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Charter Boat Season is officially underway for Anyfish!

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Dotty, the Anyfish charter boat has been out and about pretty regularly throughout this year (she’s robust enough to handle wild, wintry Solent waters) but she really comes into her own in the Summertime. We’ve spruced her up, scrubbed her decks, given her a full safety check and some general maintenance - and now she’s ship shape and ready for a long summer of cruising across to the Isle of Wight, fishing on the Solent and messing about on the river.

We had a little trial boat trip on the Anyfish Charter Boat last week.

The weather was changeable but when the sun came it it was glorious. There’s always plenty to see all around the Hamble Marina - lots of lovely wildlife and the opportunity to imagine yourself owning one of the superb yachts which are inevitably moored up around the place. We then pootled about for a hour or so, making sure everything was in order and then headed out into the Solent for some fishing.

There are lots of great reasons to hire the Anyfish charter boat…

- You can have a relaxing day cruise to the Isle of Wight...


You can chill out in the sunshine, taking in the view whilst we head out into the Solent waters. Bring your own refreshments, or we can provide something to suit. Once we get to the Isle of Wight, there’s plenty of shopping and exploring to be done, or we can just deliver you to the pub for a slap up lunch and pick you up after an hour or two. On our return you can just enjoy the wind in your hair, or if you’d like to try a spot of fishing we can provide tackle and tuition. 

- You can learn to fish or improve your fishing skills...

When it comes to fishing, the Anyfish team are pretty well versed. Pete can host you and your friends on a fishing day out or a shorter trip if that suits you better. If you have your own tackle and fishing kit, you can bring that along or if you’d rather we supply it you only need to ask. We can help you to learn the basic techniques or if you’re more experienced we can give you a few tips, or leave you to your own devices. 

- You can get closer to the action at Cowes Week...


There are plenty of exciting activities happening in the Solent this year. As well as regular regattas and plenty of sailing events which make great spectator sports, the annual boat-a-rama which is Cowes Week is the perfect opportunity to take a cruise over the water. There’s lots to look at and do and you avoid the ferry queues too

- You can celebrate a special Birthday or Anniversary...

It can be quite tricky to come up with a great way to make a special birthday or anniversary super memorable. Booking a charter boat trip however is a brilliant way to get together with friends or family and do something a little bit different. You can bring bubbly or a Birthday cake, we can provide a delicious picnic lunch and we can treat you to a truly fun and entertaining trip out - to wherever you want to go - and at whatever pace you like.


- You can make it a Boy’s Day Out...

If you’d like an alternative to a day on the golf course, a day out on our charter boat could be just the ticket. Getting to grips with a fishing rod, sharing a few beers and catching up in style - now that’s a great way to while away a few hours with your buddies. If you split the cost between you, it’s very good value too.

- You can hang out with the family for a while...

Finding something that the whole family can enjoy together is sometimes a bit of a challenge, but there’s something for everyone on our charter boat day trips. Whether your preference is relaxing in the sunshine and taking in the view, learning a little bit about boats or spotting wildlife, or if you fancy trying a spot of fishing - we can create a bespoke day to suit you all - that’s a great way for everyone to catch up.

It’s only the start of Summer now, but it’s the perfect time to plan. If you know you have a celebration to arrange, or you want to make the most of an upcoming event, why not get something in the diary now? Give Pete a call if you want to find out more, or pop over to the charter boat page on our website.

A fish recipe extravaganza for the MasterChefs...

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Last night we were glued (even more than usual) to the TV gold that is BBC1’s MasterChef. Ever since Lloyd Grossman invented the concept a gazillion years ago, we’ve been in turn wowed, inspired, horrified and blown away by the myriad of menus that have been rustled up in that extremely well equipped MasterChef kitchen. There are few people who won’t have shouted ‘It’s burning!’, ‘Aren’t those just glorified fish fingers?’ or ‘What on earth is she doing to that sea urchin?’ during one of the many episodes of this classic culinary competition. We’ve cried along with the winners, laughed along with Greg Wallace and felt terrified for the contestants when it’s their turn up against the critics - but last night we were particularly interested because it was an entirely fish-focussed round.

The seven budding MasterChefs were each tasked with creating a fabulous fish dish that would become part of a sumptuous three course fish lunch.

This was to be served up to some seriously knowledgeable fish experts, industry top bods, chefs and fish restaurant owners at the very impressive Fish Hall in London. Fish Hall is home to The Fishmonger’s Company, an ancient City Guild, responsible for upholding standards in the UK fish and shellfish industries and also for supporting pro- fish organisations nationwide. It is also a very impressive historical building, with a lovely riverside location - perfect for a spot of lunch.

The keen amateur cooks had each come up with dishes to celebrate fish - recipes which kept our fishy friends firmly in the starring roles.

