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I'm just wondering can you eat rock bass and do any of you eat rockbass. I heard they have worms in them if its true its to bad

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  • I'm just wondering can you eat rock bass and do any of you eat rockbass. I heard they have worms in them if its true its to bad

    I'm just wondering can you eat rock bass and do any of you eat rockbass. I heard they have worms in them if its true its to bad cause i catch a ton of them in the 8-12 inch range.

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    Bass, rock bass, sunfish, trout and really all freshwater fish get parasites. ( salt water fish do too.). Yellow grub the kind of worm (cyst) you're probably referring to. They are supposed to be harmless to people even if you're eating raw fish. I cut them out of panfish when cleaning. If there are too many, I don't eat the fish. (Too much "ick" factor for me.). I've only seen that in two out of many hundreds of pan fish. You only find a yellow grub cyst once in a great while at least in the lakes and streams I fish. Go ahead and enjoy your rock bass like any other panfish.

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    • #3
      When my brothers and I were kids we caught plenty of rock bass from a large Pennsylvania stream. My Dad cooked them up inside the big screen tent on the three bruner green Coleman stove. The rock bass were awesome. Be careful of the fish bones.
      Bon Appetit!

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      • #4
        Grease hot enough to fry fish will neutralize any parasitic grub or larva in the fillet.

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        • #5
          TOO Small to mess with...Find you a RED LOBSTER down the road. Now that's MY way to Fillet and Release..Lol

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          • #6
            Thanks guys I"ll be enjoying some rock bass soon!;-)

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            • #7
              Fry 'em up! The worms are the best part!

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              • #8
                Typically the ones I caught never yeilded enough flesh to make it worth it, but go for it!

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                • #9
                  I love rock bass! YUM!

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                  • #10
                    Yes, they're fantastic here in TN. I catch them in small streams every spring in that larger size range, sometimes over a foot long. Love them scaled and fried whole 'bone in'. To me, they have a better flavor than bluegill, and about as good as crappie. Our streams are crystal clear and loaded with crayfish- probably accounting for their meat having such a sweet flavor. Can't speak for the rest of the nation, but here in middle TN, we call them black perch and they are a very prized food fish.

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