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Question by teufelhunden. Uploaded on February 23, 2009
My wife cooked one once. She deep fried it and said it was "OK". I declined because I was full of Crappie fillets and the Bowfin meat looked kind a grey and jelly like.
I can imagine one caught in the winter would be fine fare.
Never had it, doesn't sound good though.
It is gray and jelly like. Had one experience with eating them on a fishless (except bowfin) float trip. They are edible, but I wouldn't go out of my way for them. They are great sport though.
holycrap, never heard any of those names except bowfin... We call them "mudfish". No one around here eats them, they just bowfish them and then use them for gatorbait, or coyote bait. Theyr considered a trash fish.
Back home in Fla we called them mudfish or dogfish. They will bite you if you aren't careful. Never tried to eat one.
I never tried to eat one and I don't think I would ever!!!
While the taste of fried Bowfin is not that bad , I wouldn't advise anyone to eat it . Bowfin accumulate mercury in their flesh, and the older the fish the more mercury in the flesh .
They are actually really good. I ate lots in New Orleans. Only thing with them is you have to keep them alive till you are ready to cook or fry. There meat turns mushy if you don't fry right away. Best way I can tell you isan fillet and ybatter 1 inch strips and fry.
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