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Best eating fish out there? #12815919
07/04/18 07:36 AM
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Iím not really big into eating fish but was curious what others think are the best eating fish in Texas lakes. I catch and release everything. My idea of eating fish is at Papadeauxís. If I were to keep some fish to eat, Iíd rank them:
1. Walleye
2. Crappie
3. Channel Cats (at a restaurantó hate to clean)

Probably my favorite fish of all time goes to saltwater and itís halibut with Cod not far behind. I just canít tolerate any of the trout, salmon species. Taste too fishy to me. My wife is almost directly opposite and will order trout any time itís available. Let me know what your ideas are. Just curious...

Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12815923
07/04/18 07:38 AM
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2. Crappie for the win


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Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12815949
07/04/18 08:12 AM
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Bluegill


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Seventy years of chasing the elusive sunfish.
Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Smithaven] #12815957
07/04/18 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted By: Smithaven
Bluegill


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Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12815958
07/04/18 08:20 AM
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San Angelo
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Freshwater - Walleye
Saltwater - Flounder

Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12815976
07/04/18 08:40 AM
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crappie hands down.
Bluegill 2nd place

Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12815977
07/04/18 08:40 AM
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Freshwater bluegill
Saltwater pompano



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Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12815978
07/04/18 08:41 AM
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Freshwater
1 Crappie
2 Walleye
2a. Bluegill

Saltwater
1 Yellowfin Tuna
2 Cobia

Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12816029
07/04/18 09:21 AM
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Fresh water - Walleye

Growing up in Florida, I've eaten just about every saltwater fish out there. There are many you could call the best like Snook, Dolphin, Wahoo etc. Here are a few fish you may never have had and I consider some of the best eating over anything else. They are small sized fish and are overlooked or less sought after.

1. Hog Fish - very rare to catch on rod and reel, have to spear them. They mostly eat mollusk.
2. Moon Fish, AKA Look Down ... you see them in a lot of the big aquariums, not much meat on them but extremely tasty!
4. Triple Tail - caught on the offshore weed lines hovering near the surface.
5. Strawberry Grouper - A small species of grouper.
6. Checkered Puffer fish, AKA Toad Fish generally caught in the inshore waters.
7. Sand Perch - small bluegill sized fish also generally caught in the inshore waters.



Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12816114
07/04/18 10:43 AM
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Freshwater: flathead catfish, followed by crappie.

Saltwater: sablefish ("black cod"), followed by halibut


If the trout & salmon you've tried is "too fishy", you may be getting farmed fish rather than wild caught. Another possibility is fish that's been improperly handled (frozen, thawed, refrozen, etc).


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Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12816127
07/04/18 10:58 AM
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Walleye but not many in Texas. Crappie are a very close second.


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Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: PKfishin] #12816137
07/04/18 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted By: PKfishin
Walleye but not many in Texas. Crappie are a very close second.


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Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12816160
07/04/18 11:31 AM
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I donít eat a lot of freshwater fish.

Catfish from some water is really good and other water tastes muddy or grassy. Bluegills are good. Freshwater trout can be really good.

Saltwater, most anything fresh is good. I eat a lot of redfish and trout and love it. Hard to pick favorites, thereís so many good ones. Reef fish like grouper and snapper, northern fish like haddock and halibut, Pelagic fish like mahi mahi, and wahoo, they are all good. I also like strong flavored fish like salmon, bluefish and mackerel.

Fish that isnít fresh or prepared wrong is the kind I donít like. Canít stand any of the Asian farm raised stuff like Basa or tilapia.

Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12816195
07/04/18 12:04 PM
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Walleye and native brook trout!

Re: Best eating fish out there? [Re: Patrnflyr] #12816304
07/04/18 01:27 PM
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Crappie and bluegill with crappie being the favorite. We ate a ton of big bluegill growing up though. The big hybrids are better

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