i think (just an opinion) another misconception is that because a fish lives in mud, they taste like it. a pig lives in turd; it doesn't taste like a turd lol! dave, are you suggesting that bass prep is easy? because it takes me a while to get the scales off.:laugh:Took one home for the Mrs last year, It was a pain to prepare all scales and slime. Baked it in foil and she said "it was delicious, much better than them spikey things (Bass) I brought home last time!"
Won't bother though next time, as I already said. To much hassel with the prep.
Fish only taste like mud if caught in muddy estuarys or harbours etc.. catch a Mullet of flounder on a clean surf beach and they are just fine.
dean, i know you to be a intelligent fella and have all the time in the world for your opinions and stuff. you make a lot of sense. i had a feeling you'd mention salt lamb; i was thinking that when i was writing lol! but lamb actually digest the grass. so there's a huge difference; mullet don't take any nutrition from mud. ok, algae, but algae tastes lovely lol!My post is not meant to discourage anyone from taking GG mullet... or thick lips for that matter, I just wanted to give people an idea of the risk regarding heavy metals and other toxins that build up in fish in certain environments.
For example, my friends and family love bass, and I can get bass from a local mark very easily maybe 12 – 15 in a 3 hr period over dawn and 7 – 10 in the evening... but I will not take those fish because of the place where they live, and the rubbish that is in that water. From the banks, beaches etc I’ll take a few bass to keep people in fresh fish.
You argue the point that cow graze on grass and taste like beef... that is true, but what an animal eats has a bearing on the flavour of the meat produced by that animal. For example... Salt marsh lamb, Corn fed Chicken, Farmed Bass, Salmon, Trout and Bream (fed on fish meal pellets). All these taste differently to the same animal in a different environment due to the food they’re eating... so this supports the notion that what goes in has an effect on the flavour of the meat.
Your point regarding the digestion of mud can to be argued against by looking at Carp. Over recent year’s commercial effort in the UK have tried to rear carp for food fish. The way in which carp eat (very messy eaters) means they pick up a lot of sediment, as well as stones etc when they feed off the bottom. This mud/sediment passes through they’re digestive tract which results in the flesh tasting muddy, this is a fact, acknowledged by the people running these fish farms. To de-muddy the fish they must spend 2 weeks in a special spring water feed pool.
Fact of life mate cows may eat grass and taste of beef, however fish living and feeding for any length of time in muddy water will taste earthy even a bass.cows eat grass. they taste of.. well, beef. i could go on. if a mullet filters mud (they don't digest mud) that doesn't mean they will taste of the stuff. and people eat trout. to me, they are disgusting lol! but i don't call people idiots for eating them.
the cod i have caught (and whiting) have been cacking out mud by the shedloads. but they don't taste of it. i reckon this is an excuse by those who don't want us to eat fish.
and i don't care whether people think we should eat certain fish or not. i just like to give a counter-argument. but "shame on you" is a bit strong for an issue like this. it's not cruelty, racism etc. that might deserve one.