Burbot

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  1. 1fishingnut

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    Has anyone been getting any burbot?
     
  2. Mattbob8963

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    Going to give it a try on Saturday evening, will report back what we find out.

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    While fishing for perch in the St. Mary's River in Sault Ste. Marie back in 1987 I caught my first and only Burbot. Between 3 of us we had just about our limit of 150 perch that were about 8" to 14" and all of a sudden the bite just quit. I had a pole with a crawler on it over the side when it got a bite. I grabbed the pole and set the hook and had quite a fight. The CO fishing with me thought that I had a Rainbow on until I finally got it up and out from under the boat was the ugliest fish I had ever seen. I put in for a master angler award and received same with an invite to go to Southfield for a banquet and be presented with the award as well as bring my mounted trophy with me. I informed them that I had eaten it and did not have time to go to the Detroit area for the banquet so they just mailed it to me. The paperwork said that it was the 2nd largest Burbot caught by hook and line that year at 10.4 pounds. I have never caught one since.
     
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    That is a long story .... but quite well told
     
  5. Mattbob8963

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    The burbot did not disappoint also caught a couple walleye and a nice perch. Better pics to follow.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Grand total 15 burbot, 2 walleye and one perch.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. Bay BornNRaised

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    Good job! Excellent eatins right there
     
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    Very nice! Best eating fish around
     
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    A lot of the burbot had these eggs in there stomach. Any idea's?[​IMG]
     
  10. PunyTrout

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    They appear more like digested skein or loose eggs that came from eating a fish with eggs. Maybe a smaller yet mature Brown Trout or a Brookie?
     
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    That has always been the rumor. I've yet to have the opportunity to try one. Still on my hit list. Hopefully one day I'll get to eat one and know for sure.
     
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    Never caught one but hope to change that in the near future. Just curious, do they have scales or are they more like a catfish with skin. Also, how do you cook them? Just fillet them and fry magic with corn meal and a hot oil bath?
     
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    Maybe whitefish spawn? I’d say lake trout eggs, but the clumpy look to them makes me think otherwise. Both spawn around November.
     
  14. 1fishingnut

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    Awesome catch! I've heard that catching them off the pier in Caseville at night was productive. I definitely have to try it.
    Thank you for the report!
     
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    I’ve never caught a Burbot although I have eaten them a handful of times.
    They are really good and I would compare them in flavor and texture to being similar to Atlantic cod when breaded and fried in the typical way most restaurants serve cod.
    I would venture to say that if a person likes walleye, perch, and panfish, they would like burbot.
    Don’t let the looks put you off lol.