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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:10 pm
anchovy aaron


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So the fish I catch always taste slightly fishy to me, and I want to do something about it. Normally I just bleed them out, and leave them in the shade or in a tide pool. Any advice or tips?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:21 pm
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anchovy aaron wrote:
So the fish I catch always taste slightly fishy to me, and I want to do something about it. Normally I just bleed them out, and leave them in the shade or in a tide pool. Any advice or tips?


I usually keep my fish alive until 15 minutes before I leave when I bleed them. Sometimes they are even still alive after bleeding when I get home. Can't get any fresher than that Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:30 pm
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Keep a ice chest in your vehicle. Maybe the fish you are catching have a more fishy taste. What are you catching and cooking?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:54 pm
anchovy aaron


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the other a day i cooked up a nice grassie, and it just had a fishy taste to it, I think im going to try and keep the fish alive longer in a tidepool or something, and then cut the gills before I leave. maybe im just a picky eater...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:08 am
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Frozendog is spot on...

Keep the fish alive as long as possible and then bleed it and ice it ASAP....

If the fishy taste is a problem you could try soaking the filet's in milk overnight before cooking.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:13 pm
anchovy aaron


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thanks for the info, kept my grassie alive most of the day today, and then bleed it out. tasted much better
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:48 pm
Seth B


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Location: mckinleyville

I love fish, but am a picky fish eater. I pretty much only keep Lingcod. Every once and a while I keep a few small 10-13" blacks if I'm on a school and can get 5-8 of 'em in less than an hr.
I think both blacks and lings are not very fishy tasting by nature. I try and keep smallish keeper size fish. The sooner you get the fish home and cleaned or on ice the better. I never pack an icechest. So if I'm fishing for food I try to leave with in the hr. When fishing for eats I bring a bucket soon as I catch a keeper I fill the bucket with sea water cut, the gills on the fish put in bucket to keep cool until I leave. Ice would be better but is not convenient for what I'm doing.
Moral of the story is sooner you get the fish cleaned and cool the better.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:33 am
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I've had rock cod in a sack all day and cleaned it in the evening and it still didn't taste fishy. My guess is that you're not getting all the guts out or leaving some scales on it. I would just make sure you get the guts out, especially the lining around the stomach and get it on ice.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:02 pm
Seth B


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Fillets are best and rinse thoughly with fresh water. Some people soak their fillets in milk or buttermilk for a couple hrs. Mellows out the flavor a bit and also firms up the flesh a little. If you try all that and its still too fishy, You either are eating the wrong fishes or you don't like fish.
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