Fresh Fish Tips – How To Pick A Fresh Fish

How To Pick Fresh Fish

Everyone knows that going to the “Fresh Fish Market” does not always mean the fish are all right off the boat.  Picking out the freshest fish from the case can be more of an art than a science, but Fly Navarro is with Grant from Cod & Capers Seafood to learn some tricks of the trade for picking fresh fish.

fresh fish tips

Grant explains to Fly some helpful tips to determine if a whole fish is fresh in the seafood market.  One common factor is to look at the fish’s eyes.  If they are relatively clear, then they should be fresh, but there are exceptions.  If the fishermen are chilling the fish in an icy brine, then the eyes can become cloudy despite being totally fresh.   “Its also very good for the fish to still have its slime coat on the outside of its skin.  Check the gills for red color instead of gray.  Finally, if you open up the gut cavity and smell it and feel for smooth cavity lining instead of a gritty cavity”, says Grant.  “This is the final, sure indicator of fresh fish.”

picking fresh fish and seafoodGetting the freshest fish from the case can make a huge difference in the final product when you take it home and cook it.  Even a really good eating fish, like snapper and grouper, can get fishy tasting if they are getting on the tail end of their shelf-life.

Picking out the best fish at the market can be tricky. Check out these tips to get the best.

Signs Of Fresh Fish

  • Clear eyes in most cases
  • Slime coat still on skin
  • Gills are still red, not gray
  • Lining of gut cavity is smooth and slick, not gritty or dry

Fly Zone

Fly Navarro will take us to the “Fly Zone” with his vast knowledge and list of fishing connections.  Visit his Fly Zone Fishing site or Facebook to learn more or to ask Fly a question.

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Known by most on the docks as “Fly,” you can pretty much expect to see Robert "Fly" Navarro at the sport's largest tournaments and hot spots. Fly began the life of a traveling deckhand in his early 20's. He took a childhood passion and turned it into a career that took him around the world working on the top offshore fishing boats. Then he leveraged his reputation as a mate to launch a magazine (In the Bite), a marketing agency (Fly Zone Fishing) and several tournaments (The Sailfish Tournament, King of the Hill, and the Gulf Cup Blue Marlin Shootout). He was also recently named the new Tournament Director for the World Cup Blue Marlin Championship. In 2016 he was appointed to the National Marine Fisheries Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel in DC. Fly is an open book. Catch him on Instagram – @thefly100 or @flyzonefishing, Facebook – @flynavarro or on Twitter – @flynavarro. Feel welcome to reach out and ask questions.