Opinions re: Catfish- Good eating or...

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  1. boggob

    boggob Beer me.

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    We caught practically nothing but catfish in the surf this past weekend.

    Anyway, I was wondering if anyone eats saltwater catfish and how they like it?

    At the very least, I was thinking of bringing some home to bury and compost just because it seems most people toss 'em back as they are targeting other species.

    Aside from the eating poll, does anyone have any experience with using fish remains around the yard? Any smell or pest issues?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Brett

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    Re: Opinions Catfish- Good eating or...

    I've tried both the hardhead and the sail cats, flavor is mild, texture was good
    Pain in the rear to clean compared to a snapper or grunt.
    You have to skin it twice (muscle sac) and be very careful of the spines.
    Eat only the smaller ones, 12-14 inches long.


    Burying any flesh in the yard attracts scavengers.
    The smell will filter to the surface unless buried deep enough,
    hence the term "6 feet under".
     

  3. TomFL

    TomFL Well-Known Member

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    Sailcats are the better of the two, but in short, no.

    In depth, no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no
     
  4. boggob

    boggob Beer me.

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    Re: Opinions Catfish- Good eating or...

    I thought 6 feet under was due to the mistaken belief that it would help rid England of the black plague.
     
  5. Brett

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    Tom, Crystal Hot Sauce makes everything taste good... ;)

    Ya' know, if Paul Prudhomme had come up with blackened sailcats, instead of redfish
    there would never have been a net ban...just a thought... ;D

    Multiple answers on the origin of 6 feet under,
    depends on where you're from, and who you want to believe

    http://www.theanswerbank.co.uk/Phrases-and-Sayings/Question393701.html
     
  6. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    Re: Opinions Catfish- Good eating or...

    I wouldn't eat that crap...nothing will bite your hook after they slime the line. If you use them for bait nothing will eat it. Pelicans spit them out. Why would I.
     
  7. cutrunner

    cutrunner Cert. Yamaha technician

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    I was under the impression "6feet under" was something to do with vampires or stopping the living dead from coming back.. Jewfish will eat a catfish in a heartbeat, along with a jack, ladyfish, and stingray
     
  8. TomFL

    TomFL Well-Known Member

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    All in the same mouthful!
     
  9. Brett

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    I've used small hardheads with the spines clipped
    to jump tarpon down Flamingo way.

    Notice I did not say "caught tarpon"... :-[ ;D
     
  10. cutrunner

    cutrunner Cert. Yamaha technician

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    Lol Brett, let me guess, you werent using hooks?
     
  11. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Re: Opinions Catfish- Good eating or...

    No, hooks were important back then. I was a meat fisherman.
    The fact that it was fun was a side benefit to stocking the freezer
    in order to stretch the food budget to the end of the month.

    The reason for clipping the spines wasn't to make the cats more attractive to the tarpon,
    but to prevent serious injury when a tarpon flipped the bait
    back at us during one of the gyrating jumps they make boatside.
    Nothing quite like dodging a mach 1 catfish on a sunny afternoon.

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  12. WhiteDog70810

    WhiteDog70810 Mostly Harmless

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    Re: Opinions Catfish- Good eating or...

    A mach 1 gafftop! Now that is funny!

    Never ate a gafftop, but I've eaten bullhead and there is no possible way they could be worse. The main reason I've never had to try is because there are so many other tasty things out there that don't have nasty spines.

    Regarding the burying fish guts thing, we did it for years in a 20x20' backyard garden. Think of the guts generated by a 48 qt cooler full of speckled trout 2-3 times a month from September until December plus smaller catches throughout the rest of the year. Our garden did pretty well once we found what plants could handle Louisiana heat and bugs.

    I was the low man on the totem pole, so I always drew disposal duty. The same kid did it every time because he knew where last trip's hole was. They were never deeper than 2.5'. We never smelled them and we never had a varmint problem, but we lived in the `burbs with a dog pen in the backyard.

    That being said, the USDA recs for burying carcasses that you really never want to see again is 6' of dirt min above the carcass(es). The 6' rule is universal because dog-like varmints (the biggest and most common scavengers around human habitats) can't dig that deep before the soil caves in. I am sure that there were plenty of very memorable moments prior to establishing the 6' rule of thumb.

    Kid: Daddy, Daddy! The dogs have Grandma's foot on the porch!

    Dad: Damn, I should of known that evil old crank would come back if I didn't dig deep enough.

    Dirt does buffer the smell for a bit, but I work with guys who work cadaver dogs and they fully expect their dogs to smell bodies that are 6' down once they get nice and rotten. The chemicals released by putrification are very stable in the environment and they will percolate up over time. The dogs still can't reach the rotten goodness even though they know it is there. I've seen coyotes, jackals and third world strays try.

    :cool:

    Nate
     
  13. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    Publix sells food and Lowe's sell fertilizer ;D

    Enjoy your dinner.
     
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