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(KSTP St. Paul)   Man hits the jackpot by taking a golden crappie on Clear Lake   (kstp.com) divider line
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2022-02-07 3:38:06 PM  
His life is not so crappie after all.
 
2022-02-07 6:23:16 PM  
ThE sToRy Of GoLdEn CrApPie
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Golden crappie had a master plan: It would grow up to become the same color as a fishing lure, thereby tricking all the smart fish which know to avoid eating fishing lures.
Its plan was foiled when it itself was not smart enough to avoid eating a fishing lure.

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2022-02-07 6:44:40 PM  
Poor fish. Grew up pretty just to wind up a trophy.
 
2022-02-07 6:46:20 PM  
"They also said they were surprised this specific fish lived as long as it has - that's because its flashy, bright color is a target for predators."

Like the one featured in the article?
 
2022-02-07 6:48:03 PM  
What Trump nicknamed his toilet, imho
 
2022-02-07 6:49:50 PM  
Meh, all fish taste the same...
 
2022-02-07 6:52:30 PM  
So when's this guy getting his payout?
 
2022-02-07 6:52:54 PM  
Local Minnesota angler looks exactly like you expect him too.
 
2022-02-07 6:53:08 PM  

kb7rky: Meh, all fish taste the same...


You should try this Norwegian delicacy!

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2022-02-07 6:56:26 PM  
Sounds like the fate of the Vogons' Scintillating Jeweled Crabs: https://hitchhikers.fandom.com/wiki/Scintillating_Jewelled_Scuttling_Crabs

These creatures are said to be much more aesthetically pleasing than said Vogons, as if made by the natural forces of the planet to make up for their previous blunder. The Vogons do not appreciate the beauty of these crabs and instead enjoy smashing the Scuttling Crabs with large iron mallets in order to cook them and eat their meat.
 
2022-02-07 7:01:36 PM  
anyone have any crappie recipes?

honestly, i just throw them back.
 
2022-02-07 7:02:45 PM  
Peak Minnesota stating the lure he used in the second line.
 
2022-02-07 7:03:24 PM  
IT'S SOLD GOLD!

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2022-02-07 7:07:34 PM  
Hey it's minus 18 outside I know what we can do.  Let's go fishin!
 
2022-02-07 7:08:12 PM  

skinink: Poor fish. Grew up pretty just to wind up a trophy.


It's kind of amazing that it grew to that size without a big ole bass or some other predator fish eating it. Even under water, I'm sure it was extremely visible.
 
2022-02-07 7:11:01 PM  

phishrace: skinink: Poor fish. Grew up pretty just to wind up a trophy.

It's kind of amazing that it grew to that size without a big ole bass or some other predator fish eating it. Even under water, I'm sure it was extremely visible.


Yeah probably sticks out like a turd in a punch bowl.
 
2022-02-07 7:11:45 PM  

skinink: Poor fish. Grew up pretty just to wind up a trophy.


I'd be inclined to take to a the closest aquarium to live out it's days.
 
2022-02-07 7:15:01 PM  

HighlanderRPI: IT'S SOLD GOLD!

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That would weigh like 300 lbs.
I demand realism in my whimsical insurance commercials.
 
2022-02-07 7:16:05 PM  

phishrace: skinink: Poor fish. Grew up pretty just to wind up a trophy.

It's kind of amazing that it grew to that size without a big ole bass or some other predator fish eating it. Even under water, I'm sure it was extremely visible.


Years ago I had a goldfish that was getting too big, so I dumped it into the pond at the back of my subdivision. I know now that you are not supposed to do that. However, that pond had snapping turtles in it. I didn't think a 6" goldfish would last long.
 
2022-02-07 7:17:57 PM  

Isitoveryet: anyone have any crappie recipes?

honestly, i just throw them back.


Yes. They are one of the best, and fillet out very easily (boneless).

After filleting, simply rinse, then roll in flour (with salt and pepper), and fry in butter.

My family loves this preparation. I catch dozens of them in the spring and summer; they can be filleted in about 10 seconds with a minimum of practice.
 
2022-02-07 7:24:50 PM  
And then he kilt it.
 
2022-02-07 7:26:03 PM  

beezeltown: Isitoveryet: anyone have any crappie recipes?

honestly, i just throw them back.

Yes. They are one of the best, and fillet out very easily (boneless).

After filleting, simply rinse, then roll in flour (with salt and pepper), and fry in butter.

My family loves this preparation. I catch dozens of them in the spring and summer; they can be filleted in about 10 seconds with a minimum of practice.


i honestly didn't know they were worth the effort.
next time l freshwater fish, i'll try to come prepared and give them a try.
 
2022-02-07 7:27:03 PM  

Isitoveryet: anyone have any crappie recipes?

honestly, i just throw them back.


It was my late grandmother's favorite freshwater fish. I don't know how she cooked them beyond coating the filets in corn meal and pan frying them.  My grandfather made sure she always had crappie when she wanted it.

Now I am having a sentimental moment thinking about the countless fishing trips he took me on when I was a yute.
 
2022-02-07 7:27:24 PM  
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2022-02-07 7:28:05 PM  

skinink: Poor fish. Grew up pretty just to wind up a trophy.


Melania?
 
2022-02-07 7:28:13 PM  
Just like winning the lottery except the fish is worth about $0.25.
 
2022-02-07 7:31:38 PM  
A cold water aquarist who likes north american fish would pay thousands of dollars for that fish alive and in good condition
 
2022-02-07 7:34:37 PM  
Did some fishing not too far from there north of Lake Mille Lacs. I can confirm I have never caught nor seen a gold crappie. I can also confirm the regular ones are damned tasty.

