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What do you do with your fish?

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#1 Mark Knapp

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 04:21 PM

I let a lot of fish go, but this is one of my favorite things to do with them when I do keep them.


I put'em on the barbie. A rainbow and a char.










Mmm, where's the tarter sauce.


I also like to smoke'm. What do you do with yours?

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 05:09 PM

Other than salmon or core fish I release them back, in fact I can probably count on my fingers how many wild trout I have kept in the past 15 years.  But I do like my salmon smoked either warm or cold doesn't matter

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 05:56 PM

Every day on the water I ask my anglers if they want to keep a few fish or just catch and release... Whatever they decide... is just fine with me. I carefully clean, cut and package any fish we keep - no extra charge...

Florida is really protective of our fisheries so I dont have slightest problem with my anglers keeping fish. As a guide Im not allowed to keep a fish when I have a charter aboard...

Many years ago I held a commercial hook and line ticket so Ive been on both sides of fishing.
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Posted 12 February 2020 - 06:18 PM

As with almost all my decisions ... Wife's input is the determining factor.

She doesn't like the taste of Large Mouth Bass ... I don't keep any.

She doesn't like the taste of Catfish ... I don't keep any.

She loves the taste of the Sunfish I catch ... any species ... so I keep enough to have a "mess" in the freezer.  When it's gone, I keep some more.

She loves the taste of Crappie ... same deal and Sunfish.

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 06:52 PM

I release 95% of the fish I catch but I will keep a few panfish such as crappie, bluegill, red ear, fish that can procreate in large numbers. 

It's the only thing that I allow myself to eat that is deep fried.  Yummy


Btw, that on the grill above looks delicious.   

#6 Mark Knapp

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 07:16 PM

Certainly, anything deep fried is the tastiest. Black rock fish deep fried is the best.

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 08:50 PM

I will eat perch and crappie caught through the ice. Other then that I C&R all freshwater fare. Now saltwater I very much enjoy flounder, cod, striped bass and sea bass. My favorite fish are tuna, sword fish and halibut but I've never fished for them.

#8 caloosa bug

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 09:27 PM

All of my fish gets fried on a well used and seasoned iron skillet with minimal oil. So much tastier than deep fried in a big pot or pan. Usually cooked either with some everglades seasoning and lemon pepper in coarse ground cornmeal.. or a pre-seasoned zatarans or Louisiana fish fry mix. I need to try to smoke or grill some someday, but with a household of 5 that LOVE fish, Im afraid to mess up.

All legal crappie and snook go directly to the fridge or freezer. Thats usually what I have.
On the rare occasion that I make it to the salt, mahi, snapper, redfish, grouper, trout, and flounder come home too.

Bluegill, and other panfish go to with my parents, or to some people in the community who will always take it.. even a few.
My wife refuses to eat anything not filleted. And filleting bluegill is a pain. If only she knew the taste of a panfish fried with skin and tasty fins.

Bass and catfish almost always get released, unless the freezer is empty.

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 10:05 PM

Cant believe this. Youse guys talking about grotesque view of dead fish. Shame shame.....
Fried with hush puppies and cole slaw. Usually bunches of Gulf swimps to go along.

#10 Bryon Anderson

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 10:30 PM

I keep one mess of bluegills a year, if any. They're gutted, headed, scaled, cornmeal-breaded and pan-fried in the cast iron skillet, with another skillet of fried potatoes with onions alongside, and cornbread in the oven. Sweet tea or an ice cold beer to drink. Not fancy, but hard to beat. :) 

"... trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience." -- John Voelker (aka Robert Traver), Testament of a Fisherman

#11 steeldrifter


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Posted 12 February 2020 - 11:00 PM

Can't remember the last time I kept a fish. Don't get me wrong I love a good fish dinner it's one of my favs, but I just don't care to keep and kill any fish. Just my own personal choice.

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 05:41 AM

i love to eat fish but i just put them back to swim another day

Respect someones else's ideas. We are all different people. Your way is not the only way.

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 07:35 AM

Depends on the species.
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Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:14 AM

I only keep a fish (trout only) under certain circumstances: if I damaged the fish in some way and it won't survive, when camping, or when I know I'll be visiting my Dad soon after, as he loves trout.  So maybe 3-4 times per year, and I fish several times/week in the warm months.  


And I never keep any pan-fish or Bass.  Last year I was fishing for the first time with my new brother in law, who's from Pennsylvania.  I pulled in a slab of a Crappie and he nearly had a heart attack when I threw her back.  LOL. 

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:23 AM

 I generally release them all with the hope of catching them again.

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