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Old 04-29-2019, 05:25 AM
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We went out yesterday and got four decent mahi. When we filleted them one of them was different than any mahi I've ever seen. The meat was really white and somewhat slimy with the consistency of a toadfish. Has anyone seen this before?
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:21 AM
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Sounds like it wasn't chilled properly or it sat in water.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:29 AM
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You get one like that once in a while. Not sure what causes it. Usually give that one away or feed it to the dog
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:36 AM
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Mahi is really a crappy eating fish anyway..spongy...yeah it flakes a little bit..but it chews spongy. I think it is because they grow so fast..60lbs in 4 years.

It also has no shelf life. It maybe last two days in the refrig. Grouper will last a week. "wrapped in paper towels/changed daily"

Freeze Mahi..really bad.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:41 AM
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Mahi is really a crappy eating fish anyway..spongy...yeah it flakes a little bit..but it chews spongy. I think it is because they grow so fast..60lbs in 4 years.

It also has no shelf life. It maybe last two days in the refrig. Grouper will last a week. "wrapped in paper towels/changed daily"

Freeze Mahi..really bad.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:44 AM
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I thought he was stating facts. Mahi is the ocean equivalent of tilapia
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:48 AM
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No, all of those statements are opinions.
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Old 04-29-2019, 07:08 AM
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Nothing wrong with it...at all...Pack in zip locks and cover with water and NO air...will keep indefinitely and very hard to tell from fresh...best fish for freezing...period.

I caught a mess this week and just cleaned up fillets this morning...one fish was similar as you described so do not worry.

Most versatile fish for cooking..

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Old 04-29-2019, 07:17 AM
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Thanks! All of the fish were packed in ice as soon as they went in the box. I had just never seen a mahi like that before. He is vacuum packed and now resides in my freezer!
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No, all of those statements are opinions.
No, those not opinions. Although they are preferences based on many side by side comparisons. I do not keep Mahi anymore unless it is the first edible fish I catch..then I keep it as insurance and give it to my neighbors when a better fish is caught.
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I've had some rubbery Mahi usually from the bigger one's. Not my favorite fish but great for Taco's.
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Nothing wrong with it...at all...Pack in zip locks and cover with water and NO air...will keep indefinitely and very hard to tell from fresh...best fish for freezing...period.

I caught a mess this week and just cleaned up fillets this morning...one fish was similar as you described so do not worry.

Most versatile fish for cooking..

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Do you prefer freezing in water to vacuum sealing?
I use a vacuum seal all my fish for the freezer.
However, when we catch the big shrimp, I do put them in a ziplock, fill with water to push out the air and freeze them like that.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:33 AM
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More importantly, where are these wild mahi that you talk about. Been very slow around here, Got a few 30" a week or 2 ago. Butt hat is only cause we found a MFO.
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Originally Posted by FishHarder View Post
No, those not opinions. Although they are preferences based on many side by side comparisons. I do not keep Mahi anymore unless it is the first edible fish I catch..then I keep it as insurance and give it to my neighbors when a better fish is caught.
Preferences are literally opinions

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can't remember the name of the place but in the late 80s I hung out in Daytona quiet often & there was a restaurant-bar that sold grilled mahi sandwiches & folks were lined up out the door to get em. this was also around the same time as the blackened redfish craze. but whatever to each his own we are individuals ya know I'm not saying mahi is my favorite fish to eat but definitely far from the worst & a blast to catch from bailers on light spinning gear to big mean bulls. ill take a box full of mahi over a skunk any day & enjoy eating them as well
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On the topic of water vs vaccum...the vaccum definitely takes up less room and such but I am a believer that water lasts longer, in fact, indefinitely if done correctly.....just my opinion and I guess I am old school...same with Venison, saran wrap followed by freezer paper lasts a very long time as opposed to vaccum.

Not sure all the negativity on eating Mahi but to each his own.....

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Not sure all the negativity on eating Mahi but to each his own.....

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Do you remember if the fish looked any different? We caught one once that had a texture similar to what you describe but it had an odd shape for a dolphin. I think it was a pompano dolphin and not the common dolphin. No way of really knowing but it did have slightly different shape and coloration (it was more blue after death). Got mixed up with the other stuff and never gave it much thought so who knows for sure.
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I've caught a few like that over the years - usually bigger fish in the 20lb range. Kind of nasty.
As for Mahi in general, we really like it fresh, either blackened or fried. It just doesn't hold up well in the freezer even when vacusealed so I usually give away most of it.
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Originally Posted by FishHarder View Post
Mahi is really a crappy eating fish anyway..spongy...yeah it flakes a little bit..but it chews spongy. I think it is because they grow so fast..60lbs in 4 years.

It also has no shelf life. It maybe last two days in the refrig. Grouper will last a week. "wrapped in paper towels/changed daily"

Freeze Mahi..really bad.
I use a vacuum sealer on mahi and Id say it freezes well and taste fresh for 6 months. Its one of the better freezing fish. Very similar to flounder.
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