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cleaning a catfish #13446837 02/21/20 06:05 PM
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Is it a good idea to remove the red meat in a catfish fillet? I try to do that with stripers but wasn't sure what the protocol was with catfish.


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Re: cleaning a catfish [Re: Ryno] #13446881 02/21/20 06:44 PM
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For me it is. I think this is true for pretty much all fish.


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Most of the catfish I keep to eat aren't big enough to have any red meat. But if one does, I remove it.


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Yeah if you stick with fish that are only a couple pounds, red meat isn't very prevalent. Once you get to the 5-10lbs range you start getting more and yes, cut it out. 10lbs+ sized fish starts to get a lot of red meat between the "good" meat and the skin. I don't keep anything over 8-10lbs and usually only keep the 1/2 - 3 pounders.


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Yes, remove the red blood line from the larger cats, but the small ones don't bother.
On the larger catfish I also remove/cut out that nerve that runs the length of the lateral line usually along with the blood line.


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Fillet all of my catfish and remove the red meat if necessary! thumb


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If there’s enough of it I suppose yes. I really only keep the big flatheads these days and I don’t recall the last few I’ve cleaned having too much red meat.

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red meat comes out of ever catfish I clean, but some don't mind the fishy taste or get us to it.


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I grew up eating the red meat no problem here. If I catch a hybrid I take the red from it.

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Re: cleaning a catfish [Re: Ryno] #13449791 02/24/20 05:04 PM
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Every catfish is different I've seen two of the same weight Blue or Channel and one will have more Red than the other. So check and see by cutting a small V in the middle of the fillet then you can see just how deep the red goes.

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