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Old 07-02-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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I caught two big sailcats Sunday afternoon and kept them because I have eaten them in the past. I gutted and headed right after catching and threw them in a cooler with ice and water. Let them sit until I got home from work Monday, or roughly 30 hours.

Finished cleaning them and cut out the bloodline then cut in chunks, rolled in seasoned corn meal and fried real crispy just like I would a freshwater catfish. They were fantastic! My brother was over and he wouldn't touch it. Even the wife tore into it and she doesn't like anything fishy tasting or not really fresh.

How many of you like sailcat or who wouldn't consider one? Like I said I have eaten them for years and always thought they were good.
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I have eaten them before. Wish you would eat them all, they are a pain when you yak fish
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Most of the time I turn them loose. But if the reds , specks, or flounder aren't cooperating and I want a fish dinner I'll keep them. I consider them to be very good , I just always don't feel like messing with all of that slime.
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Most of the time I turn them loose. But if the reds , specks, or flounder aren't cooperating and I want a fish dinner I'll keep them. I consider them to be very good , I just always don't feel like messing with all of that slime.

I have noticed when they sit in a cooler for a day or so, the slime is almost non-existant.
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I'll keep big ones, the only pain is how much of the filet you lose once you get passed the ribs or whatever they are.
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Boy, oh boy, if you eat 'em you'll love my cold carp sandwiches with a glass of cold oveltine.
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Yepper, once you get past the ribs and get a filet it's good and white meat!!! Eaten many of em! Just slimmy as heck when cleaning!!!! Might have to leave em in the cooler fer a day or so like you did I reckon instead of cleaning them as soon as I get home!!!
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:33 PM   #8
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I keep all sail cats over 3 lbs or so. I always leave them in the cooler 10-20 hrs. Delicious
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I eat the crap out of them, and don't take near the precautions as you do! There fine!
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we eat em, but they're such a pain to fool with, i only keep em during the spawn season when they're abundant and big. they have really weird eggs, like marbles and the oscilites or stones are just as weird.
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