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Old 07-28-2015, 10:15 AM   #1
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So I posted a report of some flounder I finally gigged this weekend. I fried em up, new bottle of peanut oil, cornmeal, you know how it goes. But when I ate these flounder they tasted AWFUL. And by awful I mean like a strong chemical taste to them. I thought maybe it was the oil or cornmeal, so I fry up some of the others in butter and crushed saltines, same chemical taste. I gigged em near Navarre, anybody else experience this, or have any insight? I don't think I'll be gigging fish from that area again.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:28 AM   #2
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Was it an ammonia type taste?
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Nope. Just a chemical taste I guess. I only had them on the stringer for about an hour, then they went on ice for the ride home. I cleaned them right away, rinsed em in cold water and into the fridge.
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I think the fish being on a stringer for an hour in 84 degree water started the decomposition process and that is the flavor you are getting. Did the meat smell? These warm waters it does not take long.
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I think the fish being on a stringer for an hour in 84 degree water started the decomposition process and that is the flavor you are getting. Did the meat smell? These warm waters it does not take long.
It smelled fine, but maybe your right, the water is pretty warm. What a bonehead move on my part. I'll lug around a cooler next time I suppose.
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I could be wrong, but from experience I have put mullet on a stringer for 15 minutes in August and they tasted funny and mushy as all get out.
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Old 07-28-2015, 11:23 AM   #7
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if the fish is dead and in our waters, can you say slow poached fish. live cultures lol..............Flounder is not a firm flesh, so it will warm up quick

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if the fish is dead and in our waters, can you say slow poached fish. live cultures lol..............Flounder is not a firm flesh, so it will warm up quick
Thanks guys, lesson learned. How dumb can I be......
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Thanks guys, lesson learned. How dumb can I be......
Not dumb at all. Part of the learning curve.
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Learning has occurred for me as well; I wouldn't think the decomposition process would begin that quickly but I guess so. Bringing a cooler from now on when wade fishing in the heat. Thank you!!!
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