I ate a bergall

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I ate a bergall

Postby Capt. Rick » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:11 am

Caught 2 monster size bergalls on Sundays trip on the CQ4, the bigger one was 18" and was around 3 pounds. Had heard how good they were for years, so time to find out. Cooked it up, nothing fancy, just broiled it up as I usually make my fish. Right away I found out that the talk about them being very bony is not true - just have to "V" out a set of bones just like on a blackfish. No surprise, the fish was delicious with a nice flavor similar to blackfish but slightly differnent, but very tasty.
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Re: I ate a bergall

Postby togilator » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:58 am

SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ITS A SECRET. :D
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Re: I ate a bergall

Postby ELIASV » Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:19 am

Ate one too and even froze a few from my trip :D

Taste better than Blackfish imo.
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Re: I ate a bergall

Postby EC NEWELLMAN » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:48 am

Rick, the cunner is a much more flavorful and sweet eating wrasse then its cousin the Tautog. I enjoy eating them, and I will bring them home along with our NJ Moderator Dr. Evil over the blackfish. The bigger ones over a lb which were very common on the offshore wrecks and even if kept in the whole. Cunner over 2 lbs are filleted, breaded and taste as good as any inshore fish in this area.
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Re: I ate a bergall

Postby liJRtt » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:56 am

That's an expensive meal :o :o :o
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Re: I ate a bergall

Postby Capt. Rick » Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:10 pm

liJRtt, Not sure what you mean about an expensive meal, besides the cunners we kept we I wound up a limit of COD and some Ling as well. So we have enough meals for a good long time from that trip!
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Re: I ate a bergall

Postby drevil » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:54 pm

I can guarantee you, 99.9% of all the people who laugh or looks down there nose at eating bergalls have never tried one. They just know that those fish are crap because everyone says so. Without question, bergalls are better eating then blackfish. Hands down. They just taste better. Biggest problem is that weve all been taught, "Bergals bad, fluke good", but to be honest with you I think fluke taste like day old newspaper. Everyone "knows" that they are trash without ever even having a taste. Plus putting together a catch of "eatin size" bergalls aint all that easy in the NY Bight. North of the Cape its not so hard to do. Wasnt so long ago that monkfish, ling, and skates were all considered trash fish. Try a searobin, they are real tasty as well.
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Re: I ate a bergall

Postby liJRtt » Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:24 pm

in the live market that's a $$$ fish. Sure are delicous.
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Bergal For Dinner

Postby ELIASV » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:56 pm

Never pictured myself defrosting a bag of Bergals...


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Thats a lotta meat!

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Ate like a king tonight!
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Re: I ate a bergall

Postby togilator » Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:03 am

ELI, I label mine Sea perch.Gave a few fresh fillets to a friend 2 days before christmas.Thats rite BERGALL was on the christmas eve dinner table :shock: .If they only new what they wrere eating :lol:.Also received complimants from them how good the christmas fish was. :D
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