eat'n gills

Discussion in 'Bluegill Fishing' started by beakus, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. beakus

    beakus New Member

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    what is a good size gill to keep for eating?
     
  2. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    Bream is my favorite fish if you can get good hand-sized fish. I like to scale them, wack off their head, split em down both sides of the dorsal and fry them. As far as taste, i love em.
     

  3. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    I agree with Countryhart. Hand size or bigger is perfect. But I like to filet them.
     
  4. tomflatcat

    tomflatcat New Member

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    I love bluegill. I keep em about hand size.
     
  5. boogie

    boogie New Member

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    wished i had me a big ole plate of bluegill fillets right now ,,,mmmm.mmmm
     
  6. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Like my little one say's "Dad it's big enough for a samich" :wink:. Ahhhhh yes a big pile of hot gills, YUmmmmmm! LOL.
     
  7. Reel_Blues

    Reel_Blues New Member

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    Same here hand size or bigger chop off the head and split them down the middle.
     
  8. curdog

    curdog New Member

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    I like bream the size of your hand or bigger. Scale them, cut around the fins and pull them out with plyers. Roll them in cornmeal. Heat the grease till it will light a match and drop them in till thay float to the top. Take them out and eat.
     
  9. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Rather than having a match light in my cooking oil, I prefer to drop in 2 or 3 kernels of popcorn; when they pop, the oil is hot enough.
     
  10. Stevej

    Stevej New Member

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    Heard an old lady sitting on the bank say it's got a head and a tail so there has to be something to eat in between, but I like most of the time ones I can fillet.
     
  11. cat tamer

    cat tamer New Member

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    If I am catching gills to eat I keep them as small as four inches long and fillet them all, even the smaller ones give you a bite size fillet, my record so far is 60 of them little boogers in 30 minutes. lol . there is nothing better than right after breakfast walk down to the lake and catch a mess of gills and take them back to the house and fillet them out and fix them for lunch fresh. umm umm good.
     
  12. catfishbills

    catfishbills New Member

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    I like them just big enough to fillet or bigger! I used to eat-um whole alot, but dont like them bones!!!!:embarassed:
     
  13. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    I like mine fillet sized, which to me is just a bit bigger than hand sized, or close to 8" long or bigger. Smaller than that I usually call bait! I noticed a couple people mentioning something I heard in a seafood shop the other day, and that's the "heads off, split down the back". What is the purpose of splitting them down the back?
     
  14. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    handsize or bigger gooooooooooooooooood eatin !!!!!!!!!:smile2:
     
  15. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    I love to eat Bluegils...the bigger the better!:smile2:
     
  16. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Before i got turned on to using them for flattie bait, I used to eat gills all the time. Anything smaller than hand size is kind of a waste of time (unless you are eating for survival:smile2:).
     
  17. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    The way I tell when the bluegill is a good one is to lay the fish over one hand
    with the nose on the tip end of my middle finger. If the tail flops over my watchband, it's a good one! These I fillet but since its a small fish, I cut through the ribs right where they join the spine and lift the whole side of
    the fish off. Then you set the blade along side of the cut ends of the rib
    cage and lift up while sawing along the outside of the ribs until the bones
    come out. Then you cut the skin off of the outside of the fillet. Repeat
    this several dozen times and you have the beginnings of a wonderful meal
    for the family. And what's left over makes good chum or crawdad bait.
     
  18. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    Eating gills....... YUMMMMMMMMMMM
    Bill
     
  19. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    My favorite size is hand size ,Cause I prefer to fillet them,But if I'm hungry for em most any over 5" if ya gut an remove the head .
     
  20. BLKCLOUD

    BLKCLOUD Member

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    I fry them whole..'cept the head.. and eat them like corn on the cob..that way you dont waste a single bit!!!