The Big Bass Controversy

As I get more and more into fishing I keep hearing so many people go back and forth on whether or not you should eat Largemouth Bass. I hear a lot of different opinions and ideas. “You shouldn’t eat game fish.” “Leave them for the sports fishermen.” Some people say it’s a fish and they are going to eat it. So, I wasn’t really sure what I thought about it. The other day I was out fishing and caught a decent sized bass, but not one that was trophy worthy and I thought I would find out for myself. I never do what other people tell me to do, I make up my own mind. You never know unless you try something. So I did that and I am going to share with you what I found.

I caught my first Largemouth Bass. I was very excited and decided to take that opportunity to try it out for myself, so that I could decide if I wanted to fish for Largemouth for fun or for food. After I got home I filleted the fish and grilled it with some asparagus and avocado.

I just used a few ingredients. Beer, Lime, Onion and Avocado.

I chopped some onion and laid it in a foil boat (where I just fold up the sides of the foil to keep liquid from dripping). I drizzled some olive oil over the onion. Then I placed my fillets over the onion and seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic, and chili powder.

Then I poured just about half of a beer over the fish.

Next I just threw it on the grill. I let it cook for probably about 20 minutes. Just until the fillets were cooked through.

I cooked up some asparagus in a pan. Just put a little olive oil in the pan, threw in the asparagus once it was hot seasoned it with chili powder, salt and pepper and then squeezed a little lime over and covered it to cook for about 10 minutes. Then just sliced some avocado to place on the side.

While this dish was very good and we did enjoy it. I learned that Largemouth Bass is a fishier tasting fish. I personally don’t care for that fishier flavor. If I were to try it again, I’ll bleed out the fish when I catch it and see if that makes a difference, but generally speaking I am going to stick to bass fishing for fun and catch and release. They are fun to catch, but not my favorite fish to eat. This is probably why they’ve become such a popular sport fish. I will say, if I am camping or doing something and need to eat, I would eat one again, but it isn’t one that I prefer to catch for food.

I’d love to hear if you have had any experience eating large mouth bass and if anyone has any suggestions or thoughts on the topic, I’d love to hear them. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Published by esr-outdoors

I love the outdoors and I am finding myself and teaching others how to do it too. We are all works in progress and masterpieces.

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