to locate schools.

To catch and cook Fingermark or any fish for that matter, you'll need to locate the schools.

This is by far the biggest problem most people have when fishing!

Accurately setting up and interpreting their electronics.

To help you get the most of your electronics, we cover the fundamentals in our Sounder Skills 1 course.

It's only $20 Australian at the moment and well worth a look.

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Cooking Golden Snapper

After a gill, gut and scale, we put the head and wings aside for soup.

Scoring the thicker part of the flesh ensures an even cook.

Sometimes when travelling, our accommodation never has a big enough pan.

So we have divided the fish in two.

Golden snapper prepared for cooking

Ready for a hot pan!

Catch and Cook Reef fish with fresh salad.

Fingermark with crispy skin, served with a fresh garden salad.

Crispy Skin Fingermark Recipe.

  • Gut, scale, and remove head.
  • Score thicker flesh and cut fish to size (if too large for pan)
  • Half butter, half peanut oil in hot pan
  • Cook until the flesh is white all the way through to the backbone (this one was about 3 minutes) and skin is golden brown (and crispy)

And there you have it. Catch and Cook Golden Snapper with crispy skin!

Learn to catch Fingermark and other delicious foragers (like Pink Snapper) with our free workshop.

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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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