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    Freshwater drum

    Any one here eat them? Afte some research on what they eat, I would think they taste fine. Just trying to poll some folks before i spend the time filleting one out.

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    Re: Freshwater drum

    I have never eat them but my best friend love them. He says they are better than catfish. He fillets them, just be careful of the mud line.

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    Re: Freshwater drum

    Awesome. Guess ill start keeping them then and give them a try.

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    Re: Freshwater drum

    I have eaten some mixed with crappie and blue gill. There was not much of difference to me.

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    Re: Freshwater drum

    I ate one we caught at nolin lake tasted good to me, fried and breaded watch out for the bones

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    Re: Freshwater drum

    Quote Originally Posted by bob46 View Post
    I ate one we caught at nolin lake tasted good to me, fried and breaded watch out for the bones
    there good, had them alot,,,ppl dont eat them because they think there a carp. but not so...try them ur like them

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    Re: Freshwater drum

    I have never tried them, but have heard from a couple of people that they are actually pretty good. I know if anyone ever wants to try them, onemorecast56 can get you all yo need. We don't call him KVDrum for nothing!

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    Re: Freshwater drum

    Up north in Lake Erie they're "Sheephead", and I've seen them served at a fish fry mixed in with several other species. You just can't tell the difference. One recipe I've heard used is to take the back meat only, steam it and serve it with cocktail sauce like shrimp. They tell me it's very tasty.

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    Re: Freshwater drum

    Are they related to redfish?

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    Re: Freshwater drum

    Well you guys have convinced me. Since i can catch 100 pounds of them in a day. I guess its time to start keeping them. Prepping for the zombie invasion and all.

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    Re: Freshwater drum

    Filet them, cut them in shrimp sized pieces and boil them in saltly water. Chill them. Poor mans shrimp cocktail.

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    Re: Freshwater drum

    I hate to throw cold water on this thread which is giving a lot of love to eating drum but I didn't have such a good experience. I catch them all of the time down at the big lakes and also had the impression all of my life that they weren't good eating. But realizing I had never tried them last year we were gathering fish for a fry and I kept one to see how it compared. It was nasty -- so bad I couldn't eat it and gave it to the dog. I am not a particularly picky fish eater but the meat on the fish I filleted was dark and very strong to the taste. Maybe I picked a bad apple to fillet for a drum but I am back to they are not good eating fish. Or maybe like other fish like whites and stripers where you need to cut out the red meat under the skin only parts of the meat are good where as I used the whole fillet. Even with catfish I find some are very mild and tasty where others are stronger (I am talking about within the same species - blues / channels, flatheads are always very tasty).

    That said I think you should try one and see for yourself if they are good or not. The worst thing that will happen is it won't taste good which is my bet...

    kc

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