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Can You Eat Sea Robins

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
Ive been catching sea robins and one guy told me there where poisons but some guy told me the taste like lobster so i dont know if i should try to eat thie fish and can any one give me a receipe for them if there good to eat and how do i clean this type of fish because there dam ugly
post #2 of 41
I know an old timer who keeps them and swears they are better then fluke. I have never tried them though. I always say I'm going to but never do. Do a search here on sea robins and you'll see how to clean them.
post #3 of 41
Yes you can eat them and no they are not poisonous.......you basically want the tail section, much like a monkfish (which I think they are a distant cousin of).
post #4 of 41
Thread Starter 
thanks for answering back so quick guys ill give them a try and let yous know how it comes out
post #5 of 41
I used to do some part time comm. fishing years ago. In the spring when we were gill netting shad, I would keep the big sea robins. I think they are better tasting than weakfish. It's a white flakey meat more like kingfish.
post #6 of 41
Definitely better than weakfish. IMO the taste is somewhere between Porgies & Fluke.
post #7 of 41
I think they are excellent eating. The problem is there is so little meat it becomes a lot of work to clean enough of them for a meal, but worth it. You would think that a fish that eats damn near everything would put a little meat on it's bones but they just grow massive heads. Lesson = take the big ones
post #8 of 41
Any tips on how to fillet them? I had a huge one slam a popper the other morning and considered keeping it...
post #9 of 41
Big knife. Run it down the side. Then skin by going around what's left of the rib cage. Keep a sharpening stone handy.
post #10 of 41
They are good eating in fact. There are videos on fileting sea robins on the web. My only recommendation is also to cut out the thin section of the filet that contains a lot of small bones. You'll be left with a couple of chicken finger sized portions, but boneless. Fried with breadcrumbs, they are delicious.
post #11 of 41
I think the gent who talked about their poisons was confusing sea robins with puffers, most species of which, worldwide, are toxic in greater or lesser degree.
post #12 of 41
Somebody posted this up on the skate thread. Shows him cleaning a sea robin at the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3f3VLW5Hlk
post #13 of 41
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Originally Posted by Joe View Post
Big knife. Run it down the side. Then skin by going around what's left of the rib cage. Keep a sharpening stone handy.


Google Filleting fish.com.
Oh by the way once you taste this fish I don't think you'll be throwing them back to soon. Also that mate cleaning them on the boat isn't doing a very good job at cleaning that fish! The google site is a fish monger & know's his business.
post #14 of 41
The mate is me. In my experience any other way is too time consuming. I've filleted hundreds of Robins that way. It's fast & efficient with minimal waste. A little "V" to get the pin bones & you've got a nice piece of meat.
post #15 of 41

Some woman fishing with her family was telling me that restaurants pay big money for sea robins. She also told me to keep them and eat them because they taste good. I offered to give her the next sea robin i caught but she did not want it. If someone that thinks highly of these fish does not want free ones...

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