cought 2 bass this morning, one's 3 lbs and the other is just under 4. Whats the best way to cook these? I've already got them gutted and in the fridge, waiting to be cooked up for supper.
You'd be welcome to. I'll set out an extra plate. And I won't even make you eat the weeds. I'll give you jsut the regular greens w/o weeds lolMmmmmm.... baaaaasssss.... my VERY favorite!
Fillet and skin 'em, dip them in beer batter and deep fry. Serve with salad of any kind, bread and butter, and squirts of lemon juice or herbed mayo as you like.
My mouth is watering just thinking about it... I may just show up on your doorstep around dinner time!
Yes, I ended up oven frying them with a corn meal coating (no beer in the house for beer batter, sorry tracy )Typically smallmouth bass are found in running water like a river. The largemouth are usually what's stocked into lakes and ponds. Smallmouth fight like the dickens when trying to reel them in and you've got a really good sized smallmouth if it's 3 and 4 lbs. My MIL and I used to fish the river just to catch smallmouths, and she always outfished me 5 to 1. She'd catch 5 before I hooked one. She was a firm believer in eating the fish you caught right then and there on the sandbar in the river. She had her cooking supplies set up on the dropped tailgate of her old jeep and would gut and dip the fish into her special cornmeal breading and skillet fry those to a golden perfection bones and all. She always had big pones of cornbread ready to heat in the skillet and serve with the hot fish. We'd usually catch and eat about 4 fish each and then we'd clean everything up and go home empty handed but full bellied. The cornmeal breading was yellow cornmeal, papikra, red pepper, black pepper, salt, plain flour, and dry mustard. Sometimes she'd do an egg batter and mix in some eggs and cream. The fish always tasted better when eaten on the riverbank.