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#11133686 - 09/28/15 06:54 PM Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar?
Daniel Mtanous Offline
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Registered: 09/08/15
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Loc: Desoto,Texas
My mother just told me they used to eat carp in Mexico. I always heard they have awful flesh.

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#11133694 - 09/28/15 06:59 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
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Ive eaten both. Both tasted good to me. Its all how you prepare them. Most people who talk bad about them have never eaten them and only pass down bad information. Granted I don't eat them now due to too much respect for them as worthy fighting sport fish. If I was going to eat a fish, i'd goto the coast.
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#11133705 - 09/28/15 07:04 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
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I've eat both and they are very good. I eat a small carp a few years ago, pressured cooked it with Old Bay and it came out very white and nice firm flesh.
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#11133818 - 09/28/15 08:03 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
Daniel Mtanous Offline
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How would you prepare it? Fillets? My mother is the type of person whose brothers would deep fry panfish and eat the bones and all...

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#11135223 - 09/29/15 02:32 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
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Wouldn't advise that with carp
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#11135268 - 09/29/15 02:55 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
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If I was going to pan fry I would pressure cook for 40-45 minutes then make patties and roll in fish fry or cornmeal and fry or bake in the oven. The pressure cooking will turn the bones to chalk like Salmon in the can. I'd also stick with smaller fish less than 4#.
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#11135601 - 09/29/15 05:47 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
Mo Offline
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I've eaten neither, I sat next to a Cajun lady on a plane . Her family owned
a fish camp and had access to everything that swims in south Louisiana , fresh and salt.
Her favorite dish was gar balls . I would like to try them some day , but
it has been a while since I caught a alligator gar.

Mo
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#11138110 - 09/30/15 08:42 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
Daniel Mtanous Offline
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Registered: 09/08/15
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I'm not saying I am trying to fry them I am saying that I am wondering how people that actively eat them eat them.

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#11138192 - 09/30/15 09:09 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
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I'd say the majority of people in this section are catch and release anglers.
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#11143543 - 10/03/15 06:20 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
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Carp can be deep fried like any other fish but you must scour the fillets to break up the bones. You can then eat the fish bones and all, but ofcourse still be careful. Carp are also good on the grill, keep the skin on and grill them skin side down. Baste with hearty flavors like mesquite, bbq, teriyaki, etc. Then pick out the bones as you eat them. Unfortunately Carp can have a strong earthy taste to them, so marinating them overnight in "bright" flavors like sprite, 7up, etc, will really make them taste alot better. (Same for any fish btw.)

Please only eat Carp under 10lbs, the best eating size is 5lbs for sure.

Buffalo taste incredible and to this day are one of the most popular commercial fish in Texas. And chances are Buffalo is what you're eating at any typical buffett. Cook them the same way as Carp, but they have lighter tasting flesh so you can also use sweet and sour type sauces for this fish. Again...on the grill they are superb. Perfect eating size, 5-10lbs.

Forget Alligator Gar, stick with Longnose Gar if you want some good eating Gar! The flesh is white, boneless, but... a little more softer, spongy compared to other fish. So the flesh of Longnose Gar is SUPERB for patties, gar balls, etc. Boil small chunks in Crab Boil until they float, dip in butter, cocktail sauce and enjoy!

When it comes to Catch & Eating rough fish, you REALLY and I mean REALLY need to research ahead of time what your plans are. You don't want to bring home any rough fish from stagnant waters. Plus keep in mind the population where you're fishing at. Taking home a mess of Carp from Joe Pool (they taste good from there btw!) will NEVER hurt the population for instance.

Longnose Gar are doing well and are available pretty much anywhere in the DFW area, you can take as many as you want (for tablefare) and never hurt the population. Perfect eating size, pretty much any. smile
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#11144317 - 10/04/15 09:48 AM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
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There is a restaurant in Omaha NE that is famous for selling carp www.joetessplace.com. I ate alot of buffalo as a kid. We called it adult fish meal because the many small bones would make it difficult for children to eat. My mother would purchase the buffalo from Bob Jones Fish Market that was located in Oak Cliff. It is a very good eating fish. Use to go with my dad to catch gar out of the Trinity back in the 60's. He had cousin who lived in Kaufman that would take all the gar and coon you would give them. They made gar balls out of the gar but I never ate them.

Reggie

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#11144526 - 10/04/15 01:00 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
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They catch tons of these nasty Asian carp up here. Tons. They ship them to Asia where they are eaten. Damn things are dangerous. Hope they catch all of them.
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#11144571 - 10/04/15 01:23 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Pilothawk]
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Originally Posted By: Pilothawk
They catch tons of these nasty Asian carp up here. Tons. They ship them to Asia where they are eaten. Damn things are dangerous. Hope they catch all of them.


We are talking about Common Carp, not Asian Silver or Bighead
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#11144615 - 10/04/15 01:56 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Grainraiser]
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Registered: 12/30/08
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Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Originally Posted By: Grainraiser
There is a restaurant in Omaha NE that is famous for selling carp www.joetessplace.com. I ate alot of buffalo as a kid. We called it adult fish meal because the many small bones would make it difficult for children to eat. My mother would purchase the buffalo from Bob Jones Fish Market that was located in Oak Cliff. It is a very good eating fish. Use to go with my dad to catch gar out of the Trinity back in the 60's. He had cousin who lived in Kaufman that would take all the gar and coon you would give them. They made gar balls out of the gar but I never ate them.

Reggie
I will agree with Reggie on the Buffalo from Bob Jones right in the hood on Lancaster Rd.One of my childhood friends Dad was an avid Carp and Buffalo Fisherman .He would make his own bait and he would just Kill the Carp and Buffalo near Regal Row & California Crossing and his wife would take the Carp and I don`t know how or what she did with them but you would eat your head off after she was done they were so GOOD.


Edited by Fishbonz (10/04/15 01:58 PM)
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#11145965 - 10/04/15 11:30 PM Re: Do any of you eat Carp/Alligator Gar? [Re: Grainraiser]
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Registered: 12/05/07
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Originally Posted By: Grainraiser
There is a restaurant in Omaha NE that is famous for selling carp www.joetessplace.com. I ate alot of buffalo as a kid. We called it adult fish meal because the many small bones would make it difficult for children to eat. My mother would purchase the buffalo from Bob Jones Fish Market that was located in Oak Cliff. It is a very good eating fish. Use to go with my dad to catch gar out of the Trinity back in the 60's. He had cousin who lived in Kaufman that would take all the gar and coon you would give them. They made gar balls out of the gar but I never ate them.

Reggie


My grandparents live in Omaha and used to take me to Joe Tess' all the time when I was young. I had no idea we were eating carp! From what I remember, that place was great.

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