Author Topic: Pike vs Pickerel  (Read 1045 times)

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Pike vs Pickerel
« on: Jan 09, 2013, 05:06 PM »
Ok guys to date I have put back every Pike that I have iced.
I am thinking of keeping a few this season and just wanted to know a few comparisons.
I love the taste of Pickerel (hate the bones)
How similar is the taste of Pike vs. Pickerel?
and How similar are the bone to meat ratio in Pickerel?
I know they are bony but till I cut one open or have a reference I canít decide if one would go home with me.

Anyone have a go to recipe for pike other than grinder / patties.

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Re: Pike vs Pickerel
« Reply #1 on: Jan 09, 2013, 10:44 PM »
Boneless fillet:

Fry them up like you would any other fish. Otherwise, if you have a smoker, fillet them "normally" and leave the skin on and smoke. Bones come out easily once smoked. My preferred method is the boneless fillet + fry via shorelunch or bake using miracle whip and Panko.

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Re: Pike vs Pickerel
« Reply #2 on: Jan 10, 2013, 10:47 AM »
I personally think they taste pretty similar, with pike being a bit more flavorful, but as to the bones, probly about the same, but the one pike i ever ate was not skillfully filleted so i cant really give an accurate comparison.
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Re: Pike vs Pickerel
« Reply #3 on: Jan 10, 2013, 10:57 AM »
There is a good YouTube video on the forum somewhere that shows how to fillet a pike so it comes out boneless. I've finally mastered it after 2 years and about 20 pike later. I'm sure someone can find that video... It definitely works VERY GOOD!!!
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Re: Pike vs Pickerel
« Reply #4 on: Jan 11, 2013, 10:08 PM »
thanks for the info!
Sounds like one might come home with me this season.
Good luck out there be safe.
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Re: Pike vs Pickerel
« Reply #5 on: Jan 12, 2013, 08:23 AM »
Bone wise the 2 fish are identicle, if you gonna eat a pickerel the only ones i have ever found to worth cutting up are the 24+ inchers anything less your basically striping the back off of... As far as taste Pike are better, pickerel have a light gamey taste its not bad,  but it almost tells you hey this is pickerel...
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