Skipjack Tuna Good Eating?

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Want to go out of Dana Wharf for Yellowfin Tuna but the counts lately have been more on Skippies. Seems to be good one day then a bit off the next...kind of up and down now. Never got one before. I know they fight well and are the fish in processed canned tuna (chunk light type) but are they good eating fresh? Need to get out there soon and prefer some exotics other than Skippies although they sound like a blast to get! Your opinions on Skipjack Tuna are appreciated...
 
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OnoEric

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    They are known as Aku in Hawaii. If you get them bled and iced quickly, they make great poke and sashimi. I think cooking them ruins them, and if they are left in a gunny sack without being bled, they will turn to bloody mush suitable for feeding to your cat.

    Do a search online for aku recipes. I made some ceviche and poke with one I caught a couple weeks ago. It was excellent.
     
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    Munnster

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    As with all tuna, the quicker they are bled and iced the better. However, as OnoEric stated, if you don't they get REALLY fishy and mushy. Then you need to brine them for at least 12 hours and bake them for us in tuna sandwiches. Preferably with a wasabi mayonnaise as the base. Fresh and properly taken care of, either sashimi or cooked ruby rare.
     
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    BassAssasin805

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    Bleed em and brine em! Good sushi, sashimi and poke. Don't cook them!
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    bparker1225

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    They are known as Aku in Hawaii. If you get them bled and iced quickly, they make great poke and sashimi. I think cooking them ruins them, and if they are left in a gunny sack without being bled, they will turn to bloody mush suitable for feeding to your cat.

    Do a search online for aku recipes. I made some ceviche and poke with one I caught a couple weeks ago. It was excellent.

    Agree with the above it is also very good smoked. Again you must bleed it and ice immediately. Do not suggest BBQ.
     
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    lkatdpelicanfly

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    Sometimes Skipjack is really good..almost indistinguishable from yft, sometimes it is just nasty...even if you bleed it. I've found a recipe however that makes it come out "great" every time...its kind of long and an involved process though. Last time i tried it after catching a crapload of skippies, i took over the basement of the apartment complex I was living in to prepare it this way..had too many complaints from other tenants tho...yabbering about the steam, stench and smoke drifting into their living room...keeping their kids awake...ayaiyai...cry me a fricken river!!! LOL

     
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    bob12201

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    Its good, but MUST be bled and iced if possible. None of the dana boats have an rsw or a way to chill your catch down (there's a stray ice chest here and there, but I wouldn't expect to use it).
     
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    gonzo25

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    If you are going to eat any of this, uncooked... make sure you leave the fillets out in the open air for a good twenty minutes before making anything with it. That will tell you if it has worms or not.,.. and contrary to what a lot of people think, all the spices and shit you can put on them DOES NOT kill the worms. don't believe me check with the dfg, health department or your doctor when he tells you you have worms
     
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    Foss

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    Good skipjack handling advice here. Very nice when smoked and canned in peanut oil. Great fish sandwiches and it keeps for years.
     
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    plj46

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    My dogs love it.Its ok raw but after its cooked no thanks.
     
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    c-goat

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    When grilled it has an off color non appetizing flavor.
     
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    HUSKEY BAY

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    Want to go out of Dana Wharf for Yellowfin Tuna but the counts lately have been more on Skippies. Seems to be good one day then a bit off the next...kind of up and down now. Never got one before. I know they fight well and are the fish in processed canned tuna (chunk light type) but are they good eating fresh? Need to get out there soon and prefer some exotics other than Skippies although they sound like a blast to get! Your opinions on Skipjack Tuna are appreciated...
    they can be fun to catch and are good smoked
     
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