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QUESTION ON GULF "BAITFISH" AS A TASTY DISH? [Moved from Florida board]

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QUESTION ON GULF "BAITFISH" AS A TASTY DISH? [Moved from Florida board]

ospreycove | Feb 28, 2011 04:30 AM

Now, as the Gulf water warms up, there will soon be swarms, that resemble black clouds in the water, of "Baitfish" coming near shore and in the bays. There are several different types. Scaled Sardines, Pilchards, GreenBacks, Thread fins, Glass Minnows, and Spanish Sardines, One or two of these names might be different names for the same fish.
My question is, does anyone have any experience of using fresh caught "Baitfish" for food? Talking to the oldtimers when I bring up the subject of eating these fishes, I get a look like I am from outer space! When I am out in my boat I only net as many of these fishes that I will use for bait that day. I have caught, eaten, and enjoyed Sardines, neo-Natale(?) just born tiny fish, etc. in Italy. I am at a loss to find anyone who eats the local bounty of the Gulf, in the form of these fishes.

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