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Old 12-14-2007, 01:02 PM   #1
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I've been catching these every night by the dozens. They're bigger than the one in the picture (not me)...my "Sport fish of the Gulf of Mexico" guide says the bigger ones make good table fare...I know a grouper would inhale these big guys but, I'm pretty sure we won't make it into the gulf tomorrow:banghead



anyone eat these? I've got about 20 in a large pen right now wondering if I should eat some or wait on a offshore trip...big ones are fun to catch on ultralite tackle...these fish are in the 12"+/- range...
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:07 PM   #2
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Grunts and Grits!!!

I know people do eat them but I have never. Not a whole lotta meat on them. I always use them for bait.

They are kinda fun on light tackle.
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:23 PM   #3
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I now people do eat them, but they are killer as bait. Specks, reds, grouper, blacktips and kings like them.
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wysecw (12/14/2007)Grunts and Grits!!!

I know people do eat them but I have never. Not a whole lotta meat on them. I always use them for bait.

They are kinda fun on light tackle.
we had the shrimp and grits last night and dale mentioned grunts and grits since we've been catching them...anyone wanting to try the gulf tomorrow, i've got BIG live, free pigfish...
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Old 12-14-2007, 02:05 PM   #5
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They are one of the best baits for big specks anywhere!
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:20 PM   #6
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I will eat them. They are a pain in the ass when they come inshore. So I will eat everyone or cut them up for bait.
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They taste like red snapper, but not as good as a squirell fish.
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Old 12-15-2007, 01:56 PM   #8
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Pig fish, I went out on a party boat down in south Fl. and they were cathing them and acting like this was apremier fish. I thought it ignorance is bliss. Its good to be a tourists.
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Can't be any worse than Pan A Fried Croaker. I say fry one up Mike. Whats the worse that can happen,ya toss it out.:doh
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Cubs Fan (12/15/2007)Pig fish, I went out on a party boat down in south Fl. and they were cathing them and acting like this was apremier fish. I thought it ignorance is bliss. Its good to be a tourists.
Saw the same thing out of Ft Myers one time. They called the squirrel fish "sea bass" and the ruby lips were "sea perch" and folks had a fit everytime they brought one over the side. These were local folks....not tourists. Fishing sucks down there compared to what we have.
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