Eatin Gar?!?!?

Discussion in 'Gar Fishing' started by ArmyCatfish, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. ArmyCatfish

    ArmyCatfish New Member

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    does anyone eat Gar and if so is there any special way to prepare it.???:confused2:
     
  2. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    I haven't tried it yet , but I heard from others that there is a good strip of meat down both sides of the backbone. I'll have to try it someday.:crazy:
     

  3. medic442

    medic442 New Member

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    my mom use to work with a guy who ate it. boiled it to get the bones out (i think) spiced it, and made balls out of them. then he fried it like a hush puppy. my mom said they were great!!!!! he called them gar balls
     
  4. randallewis

    randallewis New Member

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    Several recipes in the BOC Diner. I used to make gar balls all the time but they are so much trouble to clean. I make the same recipe out of small buffalo.
     
  5. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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  6. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    i've heard gar meat is actually good, but never had the guts to try it. it supposed to have a white flesh with a mild flavor. maybe someday!
     
  7. bigwhiskers

    bigwhiskers New Member

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    Howdy Jon,
    Yep, I've eaten it. Gar was pretty good fried. I'd eat it again as it was white, flaky meat and indeed mild. Sure surprised me. Ate it on a dare, do it again on purpose.
    Bigwhiskers
     
  8. micus

    micus New Member

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    I've eaten Gar, it's not bad.
     
  9. natethegreat

    natethegreat New Member

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    ive eaten gar but ive never tried gar balls. i might have to try that
     
  10. Roadkillwarrior

    Roadkillwarrior New Member

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    Heck, all they eat are other fish so I guess they would be pretty clean besides the fact of where you are catching them most of the time such as a silty polluted waterway. I would probably eat one if I caught it out of a clear or somewhat clear creek or river.
     
  11. gpbakken

    gpbakken New Member

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    it shouldn't matter longnose vs shortnose I would think? that being said if needed I could stand corrected if need be.

    reason being the longnose doesn't range much into Minnesota.

    thanks
     
  12. Shreveport Mike

    Shreveport Mike New Member

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    We sell it in the supermarkets here in Louisiana.
     
  13. Techno2000

    Techno2000 Member

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    I love the taste of Gar, It has kind of a shrimp flavor to it, but they take so much work to clean I don't know if its worth it.
     
  14. GumboGalahad

    GumboGalahad New Member

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    I clean my gar the same way as in cats4uandme's post except I use a hatchet instead of tin snips and hacksaw. To cook them I grind the meat in my old-fashioned hand cranked grinder and mix it with some instant mashed potato flakes, finely chopped green onion, fresh parsley, salt & pepper. Form into small patties and coat with Italian bread crumbs and fry. Very nice especially with white beans and rice on the side.
     
  15. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    have never even considered it. its interesting though.
     
  16. fisherman83

    fisherman83 New Member

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    I like gar fried and I would eat it anyday. Not to shabby
     
  17. swampratt

    swampratt Member

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    This is long but ...I cooked 5 pounds of gar meat
    cut up into small shrimp like pieces and boiled for 6 minutes ,following the directions on Zataran crab and shrimp boil...

    invited my neighbor over for some ALASKAN snow crab pieces..i scored from my brotherinlaw, the meat cutter at prats

    we ate it all with butter, and some with ketchup and horse-raddish mix..(shrimp sauce) tastes like good seafood

    Neighbor said man that was great can you get more?
    Yep i got a whole freezer full of it ...It's GAR
    He said no way ,if you would have told me that i would not have came over,but man i will eat that anytime..

    I have fed many realatives and they thought it was shrimp of some kind.
    the smaller ones are better (more tender) 15pounds and under
     
  18. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    ive never ate them my self but ive heard of people eating them
     
  19. OldSalt

    OldSalt New Member

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    We eat lots of alligator gar. Use a hatchet or skill saw to split the back open and take out the back-straps. I have a cousin who has commercially gar fished all his life (50 + years). Have you ever eaten "fish sticks"? You probably ate gar.

    rick
     
  20. MichaelP

    MichaelP New Member

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    I would think gar balls would be too small to eat. Must have to catch a lot of them.:wink: