Anyone catch, clean, eat snakeheads?

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  1. thesamhill

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    There's not too many fish that I don't like. Given the opportunity, I'd gladly try it. I'm not familiar with the species, so I'd have no clue how to catch them and prepare the filets.
     
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    Can't say that I do.
    NOPE!!!
     
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    They’re an invasive species. There’s no limit anywhere.
     
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    Duly noted!
    If I ever catch one, I’ll grill him right up!
     
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    I'd give it a go
     
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    I've never eaten snakehead but I eat a lot of fish that I catch and is never frozen so a few observations:

    Fresh fish is generally good and most fish have some merit.

    Tilapia is usually raised under dubious conditions and is to be avoided. Some of our city park lakes are stocked with them and I'd like to try a fresh one. The best tilapia in town is at the Mexican restaurants.

    I'm in Texas and mullet is bait. I understand in Florida they eat the heck out of them.

    Occasionally saltwater fishing if there is a big crew waiting at the beach house for me to provide supper I might slip in a few less desirable fish to have enough. They never notice.
     
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    I’ve heard about snakeheads but know very little about them. I’m usually game to try different things so, given the chance, I’d give it a go.
     
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    I dont eat fish, but I'd certainly try fried snakehead if it doesn't taste as fishy as other fish.
     
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    In FL, they were supposedly introduced into lakes and canals by aquarium owners and by Asians who eat the fish. In some cultures (Vietnamese, Singaporean, etc), it is considered a delicacy. They are widespread in Dade, Broward, Collier, and Lee counties and are found locally elsewhere. It is illegal to possess live snakehead, but there is a market for them and are supposedly quite tasty.
     
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    I haven’t but I would!
     
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    We have an invasive species called, pike up here with unlimited limits. Tasty dang stuff in a beer batter. Multiple spines require just fillets, but they are substantial enough. Slimy to catch and have really sharp teeth, so requires steel leaders.:rolleyes:
     
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    I think we're going have to take an aggressive stand otherwise there won't be any water worth swimming, fishing, or boating.

    Checkout what jumping carp are doing in Kentucky. It scares the carp out of me.




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    I got hit in the throat by a mullet going 30 or so mph. It almost knocked me over and hurt like hell.
    I started to draw the .38 but realized I was in an aluminum boat. Wife was driving and laughing. I picked him up and slammed him on the gunnel and we kept cruzin'.
     
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    Ugly has nothing to do with flavor. Ever seen a monkfish?
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    They're not called "poor man's lobster" for nothing though.
     
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    I've never cleaned an air breathing fish before. Hopefully no extra bits that make it complicated.

    Considering that 1) you are expected to kill them if you catch them, 2) they are unlimited take, and 3) they are apparently good eating... They might be a new undertaking for me this summer.


    Yeah, apparently they just pulled a pile of them from the Susquehanna:

    https://www.pennlive.com/life/2021/...ed-from-susquehanna-river.html?outputType=amp

    So they're around up here too.


    Oh man. Pike are a bit of a workout to clean but they're really tasty.


    I see what you did there :)


    Heck, lobsters themselves are pretty ugly. They're pinchy delicious little sea monsters.

    With snakeheads I don't know if it's so much about being extra ugly, exactly.

    I think it's more that they are called names like snakeheads and frankenfish and there's been an active campaign to get everyone to hate them. Which I get, they're an invasive species. So now nobody wants to eat them.

    But if they are tasty, and they are unlimited take? Jackpot
     
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    Are pike the ones with the "Y" bones that'll get caught in your throat? I don't believe it was walleye. But it's been decades since I had far northern fish.
     
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    Yup. I just cut the fillets out without even cleaning the fish. The bald eagles have a feast with the remains.
     
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