Roast red stumpnose

Red Stumpnose and aromaticsRoasted Red Stumpnose

I apologise for the heading of this post but nothing else fit – so I’m stuck with a lame B-rate horror film line. All I really wanted to do was write about a fish that I got so excited about, even my parents (who’ve seen me getting excited about strange things…) looked amused. Our cousins were over for the weekend and they had gone out on their boat before visiting us, bringing just-caught Spanish Marlin and Red Stumpnose with them.

 Red Stumpnoses, with the characteristic hump on their foreheads, used to be prolific along the South African coast and prized linefish, but nowadays if you hook a sizeable specimen, its a red-letter day. If you are lucky enough to catch one, you leg it home and light the braai fire as soon as possible. Anglers are now only allowed one per person, per day, and they are illegal to sell, so not even the niftiest seafood restaurant could ever boast with it on the menu. The before-mentioned family who live at Struisbaai, near Cape Agulhas, are seriously into sea-fishing, and when they come to visit their landlogged cousins, we light the fire and don’t prepare any meat. The beautiful Red Stumpnose we received this time, was caught in the last 24 hours, and all I had to do was find all the herbs I could in the garden, stuff the whole fish with it, add lemon, drizzle good olive oil over and season. Roasted in the oven for 25 minutes and then rested for 5, the delicate flesh was incredible, and it was simple to see why it’s often called the poor man’s crayfish by fishermen. 

After a bit of reading, I found that this member of the silvery Stumpnose family – the Red Stumpnose, is also known as Miss Lucy. Now I’m sure the naming stems from some coarse fisherman’s private in-joke somewhere, because if you know what the fish looks like, ‘ladylike’ or dainty as a Miss aren’t the first descriptions that come to mind.I wonder where that name comes from…

9 Comments Add yours

  1. vinotecalondon says:

    Looks delicious! Definitely can see why it’s called a stumpnose, not a pretty looking fish, but I would LOVE to eat it! Wish I could have been there for a braai. Love the photos.

    x Caitlin

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  4. Donnieboy says:

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  5. HenleyL says:

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  6. Ms Z. says:

    I got a stumpnose this past weekend in our local supermarket and Im also ridiculously excited! ^.^ Planning to bake it in a herb cream sauce. will see how it goes, it’s my first time trying it!

  7. epicureaddict says:

    Wow you’re lucky – its an amazing fish! Enjoy! Let me know how it went! 🙂

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