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Offline fishloverMi

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burbot and dogfish
« on: Dec 30, 2019, 11:39 AM »
Are burbot and dogfish the same fish?

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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #1 on: Dec 30, 2019, 11:42 AM »
I have read that burbot is an excellent eating fish.  Are dogfish edible?

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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #2 on: Dec 30, 2019, 11:44 AM »
No, they are different. The body shape is pretty similar, but burbot are basically a freshwater cod. Dogfish are more closely related to gar. Burbot=Good Eating. I've never heard of anyone eating dogfish. 
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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #3 on: Dec 30, 2019, 11:46 AM »
Also, forgot to mention, I've heard dogfish have a lot of mercury in them since they are usually a top predator. I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new fish, but one more reason to stay away.
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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #4 on: Dec 30, 2019, 11:54 AM »
Dogfish...also called Bowfin. My dad told me a story years ago about his uncle that owned a small hog farm. Told him "Even the pigs won't eat a dogfish". Enough said.
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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #5 on: Dec 30, 2019, 05:08 PM »
Caught a 7#plus dogfish once. Left it on the ice. Three days later it was untouched with not even a coon or crow track near it. That oughta tell ya something about it's fitness for the table. Boatload of fun to catch though...  ;D
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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #6 on: Dec 30, 2019, 05:22 PM »
Caught a 7#plus dogfish once. Left it on the ice. Three days later it was untouched with not even a coon or crow track near it. That oughta tell ya something about it's fitness for the table. Boatload of fun to catch though...  ;D

I have caught dogfish in summer. They fight like gladiators, amazing. We just let them go again. No good to eat.
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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #7 on: Jan 03, 2020, 02:10 PM »
Also, forgot to mention, I've heard dogfish have a lot of mercury in them since they are usually a top predator. I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new fish, but one more reason to stay away.

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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #8 on: Jan 04, 2020, 11:29 AM »
They couldn’t be any more different. Complete opposite. Google it!
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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #9 on: Jan 08, 2020, 09:55 PM »
I've heard dogfish make decent table fare. Have never caught one before myself so I don't know, but I would try it.
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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #10 on: Jan 22, 2020, 08:43 AM »


     An interesting part to dogfish or the bowfin is that they are the last living species of a genus of fish going back to prehistoric times. They are the only freshwater fish with a bony structure in their heads called a gular plate which most enthusiasts believe was part of a defense structure that prevented larger predators from being able to bite through the head. Tough fish... when I was in college and part of a shocking boat fish survey in NY, we shocked up one that was just a few ounces off the state record, biggest I had and have seen since.

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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #11 on: Jan 23, 2020, 08:56 AM »
Absolutely NOT!  Burbot are the ultimate predator.  Fun to catch and could possibly be the best tasting fish you'll ever eat.  I love perch, gills and walleye,  burbot are completely different.  it's better than the best cod you've had in the restaurant.  I get pissed when I see them laying on the ice,  people thing they are trash.  they look ugly and they are slime balls,  but whoa man,  I wish i could catch them all year.

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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #12 on: Jan 23, 2020, 09:23 AM »
That's exactly why I bring butter and a pot to boil water with me every time I go out for Ling. Right after catching the fish, slice off a cube of meat and toss it into boiling water till it floats, then dip into butter and its the best poor mans lobster you'll ever have!  ;D
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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #13 on: Jan 23, 2020, 11:23 AM »
I'm not related to any Burbot I know of? ;D
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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #14 on: Jan 28, 2020, 04:44 PM »
I’ve eaten bowfin before. Gotta cook them immediately, as in straight out of the water. They get mushy even just on the ride home.

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Re: burbot and dogfish
« Reply #15 on: Mar 29, 2020, 09:43 AM »
Me and a buddy got a couple many years ago. We got back to the dock where his dad was burning leaves. We tossed them in the fire. A half hour later, their gills were still moving!! I would guess you can't over cook them!  ;D
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