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Jack Crevalle

Discussion in 'FISH and SHRIMP Preparation' started by mak, Aug 22, 2019.


  1. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member
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    Well, after the posts and talk about eating Ladyfish and Sandfleas I decided it was time to try another “trash” fish that I always throw back or use as crab bait. Heck, 40 years ago I used to eat Bluefish all the time before I found out they were “trash”... Yesterday I caught a couple Jack Crevalle and tossed them in the ice expecting I would use them in the crab traps. By the time I got home I decided to go ahead and fillet them to see how they taste. If I remember right, fellow member Johannes had told me they had tried and really liked a Jack he caught.
    Long story short, the wife and I must not have a sophisticated palate because we both thought it tasted very good. Certainly not a mild, flakey fish but won’t be my crab bait any more... I didn’t even bother to bleed them or try the other prep method seen in another thread.
    We just cut in strips and fried. Some we dusted with Cajun seasoning and spices without any breading and some were breaded and fried. Both tasted good and didn’t have any overpowering strong taste.
     
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  2. Bossman

    Bossman Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    I've heard people say that they were boney.
     
  3. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member
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    Not at all. Filleted just like any other fish and removed the rib meat and sliced out a thin slice of the darker meat along the lateral line. No bones in fillets.
    I actually was surprised how easily and smoothly the knife sliced through along the backbone. Maybe tiny or soft scales.
     
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  4. duffy

    duffy Pirate

    Yep we eat Jacks. When you catch them yourself and eat within 2 days. Not a bad fish. I will even admit we ate a few hardtop cats when we first started fishing florida and they taste better than fresh water catfish, imo.
     
  5. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member
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    Hmmm... now you have me wondering if that’s the next kind I try.
     
  6. duffy

    duffy Pirate

    LOL. The smaller the better on those. I was told sail top cats are better eating. We tried both and pretty similar.
    I know people will think I am crazy but lady fish are really good. Filet, use spoon to scoop out meat like a paste. Onions, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, and pan fry in a little patty for breakfast. Very tasty white meat.
     
  7. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member
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    I tried the sailcats once I heard they were supposed to be good. Definitely good IMO and I will save and eat those now.
    As for Ladyfish, not sure I will try those even though I catch a lot. I don’t even like to bring those snot buckets in the boat...greenSmiley Laughing2::2
     
  8. duffy

    duffy Pirate

    You will never know until you try.
     

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