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Old 05-08-2012, 01:18 AM   #21
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I will eat anything out of the water atleast once! I filet croaker, whiting, white trout, grass porgy, sail cats, almost anything. Pin fish are a little too bony for me. I also have eaten stingray wings, bonita, fresh dipped in the gulf, and fried. I will try almost anythinh once, and alot of it more than once, lol
I'm with you. Is a sail cat a gafftop?
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jastee have u tried hardhead cats?

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Hardheads are OK. Not nearly as good on the table as Gafftops owing to the strong fishy flavor, as it is one of the fishier catfish. The fillets are small for the amount of work. My preferred method for Hardheads is fried and put in a catfish po-boy with a strong horseradish dressing and/or lots of Tobasco.

The Gafftop is far superior, and absolutely my favorite catfish (better than channel, blues, and flatheads), also better than Black Drum or Redfish over 24". I'd have a hard time picking between a cooler full of Gafftops or a cooler full of specks.
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Hardheads are OK. Not nearly as good on the table as Gafftops owing to the strong fishy flavor, as it is one of the fishier catfish. The fillets are small for the amount of work. My preferred method for Hardheads is fried and put in a catfish po-boy with a strong horseradish dressing and/or lots of Tobasco.

The Gafftop is far superior, and absolutely my favorite catfish (better than channel, blues, and flatheads), also better than Black Drum or Redfish over 24". I'd have a hard time picking between a cooler full of Gafftops or a cooler full of specks.

Kind of makes me wish I had kept all the Gafftops I caught last week, they were pretty good eating sized, 17-18" put up a hell of a fight. I just can't stand touching them because I can't get the damn slime off my hands. I can't imagine what it would do to the inside of a cooler.
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Kind of makes me wish I had kept all the Gafftops I caught last week, they were pretty good eating sized, 17-18" put up a hell of a fight. I just can't stand touching them because I can't get the damn slime off my hands. I can't imagine what it would do to the inside of a cooler.
We have four or five pairs of pliers in the boat, so we almost never have to touch a fish to extract the hook and get it in the ice chest. If the hook is deeply swallowed, we cut the line and tie a new hook.

Also, we usually put fish in a cooler with an ice and water mix so that the fish is immediately completely submerged and sloshing around in the mix. This does two things: 1) the fish cools very quickly to preserve quality. 2) Sloshing around in the mix removes a lot of the slime so that when I clean the fish later, I am dealing with much less slime. In the cooler months, we add a bit of water to the icechest to create the right mix. In the warmer months, this is not necessary unless we're on the water and catching fish soon after buying ice.

Putting fish in an ice chest with block ice or ice still in the bags is much less effective in dealing with the slime.
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I was fishing Sebastian inlet and there was a guy there that was asking for every hardhead caught. I have tried sail cats after hearing they were not too bad. I've had better but they were not terrible.
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