Paddlefish recipes

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  1. juliew

    juliew Active Member

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    Help! My DH is newly addicted to snagging paddlefish. I have probably 100 lbs of fish and 10 lbs of eggs - what in the world do I do with all of them? The season doesn't end until April 30th!:rolleyes::rolleyes
     
  2. big rockpile

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    Been just rolling mine in Flour and Cornmeal,salt and Pepper,frying it up.

    But I'm thinking of Grilling.

    You do know to trim all the outside Red Meat off right?

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  3. juliew

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    I have heard the red meat is bad. How much do you typically get percentage wise? I'm figuring 20%, but want to know if there's a way to get more.

    Thanks - where's South Missouri? I'm south of Springfield and grew up South of Cape Girardeau
     
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    Shoot I don't know percentage,just trim and make it good.

    I'm up here 25 miles North of Buffalo at Lead Mine.

    Did you get them fish out of the James.I've never snagged there but they say the fish have a strong taste to them out of there.

    As far as Eggs I pitch them.They make good Catfish Bait but you don't want to get caught using them,its illegal.

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  5. juliew

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    My stepkids live in Hermitage, not too far from there. Yeah we snagged at the James. DH is getting the limit/ day (2) with about 4-6 hours effort, so I am getting overwhelmed with fish :)
     
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    I take it paddlefish aren't on the endangered species list anymore? It's still illegal to interfere with them here in any way.

    Personally, knowing they're endangered pretty much everywhere they exist, I wouldn't eat em... seeing as the world is overrun with bass, native and hybrids, and the everpresent catfish... some of which grow to humongous sizes, but none of which are endangered.

    I also have a rule, where I don't eat anything older than me. Some fish, like paddlefish, continually grow throughout their lives, and can live for a long long time...

    having said that, my pa would catch them every now and then, but he wouldn't fool with them... I was raised a fish snob...
     
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    texican Paddlefish are far from endangered around here.As a matter fact our Cabin is next to the Paddlefish Capital of the World,thousands caught every year.

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  8. Oldcountryboy

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    Haven't tried it but I heard grilling spoonbill was the absolute best way to eat them. My wife and kids don't like spoonbill. Got just a little bit too much fishy taste to them. You might try seasoning them with cajun spice and then grill or fry them.

    Forgot to add: As for the eggs you might try canning them and have yourself some high dollar caviars. Here in Oklahoma before the game laws got so strict, some people would catch them just for the eggs. They would sell the eggs that eventually went to Russia as high dollar caviars. Sold under the name of Sturgion caviars. I guess the Russians didn't know that they were eating something of lesser quality.

    But I have only eaten rolled in cornmeal fried fish eggs. I have no ideal of what canned fish eggs (caviars) taste like.
     
  9. OkieDavid

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    Spoonbill are somewhat endangered in certain waters. They used to have a very wide range and covered about every major tributary between the Mississippi and the Rockies. Construction of flood control reservoirs has hampered their ability to migrate upstream to spawn. In areas where they still occur in catchable numbers, harvest is still permitted. Populations are monitored very closely and regulation changes each year are commonplace. HUGE study underway in Oklahoma now to attempt to gain more insight into if catching them is negatively impacting the population and if so, what changes need to be implemented. Some early effort shows promise by transplanting young fry upstream of a dam thus allowing them at maturity to continue their instinctive run upstream to breed. Short version- if they're legal....have at it.
    Only way I've eaten the row/eggs is batter dipped in egg/flour and fried. Flesh is trimmed, floured and fried just as any other fish. They do have an interesting taste from some waters, others they taste just like channel cat to me.
     
  10. big rockpile

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    OkieDavid yea where we go they are stocked anymore and I'm sure natural hatching still goes on.I know couple years ago there was a kill where one of the Electric Companies did something wrong at their Dam and the Conservation Department sued for cost to replace the fish lost.

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    For all the advice. I know they're legal to catch here - DH is a very strict rule follower and even calls the game warden at home sometimes, and I'm in MO. I do think it's illegal to sell the eggs though or to use them as bait. But I think you can give them away. I'm going to fry up some eggs tonight and see if I can stomach it!:happy:
     
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    If you only keep the ones under 10 lb., you don't need to trim the red meat. At about 15 lb. the red meat begins to be oily. The best ones yield 3 four inch fillets from each side. The larger ones, I always gave to someone else.
     
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    I love it smoked. Rare treat.
     
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    Kind of hard around here.Where we Snag they have to be 34 inches from eye to fork of tail.Where juliew DH is getting them they have to be 24 inches,but in them waters they are known to get very Big well over 80 pounds.

    10 -15 pounders no one messes with.

    [​IMG]

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  15. muzzelloader

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    Here in the Illinois Mississippi area we smoke em or fry em up like cat fish. Good stuff!
     
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    Is a spoonbill the same as a paddlefish?

    Hey Rock, if your snagged fish isn't long enough, does he get let go with a big hook hole in his side?
     
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    Everyone I know always fry them or smoke them. Some folks crave the eggs but I have no idea how they prepare the stuff.

    When I first saw one I thought they were the most amazing thing I'd ever seen pulled out of the water. Neighbor brought home 4 or 6 a year from the Mississippi or tributaries.

    When I started snagging for them the old timers told me to not only remove the red flesh but to remove the spinal cord. It apparently caused some sort of bad flavor. I don't know personally. I don't like fish and always gave mine away. (yeah I'm a fisherman who doesn't like fish- go figure)

    Wow. I haven't went snagging spoonbill for, gee, 20 years now? You guys are making me want to spool up the old snagging outfit and head for the river.
     
  18. big rockpile

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    Yea their Paddlefish.And yea they have small holes where their snagged,but they do ok long as a person doesn't gaff them.

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  19. juliew

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    Ours have been averaging 50-60 lbs. It's more like butchering a deer than filleting a catfish :) I stay home with our youngest while DH and kids are gone, but they say it's an awful lot of fun.
     
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    I like that great white shark color scheme they have.