View Full Version : Favorite size to eat.

crappie addict
12-15-2011, 02:27 PM
Been eating crappie all my life, but I'm curious to know what other folk's favorite size eatin' fish is. I'm sure a few of you are like my pappy was and wanted a few whole ones now and then. :)

12-15-2011, 02:48 PM
I am a true advocate of "Size Doesn't Matter" so I'll eat ANY crappie, that doesn't eat me first and I tip the scales at 360# so that'd be a mighty big crappie! Now I will say, a crappie of 11 1/2" to 12" filets MUCH easier and quicker IMHO, but they all eat pretty darn good.

12-15-2011, 02:55 PM
I prefer a 16 incher. Any plate smaller than that means I'll have make too many trips back through the line.


12-15-2011, 03:07 PM
now Wannabee.....You know you only catch one fish per fishing trip and you really don't care about the size as long as its over 12 inches. rotfl

12-15-2011, 03:26 PM
I would have to say 11 to 12". Any larger than that the fillets are to thick.

12-15-2011, 03:46 PM
I don't keep any crappie (or perch) that are under 11". IMHO it's just not worth cleaning them. On my lake that means I keep 1 out of every 3 fish caught.

On a related topic, has anyone ever tried grilling crappie? Seems like the flesh is just too delicate and would fall apart on the grill.

12-15-2011, 03:52 PM
I prefer cooking the 12"+ fish, especially since reading the thread about cutting the fillets into fish sticks.Thumbs Up

crappie addict
12-15-2011, 03:58 PM
I like a fried filet that is a "three biter" I usually cook my my bigger fish in a pan with a little butter. As far as grilling, there are several grilling basket or wire frames that can be used for fish. Here's something I tried with some smaller fish for folks that like a whole fish but don't wanna deal with all those bones.

12-15-2011, 04:32 PM
I like 14 to 16" where I get filets big enough for my wife to put in the George Foreman grill with some lemon pepper seasoning. I don't east much fried food.

12-15-2011, 04:50 PM
12" fish, ideal size for me.

12-15-2011, 05:05 PM
The size that's legal in the state I'm in. Ha Ha No under sized crappie.nonono

12-15-2011, 05:08 PM
I like under 12" for frying, and 13" and over for baken. Those thick Mississippi slabs are great on the grill.

12-15-2011, 05:38 PM
11-12" deep fried

12-15-2011, 06:14 PM
anything over 10'' gets eaten... anything under 4'' gets to be flathead bait (always keep a cat poll with me and some Cat rigs )

birddog one
12-15-2011, 06:15 PM
if I'm deep frying I love 8"-10" fish If I'm baking or grilling them the bigger the better 13"-15"

12-15-2011, 06:19 PM
The bigger and thicker the better for me. My wife likes the small ones.

12-15-2011, 06:48 PM
Hmmm.....12"..16"...you guys must not eat many bluegill...If you don't you are missing out on some good fish... Personally I like crappie 9 to 12 inches, no worries about having to cut them into smaller pieces, just fillet em 'n' deep fry em, I don't discriminate against 15 inch crappie, if I'm taking fish home and he gets in the way then I'll invite him to go home with me for supper but for the most part I'm like crappie addict, they all taste the same to me, if I'm in the mood for fish and I'm catching 7" crappie them babies are going home with me.

12-15-2011, 07:30 PM
Whatever size I catch if I'm fish hungry.

12-15-2011, 07:39 PM
if I'm deep frying I love 8"-10" fish If I'm baking or grilling them the bigger the better 13"-15"

I'm with you on this one, maybe a shade bigger just to avoid confrontations.

12-15-2011, 07:47 PM
I am like most of U , I like 10" - 12" for fillets, 7"-9" I like to fry whole. We usually have several folks over to eat when we fry fish so I need to keep most of what I catch, however I do throw the babies back.

crappie addict
12-16-2011, 11:12 AM
Thanks for the input! Now I'm hungry!!! Good thing I went the other day and caught a few. It IS after all FRI day. :)

12-16-2011, 01:23 PM
I like the 12 in. size filleted especially if we freeze them, My wife likes the scaled and fried whole if fresh and not frozen.

Lonestar Proud
12-16-2011, 01:36 PM
I don't discriminate on any that are legal, they're all good! Length limit here in Texas is 10", I don't keep em unless they are 10 1/2" just in case the GW's stick and mine differ, I've been told it's $100 per fish for shorties!