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I love catching big crappie. Going out on the lake, feeling the “thump” when they hit the jig or shiner and then bringing them home to filet and fry for supper. Eerybody loves fresh fried crappie filets. I mean, it’s the only way to eat them, right?
I like to keep a couple of chunky six inch crappie, scale them, leave the tails and fins ON and fry up those suckers whole! GASP. Forgive me crappie purists. That’s just the brutal, tasteful truth. I filet a mess for my wife and leave a few whole ones for me.
I grew up eating whole fish and am proud to say that I still do. It’s in my DNA. If you 10-inch limit guys just don’t like that, well, I tried to warn you not to read this. Hey, consider them “white perch” instead of crappie at that size. Does that help?
Seriously, I don’t think it hurts to keep a few like that. I hate to see people keeping dozens of four and five inch fish, but I guess that is their right. I don’t do that and I don’t recommend it. But I do like to keep two of three whole ones for every fish fry. It is what it is. Or as people who have trouble with contractions say, It’s what It’s. Sorry about that.
Just remember, the nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat. And yes, I also bite off the crispy fried tail and eat it just like a potato chip!
Here are three thousand words worth of pictures:
Filet the big ones, then scale and clean a couple of six inchers to eat whole
Fry em up and get ready for the best fried fish there is
And this is what’s left! Even a cat would be jealous.