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duckypaddler
07-11-2010, 10:41 PM
I know this post won't sit well with some of you, but hopefully you will understand that it's really better for the stream anyway and not get too uptight. I'm sure many others will see it as just a great pasttime and will share their recipes (or books they wrote about it).

Anyway this catch was all from Sam's creek on the 16th of this month and I would like to thank the fisheries department for my feast. While I don't ever eat fish (wife loves them), I decided to even try a few bites myself. I will agree it had no fishy taste, but the texture was still tough going for me:frown: Wife eat every bite though!

While I have fished this creek a dozen times this year it is only the second time I have taken anything home (took 2 the other time). I was a bit disgusted with myself when I cut into a nice 8.5 incher only to find eggs. From them on I tried to only keep males.

Wife can't eat with their heads on so we went headless!


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Roll them in Corn Meal (after salt + pepper of course!)

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And into the frying pan ( I prefer peanut oil)

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And ready to enjoy!

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A Great Meal after a great day:smile:

tntom
07-11-2010, 11:13 PM
The only thing I'm upset about is that I wasn't there to help her eat them.;)

jeffnles1
07-11-2010, 11:23 PM
Nothing to be upset about there except as tntom said that you didn't invite me over. Looks like a right proper meal. Some bisciuts and fried taters with a little onion and you've got everything a fellow needs for a good meal.

Jeff

dalerio
07-12-2010, 12:14 AM
fresh cole slaw, little bit lemon in it

pap used to eat trout with the heads on, probaly why i don't like them now...

Jim Casada
07-12-2010, 09:29 AM
duckypaddler--Looks like some fine fixin's to me. It isn't blasphemy. Park biologists will readily tell you that keeping a limit of fish doesn't affect populations at all (except possibly giving overpopulated streams a slight boost). Specks in the Smokies, where present, almost always overpopulate.
As for males vs. females, same basic situation. It won't affect things. Also, I'm not sure you can always distinguish between sexes; at any rate, I can't outside of spawning season.
When it comes to your wife's dislike of heads, I wonder if it is actually the eyes which bother her? If so, they are easily popped out when cleaning the fish by pressing with your thumb at the edge of the socket. I've always done this when cleaning trout. Also, while it is tiny on fish this size, there's an especially tasty tidbit of meat in each cheek.
At any rate, from my perspective, there's no sacrilage here, and that's why I included a chapter of cooking your catch in my book.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

duckypaddler
07-12-2010, 10:10 AM
duckypaddler--Looks like some fine fixin's to me. It isn't blasphemy. Park biologists will readily tell you that keeping a limit of fish doesn't affect populations at all (except possibly giving overpopulated streams a slight boost). Specks in the Smokies, where present, almost always overpopulate.
As for males vs. females, same basic situation. It won't affect things. Also, I'm not sure you can always distinguish between sexes; at any rate, I can't outside of spawning season.
When it comes to your wife's dislike of heads, I wonder if it is actually the eyes which bother her? If so, they are easily popped out when cleaning the fish by pressing with your thumb at the edge of the socket. I've always done this when cleaning trout. Also, while it is tiny on fish this size, there's an especially tasty tidbit of meat in each cheek.
At any rate, from my perspective, there's no sacrilage here, and that's why I included a chapter of cooking your catch in my book.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

Wife is an x vegetarian and the heads are just too much for her. I'll have to use my thumb for the eyes next time as the last time I used a knife and just managed to cut up the eye taking forever to get it all out. A question - is it OK to leave the eyes in if I'm cutting the heads off when I get home? I always take them out when gutting, but may just be doing so in vain. Thanks for the tip. As for the Brookie Blasphemy name - I thought it was a humorous slant on how some people get almost "religious" over their favorite or sometimes any Brookie stream. Look at other fourms where you are told in Red letters not to post stream names, etc. You also see sa little bit of that on this fourm. Yes I agree that taking that female was also beneficial to the stream, but I am always somewhat regretful when I kill something that is in the process of propagating, especailly when I really don't need the fish. Yes I also agree that taking males won't help either overall, but it did keep me from finding anymore eggs though which made my head feel better. Does anyone eat trout cavier?

duckypaddler
07-12-2010, 10:13 AM
fresh cole slaw, little bit lemon in it

pap used to eat trout with the heads on, probaly why i don't like them now...

Will definitely add the lemon next time. You can keep the cole slaw for yourself. We did Rice Pilaf and creamed corn (Silver Queen) from last years garden.

Bran
07-12-2010, 11:21 AM
You know I was always taught as a kid to cut the head off, then split back from between the pelvic fin to the anal fin and gut them. That is the way everyone did it in the piedmont fishing warm water if they weren't big enough to filet. Nowadays, if I'm Crappie fishing or catching a mess of Bream for the pan, I'll usually filet them out with a good knife but when I keep a trout I still go the old method of removing the heads and gutting them. Butterfly them open just as you did and grill them on the gas grill with lemon pepper and melted butter mixed together basting about 2 or 3 times in 10-12 minutes.
I remember when I was about 12 years old I saw some migrant workers eating some fried Bream from the pond and they still had heads and eyes, everything and that was a big suprise to me, I'd never heard of fixing them like that before!! I don't even know if they removed the entrails and I didn't ask!http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif

Rog 1
07-12-2010, 11:39 AM
Can't remember not seeing a trout cooked without the heads on...that is how my Granny cooked those sweet morsels and I have passed this way on to my son...was taught to keep the heads on in case the fish needed to be measured and once home no one ever took the time to take off the heads...was also taught how to eat these fish like corn on the cob...after pullin all the fins off...eye sockets make for nice finger holds when eating them this way.

