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Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13271811 09/06/19 02:27 AM
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An old man at the marina recently asked me why I throw my fish back in the lake and I replied because I had plenty of bass in the freezer. I also mentioned that I like to eat them sometimes but not my favorite fish to eat. He said "son you are not cooking them correctly then". I asked "how do you cook them?" He said to filet the fish and place on a board, pre heat oven to 300 deg, add pinch of salt, lemon pepper, pinch of Tabasco, and place in oven for 20 mins. When done, throw away the fish and eat the board! Ha! Ha! Heard that joke a long time ago....maybe Jerry Clower.

Seriously, I enjoy eating fresh bass fried but rarely keep any these days.

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Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13271964 09/06/19 08:44 AM
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I ended up buying a stand up freezer just to hold the fish I catch. While I've eaten bass and they do taste good fried, I have red snapper, grouper, tuna, mahi and AJ in the freezer. With so many delicious salt water fish to eat, these days bass are just catch and release for me.

Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13272077 09/06/19 01:16 PM
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I have discovered that the fillets blacken nicely with butter and Zatarain's or other blackening spice, so I will occasionally keep a couple for my wife and me to enjoy.

Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13272125 09/06/19 01:56 PM
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All fish taste like dirt.

Catch and release.....”I’ll have the all you can eat shrimp, please”


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Re: Eating Bass [Re: jwcromer] #13272141 09/06/19 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by jwcromer
taste like woping crane

I thought it was more like Eagle...

Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13272187 09/06/19 02:41 PM
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Growing up in the 60s my father was a bass fisherman and in those days nobody even thought about “catch and release”. We ate bass 3 or 4 nights a week. My mother came from an English family were the only spices they new of were salt and pepper. Have you ever been to an English food restaurant? No, because there food sucks. I eaten a life time supply of baked bass. For me it’s catch and release.


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Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13272210 09/06/19 03:11 PM
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I think they taste lousy compared to crappie or saltwater fish both of which i usually have so I toss them back.

Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13272597 09/06/19 09:14 PM
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I wonder when someone will invent an arrow that will enable bow hunters to hunt with tranquilizer darts instead of broad heads.

100% Catch and release is for Team Ropers and Calf Ropers.

I keep enough legal little guys for my wife and I to have a fresh meal that night. LM are tasty if you know what you are doing.


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Re: Eating Bass [Re: ReelSlow] #13272616 09/06/19 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by ReelSlow
100% Catch and release is for Team Ropers and Calf Ropers.

What about steer wrestlers?

Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13272699 09/06/19 11:05 PM
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I cull out 2lbs and below from my 3 acre pond each spring and fall. They are great fried or baked! fish

Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13272828 09/07/19 01:07 AM
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I prefer Crappie or Bream. We have access to a private lake that needs the Bass number lowered so we will have a tournament and keep enough fish to feed about 30 people. Have the weigh in at 2:00 PM, release the large ones and filet the smaller ones. Move to the park, fire up the fish cookers and fry away. Fresh is the best.

Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13272889 09/07/19 02:10 AM
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Grew up eating them. Also had access to some sand pits at one time that were way over populated. You could catch 100 or so 12 inchers in an hour or so every day. Stocked alot of local ponds and ate plenty. Pan grilled with a little butter and lemon is pretty good but hard to beat salt/pepper and corn meal.


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Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13274145 09/08/19 11:58 AM
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I'll occasionally clean a few under slot fish to eat. But with the high mercury level warnings for LMB, I don't eat them often.

Re: Eating Bass [Re: Cmack] #13274181 09/08/19 01:36 PM
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Small spots make the best fish tacos! Soft corn tortillia, some cole slaw, then top with sriracha.


Absolutely agree. I'd rather eat small spots than any crappie that ever swam. We keep handful of small LMB once or twice a year and they rival any fish that swims in Texas. Folks that tell you that bass aren't a great eating fish, either don't know how to cook fish or have never eaten bass tat someone that knows how cooked. Bass need nothing more than cornmeal, salt and hot grease. If one has to have it soaked on anything or disguised with various seasoning mixes, the truth is, that person really doesn't like fish.


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Re: Eating Bass [Re: Bentman63] #13274611 09/08/19 10:04 PM
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5 pound flathead is hard to beat. Always a wonderful bonus. Reminds me of running lines as a kid back in Lampasas.


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