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This past weekend the wife's relatives came to our cabin for a visit. Our food menu included a turkey on the Weber grill and I fried up a bunch of fish. We also had calico beans, fruit etc. The fish were mostly walleye and crappie, but I had kept a few Rock Bass earlier in the season just to see what they tasted like. Since I firmly believe that the cook should have a sample taste and a beer while cooking, I fried up the Rockies as horsd'oeuvres. Believe it or not, they tasted pretty darn good- so if you run short on the regular fish for your next fry do not be afraid to throw some Rock Bass in the Fry.

Gary B.

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I agree Gary. The trick is to cut out the reddish brown meat from the fillet. It's all good after that!

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the rib bones are a little thicker, but no big deal- just free fish for the appetitzers-the way I look at it. I would not keep any small ones and I do not know what they would be like in this warm water. The ones I kept came from earlier in the year when the water was colder

Gary B.

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OMG! Had heard that Minnesotans actually EAT rock bass but always thought it was a myth....sorta like Sasquatch or the Tooth Fairy. Now I find you guys actually DISCUSSING it. Gag. Retch.Puke.

I had to take three Tums just to get over the taste of that discussio. LOL

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OMG! Had heard that Minnesotans actually EAT rock bass but always thought it was a myth....sorta like Sasquatch or the Tooth Fairy. Now I find you guys actually DISCUSSING it. Gag. Retch.Puke.

I had to take three Tums just to get over the taste of that discussio. LOL

Um uve aparrentally never tried one.
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Right! I can't even look one in the eye! But man there are some around my place that weight a pound easily! And they do fight well on a fly rod. And they are agressive as heck. I guess you could say they are a "sport fish".

But EAT one? I'd sooner dine on gopher stew.

Ha Ha Ha. Have fun boys.....it'll be over sooner than you think.

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They really are no different. I can't believe the stigma about eating rock bass. Don't knock it until you try it.

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Good Grief you guys! Stop....stop. Between those pictures and your descriptions I am almost getting sick to my stomach. Arrrgggghh....who would want to eat something like that when there is an unlimited supply of Angus beef, King crab and lobster out there!?

Even a big bowl of black beans and rice.

Ick. Fish!!

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Okay, here is another one for you guys. When I was growing up in Eastern Ottertail Co. my father would only keep, and we would eat, walleye or bluegill. No perch or northern ever went on the stringer in his boat. I now think that jumbo perch are one of the best to eat- my how 50 years will change ones thinking. I still do not keep northern as I just do not want to deal with them or their bones-and yes I know they can easily be removed.

Gary B.

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ya, even in the late 70s/80s people usta throw perch out on the ice ta rot, now everyone eats em. In the 90s it was eel pout, now every one eatz those.

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