We were driving through Brentwood NH and went past "the Castles" and Clay remembered that 18 years ago he was the cook at the Whistling Swan Cafe and pond there was loaded with goldfish.
The castles are now a small community school and the pond is surrounded by a fence with lots of no fishing signs. So Clay stopped into the office and asked for permission to "Eat a goldfish" after they got done laughing at him they realized he wasn't joking....And yup they gave permission.
The fishing was fast and furious, but it took quite a long time to land a goldfish. The pond had brown bullheads and loads of golden shiners.
The technique was simple a #20 hook fished on the bottom with a little bit of worm, try to avoid the catfish and wait for the goldie to pick it up. Goldfish can be found in a lot of water bodies in New Hampshire, these are no more native than bass, rainbow trout or carp and are likely here due to people releasing their pets after they decide they no longer want them.
|Carassius auratus auratus|
|Fish Number 34|
Killing this fish felt a lot like killing someone's pet, it was kind of sad.
We haven't decided how to cook it yet, so feel free to share your ideas with us.