Catfish

Discussion in 'Fish' started by venture, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't spend much time in this part of the forum, but I do check the new posts regularly.

    I am not from the south, but I do like some preparations of catfish, and I like the price sometimes.

    I will post below some info about imported catfish, mostly farm raised in foreign countries.  From what I know, the catfish growers' lobby has been successful in getting the government to forbid the name of "catfish" to be used on imported "catfish".  Money talks.

    There is one of many marketing ploys at the counter that really rankles me, though.  We have stores in my area labeling imported catfish as "White Roughy".  They are obviously currying favor from the positive image of "Orange Roughy" which is a totally different fish.  The White Roughy is nothing but Swai or Basa, which are nothing but imported catfish which the importers are not allowed to call catfish.  I have seen Basa marketed as Cod which is even more dishonest.  Let the buyer beware! (Caveat Emptor)

    From Wikipedia for whatever you think that is worth:

    Vietnamese catfish cannot be legally marketed as catfish in the US, and is subsequently referred to as swai or basa [23]

    If this information has been posted before I apologize.

    Good luck and good smoking!
     
  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Great post, luckily in Nevada the stores are required to say where and what. Most say farmed raised Chile or China neither of which I would eat if starving to death, if it doesn't say wild caught I don't buy it. As far as catfish I harvest them locally. 
     
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you have ever tasted swai or basa, regardless of how it was prepped/cooked, you would never consider calling it catfish. For about the same price as swai or basa in Cali, I'll buy tilapia. Thanks for the informative post. It's all good my friend.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2011
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    We get local catfish around here. They are in all the lakes in this county. See my avatar.

    OOps, changed my avatar.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011
  5. 2salty

    2salty Fire Starter

    Amen!  If it's for sale, I don't buy it.
     
     
  6. big twig

    big twig Smoking Fanatic

    I wouldn't eat any farm raised fish at all. The stuff they feed them just goes against nature too much for my taste.
     
  7. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Holy catfish!  My biggest fresh water fish would just be bait for that baby!

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  9. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    A guy in west menphis, ark caught a 115lb cat in the mississippi on a can of [​IMG]
     
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---We don't grow them quite that big around here.

    Not sure about down in the Conowingo Dam area, or Lake Erie, but nothing like that around here!!!

    Bear
     
  11. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We used to put chicken guts out in the sun until they got really ripe!  LOL

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  12. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Alot of people use  rotten soybean hulls or congealed blood to chum them up.
     
  13. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Farm raised catfish has no flavor taste of any kind to it. If it does the processing plants will not buy it...period.  Before they buy a pond of catfish they take samples from the pond and cook the fish in the microwave for a few minutes and if it has any fish taste to it at all its worthless...The reason for this is the resturants want to put their own flavor on the fish when they cook it. Most of my catfish comes from the river behind my shop..
     
  14. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The rotten bait we used for them added flavor!  LOLOL

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  15. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I have a hole baited up next to my boat dock with what we call stink cheese...keeps them close...
     
  16. If you eat at a restaurant the catfish is likely to be Vietnamese catfish. I talked to a restaurant owner once he said its to good a deal. I told him he just lost a customer. I mean come on how Un American can you get "Catfish". Besides there's no telling what there feeding them over there
     
  17. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Most of the restaurants in our area serve local catfish. It's very abundant around here.
     
  18. So how is smoked catfish anybody ever smoke any or got any good recipes.
     
  19. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have never tried to smoke catfish.

    It is a very delicate fish.  I would think of others to smoke.  A more substantial texture with more oil.  Like salmon or trout?

    Then again in sausage?  But the catfish is also very mild in flavor?

    I think I would go in another direction.  Others might disagree?

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  20. we use bacon for catfish bait here, just think its funny to use something from the smoker to catch something for the smoker
     

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