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New Poll #13661597 08/09/20 04:28 PM
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What is the favorite way to cook your bluegill/Sunfish?
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Filet (46%, 12 Votes)
Scale and gut (54%, 14 Votes)
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Voting on this poll ends: 08/16/20 04:25 PM
Re: New Poll [Re: Ringer1] #13661693 08/09/20 06:35 PM
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I always scale, gut, and cut the heads off on all of my Bluegill/sunfish. thumb



Side Note: I do have friends of mine that always fillet them. Either way they are simply delicious! food


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Re: New Poll [Re: Ringer1] #13661707 08/09/20 06:49 PM
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I'm with Banker. They are good either way for me.

Re: New Poll [Re: Ringer1] #13661796 08/09/20 08:14 PM
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As cautious as possible when allowing younger children to enjoy the fish. Adults- gut,scale juggle


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Re: New Poll [Re: Ringer1] #13661953 08/09/20 09:55 PM
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I almost always fillet. And I remove all of the red meat.

Re: New Poll [Re: Ringer1] #13661991 08/09/20 10:15 PM
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I like to fillet and cut in strips about one half inch wide. Boil in shrimp boil, then chill on ice and eat with cocktail sauce like you would shrimp. You have to handle them carefully getting the out of the boiling water but when chilled they have a similar texture to shrimp.

Re: New Poll [Re: Ringer1] #13662270 08/10/20 01:29 AM
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I have recently started filleting my bream and only keeping bigger ones. Fry them up as cajun popcorn but the boil method sounds good.

Re: New Poll [Re: Po Boy] #13662326 08/10/20 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Po Boy
I like to fillet and cut in strips about one half inch wide. Boil in shrimp boil, then chill on ice and eat with cocktail sauce like you would shrimp. You have to handle them carefully getting the out of the boiling water but when chilled they have a similar texture to shrimp.

This sounds amazing and I will definitely try! If it's a day outing all Bluegill/sunfish are released. If it's an overnight trip or camping for a few days we will keep some and leave the head attached but gut and scale and stick them on a marshmallow skewer or a green branch and cook them over a fire and sprinkle some "Slap Ya Mama" Cajun seasoning on them.

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Scale & gut (and usually grill). It slows down the eating process, but you get pretty good at pulling out the bones once you've done it enough times. It is kind of like eating crawfish - don't rush, just take your time and enjoy a slow paced meal. If you are looking to devour a bunch of meat in a short amount of time, you'll want to fillet. Although a rough estimate, I'm guessing 1/3 of the fish's meat is lost when you fillet. I prefer to honor the fish without wasting too much.

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Re: New Poll [Re: BugEyez] #13662382 08/10/20 03:20 AM
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Originally Posted by BugEyez
Scale & gut (and usually grill). It slows down the eating process, but you get pretty good at pulling out the bones once you've done it enough times. It is kind of like eating crawfish - don't rush, just take your time and enjoy a slow paced meal. If you are looking to devour a bunch of meat in a short amount of time, you'll want to fillet. Although a rough estimate, I'm guessing 1/3 of the fish's meat is lost when you fillet. I prefer to honor the fish without wasting too much.






Yes Sir: A great way cooking em is on the grill! grill


Side Note: Wrap some bacon on them also. food


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Re: New Poll [Re: Ringer1] #13662538 08/10/20 12:47 PM
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I fillet all my fish with the exception of the Bluegill/Sunfish. I scale and gut em. eeks

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Po Boy is on to something. What he does works on about any type of fish. In the past, I have used scrap pieces of fish from fillets and then did the crab boil thing. Works out to a poor man's shrimp cocktail.

Re: New Poll [Re: Ringer1] #13662641 08/10/20 02:31 PM
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I do not target sunfish. With that said I fillet all my fish. If I was catching sunfish for the dinner table I think I would scale and gut them.

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