Do you eat King Wrasse?

Ohhh mate I could eat them all day long, fark'n delicious according to my taste buds. Better then Dhufiush......Big call, I know...done the tests side by side and they are superb, on tap as well. Going side by side in a taste test off tonight with the worlds best eating fish....the Baldchin Groper, it will lose but .........It's right up there, I reckon

 


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I don't, but....

Thu, 2017-01-12 16:20

 Jewies, Coral Trout, Rankin's Cod, Mulloway and Samberjacks all do, judging by my experience.

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I'll rate yo species accordind to my buds:

Thu, 2017-01-12 17:22

Dhufish 8/10, Coral Trout 8.5/10, Rankin Cod 9/10, Mulloway 5.6/10 unless its a Northern mulloway (Black Jew) 8/10, Sambo and Amberjack 7.5 ( Only if the meat is off the shoulder), Baldchin Groper 10/10, King Wrasse 8.5/10

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 So if I'm reading that right

Thu, 2017-01-12 21:25

 So if I'm reading that right you rate dhufish marginally better then sambo and amberjack

and king wrasse as good as coral trout

thats a fairly big call I'd reckon

 

but hey we all taste things differently

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Yeah

Fri, 2017-01-13 07:42

Sambo and Amberjack have good meat above the gut, the "shoulder" chuck the rest, like taking the back strap off a road kill Roo, the best part

 

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Top 3

Thu, 2017-01-12 17:59

My top 3 cannot separate them, boarfish, nannygai and baldchin. Rate coral trout, rubies and pink snapper above dhufish. Mulloway, sambos and Spanish macks only come on board if someone wants one.

Agree with Fathom, King Wrasse along with pigfish and foxfish are good chewing

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Tell me Im dreaming!

Thu, 2017-01-12 17:59

Have eaten them years ago , and just like a lot of those smaller wrasse / cods etc there are pretty nice.

The pacific Islanders always say the smaller the fish , the sweeter the meat , and if you look at there daily catchs for themselves,

most are small to medium fish , even though there are alot bigger fish they could catch out there.

I always have said that if  through some qwirk of nature , things like King George , baldies , or maybe even king wrasse all grew to 30kg,

thats what we would be targetting , just like if blue mannas grew to 5kg , crays may not be as popular.

( Footnote; just recently fossils in Morroco have shown to be a 6 foot long giant shrimp , that lived 400 million years ago, boil that sucker up!)

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A bloke at work put me onto

Thu, 2017-01-12 18:44

A bloke at work put me onto them a few years ago, lovely to eat but the flesh for effort ratio is a bit low for me so they get used for bait or turfed back.

 

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Ratio?

Thu, 2017-01-12 19:51

I can  catch about 1 per minute. On average

 

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Nah sorry mate, i just meant

Thu, 2017-01-12 23:10

Nah sorry mate, i just meant a bit fiddly to prepare for the family to eat.

Dunno about the baldy being worse tho! how was it?

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I didnt mean the baldy would

Fri, 2017-01-13 07:45

I didnt mean the baldy would be worse, it was excellent, the Wrasse was just behind on flavour

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 Kids fight over it in your

Thu, 2017-01-12 20:59

 Kids fight over it in your house

up there with Blue bone just a shame they dont grow larger

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I kept some belters down

Thu, 2017-01-12 21:28

I kept some belters down Dunsborough and my mate and his Mrs went mad for it and wanted me to catch more. Lucky for them I am the god of wrassing.

My boys love them too but unless they are there I chuck em in the live well  or back in as they are a prick to fillet and skin. I've found they're easier to prepare on a moist tea towel pinnned down the cutting board to stop them sliding around.

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I put them straight in the

Fri, 2017-01-13 07:48

I put them straight in the freezer for a little while before trying to fillet them, makes it so much easier, slimey little fuckers they are

 

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Best

Fri, 2017-01-13 01:50

 Best Dhu bait for us guys that cant get out too far.

 

But if you were ever going to eat a wrasse , it would be the one to keep ,, 

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 There is so much wank about

Fri, 2017-01-13 05:51

 There is so much wank about what fish is better than what IMO....

 

People dont eat a steak and say hmmm delicious it must be Angus short horn X with a Hereford....

 

Fresh fish delish....

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Funny That

Fri, 2017-01-13 06:11

I feel much the same with coffee, beer and especially wine where they wank on about it having shades of blackberry with an earthy taste bullshit

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Yep, I worked in a few

Fri, 2017-01-13 07:58

Yep, I worked in a few wineries down south (construction) and occasionally they called me in for the taste testing, It was a laugh hearing the testers going on about the flavours, they just wanted an opinion from someone that doesn't give a shit and I gave my opinion, ....that's OK and  that's shit, hope I didn't send any into bankrupcy for not tasting the "bouquet"

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Dont get me going

Fri, 2017-01-13 08:03

Some might see me as a snob because of the job I do. But favourite beer is the most basic off all IMO - VB (Ice Cold).
All this talk of beer with this taste and that aroma etc get my goat up. Its beer not FN wine - get over it.

Back on topic - Never ever tried King wrasse, and as we mainly target big sand and KG whiting (which I rate 10/10) we catch heaps off them. Might keep a couple and compare. But I very much doubt if they would ever beat the delicate texture and flavour of whiting.
Rate CTrout and red emp (plus other Latjana incl Spanish Flag) above Blue bone/baldies just (9/10 and 8.5/10) with Dhus about 7.5/10.
A rarer fish I would die for is a Robinson's Seabream. Only ever caught 2. I just about jumped overboard to land the second one!

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+1 can't agree more. I

Fri, 2017-01-13 08:03

+1 can't agree more. I normally just drink the cheapest cask wine as they all taste the same

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 In Chinese restaurant,

Fri, 2017-01-13 06:45

 In Chinese restaurant, wrasse and cod are more popular and expensive than other fish, they normally steam the whole fish.

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lol .. ime, if you took a

Fri, 2017-01-13 09:20

lol .. ime,

if you took a fillet of each of the ten most commonly caught demersals fish fillets in wa , cut them up into small finger bite size pieces, then mix them all up and cook them off in a good beer batter ,

then served them up on a platter all mixed together with a few good sauces like aoli , thousand island and tartare , into a room full of fisher people , i would be willing to bet none of em could pick each fish out and get its type correct across the whole ten correctly

fish like sea sweep , pink snapper, harlequin , dhufish , queenie , black arse , groper, fox fish ,etc ,add in any other you wish & try it ,

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People eat fish with thousand

Fri, 2017-01-13 09:45

People eat fish with thousand island dressing? Each to their own but not for me although I do enjoy it as a dipping sauce for crustaceans along with some malt vinegar.

I generally flour and shallow fry my white flesh bread and butter species I think it's the texture of the WKW that puts me off them more than the taste. That and preying I don't slice off my fingers preparing them.

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 Reckon I’d be able to pick

Fri, 2017-01-13 09:54

 Reckon I’d be able to pick the sea sweep Hezzy . I’ve only kept one before and there was a distinctive shit flavour , mind you my indo Mrs friends thought it was good shit though 

On a side note wondering if anyone's had a crack at Sgt Bakers ? flesh looks alright but never cooked one up 

 

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I recon it would be OK

Fri, 2017-01-13 10:35

if you can get past the thousand bones.
Laughed my arse off when visiting German backpackers caught I Long Tom at Exxy. They cooked it up and thought it was the best thing ever. Made me just about puke with the thought.

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chris iv done it at home with

Fri, 2017-01-13 10:32

chris iv done it at home with mates , mixed up several differerent fillets, told em it was all pinky ....sweep mixed in , no probs .
sweet chilli mayo for you mr frost then maybe hey ?/

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LOL

Fri, 2017-01-13 10:36

Friends are probably to nice to say your fish taste like dogs droppings!!!!

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Too Kind

Fri, 2017-01-13 11:03

Probably thinks that it tastes like shit but agree that it's well cooked

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Can't beat fresh lemon and a

Fri, 2017-01-13 11:25

Can't beat fresh lemon and a bit of salt and pepper on crumbed or flour dusted fish and I never bother with batter unless I have a nice piece of gummy shark. If it's some grey fleshed hake from a dodgy fish and chip shop I've been forced to eat from by the family then hand me the bloody tartar sauce straight away.

I do use a dash of full egg mayo and milk in my eggwash for herring which is an old trick nanna taught me as it takes away the 'fishy taste' that some people complain about and I also add a bit of smoked paprika and dried dill to my breadcrumb mix.

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 A mate's Dad smokes tghem

Fri, 2017-01-13 18:32

 A mate's Dad smokes tghem and I reckon they're pretty good like that. My wife's Grandfather also used to smoke them. I also rate snook when there's not much else on offer. I reckon it's a case of using what you've caught. I've just come back from China and some the fish I ate there would've come from a muddy pond, but it tatsed awesome the way it was cooked.

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Fri, 2017-01-13 19:04

 Used to eat them a lot as a kid.

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Well my favorite sea food is the bait

Fri, 2017-01-13 19:58

  

  Marinated Mulie fillets the best imo.

  Then how about tender occy tenticles dusted in flower dipped in egg yolk rolled in Japanese stye Panko bread crumbs gently fried in butter.. im getting a hard on. LOL                                                              

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I threw back 2 or 3 last

Fri, 2017-01-13 21:20

I threw back 2 or 3 last outing never put a thought into keeping for dhu bait or eating for that matter... things will change next round, keen to give em a crack on the fry pan now. If I can stomach the nile perch/basa they serve us on site on Friday nights I'm sure they'll taste the business haha.

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