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Old 05-27-2013, 03:13 AM
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Finally caught a gar tonight big enough to clean. So before I cook it I wanted to see what is y'all's favorite way?
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:38 AM
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Steam it like lobster and eat with drawn butter.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:39 AM
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Smoked !
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:42 AM
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Never eat one. Old timers use to say they had worms?
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:52 AM
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I've fried it and also boiled some in crab boil. I thought the fried was better. Wife enjoyed the boiled. I won't be keeping any more though as I just didnt enjoy it as much as other fish.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:04 AM
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I've fried it and also boiled some in crab boil. I thought the fried was better. Wife enjoyed the boiled. I won't be keeping any more though as I just didnt enjoy it as much as other fish.
I agree with you.. kept hearing how good it is on here " taste like lobster" so kept one and tried it steamed, just not good to me. Maybe I just got a bad one but don't think I'll try it again.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:21 AM
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It's hadn't one to eating a gar for me, as the eggs are toxic. I don't like to waste or not utilize everything I catch or kill, but a gar, armadillo and a possum hadn't hit my eating table. Yet.

For those who dare........here's how you clean a gar.

http://www.illinoisbowfishing.net/CleaningGar.html
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The two best ways I heard to cook gar and carp #1 Put fish on wood plake, place on open fire when it gets good and black take fish off and throw it away and eat wood plake! #2 Batter the fish in doo-doo, cook it, when done throw fish away and eat the Batter!!! LOL!!!
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:28 AM
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It is good cooked on the grill on kabob sticks like chicken with a little dales and mccormick steak seasoning also fried yall can have the boiled I did not care for it fried and smoked are good too.
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I ate a spotted gar on a camp trip once, I cut it in half long ways, peeled out the meat and then put the meat back in the "shell" and grilled it. It was actually pretty tasty, not sure if it was because it was a smaller one or not, but I'll try the next big one I catch in case.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:32 PM
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Dig a hole, fill it with charcoal and get it going good. Take the Gar, roll it in horse manure, wrap it all up in tinfoil. Throw it on the coals of the fire and cover it up for 2 hours. Come back, dig it up, take the horse manure off of it, throw the fish away, and eat the horse manure.
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Grilled with blackening seasoning.

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Old 05-27-2013, 06:39 PM
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Just remember to cook outside. Gar will stink to high heaven as it cooks. I wrap it in foil with butter and lemon, then put it on the grill.
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Dig a hole, fill it with charcoal and get it going good. Take the Gar, roll it in horse manure, wrap it all up in tinfoil. Throw it on the coals of the fire and cover it up for 2 hours. Come back, dig it up, take the horse manure off of it, throw the fish away, and eat the horse manure.
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I think most of you have never actually tried gar, if you had, you would know better. They taste absolutely nothing at all like a nasty old carp, or like any other fish, for that matter. If you like alligator meat or frog legs, you'll love gar. I'll go to the trouble to clean a gar if I also have a big mess of crappie and catfish, they're that good. That backstrap is as clean a piece of white meat as you'll ever find, and firm, too. My favorite ways to fix them are blackened, grilled with cajun seasoning and lemon juice, or cut into nuggets and fried. They really are good.
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Steam it like lobster and eat with drawn butter.
^^^^^This.

A couple of summers ago, myself and a few buddies did this with one that we caught.

I was skeptical at first, but......... The backstraps out of that gar were pretty close to lobster. Rich like lobster, but not quite as rich.

It was very good!
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:36 PM
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The nice thing about gar is you can get 2 loins off of it. Steam, or boil in crab boil season, the one loin and smoke the other!! GREAT STUFF!!
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I tried baking one of mine in foil and it turned out terrible. But I've noticed that baking is not the best way to cook any other fish either
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All you want to keep is the two Back straps .
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:36 PM
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Well we decided to fry it just like we do our catfish. It tasted good but was rather tough.

My biggest surprise was my wife who said I like this much better than catfish it's not as fishy tasting
Oh we'll at least it wasn't that bad.
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He's pulling your leg. Everbody knows that horse manure won't stick to the fish. You got to use a fresh cow patty.
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http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=126703

how to clean and eat. those manure jokes are only for folks that have never tried it ....
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:47 AM
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Cleaning it was easy. I had just bought a new dexter serrated knife from bottom dwellers tackle to cut bait with and wow that thing is impressive! Split it right down the back and had the meat out in minutes.
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I had never eaten one until last year. Curiosity got the best of me. I took out his backstraps, cut them into nuggets, and fried. I thought they tasted great.
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open up gar with tin snips, remove the two loins, more like shrimp texture than lobster, chop the loins and mix with mashed potatoes, chopped onion, eggs, parsley and cajun seasoning, roll the mixture into hushpuppy size balls and deep fry.. gar eggs are toxic to humans so we toss the females and eat smaller males...easy to catch with a 12 inch piece of frayed nylon rope attached to a barrel swivel fished on the surface..
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