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Posted by on August 25, 2013

5 Hook and Cook Fish Recipes


There’s no doubt that a relaxing day spent sinking a line is one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. The best part of it all? Eating what we catch! We’re always on the hunt for new ways to cook what we hook, and these 5 recipes fit the bill. The next time you reel in an impressive fish and are wondering how to enjoy it at the campsite, why not give one of these easy and delicious Hook and Cook recipes a shot?

Perfect Grilled Whole Fish

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  • 1 whole fish, scaled and gutted, up to around 2 lb. (snapper, bass, trout, flounder, striped bass, and bluefish work best)
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the grill on high. Once the grates are hot, turn down to medium. If using charcoal, simply rake the coals to ensure an even layer of heat. Clean the grill with a wire brush.
  2. Make three diagonal cuts in each side of the fish, straight to the bone. Rub both sides of the fish with the oil, then salt and pepper it.
  3. Lay the fish on the grill, uncovered, and leave alone. After 5 minutes, use tongs to gently pry the fish from the grates to ease it free from any sticky spots. Set it back down and leave alone for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Slide a long-handled spatula beneath the fish’s heaviest section and gently roll it over.
  5. Continue cooking for up to 10 minutes, depending on the size of the fish. To check for doneness, use a knife to probe the diagonal cuts you made in the flesh. The meat should look opaque. Gently place the fish on a platter, squeeze some lemon juice onto it, and serve.

Poor Man’s Lobster

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  • Burbot, cut in chunks
  • 2 quarts water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup salt
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Melted butter and lemon juice for dipping


  1. Combine water, salt, sugar and lemon juice in large pot.
  2. Bring pot to boil.
  3. Drop in the burbot and boil, just until fish rises to the surface.
  4. Serve with melted butter and lemon juice.

TIP: Leftovers make a great “lobster” salad!

Trout with Mustard Sauce

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  • 1 package McCormick Hollandaise sauce mix
  • ¼ cup butter (or 4 tbsp. olive oil)
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. dried tarragon
  • 1 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 trout fillets


  1. Heat oil in pan until sizzling.
  2. Cook fish until flesh is flaky.
  3. To make sauce, fork-whisk water, butter (or olive oil), and contents of sauce packet.
  4. Add mustard and tarragon and bring to a boil.
  5. Pour over trout.

TIP: Flavored rice makes a great side dish for trout.

Carp Stew

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  • 4 pounds carp
  • ¼ pound bacon
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar


  1. Fry bacon in a Dutch oven or small kettle until crisp.
  2. Add other ingredients and simmer for 45 minutes.

Easy Grilled Fish in Foil Packets

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  • 4 porgy fillets, about 5 oz. each
  • 4 tsp. olive oil
  • Salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 4 sprigs fresh herbs (parsley, rosemary, oregano)
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 4 large pieces heavy duty aluminum foil, about 18 to 20 inches long


  1. Place the fish in the center of the foil, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Place a slice of lemon on top of each piece of fish, then a sprig of herbs on each.
  3. Fold up the edges so that it’s completely sealed and no steam will escape, creating a loose tent.
  4. Heat half of the grill (on one side) on high heat with the cover closed.
  5. When the grill is hot, place the foil packets on the side of the grill with the burners off (indirect heat) and close the grill.
  6. Depending on the thickness of your fish, cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and cooked through.



Camping Games You Can Make—While Camping

Camping is loads of fun. For starters, you get to go hiking and go on a GeoChallenge, there are all kinds of wildlife to see (hopefully not in your tent), refreshing lakes for swimming and fishing, s’mores galore, and you get to sleep in a tent. Let us repeat…you get to sleep in a tent. Maybe you’re even lucky enough to get to sleep in a hanging tent! You see, we think camping is so much fun that we find it very hard to believe that anyone might utter those dreaded words, “I’m bored” while on a camping trip, yet we pondered if this was truly possible and we came to the conclusion that in fact it is.

Here are some scenarios when it’s slightly acceptable to say, “I’m bored” while in the great outdoors.

  • You’re a kid with lots of energy and Mom and Dad are still in a coma from yesterday’s 30-mile hike, so now it’s just a waiting game.
  • You’re a kid with lots of energy and you’re forbidden from venturing outside of your campsite while Mom and Dad are preparing dinner.

We really couldn’t think of any more reasons, since we think camping really is that much fun. But here is our share of remedies, whether you’re the one in desperate need of entertainment or you feel the need to supply it. Yep, you guessed it, games. These games can be whipped up in no time using materials right from your own campsite because you never know when you’ll get a bad case of boredom.



Mancala has been curing boredom since ancient times. This game usually includes a wooden game board with pits carved for dropping and collecting marbles. Of course, we don’t recommend chopping down a tree and carving away. Instead, grab that egg carton from this morning’s breakfast and start collecting pebbles—48 to be exact. You’ll also need two cups. The object of the game is to collect the most pebbles.

Set up the game by grabbing a partner and placing the gameboard between both players. Put a cup on either end (the one to your right belongs to you.) Place four pebbles in each of the eggcups. The row closest to you is yours.

To play, one player collects all the pebbles from any one of his/her eggcups. Next, drop one pebble into each eggcup going counter clockwise, including your main cup if there are enough pebbles to go past it; however, skip your opponent’s main cup. If your last pebble ends up in your main cup, congrats, you get to take another turn!

If the last pebble you place lands in an empty eggcup that’s on your side of the board, you get to keep that pebble, along with all of your opponent’s pebbles that are in the opposite eggcup. Put them all in your main cup. Your opponent goes next. The game ends when an entire row of eggcups is empty of pebbles. The other player takes the remaining pebbles in the eggcups and places them in his/her main cup. Count your pebbles to see who won.

Can Toss Game


This game requires a lot less effort to set up. Collect all the cans you can find from all the canned food you’ve eaten on this trip—corn, carrots, pork and beans, SpaghettiO’s, etc. If you’ve become friendly with your camping neighbors, maybe they can help. Either way, we highly discourage the use of cans that are still filled, since food is a high commodity whenever you go camping, not to mention how much harder it would be to play this game.

Simply put, stack the cans into a pyramid on the ground or on your picnic table. Use a beanbag, if you have one, to knock down as many cans as you can. We’re guessing you probably don’t have a beanbag handy, so if you have a pair of socks, ahem…clean socks, then roll them up into a ball and it’ll work just as well. Use a marker and assign points to each can if you’d like.

Rock Toss Game


We’re back to collecting rocks for this game. You’ll need 2 to 3 medium sized rocks for each player. Avoid confusion by assigning a different shade of rock for each player. You’ll also need a much larger rock about a foot wide if you can spot one. This should be sturdy enough so that it won’t budge when the smaller rocks smack up against it. This will act as your target.

To play the game, place the large rock in an open area away from other campers, poison ivy, and your tent, too! Take a stick and place it 8 to 12 feet away from the rock. Each player takes turns standing behind the stick and tossing a rock as close to the target as you can get.

After tossing all the rocks, check to see which one came the closest to the target. If you like, you can assign points to different areas around the rock. Accumulate points as you play several rounds. Go ahead and make it more challenging by moving the stick farther away, too!

Still bored? Check out these camping games with even fewer supplies needed from nature. While you’re there, subscribe to our blog to get the latest on news, articles, and contest announcements!


Trivia Question Answer: 

Beware of an almond scent when selecting plants or berries to eat in the great outdoors. An almond-like odor can suggest the presence of cyanide, meaning the plant is likely toxic.

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