They had all chosen different fish - everything from mackerel to hake, prawns to octopus - and there was even a sprinkling of shellfish and a spoonful or two of squid ink, just to add a finishing flourish.

To kick things off, contestant Steve knocked up a prawn cocktail (sort of). He didn’t start things off all that well when he criticised his granny’s seventies style prawn cocktail because, let’s be honest, everyone loves a classic seventies prawn cocktail, complete with iceberg lettuce don’t they? As a consequence his avocado wrapped prawns didn’t go down brilliantly with the waiting guests. Lorna however came up trumps with a delicious looking trio of crispy plaice tacos, salsa and sauce -yum. The starters were swiftly followed by a scrumptious selection of fish curries including spicy prawns, a ‘sous vide’ fish dish with gnocchi and clams, a hearty hake and chorizo platter and an octopus and squid ink concoction. All of the fish recipes sounded brilliant in theory and some were delivered fabulously on the plate too.

The overall response from the hungry recipients was positive. They were all full-on fish fans, but the contestant’s special fish menu really did celebrate the humble fish in all it’s fantastic forms. It reminded us that the great thing about fish is that it truly is a seriously versatile ingredient - you can spice it up, deep fry it, put it in a bap, add it to a stew - you name it.

We’re full of bright ideas for recipes for the weekend now and we’ve got plenty of excellent fresh fish and shellfish in the Anyfish shop that’ll easily transform into MasterChef inspired showstoppers.

Now we come to think about it, we can’t think of a better accompaniment to tonight’s fish and chip supper (that’ll be seasoned and breaded, pan fried plaice with proper thick cut potatoes and a dollop of minty mushy peas, if you’re wondering) than the next episode of must-see MasterChef. Tonight we’ll be seeing Jae Rayner and William Sitwell passing judgement on the chef’s creations, in their own inimitable styles - and we might just pick up a few more fish recipe ideas too. See you in front of the box from 8.30.

Keep an eye on the MasterChef website for links to the show recipes. For more information and excellent photos like the ones we've shown in this post - follow MasterChef on Facebook.

Sustainable fish. How to find out what to eat now...

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As a delicious, brilliantly healthy and versatile source of protein, fish can’t be beaten.

As a delicious, brilliantly healthy and versatile source of protein, fish can’t be beaten. Unfortunately our worldwide enthusiasm for fish and the often careless fashion we go about catching them means that worldwide fish stocks are still in serious decline. Add to this the effects of climate change and pollution on fish stocks worldwide and the future is definitely not bright for a lot of our fishy friends. 

The good thing is though that industry and consumer awareness has increased hugely over recent years and fishmongers, chefs, shop owners and fish suppliers are shifting focus onto sustainably managed fish stocks, more environmentally friendly fish production processes and the kinds of fish which are more sustainable and less affected by overfishing - or which can be farmed in a more eco-friendly way. This means that we can continue to enjoy fish as part of our diet, and can feel confident that relevant information is widely available to help us navigate the complexities of which fish to choose.

Your first port of call is your friendly fishmonger...

(that’s me, or Stu and we can be found most days in the Anyfish shop). We can recommend the most sustainable, seasonal fish for you, make recipe recommendations and prepare you fish so it’s all ready to cook. 

There are some excellent websites, full of information about sourcing sustainable fish and packed with information about fish stocks, marine projects and which fish to choose. Our favourites are (the Marine Conservation Society website) and (the Marine Stewardship Council website). 

These handy illustrations showing a selection of the current 'good fish' to go for is from the excellent 'good fish guide'...

Both of these fish focussed websites have excellent, up to date lists of all the sustainable fish available and also the ones which you’re best avoiding if possible. There are also details about fish seasonality and which countries are best for which fish. You can find out about fishing methods too and how to avoid fish which may have been caught using frowned-upon processes. There are more handy pictures of all the types of fish too so you’ll always be able to spot the type you’re after when you’re out and about.

Some of our favourite chefs website’s are great places to find out about sustainable fish and ways to cook them too. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s has lots of lovely recipes for making with sustainable fish and it’s also the home of Hugh’s fish fight which was the campaign to end fish wastage. Jamie Oliver’s website is home to lots of great recipes too. His Friday night show, with Jimmy Doherty, often focusses on sustainable fish choices and there are some great, quick recipe ideas for everything from shellfish to cuttlefish to mackerel.

If your mobile phone is your first port of call when it comes to finding out facts, there are some very useful apps available too. There’s a new ‘good fish guide’ app available for both iPhone and android and also plenty of apps which help recommend restaurants and eateries which make it their mission to serve up sustainable fish.

There’s so much we can do to help keep the world turning and thinking about the fish we eat is an easy win. Call into the Anyfish shop if you’d like more information.

The fab fish illustrations used in this blog are all from the Good Fish Guide Website. Pop over there for more of the same and a whole netful of useful information.