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6 hours ago, Derick Jahnke said:

Most people on the Westcoast think American Shad is only good for bait, but we have so many of them that people started eating them.

The species name is derived from Latin for "delicious" or "sweet." They were originally known as table fare.

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On 10/29/2019 at 7:23 PM, Tailslap said:

The same people who are eating Albies would probably enjoy bunker...........yuk

I tried an albie at my wife's suggestion. It was actually pretty much like tuna, only more tart. Tried it both shashimi and as a steak (fried very rare). Didn't save in the freezer well, it became an unappealing lump of grey mass.

 

My fellow surf fishing buddies never let me hear the end of it for trying an albie.

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On 10/29/2019 at 10:52 AM, CWitek said:

If you read Peter Mattiessen's book Men's Lives, which chronicles the East End baymen, you'll find another of references to the old-time baymen eating bunker.  There is even a quote from someone--I think it was a bayman's wife--saying that they didn't understand what all of the fuss over striped bass was about, because if you wanted a fish with real flavor, you'd eat a bunker, which the person said they preferred.

 

History has a number of records of people in coastal communities eating things that we wouldn't eat today.  On the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the old-time residents once ate cormorants.  When a critter is the only thing that stands between you and starvation, you tend to eat it, and "acquire the taste."

 

Many, many years ago, when I still lived in Connecticut,  the wife of one of the older guys who had a boat at the dock engaged in French cooking as a hobby.  After he told her that menhaden weren't edible, she took up the challenge.  Apparently, she slow-cooked it for five or six hours, using various techniques, spices, etc. and from what the guy said, it came out pretty well.

 

Although if I really needed to eat a fish that badly, the freezer was emptly and I couldn't get out on the bay, I'd be far more likely to buy a can of tuna.

I'd rather eat my arm.

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I have been around the block a few times, and I never heard of anybody even attempting to eat a bunker, no less enjoying them. This one is going to stick with me for a while. :eek:

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I know an Asian guy who buries the pogy in a bucket of salt for a few days then digs it out and cooks it......He says it takes a lot of the oil out.

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On 10/31/2019 at 8:13 AM, DEM Parking Lot said:

They're okay eating if you can pick through the bones.

 

I've meet a family that would net peanut bunker and fry them whole.  Not bad eating as well.

All summer and into the fall you can see the same 2 or 3 families on the bayside at sandy hook netting "mullet".   Any time I've asked & looked, upon inspection, it turns out to be speering and peanut bunker.  I used to think they were fishing for baitshops, but all the older women and little kids there spilled the beans.  They fry it all up.  Buckets and buckets of the tiny things.  

 

How many spearing does it take to make a meal?

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On 10/31/2019 at 2:29 PM, baldwin said:

the old-time residents once ate cormorants. 

 

I could get on board with that, at least wrt the ones in my local ponds

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8 mins ago, 55555s said:

All summer and into the fall you can see the same 2 or 3 families on the bayside at sandy hook netting "mullet".   Any time I've asked & looked, upon inspection, it turns out to be speering and peanut bunker.  I used to think they were fishing for baitshops, but all the older women and little kids there spilled the beans.  They fry it all up.  Buckets and buckets of the tiny things.  

 

How many spearing does it take to make a meal?

If we catch good sized ones when smelt fishing up here in mass we keep them and I actually prefer them to smelt.......sort of like a French fry.

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37 mins ago, 55555s said:

All summer and into the fall you can see the same 2 or 3 families on the bayside at sandy hook netting "mullet".   Any time I've asked & looked, upon inspection, it turns out to be speering and peanut bunker.  I used to think they were fishing for baitshops, but all the older women and little kids there spilled the beans.  They fry it all up.  Buckets and buckets of the tiny things.  

 

How many spearing does it take to make a meal?

the asians pay big $$$$ for spearing, especially the egg bearing ones.  I've seen them pay up to a $100 for a big zip block bags of them.

 

They're actually delicious eating when cleaned & fried whole, though I wouldn't waste my time with either.

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2 mins ago, DEM Parking Lot said:

the asians pay big $$$$ for spearing, especially the egg bearing ones.  I've seen them pay up to a $100 for a big zip block bags of them.

 

They're actually delicious eating when cleaned & fried whole, though I wouldn't waste my time with either.

I am cool with spearing. They look nice and clean. I would try it. 

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21 mins ago, Nite_Bite_00 said:

I am cool with spearing. They look nice and clean. I would try it. 

 

Ive eaten one raw while fishing.   It wasnt memorable enough to recall if it was good or bad.

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2 mins ago, 55555s said:

 

Ive eaten one raw while fishing.   It wasnt memorable enough to recall if it was good or bad.

Why not? I could see the big ones being worth the effort. I have had worse.

I don't get the bunker though. WOW!  :upck:

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6 hours ago, 55555s said:

All summer and into the fall you can see the same 2 or 3 families on the bayside at sandy hook netting "mullet".   Any time I've asked & looked, upon inspection, it turns out to be speering and peanut bunker.  I used to think they were fishing for baitshops, but all the older women and little kids there spilled the beans.  They fry it all up.  Buckets and buckets of the tiny things.  

 

How many spearing does it take to make a meal?

Spearing is pretty good, in England they call it "white bait."

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15 mins ago, MakoMike said:

Spearing is pretty good, in England they call it "white bait."

Years ago, I went to the Fulton Fish Market late in the year--late November or early December--and they were selling the same metal cans of spearing for human consumption that we were buying to toss into the mix when we were tuna chunking inshore (this was about 40 years ago).  Apparently, from what I was told, they were frequently a part of the traditional Italian "Feast of the Seven Fishes" Christmas Eve dinner.

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