Capelin spawn in schools that are hundreds of thousands of fish strong at the start of summer. They like shallow, sandy beaches and come in close enough to nab with your bare hands and the waves run black and silver with them. They had gone out a little by the time I’d got there so a net is required. You stand in the water and all you see is a massive black tide heading for you and you scoop your net and get FAR TOO MANY fish. Basically, they do the ol’ “grow up then shoot a million spawn everywhere in a massive group and die” trick. Adults never really survive a spawning.
You can tell when its near happening because all the humpbacks come up following them, and the whales appeared about a week and a half ago. This week is the perfect overlap of fish, whales and icebergs.
They used to be one of the staple foods here and were all smoked and salted, but now its more of a freeze em and fry em up as necessary. Most of this batch is going to my grandad. [link contains eating of weird shit like caribou guts and bear paws and how to de-slime an eel]