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Old 17-09-2014, 13:11   #1
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Edible Fish Guide

I know nothing about fishing. I figured if I was to live aboard in the future, it may behoove me to know which fish are edible. Can anyone recommend a nice color book or 2 identifying edible saltwater fish and perhaps a book on how and where to catch them.

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Re: Edible fish guide

Just as important, which are in season? Any decent tackle shop will have handouts about which fish can be caught during which months, most guides have pictures and size limits, how to measure etc.
Go to a decent tackle shop when they aren't busy and they will tell you everything you need to know. Local knowledge of what's biting and on what lure "numbers" for good fishing spots etc are invaluable.
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Just as important, which are in season?
In season :roflmao:

I subscribe to the filet and release program.
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In season :roflmao:

I subscribe to the filet and release program.
In which case you will find that FWC actually take their job quiet seriously. With the support of many anglers who may be in your vicinity and understand what seasons, limits and conservation is all about.
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In which case you will find that FWC actually take their job quiet seriously. With the support of many anglers who may be in your vicinity and understand what seasons, limits and conservation is all about.
When I am half way between FL and Bermuda and I catch a fish, I want to know if it is edible. I don't give a flying f%* if any govt. entity thinks I shouldn't be able to feed myself without getting fined or going to jail.

So, back to my question.
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Re: Edible fish guide

The best fish book we have seen is Grant's Guide to Fish - explains in detail the species and gives all the information you might require. Of course it is large and expensive but worth the outlay.

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The best fish book we have seen is Grant's Guide to Fish - explains in detail the species and gives all the information you might require. Of course it is large and expensive but worth the outlay.

Cheers Sue
Thank you. Maybe it can double as a coffee table book
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Re: Edible Fish Guide

Here is a good blog post to get you going in the right direction. Poke around on that blog as there is other good information on fishing.

Good luck, fair winds and happy fishing,

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Re: Edible Fish Guide

ianjoub,

Well, we have a Grant's, too. It won't do as a coffee table book at all, it's thick llike a dictionary, and printed on waterproof polypropylene (I think). The color illustrations are good, even to showing some variations where appropriate. It also discusses habitats. If you catch something between FL And Bermuda, it will be edible! (Now if it's a wolf herring, you might want to release it, they're full of bones) but poisonous fishes are not the pelagic fishes.

I don't know if "The Edible Sea" is still in print, but it is useful. Plus, there may be guides more applicable to where you want to sail. The focus of Grant's is tropical fishes, so it transfers pretty well.

You might also have a look at the Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing, by Scott and Wendy Bannerot.

Just remember, "if fishing were easy, it would be called "catching!."

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Just remember, "if fishing were easy, it would be called "catching!."

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Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while ... That will be my fishing mantra :lol:

I imagine if you have a couple of poles trolling off the back for a week at a time, you are bound to hook something. I imagine by trying different lures, baits, trolling depths and speeds, you will come across something at some point.

I will certainly investigate those books.
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You might also have a look at the Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing, by Scott and Wendy Bannerot.
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Just found and bought that on ebay for $13. Thanks!
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In season :roflmao:

I subscribe to the filet and release program.
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Re: Edible Fish Guide

Applies to "Off Shore" only...

4" feather on steel leader w/ 100# test line. Trail off the pushpit. I don't even bother with a rod, just strap the reel to a stanchion with a couple hose clamps. Catch somethin' most every day. Catch one, usually catch 7. As long as it ain't a barracuda, I will eat it. When I am tired of fillets, the rest goes in the cerviche jar. Some were UGLY but all were good. Beats Spam, or rice and beans.

Got into a school of corvina, and were catching them off the lazy side winch with 50' of marline and some bacon on a hook.
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fishing for cruisers. i froget the name of the author. good book
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Re: Edible Fish Guide

Try Sport fish of the Gulf of Mexico. It is by Vic Dunaway.Great full color pics.It has the food values and(what is edible and not).And other info.As soon as you catch something you can look it up.I'm assuming you sail the Gulf since you are in western Florida. It's about $17.

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