Jim Casada
07-12-2010, 11:52 AM
Rog 1--You were raised right! Well, at least you grew up eating them exactly the way we did, and if I ccould have a nice crisp $10 bill for every trout I've eaten I'd have a quite comfortable cushion for the rest of my years.
One thing no one has mentioned is just how tasty the lower half of the tails of pan-fried trout are. Crisp, crunch, and plain delicious.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com

Rog 1
07-12-2010, 12:11 PM
Tail eating isn't limited to trout...my wife's uncle caught a mess of bream saturday morning and were invited out to eat that night...first thing most of the table did upon retrieving a fish from the platter was to bite off the end of the tail and proceed to munch and smile...

2weightfavorite
07-12-2010, 01:24 PM
Ive been told on smaller trout, when pan fried like the brookies were, that you eat bones and all... Do you guys really eat the bones and all on those smaller fish?

Jim Casada
07-12-2010, 02:01 PM
2weightfavorite--What you've been told is accurate, but I wouldn't want to try it on a keeping size fish in the Park. That bones and all approach only works for four- or five-inch trout, which are of course legal in some sitautions but not in the Park.
Deep fried to a crisp golden brown, they are, as Grandpa Joe used to say, enough to bring tears of pure culinary joy to a glass eye.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com

Shaggy
07-12-2010, 04:28 PM
While we are on the subject, I wanted to ask a question that I have always been curious about. I have only been flyfishing now for around 4 years and this is the first I have heard of eating brook trout. Is the flavor similiar to a rainbow? Do people eat brown trout? I have never seen brown trout on a menu at a restaurant or heard of anyone keeping the browns for eating? Just curious? Thanks!

Jim Casada
07-12-2010, 04:44 PM
Shaggy--They are all (if wild trout) scrumptious. I suspect the reason restaurants invariably offer rainbow trout is because they are easier to rear in hatcheries.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com

Rog 1
07-12-2010, 04:50 PM
Cornmeal is the great equalizer....once breaded and fried up all the wild trout taste the same to me...I don't bother with stockers or restaurant trout....the clean, fast water and a nautral diet makes all the difference in the world....if you are in doubt, catch one of the stockers in Gburg and then venture into the park and take a wild trout....clean them at the same time and look at what you get.

Shaggy
07-12-2010, 04:54 PM
Thanks for the reply. For me, I cannot bring myself to eat restaurant trout anymore. Not even stocked rainbows. Not after I had my first fried (wild) bow. I could not believe the difference in the flavor! Yes, the stocked fish get bigger, but they taste terrible compared to a wild bow!

nvr2L8
07-12-2010, 08:55 PM
I'll pass on the cole slaw as well but some fried okra sure would be a nice match with that.

Birdman
07-12-2010, 11:51 PM
duckypaddler,

I commend you on your choice. The Good Lord placed these magnificent, better than any other, absolutely delicious fish there to feed us. Be happy with your choice and enjoy each and every bite.....you've worked hard and spent even harder for it! :) I have tasted many different types of fish and I can say, assuredly, there is no match under the great heavens. Enjoy the fish and be ever thankful for your wife who enjoys your endeavors. You have helped this stream. Enjoy, my friend.

brownhunter
07-13-2010, 08:24 PM
Personally, I don't care one bit for rainbow trout. I will release all I catch in that area. However, I do love streamside brown trout. I like to cut the head off, gut the fish, fill the cavern with butter and spices, and roll it in tinfoil and let cook on grates (I guess on the coals would work as well) for a few minutes and then removed. That is my favorite, but the cornmeal and fried brown trout is also excellent. I do this about 1 time a year on a river where a friend and I camp for a night.
I have never tried brook trout, but I have heard that they are even better.

Knothead
07-16-2010, 01:31 PM
However, my wife makes great potato salad, slaw, and hush puppies. Hint! Hint!

dbutler080263
07-16-2010, 02:32 PM
Do not forget the fried taters and onions.

elkhaircaddis
07-18-2010, 01:01 PM
not one negative comment on eating the brookies? That is awesome! I like the way yall think. If only bass fishermen would come to the light. Some people will nearly crucify you for cleaning a bass

Scott Spencer
07-19-2010, 07:45 PM
Some people will nearly crucify you for cleaning a bassGive me all the 1 1/2 - 2 lb bank runners you can find and I'll eat them until I can't get up from the table. Nothing better than those small 12-14" size bass filets cooked in corn meal!!

Rog 1
07-20-2010, 08:57 AM
Outside those mountain jewels my favorite fish to eat is also a small black bass(largemouth) filleted and dressed in cornmeal...whitest, firmest meat you can find...just add a few hushpuppies and some coleslaw and a cold beverage of choice