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    Posted: 20 March 2017 at 1:47pm
Love eating herrings.
See they catch them in Brighton and also west of us...
Has anyone had any joy catching them round our neck of the woods? When might be the best bet?
Any comments?
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Originally posted by Garrydog Garrydog wrote:

Love eating herrings.
See they catch them in Brighton and also west of us...
Has anyone had any joy catching them round our neck of the woods? When might be the best bet?
Any comments?
J

Have you had them 'Dutch style' ? Head and backbone removed like a 'flapper' bait. Hold the raw herring by the tail, tilt the head back and eat. Sounds horrible but it's delicious. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Salar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 March 2017 at 5:51pm
The herring question interests me too. There are some good explanations of the stocks and migrations on the commercial fishing web sites. Mainly they are in the North Sea but there is an English Channel population at the eastern end, so we are on their west extremity. From memory they are around more in autumn and early winter, I'll have to look it up again.
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I've had them in April/May in recent years
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MadMeckem iremember seeing people eating herrings as you say on holiday in holland as a kid. Also they did it with flatfish too.
Moonshine Pete did you get inshore or further out. I guess it's using small sabikis?
Salar saw a report with someone catching them in Cornwall a couple of weeks back. Pretty sure they get them in Brighton in the next month or so.
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Have you had them 'Dutch style' ? Head and backbone removed like a 'flapper' bait. Hold the raw herring by the tail, tilt the head back and eat. Sounds horrible but it's delicious. 
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Yes, unfortunately!
I used to work for a Dutch company and went across quite frequently. On a couple of occasions I got my timing wrong and arrived on the opening of the Herring season. They make a huge thing of it so I had to join in. Despite the ample coatings of raw onion with them they still tasted horrible! (but that's just my taste I guess) couldn't help thinking it was a waste of good bait!

But soused or pickled? ..... Now you're talking!
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I like them smoked but also as the Swedish do, coats in oatmeal and fried along with redcurrants and mashed potatoes with lashings of butter!
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Right then. Just got to catch a few!
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I've had them in the Solent, on the Cuba Bank and in the Looe Gate area.
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were they red by any chance pete lol
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