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#12774637 - 05/30/18 06:20 PM Edible salt water fish?
ACAMS Offline
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Are Croakers edible and I read Ladyfish are edible, but not too good.
I fish a shallow channel in August and catch Croakers and LOTS and LOTS of hardheads and a pretty good amount of undersize reds ..... what, besides the crabs are good to eat?
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#12774717 - 05/30/18 07:33 PM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: ACAMS]
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Croaker is good.
Whiting ok
Sand trout good unti you freeze them then they turn into goo.
Sheep head are good but tricky to fillet.
Nothing in the bay is better than flounder.
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#12774830 - 05/30/18 08:43 PM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: ACAMS]
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Pompano are excellent.
I know there’s always someone showing up saying gafftop and hard heads are good. I have no intention of trying that.

I’ll add in here that most of our sport fish are tasty except for jacks. They’re a lot of fun to catch, but they’re not tasty fish.


Edited by Kattelyn (05/30/18 08:49 PM)

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#12774918 - 05/30/18 09:36 PM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: Kattelyn]
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Originally Posted By: Kattelyn
Pompano are excellent.
I know there’s always someone showing up saying gafftop and hard heads are good. I have no intention of trying that.

I’ll add in here that most of our sport fish are tasty except for jacks. They’re a lot of fun to catch, but they’re not tasty fish.


Gafftop is comparable to blue cat to my taste buds.

... hardhead ... meh. Tried it before. Its edible, but not particularly enjoyable.
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#12774938 - 05/30/18 09:49 PM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: Kattelyn]
ACAMS Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kattelyn
Pompano are excellent.


Do Pompano come up in 2'-3' deep channels, and what bait do I use?
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#12774945 - 05/30/18 09:54 PM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: ACAMS]
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in the surf, occasionally....

while fishing for them, you will most likely catch whiting, they are pretty good
& no limit.
crab fishbites on a dropper loop setup with a 1 oz weight will get you there most days
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#12775067 - 05/31/18 01:32 AM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: ACAMS]
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Hardhead might taste like filet mignon
I'll never know.
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#12775160 - 05/31/18 07:27 AM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: ACAMS]
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Hardheads are nasty. Gafftop are good but they are like cleaning a snot bucket and you have to cut off all of the red meat. Croakers are very oily and you need to do several fresh water rinses on the filets, but pretty goo rolled in cornmeal and fried.
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#12776520 - 06/01/18 10:04 AM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: ACAMS]
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I can't believe it took me this long to check out Sheepshead. They were delicious. smile

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#12776528 - 06/01/18 10:08 AM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: ACAMS]
Huckleberry Offline
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Lady Fish are good cut bait or free line it live and go for a shark.

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#12776543 - 06/01/18 10:13 AM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: Pat Goff]
JKib Offline
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Originally Posted By: Pat Goff
Croaker is good.
Whiting ok
Sand trout good unti you freeze them then they turn into goo.
Sheep head are good but tricky to fillet.
Nothing in the bay is better than flounder.


I agree flounder is by far the best!! After that i prefer trout over redfish, I like reds best blackened and have to eat it hot. It gets really fishy to me when it cools.

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#12776545 - 06/01/18 10:13 AM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: ACAMS]
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Don't pass any of these guys up ... possibly the best eating fish you'll find. Be sure you know how to clean them though ... they can kill you.

Everything you need to know on how to catch and clean



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#12776606 - 06/01/18 11:00 AM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: ACAMS]
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Registered: 05/31/18
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To foil the hardheads, try this rig: Starting at the end of the line: baited hook, 8 to 12 inches of line, a small float large enough to keep the bait off the bottom, another 12 to 24 inches of line, a sinker large enough to sink the bait and the float. I think it's called a flounder rig...it worked well for me and no hardheads!

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#12776752 - 06/01/18 12:41 PM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: Huckleberry]
Pat Goff Offline
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Originally Posted By: Huckleberry
Don't pass any of these guys up ... possibly the best eating fish you'll find. Be sure you know how to clean them though ... they can kill you.

Everything you need to know on how to catch and clean




Thanks but I believe I’ll take a pass.
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#12776777 - 06/01/18 01:03 PM Re: Edible salt water fish? [Re: ACAMS]
Huckleberry Offline
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Toad Fish, they're better than Red Fish, Trout or Flounder. "Tasty Toadies"

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