/ Crappie and walleye are delicious freaking fish.
 
2022-02-07 7:37:18 PM  

mikaloyd: A cold water aquarist who likes north american fish would pay thousands of dollars for that fish alive and in good condition


No joke, why?
Can it make more or just aquarium?
Beautiful fish, btw

Twin cities lost me (more than what I'll write)....but they totally try to redeem themselves.
 
2022-02-07 7:37:59 PM  

Isitoveryet: beezeltown: Isitoveryet: anyone have any crappie recipes?

honestly, i just throw them back.

Yes. They are one of the best, and fillet out very easily (boneless).

After filleting, simply rinse, then roll in flour (with salt and pepper), and fry in butter.

My family loves this preparation. I catch dozens of them in the spring and summer; they can be filleted in about 10 seconds with a minimum of practice.

i honestly didn't know they were worth the effort.
next time l freshwater fish, i'll try to come prepared and give them a try.


A single one or two, probably not. But if you hit a school with the right jig (or minnows if you're being fancy), you can usually keep catching them. They are super-prolific breeders. I go to a private lake that has no limits on crappie--they want to reduce numbers. The ones I catch (relatively small) produce about 3-4 decent bites per fish, so maybe 3 or 4 fish per person makes a fair serving.

They are very popular around here. In some lakes you get bigger ones (10 inches and up are "nice" crappie, here). But, yeah, if you have a mess of fish, don't throw out the odd crappie. They're very mild and are excellent fried, or sauteed and used for fish tacos.
 
2022-02-07 7:52:50 PM  

beezeltown: Isitoveryet: beezeltown: Isitoveryet: anyone have any crappie recipes?

honestly, i just throw them back.

Yes. They are one of the best, and fillet out very easily (boneless).

After filleting, simply rinse, then roll in flour (with salt and pepper), and fry in butter.

My family loves this preparation. I catch dozens of them in the spring and summer; they can be filleted in about 10 seconds with a minimum of practice.

i honestly didn't know they were worth the effort.
next time l freshwater fish, i'll try to come prepared and give them a try.

A single one or two, probably not. But if you hit a school with the right jig (or minnows if you're being fancy), you can usually keep catching them. They are super-prolific breeders. I go to a private lake that has no limits on crappie--they want to reduce numbers. The ones I catch (relatively small) produce about 3-4 decent bites per fish, so maybe 3 or 4 fish per person makes a fair serving.

They are very popular around here. In some lakes you get bigger ones (10 inches and up are "nice" crappie, here). But, yeah, if you have a mess of fish, don't throw out the odd crappie. They're very mild and are excellent fried, or sauteed and used for fish tacos.


i often come across quite a few under floating docks and piers, and in the grass near shore.
i always treated them like bluegill and just had fun with them then release. quantity makes sense as they are rather small. next time i really am going to give them some more attention.
now i want some fish for dinner!
thank you (and others) for sharing!
 
2022-02-07 7:55:57 PM  
That fish is so stressed, I'd bet it would live a month in captivity.
 
2022-02-07 8:09:03 PM  

ProfessorTerguson: mikaloyd: A cold water aquarist who likes north american fish would pay thousands of dollars for that fish alive and in good condition

No joke, why?
Can it make more or just aquarium?
Beautiful fish, btw

Twin cities lost me (more than what I'll write)....but they totally try to redeem themselves.


Pretty fish are worth money. Ultra rare pretty fish are worth much more. Ultra rare fish that are pretty and that breed easily are money in the bank and a fish that pretty would become crazy popular at hundreds of dollars a fish for ones that are only an inch long in a hobby that is crazy over new fish. Since crappies are easily bred and have 5000-30000 fry per batch and aquarist breeders do a much better job than nature at saving and sorting fry and growing them into fish it would probably not take long to have breeding stock of the colorful ones despite starting with only one of the impossibly rare colorful fish
 
2022-02-07 8:20:28 PM  

Tom Marvolo Bombadil: kb7rky: Meh, all fish taste the same...

You should try this Norwegian delicacy!

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The fish still tastes the same.  You just can't taste it for the lye
 
2022-02-07 8:25:30 PM  
I think walleye and crappie are considered a tasty fish for the fact that they are the least "fishy" tasting fish. It's the reason I cut both species into smaller chunks, because most of the flavor comes from the batter or breading. Last October's tasty offering with a side steak.

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2022-02-07 8:29:44 PM  

Isitoveryet: anyone have any crappie recipes?

honestly, i just throw them back.


Crappies are delicious.  Salt+pepper, fried in oil with some butter
 
2022-02-08 4:34:53 AM  
Imagine being the fish that all the other fish shun and mock because of your skin condition. And when things can't get any worse, some beer gut yanks you out by your throat and parades your corpse around for everyone gawk at at.
 
2022-02-08 12:14:44 PM  
My Dad and I used to fish a dredged section of the Allegheny River and come home with 2-3 dozen dinner plate sized crappies. We'd end up standing at the kitchen sink competing as to who could perform the best filets. (Don't leave too much meat behind and shave the tail.) We kept the half gallon cartons from the milk at hand and would fill a carton with the day's catch and freeze the block of crappie filets.

I recall a time when I came home from college and took several cartons back to school with me. We had proper fish fry with beer batter (Iron City Dark Draft - half keg). Deep fry in several inches of hot oil. Dip filets in egg/beer, drop into paper bag with flour, salt, pepper and just a bit of paprika for color.
 
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