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Old 06-24-2018, 03:54 PM   #1
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A few fishing guys and gals on here. Some of you are tourney kinda bass fishing peeps. My question is as above.

Would you do you eat bass? A vast majority of fisherman that I either know or know of do NOT eat bass. Tourney fish, predator fish etc etc so I have been told.

I have kept a few in years past. If anyone remembers the slot limit a few years ago at Alan Henry they encouraged you to keep certain sizes. I got a few of the stares a couple of times going up the boat ramp with bass on my stringer.

I will say I was not impressed as far as table fair. They are ok but not the likes of crappie or catfish, imo.
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:56 PM   #2
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They are fine, but certainly not the best table fare
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:58 PM   #3
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I don’t buy my parents do! They don’t throw nothing back.
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:59 PM   #4
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I may eat em once a year if we’re doing a family fishing tournament. Soak em in mustard for an hour and then throw em in corn meal with Tony’s. MmmmmmMmmmmm!
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:00 PM   #5
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They’re as good as any other fish to me. Nothing wrong with it.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:01 PM   #6
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the fish biologist that I know still encourages keeping bass between 16-18 inches. When they shock, that’s what they will take out if you want a fish fry. I like em. We have at least 1 family fish fry with bass from our pond every year.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:07 PM   #7
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Heck yes. Way better than catfish, but not as good as crappie or bluegill.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:10 PM   #8
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I used to eat bass but not in a long time. However there is going to be some bass-eating in my immediate future. A friend of mine has a beautiful 20 acre pond/tank/lake on his ranch. It gets fished quite a bit but nobody has ever kept anything ever. It has gotten overpopulated and a consultant he hired told him they need to thin them out. I get to go fish if I promise to take out every bass I catch within a certain size range.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:14 PM   #9
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Na throw them and speckled trout back in the water . It’s the law..
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:15 PM   #10
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Fresh they are as good as anything.

We eat them if they die in the livewell or if we are on the Ranch lake which needs culls or on cherrokee which needs culls. Never keep any over 4
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:17 PM   #11
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I hardly ever fish freshwater, but I keep whatever is legal when I do. I like to kill fish.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:18 PM   #12
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Not my favorite. And I don't fish for them. But do occasionally catch one or three legal fish that go in the live well, with all the other fish for the freezer.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:19 PM   #13
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Taste fine
Sure there’s better but never understood the “they taste like ****” view. I guess that’s why there’s opinions lol
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:20 PM   #14
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Have eaten a lot of them over the years. Even on our trips Mexico and El Salto we always kept a few 1-2 lbs bass for dinner one night. Used to always keep them and clean when allowed. Nothing wrong with them in my opinion.


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Old 06-24-2018, 04:23 PM   #15
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We don't eat them. Went to Raven today and caught 5 in the slot limit. They all went back in
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:25 PM   #16
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:26 PM   #17
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I eat all I can catch. Don’t carry them up the ramp on a stringer though.
Keepem live until you clean. Remove all blood line. Then lightly season with Best Stop Cajun Seasoning and place in refrigerator while you get the grease hot. Dragem through some fish fry, egg wash and panko before you droppem in. Squeeze a lil lemon after they hit the plate. Game over.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:26 PM   #18
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The cheeks are the best part. Definitely worth the effort to cut them out and cook.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:32 PM   #19
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I've always thought they're okay, but I'd rather fry up a channel cat or crappie.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:32 PM   #20
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BowOnly81 got it right. Put some yellow mustard on them and cover with seasoned cornmeal. Fine eats right there. We do that with nearly all fresh water fish and whiting.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:38 PM   #21
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Frankly I live bass. Fried in Italian bread crumbs. Great !

Here in South Florida, they carry some mercury from farm fertiliser Iím told ?

We have some rock pits that have deep, cool , clear water and Iíve eaten a few of those. Hardly have green on their sides. Very light colored silver white belly, pea green side. Not a dark hydrilla green side.

However, being they are a sport Fish I think catch and release is best. Do my best to enhance the sport. We have zillions of Fish opportunities here offshore, and even freshwater Speckled perch ( crappie), various blue gill/Stumpknockers and even huge Oscars that are super white meat. We are seeing a explosion of Snakeheads which prey on other fish. They like Gar and Mudfish ( Bowfin) need to go, as do Oscars.


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Old 06-24-2018, 04:46 PM   #22
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They taste fine to me, but I prefer to throw em back


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Old 06-24-2018, 04:50 PM   #23
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I have in the past but mainly just eat crappie if I'm going to keep any.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:56 PM   #24
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Grew up eating them. To me they taste great. I prefer salt water fish as a rule, but nothing wrong with bass.


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Old 06-24-2018, 04:56 PM   #25
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Catch and release for me. But , I have ate a few when I was a kid fishing with grandpa. They taste fine. If I was to keep a fish for the table now its hard to beat some fresh hybrid stripers or crappie.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:58 PM   #26
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I love eating fish, soooooo. Any legal fish I catch gets eaten.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:59 PM   #27
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Man whatever you do don't let the Texas Fishing Forum see this thread the bass section in particular...
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:02 PM   #28
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Man whatever you do don't let the Texas Fishing Forum see this thread the bass section in particular...
Spot on Been there done that. It was a mess
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:05 PM   #29
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Release in grease!
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:08 PM   #30
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Most of those girls donít know how to clean a fish properly for eating.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:08 PM   #31
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Sandies here at Sandlin!! Course we got tons of Channel cats too and crappie are so thick we'll catch 3-4 on bass lures. We throw most of the largemouth back
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:10 PM   #32
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Na throw them and speckled trout back in the water . Itís the law..
Made me laugh.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:13 PM   #33
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Saving crappie one Bass at a time
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:17 PM   #34
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The only reason I don't eat bass is because I don't bass fish..
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:19 PM   #35
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Lol that pic will get them riled. This Thread has potential
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:22 PM   #36
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Shoulda........................

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Old 06-24-2018, 05:29 PM   #37
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Grew up eating them my younger brothers started chasing tournaments and throw em all back me I eat em as often as possible
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:31 PM   #38
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Keep a few 14-16 inchers from time to time, but throw 99% of them back. They're not crappie, but I find them to be the next best thing. Catfish doesn't even come close IMO.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:37 PM   #39
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I really like them. They’re very quick to fillet and have a good, flaky texture. One of the better freshwater options for baking in my opinion. The only bass I don’t ever keep are river & creek brownies. Just takes them too long to grow.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:40 PM   #40
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I love eating bass. They all come out of our private lake. Much better than catfish.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:43 PM   #41
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They eat pretty good. 2 or 3 pounders make some mean fish sticks cut crossways in 1" strips.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:47 PM   #42
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I rarely fish for them but have no issue eating them.

Just like with trout in the west, elite people have made most feel that they shouldn't eat bass.

Pure propaganda BS, most any lake worth it's salt so to speak has a regular stocking program to replenish losses.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:48 PM   #43
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I don't pretend that eating a few bass will hurt the lakes, most lakes it will help. I'd like it if folks refrained from keeping the big ones but they are free to do what they wan't. Anything over 3lbs goes back in my boat.

There is a 16 inch bass in my fridge right now that made the mistake of biting while I was crappie fishing. He'll fry up just like the rest of the crappie. I can't tell the difference, but I'll eat sandbass and can't really taste the difference either, just tasted like fried fish to me.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:48 PM   #44
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Heck yes. Way better than catfish, but not as good as crappie or bluegill.
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I've ate thousands of them growing up! Didn't get into crappie fishing till I moved to Texas. Slot at Fork made it nearly impossible to catch enough for dinner! In college we kept em all! A 7lb largemouth will give a Mr Twister electric knife all it wants!


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Old 06-24-2018, 06:06 PM   #47
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We have a self imposed rule on our family ponds, tanks, and reservoir...

When catching bass for a fry, we keep 1-3 pounders and most of the family and friends follow it. Everyone can keep a couple over 5lbs. After that, you're done keeping trophies from our waters. We have a large family and everyone likes to bass fish. (The crappie and big blue gill taste better IMO)

It took a long while, but we are now catching a few 10+lbs every year. My Uncle(he already has his 2) and his friend(professional fisherman) threw 2 back this May. A few of us make efforts to keep the waters great and filled with bait like fatheads and crawfish. Frogs are always in abundance too since we stopped heavy gigging.

I kept a big 8lb three years ago and a 10+ two years ago so I'm done with trophies. Going to pick up my mount next weekend.

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Old 06-24-2018, 06:52 PM   #48
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We have a self imposed rule on our family ponds, tanks, and reservoir...

When catching bass for a fry, we keep 1-3 pounders and most of the family and friends follow it. Everyone can keep a couple over 5lbs. After that, you're done keeping trophies from our waters. We have a large family and everyone likes to bass fish. (The crappie and big blue gill taste better IMO)

It took a long while, but we are now catching a few 10+lbs every year. My Uncle(he already has his 2) and his friend(professional fisherman) threw 2 back this May. A few of us make efforts to keep the waters great and filled with bait like fatheads and crawfish. Frogs are always in abundance too since we stopped heavy gigging.

I kept a big 8lb three years ago and a 10+ two years ago so I'm done with trophies. Going to pick up my mount next weekend.
You donít have to kill those big ones to have a mount on your wall. Pull a few measurements, snap a pic and release for a replica.
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Old 06-24-2018, 10:16 PM   #49
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I love to eat fish but I am the only one that does in my family so I always practice catch and release when I do go fishing. I have no problem with anyone that keeps fish that are legal if they are going to eat them.
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I like em better than catfish
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