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Old 07-10-2006, 03:11 PM
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I read in one of the fishing reports that large amberjacks can be caught off Beaufort Inlet. Are they safe to eat and are they good to eat? I read on a webpage that some amberjacks, like barracuda, can acquire cigueratoxin in their flesh from the reef fish that they eat. I've been told that barracudas caught around here (SE US coast) should not be eaten because of this toxin. Is this true for amberjacks too?

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They are great if you catch them in the Gulf, but up here they tend to have alot of parasites (READ WORMS).
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the red worms just add flavor.
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Worms? EEEEEUUUUUUUUU! I think I'll pass.
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Just about any reef fish can have ciguatera. Cudas are more likely to have it, especially the really big ones that like to hang around the artificial reefs and eat the kings that i catch. AJ's almost always have worms, though; and you're right - they are kind of gross. Funny how we consider jacks to be a nuisance around here and we like kings, but around the Gulf coast they love jacks and think of kings as a nuisance.

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Worms? EEEEEUUUUUUUUU! I think I'll pass.

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On that note...Mahi are usually filled with worms too.
The last wahoo I caught had three BIG parasites/ worms burrowing through the meat. Really makes your stomach turn when you are steaking/filleting and stuff starts crawling out.
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Old 07-11-2006, 04:22 PM
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Mahi and wahoo have worms too?? I've come across a cyst in the flesh of a dolphin I was filleting, but not a worm .....yet. Yuck. I'm a real fan of sashimi. Do all fish caught off NC have worms, like YFT, cobia, spanish, and kings?. If so, I think I'll stop eating the fish I catch as sashimi.

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Cook em and eat em.....just no Marlin please.
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Every hoo has at least 2 big nasty bloody red worms in their stomachs....I have never seen it in the meat. Mahi do have small parasites.....toss a filet in some fresh water and check the surface an hour later. AJ's have worms that can actually make the filet move on the board. Bottom line......some folks eat their boogers, that doesn't make them edible to me.
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What are the names of the parasites that are found protruding from the skin of mahi? Red tube with what appear to be green tentacles extending from the end.
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Reef Donkeys have worms towards the tail, the shoulder meat is fine. I have only had it fried tho.
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caught one that weighed 44lbs last week, fileted it and ate it, little greasy, but excellent
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Years ago my cousin caught a 20 pounder on a charter, when we got back he fileted it, big ol' pocket of maggots near the tail. He gave it to the mate that said he would eat it, just cut plenty of meat off near the worms, no thanks!!!!!
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YUM.....amberjack ..they are first cousins to Cali Yellowtail.... they are fine eating fish.
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What about Specks?

"Spotted Seatrout" to you Nawtheners.

If you have ever cleaned a mess of specks and NOT seen at least some pockets of small white worms--you musta been hittin' the suds pretty hard! And these fish are some of the most highly sought after fish in the gulf!


I don't sweat 'em, they denature with heat when you cook 'em.


Kill 'em and grill 'em!

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Good question, we caught 4-5 nice Amberjack this past Monday. Guy I went with insisted they were not good to eat, but said he'd eaten one in the Gulf area and it was good. Has anyone ever "seen" these worms.

Ours were in the 30-50 pound range..............lots of fun to catch. Fished around the Aeolus
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Last amberjack I caught had em. Small and white looking. They were more numerous toward the tail. I used part of it that had no worms and it was mighty tasty.
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Why cut them out? Have'nt you heard, worms are full of protein? And AJ's are good eating too.
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Last two amberjacks we caught both had solid pure white worms and white cysts near the tail. Cut them out just because of the yuckiness thought of eating them but I wouldn't be surprised to see them as a delicacy in Asia. I once kept bees and there was an Indonesian fellow who asked me to bring him the bee larvas, which he preferred over the honey. Whatever floats your boat!
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Last two amberjacks we caught both had solid pure white worms and white cysts near the tail. Cut them out just because of the yuckiness thought of eating them but I wouldn't be surprised to see them as a delicacy in Asia. I once kept bees and there was an Indonesian fellow who asked me to bring him the bee larvas, which he preferred over the honey. Whatever floats your boat!
They are delicacy in Asia --and served in the states at many sushi bars as part of any "chef's choice" type order. It is outstanding when fresh at a good sushi bar.
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