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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    catch of the day

    Shark is in the menu for tomorrow night's dinner. I caught a 3' Bonnethead shark today, which is some good eatin' shark meat and low mercury since they are primarily shrimp and crustacean eaters.....kind if like what bass and bluegills eat in fresh water.

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    I also hooked an enormous 4' stingray, which I did manage to get to* the dock on 30 pound test line. It was 4' across and 10 feet long at the tail, approximately, and will have weighed somewhere around 250-350pounds at 4' span. Have you ever heard monofilament fishing line sing? It makes a high pitched sound when it's stressed right to the edge of breaking with a really big fish on the other end........I got to hear that with the stingray. We had to cut the leader, though, because it was too big for the landing net, and too heavy to pull up anyway without a few other guys and a big gaff hook.
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    Yes, shark can be excellent to eat.

    Plus the cleaned jaws are kind of cool as keepsakes.
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    Nice. How do you plan to prepare the shark? Would you have kept the stingray if you could have managed it, or would there be a legal issue there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
    Nice. How do you plan to prepare the shark? Would you have kept the stingray if you could have managed it, or would there be a legal issue there?
    Stingray is not a gamefish, so no limits on size, but I can have no more than 100 rays or 1 stingray if over 100 pounds. Stingray meat, well, the wings are good, and restaurant scallops and grocery store scallops are generally ray or skate wings, skinned, soaked in brine and then punched out with what's essentially a cookie cutter with an edge, breaded and deep fried. I also have a great recipe for BBQ Ray Wings from Singapore, where it's a delicacy, or sauteed in olive oil with garlic and ginger, on a bed of rice, which is also awesome!
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    The shark is going to brine soak overnight to remove the ammonia from the meat, and then a citrus marinade, and smoked with applewood as shark steaks.
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    Oh, man. I'd forgotten how much fun trying to bring a ray or skate in could be. That must have been a hoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    Oh, man. I'd forgotten how much fun trying to bring a ray or skate in could be. That must have been a hoot.
    It was a hell of a fight, I can tell ya! The fish gave me a heck of a workout. It was great training for really big gamefish like sailfish, swordfish, or Marlin, too, since you have to keep the rod tip high to keep that monster off the bottom. Essentially, you pump the pole to bring it is. Pull up the pole and retrieve line on the downstroke as you set up for the next pull. If the ray gets to the bottom on ya, though, you just lost the fight.

    I have 250 yards of 30 lb test on my Spinner and the ray pulled 175 yards of it in at least three runs where my drag, even maxed, couldn't hold the fish from running. It's a helpless feeling, watching your line run off the reel with the ratchet screaming and the monofilament singing the "I'm right at the point of breaking" note and there isn't a thing you can do to stop it if it pulls the whole spool of line out.
    @jsharr, when's the last time you had a bass do that?
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    Ran into a bunch of bonnet head a few years ago, must have caught two dozen of them all together. No idea they were good to eat, wish we would have known better.

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    my delicious bass are trained to jump into my outstretched hand @Tom Stormcrowe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Stingray is not a gamefish, so no limits on size, but I can have no more than 100 rays or 1 stingray if over 100 pounds. Stingray meat, well, the wings are good, and restaurant scallops and grocery store scallops are generally ray or skate wings, skinned, soaked in brine and then punched out with what's essentially a cookie cutter with an edge, breaded and deep fried. I also have a great recipe for BBQ Ray Wings from Singapore, where it's a delicacy, or sauteed in olive oil with garlic and ginger, on a bed of rice, which is also awesome!
    mmmm, mmm....what time do I show up for dinner?

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    How much meat did you get from that fella?

    BTW, selling one species and claiming it is another, is usually illegal.
    If you don't know the way, you shouldn't be going there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    The shark is going to brine soak overnight to remove the ammonia from the meat, and then a citrus marinade, and smoked with applewood as shark steaks.
    I soaked one in milk overnight. Came out fantastic!
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    I soak my sharks in....... THE OCEAN!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    my delicious bass are trained to jump into my outstretched hand @Tom Stormcrowe!
    My father and I will need your help on our next fishing expedition.

    Nice catch, Tom!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    How much meat did you get from that fella?

    BTW, selling one species and claiming it is another, is usually illegal.
    The whole trade name of the product is "Scalloped Skate Wings" or "Scalloped Ray Wings", and they only use the process name. They then disclose in the fine print on the back of the box that it contains nonshellfish products.

    meat came to 6 pounds. the shark weighed 12.3 pounds.
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    On a side note - I saw an interesting special on the making of Jaws this am. It turns out that they had so much trouble with getting the mechanical shark to work that by using it less and implying its presence Spielberg was able to make a much better movie. Much more suspenseful.
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    wait. that wasnt a real shark?

    I can go back in the ocean?

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    I don't know. Have you seen Godzilla? That sucker's real.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    I don't know. Have you seen Godzilla? That sucker's real.
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