Local restaurants serve up anglers' fresh catches


Chef Andi Bell at Boshamps describes a feast he prepared from fresh-caught mahi and wahoo delivered by local anglers.

Jacob Fuller | The Log
Published: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 02:57 PM.

After a long day on the water, there may be nothing more satisfying than enjoying the spoils of all that hard work.

Several local restaurants, including Boshamps, Harbor Docks, AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar, Dewey Destin's and Fisherman's Wharf, are located right on the harbor and fully welcome anglers to bring their own fresh fish and choose how they want it cooked.

"We'll do up to a pound per person," said Kevin Lephart, manager at Dewey Destin's. "If there are a number of people in their group, we'll do it family-style, where we do a mixture of fried, grilled, blackened or whatever they want."

Prices at the restaurants vary depending on type of fish, and how the diners want it prepared. Most stay within a similar range, from $6.99 for an eight-ounce filet to $12.99 per pound, and always with some sides included.

The most common fish to come in straight from the boats are various snapper — vermilion snapper is popular year-round as is red snapper when in season — and king mackerel. There are few exceptions to what most restaurants are willing to cook up.

Chef Andi Bell at Boshamps said he's only once turned away an angler's catch.

"Somebody tried to bring some shark in here one time," Bell told The Log. "There just wasn't any feasible way to cook it. I forgot what kind of shark they brought in, but it was tough, it was chewy. I didn't want to put my name to it."

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