Eyes are windows to the sole, or any other fish for that matter. Look for clarity and brightness. You’d be wary of a date with dull and lifeless eyes, right? Expect no less of your fish. Not that it should be winking back at you but, a fish with cloudy eyes is an indication that it is well past its prime. Your fish should also have bulging eyes. Eyes that are sunken reveal a dehydrated fish, which means it spent more time on ice than in the water before you made your purchase.
There’s nothing that poses more of a deal breaker than a date who emits foul odor. You certainly wouldn’t want a date smelling fishy. If you walk into a market and your first waft smells intensely of fish then be warned, the seafood is not fresh. Truly fresh fish should smell of the sea and have an almost briny scent.
Skin discoloration is neither appealing on people nor fish. Both are at their height of attractiveness when the skin has a healthy sheen and flesh appears firm. Touching the flesh of your prospective fish is highly recommended if your fishmonger allows you to do so. If you press the flesh of a fish and the skin does not bounce back, you know you have an old fish on hand. If you don’t even want to touch your fish, don’t take it home. Same goes for your date!
Ideally you’re looking for someone who has life in them, who demonstrates a little feistiness! Who wants to take someone home who is sulky and motionless? Apply the same philosophy for purchasing fresh like live lobster, crab, and fish. You don’t want the one in the corner of the tank that looks lifeless as chances are, it’s been there for weeks, in starvation mode, and will be empty inside once cooked and cracked.
A truly fresh fish should have gills that are vibrant red, not brown. Your date on the other hand should not have gills at all, red or otherwise unless of course, you’re dating the likes of Aquaman or The Little Mermaid and then, well, you have bigger fish to fry.