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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 08:20 AM
Roosterfish


Has anyone here ever actually eaten roosterfish? I've personally never eaten it and have always heard that it is a dark maroon meat that is extremely fishy tasting. :?:



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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 08:25 AM


No recipe I know will desguise bait. Throback Thursday every day.



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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 09:34 AM


I have, both large and small. Caught a few 1-2 lb. range, was delicious. The one monster 56 lb'er was inedible to me, tried 4 different methods of cooking..... didn't go to waste though. A beach vendor was very grateful to have it, later told me he had his entire extended family over for a feast. No idea what he did with it.

I'd still eat the smaller ones in a heartbeat, but no more roosterfish boil chasing, other than to enjoy watching the carnage as they slash around the boat; reminded me of Freddy Kruger. :o




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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 09:39 AM


small-medium ones make an ok chowder....just ok tho..not wonderful..



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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 10:40 AM


Years ago I had seen them listed in a book somewhere as good eating so I tried a very small one, under 3 lbs. Tasted just like yellowtail to me but I like catching and fighting big ones too much to ever want to repeat the experience. Much prefer to release them all.



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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 10:57 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Alan  
Years ago I had seen them listed in a book somewhere as good eating so I tried a very small one, under 3 lbs. Tasted just like yellowtail to me but I like catching and fighting big ones too much to ever want to repeat the experience. Much prefer to release them all.


Ditto. If there were MX fishermen around, I'd give one to them if caught. Otherwise it goes back.

Caught a 25 pound S. end of Rancho Nuevo gave it to a large family. Like others I've caught, they leave the water and fight ferociously.

Haven't tasted one and don't plan to.




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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 11:26 AM


I tried to eat a Jack Crevalle, which is a very close relative. It was very dark and tough, more like cheap beef than fish, but the flavor was not bad. Tried deep frying, grilling and making jerky, and none were worth trying again. Have fun reeling them in, and throw them back for the next guy.

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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 12:52 PM


Small are good table fare, medium ok zarendeado style, large inedible.
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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 01:17 PM


The local fisherman love em where I'm at and ask me to keep them for them.


I have always caught and released them anyway thou, I enjoy releasing them.

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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 01:36 PM


I haven't done it, but many of the dark fishes are great smoked. Tastes like beef or jerky. Smoked a large bigeye, it was delicious. It helps if you bleed the fish right away to eliminate cutting out all that blood in the fish (The bloodline tastes awful).
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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 08:35 PM


Quote: Originally posted by elfbrewery  
I haven't done it, but many of the dark fishes are great smoked. Tastes like beef or jerky. Smoked a large bigeye, it was delicious. It helps if you bleed the fish right away to eliminate cutting out all that blood in the fish (The bloodline tastes awful).


Our Mexican friend down in Baja smokes Bonita for us. I never knew Bonita could be so tasty! I used to always throw them back, but now I usually keep a few for the smoker.




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[*] posted on 2-8-2019 at 10:43 AM


Local folk make machaca out of them as well as all the other dark meat varieties, barielete, Toro, etc....tastes fine if you know how to deal with it.
Sport guys put em back.
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[*] posted on 2-9-2019 at 11:21 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Pacifico  
Quote: Originally posted by elfbrewery  
I haven't done it, but many of the dark fishes are great smoked. Tastes like beef or jerky. Smoked a large bigeye, it was delicious. It helps if you bleed the fish right away to eliminate cutting out all that blood in the fish (The bloodline tastes awful).


Our Mexican friend down in Baja smokes Bonita for us. I never knew Bonita could be so tasty! I used to always throw them back, but now I usually keep a few for the smoker.


This. Bonita are awesome when smoked!




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[*] posted on 2-9-2019 at 12:01 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Bubba  
Quote: Originally posted by Pacifico  
Quote: Originally posted by elfbrewery  
I haven't done it, but many of the dark fishes are great smoked. Tastes like beef or jerky. Smoked a large bigeye, it was delicious. It helps if you bleed the fish right away to eliminate cutting out all that blood in the fish (The bloodline tastes awful).


Our Mexican friend down in Baja smokes Bonita for us. I never knew Bonita could be so tasty! I used to always throw them back, but now I usually keep a few for the smoker.


This. Bonita are awesome when smoked!



next time you're in La Bocana to pick up smoked yellowtail from the packing plant load up on their bonita jerky, muy bueno!:yes:
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[*] posted on 2-9-2019 at 12:09 PM


Quote: Originally posted by willardguy  
Quote: Originally posted by Bubba  
Quote: Originally posted by Pacifico  
Quote: Originally posted by elfbrewery  
I haven't done it, but many of the dark fishes are great smoked. Tastes like beef or jerky. Smoked a large bigeye, it was delicious. It helps if you bleed the fish right away to eliminate cutting out all that blood in the fish (The bloodline tastes awful).


Our Mexican friend down in Baja smokes Bonita for us. I never knew Bonita could be so tasty! I used to always throw them back, but now I usually keep a few for the smoker.


This. Bonita are awesome when smoked!



next time you're in La Bocana to pick up smoked yellowtail from the packing plant load up on their bonita jerky, muy bueno!:yes:


Some smoked fish are off the charts delicious.




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[*] posted on 2-10-2019 at 06:49 PM


Quote: Originally posted by willardguy  
Quote: Originally posted by Bubba  
Quote: Originally posted by Pacifico  
Quote: Originally posted by elfbrewery  
I haven't done it, but many of the dark fishes are great smoked. Tastes like beef or jerky. Smoked a large bigeye, it was delicious. It helps if you bleed the fish right away to eliminate cutting out all that blood in the fish (The bloodline tastes awful).


Our Mexican friend down in Baja smokes Bonita for us. I never knew Bonita could be so tasty! I used to always throw them back, but now I usually keep a few for the smoker.


This. Bonita are awesome when smoked!



next time you're in La Bocana to pick up smoked yellowtail from the packing plant load up on their bonita jerky, muy bueno!:yes:


Sounds awesome! Where is this packing plant? Is it easy to find?




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