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Re: Smooth Puffers

PostPosted: May 21st, 2020, 9:57 am
by procraftwes
Is there any concern in handling them? I'm not interested in eating them but the last 2 I caught were handled with care because i'm not familiar with them.

They aren't a invasive/non-native like lionfish and migrate into our waters often.

Re: Smooth Puffers

PostPosted: May 21st, 2020, 11:06 am
by Juan
procraftwes wrote:Is there any concern in handling them?

Only if you stick a finger in their mouth. :-D

Re: Smooth Puffers

PostPosted: May 21st, 2020, 11:25 am
by StMarksAngler
procraftwes wrote:Is there any concern in handling them? I'm not interested in eating them but the last 2 I caught were handled with care because i'm not familiar with them.


Not at all, they're harmless.

Re: Smooth Puffers

PostPosted: May 21st, 2020, 11:57 am
by Crippledminnow
If you think they are harmless check this out!


https://youtu.be/qXi_TGK2AHE

Re: Smooth Puffers

PostPosted: May 21st, 2020, 1:01 pm
by StMarksAngler
Well, harmless in the sense that you're not going to be envenomated by touching them, as you might by a lionfish. There's a whole lot of fish whose mouths I wouldn't recommended sticking your finger in.

Re: Smooth Puffers

PostPosted: June 1st, 2020, 10:55 am
by trout fisher
I brought 2 home to clean from this past weekend. I dressed the first one successfully without piercing any entrails. The skin comes off easier than a catfish. The meat is beautiful. I filleted off both sides and they look like a large chicken tender. I have not eaten them yet and I may not. I just had to try the process for myself. The second one I cut down too far through the spine and I didn't feel comfortable with what I saw. I looked this morning for dead fish and/or turtles in my pond but didn't see any. :beer: