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Old 05-30-2011, 10:50 PM   #1
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Pictured below is whiting and another mystery fish. I'll reveal its identity in 24 hours unless someone guesses correctly before then. All fish were caught off a small pier where a river meets the Gulf of Mexico. It is a very common catch, not a rare species or anything. One guess per person.

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some kind of catfish
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some kind of catfish
Well I guess that was too easy. It's a gaftopsail catfish aka sailcat. I decided to keep one to filet since I was catching so many of them. I fried it up with the whiting, and had my girlfriend taste test and she said the whiting was stronger tasting then the catfish! The only place I've ever eaten catfish was a restaurant, but this sailcat was exactly like the fried catfish you get in a restaurant, except better because it was fresh.

Yeah, it is no tuna or swordfish, but if I don't have any better fish to bring home I think I am going to start keeping sailcats. I don't think I've ever seen anybody keep one, how did they get such a bad rap?
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Did you have any problem cleaning it?
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Did you have any problem cleaning it?
Honestly, very little. I had to start the fillet quite a ways back because of the bony head, maybe 1/3 of the length back. As you can see you only get a little more meat off a 3 lb sailcat than you do a 1 lb whiting. I have a very sharp knife, so I am sure that helped.

Oh, and I also clipped the fins off before cleaning because I read they can give you a nasty infection if they stick you.
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Too slimey to put in the box.
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Tryin to clean one of those slimy sumbitches has got to be like trying to wrestle an eel in a bucket of snot.
I will pass

I have seen it done before.....by the fellas 200 feet high in the center span of the bridge, you know, the ones with the green 3 hook leaders, 12oz pyramid sinkers and upside down spinning reels
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i had a feeling it was catfish
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ill stick with specks, and if that fails, reds
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Too slimy? What are you guys, girls or something

Honestly, it was easier to fillet then the whiting and only slightly more slimy. Well, to each his own I guess. Don't hate until you've tried one. If you have tried one and don't like them, well theres more in the sea for me to catch I guess. My girlfriend liked it better than seatrout, she says the trout is too fishy for her.
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I did the same thing about 30 years ago, when I was a kid. We caught a trout, sail cat and a snapper. We fried all three the same way and the cat was as good as the snapper. It was just the thought that turned us off till we actually ate it.

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I have not eaten one since. It still is just the thought of eating those slimey nasty things.
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