Good Eating Fish

I picked up a small poster with pictures of South Carolina Saltwater fishes. How do I know which of these fish are good eating? Thanks, Mike.

You can usually find accurate information on the internet about the eating quality of saltwater fish. I can give you a breakdown of the commonly caught saltwater fish also. All varieties of Snappers are generally very good table fare. It is relatively easy to cut boneless fillets that taste delicious whether fried, broiled or grilled. I regard this species of fish as the best eating saltwater fish available. Snook also taste very good and provide much larger fillets. I hesitate to recommend eating Snook however because they are a very important game fish throughout the Southern United States and really should be fished as a catch and release species in my view. Redfish (Red Drum) are like Snook another important game fish that is excellent tasting. Most states throughout the coast have strict rules in place limiting the amount of these species that can be caught as well as the time of the year on can harvest them. Barracuda are not a very good fish to consider eating. Many of the larger members of this species can even carry a poison in their bodies. They are also full of bones with meat that is not appealing. Tarpon and Crevalle Jacks and two more species commonly caught that do not offer much value as food fish. Crevalle Jacks have a dark bony meat that is not palatable. Some other fish you will catch that are excellent for eating include Flounders, Sea Trout and Sheepshead. All three of these species when cleaned correctly are completely boneless and excellent to eat.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

One Response to “Good Eating Fish”

  1. pretty good info but you left a few out. cobia, blackfish, grouper pompano and black drum just to mention a few.remember to post your fishing report on fishing journals .com

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