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Do you eat Large Mouth Bass?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by lazarus, May 24, 2004.

  1. lazarus

    lazarus Hard to Kill

    May 30, 2001
    Yesterday, while fishing for Blue Gills at the lake with my fly rod (see the earlier thread on the subject), I caught my first Large Mouth.

    There were probably 10 people fishing with spinning rods in the immediate area when I got out of the car. Several of them looked at me askance as I assembled the reel to my rod and snaked the leader through the guides. I tied on a black popper, and walked over to the bank.

    Nothing on my first cast, then on my second, as soon as the bug hit the water, BAM! I knew immediately that whatever I had hooked wasn't a Blue Gill. I've been catching a lot of them lately, and this fish put up substantially more fight. I beached him, and immediately recognized the characteristic gaping maw from the many fishing shows I have seen.

    The one I landed was about 8-9" long. I didn't have a scale, but I released from TV that it was on the small side as Large Mouths go.

    I wasn't sure about the size limits for Bass, and I also still don't know if they are good to eat, so I released the fish. I drew quite the reaction from the others present, who all wanted to know what kind of lure I was using. This was exacerbated since I caught six Blue Gills in the next hour, and nobody else caught anything.

    So,I have a conclusion, and a question:

    Conclusion: Fly fishing rocks. It is better than crack.

    Question: Are Large Mouth Bass good to eat? Should I eat them or release them to fight another day?
  2. yes and no

    Once in a blue moon. I only skin the fish if it is 12" or longer and the fillet would net me .5" per or larger per side. 8"-9" is kinda small in my opinion. Normally my general rule is if the fish is not as large as my shoe it goes back. If it is over 6lbs it is normally eaten, but the smaller fish do have some what of a better flavor. If it is gut hook, then I flip a coin and if I feel like it , regardles of size it goes home or sometime I cut the string & release him and hope he lives.

    "Bass is good but I perfer other fish 1st over bass" i.e ...... specks, myan cichild,catfish,etc......

  3. nickE10mm

    nickE10mm F.S.F.O.S.

    Apr 13, 2004
    Wichita, KS
    Largemouth bass are GREAT to eat man! ENJOY!
  4. uncowboy


    May 4, 2004
    South Jersey
    YES and I will tell you how. I mix pancake batter substuting Beer for water in the batter. Put lemon pepper on the fish, Dip in the batter and cook in hot oil, Dry on paper towls and have a large sidearm nearby to fight off fish theives.
  5. Dogbite

    Dogbite DNT TREAD ON ME

    May 20, 2000
    Large mouth bass are very very good to eat!!!! Yum Yum...^c I went fishing today,and found a bluegill honey hole--i had everything in the world except my fishing pliers!!! Caught 4 but got upset at my self because it was so hard to reach down in them and get my hook out every time...Im going back there with my needlenose--im going for the 3 pound bluegill!!!;a I could have caught a crazy to be a 3 pounder in there somewhere...
  6. nickE10mm

    nickE10mm F.S.F.O.S.

    Apr 13, 2004
    Wichita, KS
    Batter is 1.3 parts yellow cornmean and 1 part flour. Mix in a baggie and drop in your largemouth fillets. Shake. Drop the powdered morsels into the frying pan with some oil and ENJOY!

    and DITTO on the large sidearm. if you don't believe me, check in the newspapers - fish crime is up.
  7. mzenzer

    mzenzer Argus-eyed

    Feb 14, 2002
    BASS! Yum! Largemouth is the sweetest white meat around. Very high quality fish and a blast to catch. Specs will practically jump in the boat around here, but you got to have a little skill to catch bass.
  8. I go with nicke10mm. 1 part corn maize with 1part flour and pepper. Dip fillet in mixture shake all around and remove excess and fry to a golden brown outside.

    Serve with steak fries and a good beer like "Bass Ale" ( pun intended ).
  9. firminw


    Feb 27, 2004
    Hushpuppies, not a single person mentioned hushpuppies. It's a criminal offense in some areas to eat fish without hushpuppies. Besides what do you do with your coating when all the fish is in the pan, throw it away? You guys are just too darn wasteful.
  10. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Feb 15, 1999
    Yes they are!
  11. FThorn

    FThorn TV/Movie Club

    Apr 30, 2004
    The pond in our backyard is so stocked with stuff that my son's first time to fish (he was 5) he caught 6 Bluegill in about 40 minutes. I netted about 7 goldfish (yes, GOLDfish) and catfish in one 'scoop' by throwing bread on the pond and just raising the net. We have smallmouth bass, too. And the best way to hook them is get a bluegill (takes about 30 seconds) and then hook them through the top of the back; throw them back in. They flitter across the top of the pond and the usually uninterested smallmouth land on those guys faster than snot. Trick is you have to have a large enough hook to go through the smallmouth's mouth. Usually not too hard, though. Our fish follow us as we walk the along the edge of the pond, too. Oh, and we've had our mallards actually walk into our back door to beg/eat for food. They actually knock/peck on the back door!
  12. micah

    micah loves you all.

    Oct 7, 2001
    I ouwld call bass edible. I would prefer just about anything over them though. Bluegill, Perch, Waleye or Crappie vs bass in the frying pan is a no brainer.
  13. Glock17boy


    Jun 1, 2004
    Bass are really good to eat. Serve them up the same as any other fish but i'd skin it first. When i'm visiting my grandpa down in Mississippi that just pbout all we eat. :cool:
  14. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    If they are leagle size, you bet your ass I do;f
  15. They sure do taste great. Up here in New England you should only eat a certain amount per month because of the mercury content. Maine,NH and Ma all write about it in their rules and regulation books you get when you buy your license. Small Mouth Bass taste great as well. Enjoy.;c
  16. BobRicks


    Feb 19, 2001
    NE Texas
    Bass are OK to eat, but I prefer a batch of freshly caught crappie any day over bass!
  17. striderglock

    striderglock HVACR

    Aug 24, 2002
    You got that right. Crappie is the whitest tastiest fish I've ever had. Far better than catfish, which alot of people consider the best eating.
  18. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

    Apr 14, 2004
    Mucus City, USA
    Largemouth! Yum-yum, eatem up!

    This recipe -- one of my most cherished -- is for hushpuppies to eat with beans 'n rice; you might want to eliminate the jalapenos and the cayenne for bass.

    Hushpuppies a la Justin Wilson

    1 C corn meal 1/2 C flour, plain, sifted
    1 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    1/2 tsp cayene pepper 1/2 C whole kernel corn
    1/2 C buttermilk 2 eggs
    onion, diced jalapeno peppers, chopped
    2 Tbsp oil

    Combine corn meal, flour and salt. Fold together. Add baking soda and baking powder. Fold again. Add garlic powder and cayene pepper. Fold together once again. Combine buttermilk, oil and eggs, whisk together. Fold into mixture. Add onion and jalapenos to suit your own bent for self-destruction. Deep fry in 375 degree oil until brown. If necessary (they'll usually roll over on their own), turn to cook both sides.
  19. SouthernGal

    SouthernGal What's Up Dox?

    Jun 18, 2004
    NW MS
    You must be kidding!!!

    If they met the pound requirement to keep and you can get a good filet off them, eat them.

    Large Mouth Bass is the MS state fish and are some terrific eating--especially fried.