What is a eater-size panfish?

Discussion in 'Bluegill Fishing' started by JHalden, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. JHalden

    JHalden New Member

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    Hey everybody I was wondering what size panfish is good for eating. Are the big ones the only one with enough meat?
     
  2. lforet2002

    lforet2002 Well-Known Member

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    I like my eater bream to be at least 8"..
     

  3. cat tamer

    cat tamer New Member

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    If it is big enough to get on the hook it is big enough to cook
     
  4. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    What is a eater-size panfish? BAIT,,, good bait!:big_smile:
     
  5. bedbug jr

    bedbug jr New Member

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    If it will make a sammich, it passes muster:smile2::smile2: Stay safe and stick a pig!!!
     
  6. Catfishboy1995

    Catfishboy1995 New Member

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    Man ill tell you what bluegills are the best eating fish there is!!!I like mine 6 in or more! under that is a great bait...I dont use the igger ones because the fish cant get to them becayse i already ate them!
     
  7. slakltrak

    slakltrak New Member

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    I'd like 'em to be 8 and bigger but I've been known to sneak a few plump 7 inchers for supper. I love them Gills !!:big_smile:
     

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  8. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    The larger the better,My wife wont eat em if they arent filleted,,But I occasionally keep a mess of 5-6" gills,just scale,gut,behead. Then fry up. Leave the tail and fins on,they fry up like lays tater chips.:wink:
     
  9. DLB-in-GR

    DLB-in-GR New Member

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    It depends on the species (bluegill, crappie, or yellow perch) and what time of year it is. During their spawning when they are on beds, sorting is usually not necessary, you'll catch big ones. In November I am much less picky about size and keep small ones (wild caught bluegill are about $14 per pound at the supermarket here). A yellow perch of the same length as a bluegill will have less meat so those need to be larger for me to keep. I usually keep most of what I catch, unless its very tiny, and I have a mess of fish which I can sort the smaller ones out of if I get some big ones later. Sometimes I will catch and keep a large Green Sunfish, which don't get very big at all in MI. Goal for me is to limit out first (25 bluegills, sunfish, or crappie in MI), sort later. If they are all small "bait theives" because that's all I can catch that day, I'll pan dress them and make them into fish stock, or use the fillets in a panfish soup. The big gills are sometimes twice the size of the small ones I keep. At least 5 medium sized fish make a meal for one, and if I can't catch 5, it isn't worth getting out the cleaning stuff, I just put them all back, they weren't biting that day.
     
  10. schoonie

    schoonie New Member

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    The smaller the fillet, the crispier. I don't mind cleaning a bunch of 6" and above. Put 'em right next to crappie! Very tasty. I think they're better eatin' than the big cats, so the bigguns hit the grease.
     
  11. JHalden

    JHalden New Member

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    Damn this is gettin me hungry! :roll_eyes:
     
  12. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Tony those are some nice fillets.
     
  13. lookin_4_moby

    lookin_4_moby New Member

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    is there a such thing???:confused2: i thought they all were bait lol:smile2:
     
  14. on_the_fly

    on_the_fly New Member

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    any fish has got to be big enough to at least get a bonless fillet off of and be a little bigger than a 1"x1" pice of meat. noting under about 8 inches here for gills or crappies ( crappies have to be 9" to even keep here on the lake ) Its hard to find big gills around these parts any more. realy only good places for big gills is farm ponds. but not many will let people fish.
     
  15. DLB-in-GR

    DLB-in-GR New Member

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    I have been known to eat my bait, so to speak... A mess of cats plus a mess of eating sized bait sure makes a nice day.:big_smile:
     
  16. Katfish Kern

    Katfish Kern New Member

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    MMMMMM deep fried panfish porkchops! And those tails sure do taste like tator chips.