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#12258835 - 05/23/17 10:33 AM Eat Largemouth?
SwampyMan Offline

Registered: 02/28/12
Posts: 454
Loc: Fort Worth
Do people eat largemouth bass? I've never kept one before, always considered them too magestic or something. Only way I'm keeping one personally is if it's a mounter! I've always targeted crappie, white bass, catfish and walleye for my eating fish. Number one would be walleye, but not many lakes have them down here.

#12258841 - 05/23/17 10:34 AM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
lipjerk Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/04/09
Posts: 2374
Loc: Shady Shores,Tx

#12258847 - 05/23/17 10:36 AM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
Buddy E Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/30/01
Posts: 591
Loc: Mesquite, Texas, USA
yes and they are tasty...

#12258849 - 05/23/17 10:36 AM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
CoachCBA Offline
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Registered: 07/10/10
Posts: 6863
Loc: Whitehouse, TX
I love them. I like them better than crappie. Versatile fish that can be prepared several different ways. I usually keep them between 14 and 16 inches. And I keep those same size while prefishing for a tourney. It's just a fish.
"One can only get so stupid, then you die." - Pilothawk

#12258854 - 05/23/17 10:38 AM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
RedRanger Offline
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Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 24111
Loc: Frisco, Texas
We used to harvest some from Monticello in the winter time, would make fish stew with them.

Sometimes if we camped out at the lake for a few days, we will harvest some and fry some up for dinner, Fresh fish is hard to beat.

Usually I just throw them back, I am not into cleaning fish after a day of fishing regardless of the species.

#12258864 - 05/23/17 10:41 AM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: RedRanger]
Ranger1 Offline
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Registered: 08/28/03
Posts: 6377
Loc: Allen, Texas
Absolutely, we have a large fish fry every weekend on Fork with Black bass.

#12258890 - 05/23/17 10:51 AM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
Catfish-hunter Offline
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Registered: 03/22/12
Posts: 1693
Loc: Medina lake
Cut down length ways in two pieces,then angle cut the red meat out and cook like any other. I kept 2 off Somerville once because I opened my mouth to coworkers that I would bring fresh crappie to work and they would fry. Tail end of spawn so bass was coming up the creek to eat the fry. I kept a 3 & 4-1/2lb and upon filleting,you couldn't tell which fish the fillets came from. 4-1/2lb just had a bigger head. Haven't kept any since.

#12259146 - 05/23/17 01:00 PM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: Ranger1]
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Registered: 08/04/06
Posts: 9635
Loc: Dallas/Quitman
Originally Posted By: Ranger1
Absolutely, we have a large fish fry every weekend on Fork with Black bass.
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#12259151 - 05/23/17 01:02 PM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
GROD Offline
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Registered: 09/12/10
Posts: 1838
Loc: Eagle Mountain
Keeping bass sometimes can actually help a fishery... just release the bigger ones.

Edited by GROD (05/23/17 01:03 PM)

#12259155 - 05/23/17 01:04 PM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
bush hog Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/12/13
Posts: 2664
Loc: Beckville, TX
Heck yeah....ditch pickle tacos are delicious. I don't keep any over 3 lbs. though.

#12259163 - 05/23/17 01:07 PM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
JJHunts Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/26/10
Posts: 550
I like to make ceviche out of them if I have one that takes a hook deep and if I don't think it will make it. As mentioned above the ones from 14-16 inches are pretty good and very versatile. I keep probably less then 1% of what I catch, however sometimes fresh fried fish is hard to beat. Spots are the best eating black bass in my opinion and smallmouth are my least favorite. There are bag limits for a reason and can be good for most fisheries.. I just see no good reason to kill a larger fish, but it is a right people have.

#12259194 - 05/23/17 01:21 PM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
Matt Jackson Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 1364
Loc: Rockwall, Tx
Will be culling all under 12" from our 8 acre lake this weekend. It's been several years since we've done this but it's time again. The good thing is we will have a community fish fry this weekend so I'm sure they will find their way into some grease.
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#12259223 - 05/23/17 01:37 PM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
cephusjoe Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/02/13
Posts: 1431
Bass are good to eat, I will only keep a few smaller ones when I run out of crappie.
Mcurtain county okie

#12259245 - 05/23/17 01:46 PM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
Fishingking Offline
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Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 1366
Very good eats

#12259253 - 05/23/17 01:52 PM Re: Eat Largemouth? [Re: SwampyMan]
SteezMacQueen Online   sleepy
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Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 6190
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Closest thing I'll eat is shrimp. I dislike the taste of fish.
Eat. Sleep. Fish.

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