It’s a beautiful day, and you’ve been fishing with a buddy on one of your favorite lakes. After a few hours working jigs around brushpiles, you have several eating-size crappie and bluegills in your cooler. You just beached your boat at a scenic spot beneath some shade trees, and your pal is using a fillet knife to prep some fish for cooking. You’re getting the rest of your lunch started.
Hot fried potatoes have just been transferred from a skillet to a plate covered with paper towels. More cooking oil goes in, then, when the thermometer shows the proper temperature, you add some cornmeal-battered fish fillets a few at a time. They sizzle deliciously while cooking, making your mouth water as you think of the scrumptious meal you’re about to enjoy.
Catching a trophy fish makes any trip memorable, but that doesn’t always happen like we wish. A shore lunch of fresh fish cooked over a campfire beside the lake or stream where it was just caught can also make an outing unforgettable. And with a little planning, you can be certain that’s one aspect of your day outdoors that comes off without a hitch.
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