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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:11 PM 02/12/08 (CST)
Why are so many people fish snobs when it comes to eating them. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with prefering some over others, but it seems that some fish get a bad wrap. For example, bass. Yes I will agree that a bass has a stronger flavor than walleye, but it is fish after-all, so a bit of fish taste to me just isn't a big deal (eg. smoked salmon). I mean, catfish is considered by some to be a delicousy, and though enjoyable, is it really better than bass? I like to grill mine in a lemon pepper, and it is alwary white and flakey.

As a side note, I am primarly catch and release, but do enjoy keeping enough for a fresh meal!
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 03:25 PM 02/12/08 (CST)
I don't think that so many people turn their noses to bass because of the taste. I think you get that perception because bass is more of a sport fish than a game fish. Plus we have walleye here and they are delicious! As far as me, I am a full time tournament bass fisherman and wouldn't eat a bass anyway, but on the same hand I will throw back a 4 pound walleye 99 out of 100 times also. I am a catch and release guy. However there is a need for harvest. So if you like the taste of bass, eat up! Just please throw back the big ones. It is so hard to replace a genetically large fish. That one fish can add so many good fights for angler after angler, and decades and decades!

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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:58 PM 02/12/08 (CST)
I try to not keep many bass.. But yeah, grilled bass is actually by far my favorite. As for fish taste. Nah, I grill em with a little seasoning and they don't taste any more fishy than another fish. And I find them to actually have the best texture of all. Still, 9 out of 10 times I eat blue gill or crappie.

I have witnessed a lot of people who claim to "hate eating bass" admit to loving it when they don't know what they are eating.





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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 04:24 PM 02/12/08 (CST)
I must say, I agree with Logan there really isn't better
fish to eat then Crappies and Bluegills, Walleye is good,
Trout(Rainbows,Brookies)are truly my favorite, but I only
keep fish when I know that I'm going to eat them or my
wife, or if someone lets me know that they want a few for
a meal, Catch and Release is really the way to keep our sport
alive and thriving. Thanks Chris
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 04:39 PM 02/12/08 (CST)
If you mention eating bass in some circles you might have to watch out for the mob with pitch forks.

I am not sure why they get so bent out of shape, I think the approach taken here is the right one. Leave the big bass, just like you would a big walleye or a big gill or crappie but if the mood strikes you to eat a bass or two by all means fry that baby up. I think they are pretty tasty actually.

In my youth (probably 14 or so) I didn't really understand or take time to think about the genetics of a large fish. I was out fishing with a buddy and I caught a large bass 5+ pounds from a local metro lake, without knowing any better I took it home becuase I wanted to eat it. Thats one fish I would like to have back so I could release it like I should have. But I must admit it did taste pretty dang good. Although my dad wasn't very happy with me that I brought it home.




Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 05:46 PM 02/12/08 (CST)
Great stuff guys. I guess I expected to face a bit more opposition. Also, as stated I am primarily catch and release, and do not keep large fish, especially bass amd pike. All my best catches are still swimming and that is how I like it. When I was young my family would go and catch big loads of pike and panfish and freeze fish for the enitre year. Even with he found memories and all the good meals I have to say I feel like it was greedy. When I voice that opinion with some of that group that still remains it doesn't go over to good. I really beleive in catching a fish and eating them fresh but not stock-piling.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 11:56 PM 02/12/08 (CST)
I never thought of them as an eating fish. However a couple summers ago one of my fishing buddies who is from way out in the bayou in Louisiana (where they eat anything, you name it he's probably eaten it) caught one & kept it. He wrapped little pieces in bacon & deep fried it and it was really good. I then had another friend from Michigan tell me that one time he had friends coming to town and he promised them a walleye dinner. Well he went out and the walleye weren't biting but the smallies were so he served a few of those instead and no one figured it out. Just goes to show that taste is all relative.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 05:52 AM 02/13/08 (CST)
I know a lot of people that eat Bass and would say the prefer over Walleye. I fish a lot in NW Wisconsin and Bass is the fish to catch. I cooked up one this past summer, under 2lbs. It was OK. I will stick to pan fish and Walleye. On Mille Lacs a lot of people boil up their Eel Pout. I've had it, won't ever eat it again.

I think Bass is typically caught in shallow, warm, muddy water and therefore people give it a bad wrap.

Now small mouth bass whole different thing. I ate many of these in the boundary waters with no problem.
UpDawg
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:20 PM 02/13/08 (CST)
I would eat a stringer full of smallies anyday. Only from a river though! One of my favorite past times is wading up and down the river and having a stringer full 1lb-2lb smallies. Largemouth on the other hand, have always been a mushy, fishy, tasting fish. Plus, i agree, they are great fighters. Especially fishing on Waconia for Pike/Skees and you hook onto a "HOG" using a Bucktail. I'd fight to keep the BigMouths in the lillies! My consumption order would look:

1. Perch
2. Sunnies
3. Smallies
4. Sturgeon/Catfish (smoked)
5. Walleyes

But, I grew up in the South(Panama/Florida) and moved to MN in 1992. So if you ask me what fish I'd rather consume; Saltwater fish versus Freshwater, it would be much diff. It's the same arguement that would be down there... Who dares eat a Largemouth out of Okeechobee!!!!!
Logan
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 02:28 PM 02/13/08 (CST)
I'm just curious as to how you guys cook your fish? It strikes me as odd when people say a Lrg mouth is "Mushy". I hear it all the time but I have never had a bass that was mushy at all. In fact when I grill em they are very flakey with wonderful texture... I would still like to reiterate that I do not eat a lot of bass and I especially don't eat big bass. Of course my grandparents use to eat bullhead and they swear its a "good eating fish".. So maybe wierd taste buds run in the family confused smiley



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