Best Baja Fishing "Bottom Critter" Table Fare? (Not a Report...Yet)

Cole418

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    Hey guys - going to Loreto next week and it seems like the Cabrilla, Pargo & other various bottom critters/groupers are the likely catch as the yellowtail fishing isn't as red hot as it was a month or so ago.

    Are these good eating?

    I assume YES but wanted to know from you all which fish are excellent eating and which aren't... we love fresh fish and plan to keep a sampling but I don't want to kill any fish that aren't the best eating so we can release em to live to fight another day.

    Thanks!
    Cole
     

    Cole418

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    every fish you listed is better eating than yellowtail.
    That's good.... while we do enjoy eating yellowtail, I mentioned yellows for catching vs eating :)

    Are all those grouper/snappers more similar to eating local reds/rockfish?
     
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    NaClAddict

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    Diablo, al ajo, and sex sauce if you’re feeling fancy on the white meat or whatever the locals recommend.

    You didn’t list sea bacon, but when you find something oilier than albie bellies on the grill, that’s my favorite And it’s not escarole.
     
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    Cabrilla and grouper THE BEST in my book......melts in your mouth. Keep what you can, arrange for it to be bled and put on ice in the panga in advance.
    The extra effort will be worth it.
     
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    Rabid Fish

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    That's good.... while we do enjoy eating yellowtail, I mentioned yellows for catching vs eating :)

    Are all those grouper/snappers more similar to eating local reds/rockfish?
    More similar, certainly, but they're actually much better than local rockfish. And I'm certainly not hating on rockfish. All the fish you listed, basically any grouper or snapper, is gonna blow your mind.
     
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    Tunahead

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    ALL ARE GOOD EATING...here's a simple easy recipe for all...
    CUT the fish filets into 2x4 pieces or chunks
    WHIP 2-4 eggs in a bowl (depending on how many fish pieces)
    POUR 1/2 -full can of Italian Bread Crumbs in to a 2nd bowl
    HEAT appx 1/2" of Canola Oil in a large fry pan
    DIP the fish into the egg batter, roll in crumbs, FRY til Brown
    READY to eat any time open in tacos, wraps, whatever LOL GO
     
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