|Here's an actual first hand report on how a SC Wharf croaker tastes like if anyone is interested.
I was on the SC Wharf on Sunday 5th Feb. I fished from around 11-12:30 near the end and caught one croaker. I'm fairly new to fishing so it was my first croaker. Anyways, I decided to bring it home for dinner since it was only one fish (=moderation).
While frying, the croaker gave off a very slight weird smell. Iodine? When I tried the meat, it tasted normal and fairly flavorful, and the strange smell was no longer present, although it was a little tougher than I would have expected for a fish this size.
However, at two different places, when I pulled the skin off the meat, I was able to easily pull free long, dark brown strings about one half to an inch long. Were those worms? They came out quite easily and were right under the skin (as opposed to embedded in flesh), so I didn't think they were blood vessels.
The thought that those might be worms made me lose my appetite and defeated what pride I had from my ancient lineage of fish eating ancestors. I thought I could eat anything, but...
Hopefully this info is useful for others who catch croakers at SC Wharf in the future.