Molly, one of our FM co-workers, is from Alaska, and she recently went back to see her family, which inevitably means she went fishing. She says:
We ended up with 10 fish, which was 95 lbs of processed meat. These were probably 15-20 lb fish originally, which is pretty tiny for a halibut. We call these “chickens”. A few days before I got there someone caught a 354 lb’er….which is what we would call a “barn door” because as you can see they are flat, so it’s like pulling a barn door through the water. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to pull in a fish that big! I caught a 130 lb’er once and that took over an hour.
Anyway, the cool part is, her family sent her home with a lot of the halibut meat, and when I found out she was giving it away, I eagerly offered to take some off her hands. So yesterday she brought in three fillets for us, which we defrosted that night, broiled with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbes de provence, and served over jasmine rice. Simple. Delicious.