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Old 07-06-2007, 07:42 AM
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is there a big differance in taste from saltwater catfish and freshwater catfish?
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I do not keep ANY saltwater catfish.
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I actually cleaned a gaftail catfish once. Just to see what the fillets were like. They were white meat fillets. I never did eat it. I kept forgetting it was in the freezer until it was to late. I should've fried it up that night just to see what it'd be like.
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:54 AM
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From what ive seen and read the Gafftopsail catfish is supposed to be good eating with the remainder of the saltwater catfish's in the trash fish category.
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:01 AM
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thanks for the info. from my neck of the woods catfish is the fish to catch and eat in the summer time. they are a trash/bottom feeder fish for which some people dont like the taste. isnt the red fish (drum) a trash?
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Be careful with the saltwater catfish! Do not grab them to remove the hook as they have 2 spikes around where the feet/feelers with some kind of chemical that causes severe pain. I learned this the hard way. I like to think that I can handle pain fairly well but that hurt.

To answer arkyfish's question, no redfish are not trash. They are great to catch (there is actually a tournament on ESPN on weekends) and good to eat as well. One of my favorite days of fishing was in the saltwater flats of Mosquito Lagoon where a monster red pulled the canoe around for 15 minutes and then visited my dinner plate.
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:07 AM
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thanks for the info. maybe i will just catch and release those saltcats
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:09 AM
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Be careful with the saltwater catfish! Do not grab them to remove the hook as they have 2 spikes around where the feet/feelers with some kind of chemical that causes severe pain. I learned this the hard way. I like to think that I can handle pain fairly well but that hurt.
This is true to an extent. There is no chemical on the barbs that causes pain. The barbs are just covered in such a large amount of bacteria that when stung an infection is highly likely.
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Old 07-06-2007, 06:48 PM
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Yeah getting stung kinda hurts alot. Even if you get a mild prick. Still hurts. We were fishing cut bait off a dock one night on a strong tide and we caught nothing but 24" + gaftails. It was actually kinda fun and none of the fish swallowed any hooks. Looking back I wonder what the fillets would've been like.
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Old 07-06-2007, 07:02 PM
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if they are close as in freshwater cats taste like, it is very good.
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Gaftop Sailcats are very good to eat....I have found shad, shrimp, and crab inside many Gaftops....pretty much the same diet as a Red. Personally, I dont keep them b/c of their protective slime.....getting all over my specks and reds. But if its at the end of the day and the cooler is empty.................Oh well, Gaftop it is. No Hardheads though.........
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:09 PM
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Gafftops are good to eat. They are as good as most freshwater cats and better than some that come from slow muddy water. Hardheads are a pain. You could eat them but you COULD eat a frozen dog also but neither is the entree if there is anything else available. They are a mess to deal with and I usually clean them when I catch them if I'm going to keep a few filets. The slime seems to grow if you drop them in the cooler. The idea that a Redfish is a trash fish is fighting words down south. They are a very noble fish. Great fighter, great on the plate.
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Old 07-07-2007, 02:32 PM
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I was just curious about the red fish. where I am from, we do not eat any type of drum fish
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I was just curious about the red fish. where I am from, we do not eat any type of drum fish
Redfish is excellent table fare. Fried or pan seared are my favorite.....I do broil them sometimes, but not often. I will state this with a disclaimer though....I never keep larger reds to eat...Nothing over 24 inches for me. I prefer the smaller fish..the larger they are, they can be a pain to clean sometimes, and I have seen worms in the larger ones.
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It wasn't too long ago that redfish were considered "trash" fish even in Louisiana. I believe it was the blackened redfish craze that increased the demand for redfish and the gillnetters followed. The banning of gillnetting and the redfish's promotion to gamefish status makes it more sought after now. Sheepshead are still considered "trash" fish to some here but the recent renaming to "bay snapper" shows that it might be the next redfish.
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Gaff's are okay, hardheads are not. I ate a piece of fried gafftop cat once and it was sort of good. I saw a family from Georgia (my primary home is there) cleaning about 10 hardheads for their dinner and we tried to tell them to "pass" but they said that was all they caught and they were going to eat them no matter what. I did not stick around long enough to see if anyone had to call 911 after their determined cat meal. All we could do after that warning was laugh and turn away.
Red's are prime table fare, especially blackened/seared. I stopped eating freshwater cats when I got my offshore boat and grouper/snapper became plentiful. I NEVER eat freshwater pond fish now either. Clean river fish-ok.
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I'm not a big lake fish eater either. River fish sure. But not a big fan of lake fish. I'm gonna have to clean the next gaftail I catch. Pan fry it up just to see if I like it.

Last time I cleaned it I was told you had to skin it. That was stupid and time consuming but I did it and got two nice fillets. Can you just fillet them normally?
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the easiest way to clean a cat is to make an incision just behind the back of the head and go all the around the head of the cat just behind his two fins by his head. just cut through the skin not the meat yet. then gut it and get a pair of pliers and grab the skin where you made incision and pull all the way to the tail. that is the easiest way for me, I know some people do it different but this is the easy est for me. and last is to filet like you normally would. thanks for everyone's input
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I'm not a big lake fish eater either. River fish sure. But not a big fan of lake fish. I'm gonna have to clean the next gaftail I catch. Pan fry it up just to see if I like it.

Last time I cleaned it I was told you had to skin it. That was stupid and time consuming but I did it and got two nice fillets. Can you just fillet them normally?
CT, absolutely. They are a right slimey critter though. Nice fillets and should taste just fine
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Get rid of the red on the gafftop filets, it's strong. Has a texture more like ckicken tenders than fish. Pretty good if it's all ya got.
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