If I keep fish from Athens I fillet them. But the ones I keep from Athens are normally good sized fish. Some of the fillets I get off Athens fish are nearly an inch thich at the thickest part along the back.
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When frying, I use an electric fryer that the heating element is about an inch up off the bottom. The loose cornmeal falls down below the element and doesn't burn. I also use cotton seed oil due to a higher smoke temp and it also does not absorb the odor from the fish. I use a batch of oil 3 to 4 times.
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Boy the way I do it is 100 times better. First I go to HEB"s seaford section and look over the "catch of the day". After they filet and wrap it, I bring it home and give it to the wife to cook. Easy Peasy and little to no mess at all.