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Old 04-27-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default Hardtail. Yes, I ate a hardtail

So, I have been on an adventurous kick and have ate some fish some would turn their nose up to. The first was a bonito. I will say that unless I am using it for bait, I will eat one again. The important part is to bleed the fish like any other tuna and take the time to cut off ever piece of dark meat. Today, I ate a hardtail. I went pompano fishing and the only two fish I caught was the hardtail and a skipjack. I am not adventurous adventurousness to eat a skipjack but seeing the hardtail is a jack and so is the pompano, I figured I would give it a try.

Easy receipe:
Tablespoon or so of butter
Garlic powder to taste
Horseradish to taste
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Cook till done and the butter starts to brown

Unless I post on here I puked my guts out all night, I will eat hardtails again unless I am using them for bait.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:20 PM   #2
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Ewe... you are a brave man but it does look tasty!
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:34 PM   #3
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I have found that most all Salt water fish taste the same to me. Just like bream bass and cat fish all taste about the same to me. I dont care for a sheep head,very strong fish taste. I even like the lil pin fish,remind me of bream.Alot of people are size snob's meaning if the fish dont get big they think they are just bait and not good to eat.
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I've tried hardhead catfish prepared by a restauarant chef at a party. Edible, but VERY fishy and MUSHY.

I've tried big pinfish, pretty good but easy to overcook since it is so thin.

I've NOT taken the bloodline out of a blackfin tuna on purpose. The bloodline tastes TERRIBLE fishy, but the rest of the fish was fine.

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I have made a tuna dip out of Bonita -- boil it in crab boil, add chopped onion, pickles, liquid smoke and mayo, pretty good to me, though I think bonita is better as bait esp if you can get a YF.

Had the same thought about hard tails a few years back. Cousin to a pompano and that is one of the most sought after fish on the coast, so I gave it a try. Not bad at all, though like the bonita I would rather use HT's for bait.

Most fish won't hurt you, they might not be the most tasty is all.
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Cool reports. Keep them coming. Its interesting to find out what is good to eat that has always been a trash fish. It just takes someone to do it and find out if its any good. I mean think about the first guy that ate an oyster, hey this rock has some grey slime in it I think I'll eat it.
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Cool reports. Keep them coming. Its interesting to find out what is good to eat that has always been a trash fish. It just takes someone to do it and find out if its any good. I mean think about the first guy that ate an oyster, hey this rock has some grey slime in it I think I'll eat it.
Well, I have also eaten sting ray recently. It is similar to a very tender chicken breast and has a neutral flavor. Actually, when I went up to see my rents my dad shot a wild turkey. The raw turkey breast was identical in feel and texture to the raw stingray meat.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:43 PM   #8
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I took home a pile of big hard tails and fed them to the family. They were pretty good. When the wife asked what kind of fish we were eating, I replied, "bait".
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:22 PM   #9
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that hard tail looks like a blue runner!
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go fishing on a fishing pier, catch hardtail while standing next to any one of the asian women fishing. Throw back the hard tail. Get ready for an ass chewing.

They keep them all, and make some great food from them.
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