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Yellow meat on catfish? #13717272 10/01/20 06:29 PM
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Hey fellas, new to the forum.

I'm upset at my self that I just found out about this place otherwise I would of been here years ago!

I went out to lake fork the other day caught a few good looking blue catfish. Got home and cooked them up but I noticed the meat had a yellow'ish tint to it. Is this something to be concerned about? I've never seen any kind of fish have this yellow'ish tint to it.
If it is.. They have already been consumed! food

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Re: Yellow meat on catfish? [Re: Phis0n] #13717276 10/01/20 06:32 PM
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It's just fat. Nothing to be concerned about.


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Re: Yellow meat on catfish? [Re: Phis0n] #13717361 10/01/20 08:16 PM
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Re: Yellow meat on catfish? [Re: Phis0n] #13717469 10/01/20 10:22 PM
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Are you sure those was blue cat? I've never seen a blue with yellow meat but it is common and normal in channel cat.


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Re: Yellow meat on catfish? [Re: Phis0n] #13717554 10/02/20 12:32 AM
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Almost every channel I clean has yellow on the back. Never seen a blue with it.

Re: Yellow meat on catfish? [Re: Phis0n] #13717599 10/02/20 01:40 AM
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Welcome to the TFF!!!

Hmm, Yes, I think maybe you had some Channels there, as they will usually have portions of meat that are yellow compared to the rest. But the taste is the same. If it was actually Blues, that would be a new one I have not run into yet. Perhaps it is as someone mentioned aleady, fat content. But if so, it may make the meat taste strong, such as the belly straps will sometimes taste (if not prepared properly).

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We trim all yellow meat and lateral lines from any fish we clean on our guide trips.


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Re: Yellow meat on catfish? [Re: Coolarrow] #13719621 10/04/20 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Coolarrow
Almost every channel I clean has yellow on the back. Never seen a blue with it.



I have, on any Blue over 4 or 5 lbs I've caught from Aquilla and Ray Roberts both. Anything over about 8 lbs, I throw back. I cut all the red meat off, but leave the yellow meat.

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Figured it was fat, had another buddy tell me the same thing I just wasn't quite sure since he isn't the most reliable source haha.

Appreciate all the replies and warm welcoming, thanks again fellas!

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The flavor is fishier. If the peeps eating it prefer bland, white, flakey meat, trim it out.

It's not bad - just more full bodied fish flavor than most American tastes prefer.


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It’s fat, welcome to the forum


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Re: Yellow meat on catfish? [Re: Phis0n] #13732898 10/16/20 01:04 PM
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If you trimmed all the yellow meat from the majority of catfish I've caught over the years, you would have nothing left, and not worth the effort of cleaning........It's fat, and the more food in a certain lake dictates the color of the channel cats fillets.
I'll sometimes soak them in milk overnight, but most of the time they go right into the hot grease, and turn that yellow into a golden brown!


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