A Crappie Life

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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby Boogieman1 » Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:13 am

may21581 wrote:How do you cook your crappie?

I eat a lot of fish throughout the year. Probably more than most. Just how I grew up I guess, but if I don’t get it atleast once a week I get grouchy. Cook em up all kinds of ways to keep from burning myself out. Would say my top 4 fav are....

1.) standard cornmeal battered fried
2.) tempura battered crappie tacos
3.) put crappie filets in bowl, coat in sour cream, then toss in seasoned flour and fry. Sounds awful but dang it’s good.
4.) tortilla, cilantro, lime crusted baked crappie

Lessons learned.....
When frying maintaining 365-370 degrees is where the magic happens

If using only one fry pot, cook taters first

Keep fish dry and only put in the batter mix right b4 going in the grease

When doing a big fish fry, throw a whole dang onion in your grease pot and leave it! Will keep the grease your from burning

And finally..... the only thing better than 1 crappie dinner is 2 crappie dinners!


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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby Boogieman1 » Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:21 am

Jonny wrote:No finished product pictures?

Nothing better than some crappies after doing the disco in the crisco. Well maybe walleyes ;)

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That looks dang tasty Long John!

Here ya go! The taste of victory lol
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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby Jonny » Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:53 am

may21581 wrote:How do you cook your crappie?


All smaller fish I season with salt and pepper and toss in Andy’s red breading and deep fry til it floats and it’s the color I like. I prefer the lightest and thinnest cornmeal breading I can find. Doesn’t get super crispy but you can taste the fish. Beer batter is too much of a hassle for me.

Bigger fillets go in the oven if I’m feeling it. Otherwise I cut them into smaller chunks and fry.

Keep fish as simple as possible. As long as you took care of it, fresh fish is fantastic
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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby Boogieman1 » Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:48 am

The green hornet strikes again! :lol:

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When the snakes start coming out it’s about to be prime time!
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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby may21581 » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:44 am

Boogieman1 wrote:
may21581 wrote:How do you cook your crappie?

I eat a lot of fish throughout the year. Probably more than most. Just how I grew up I guess, but if I don’t get it atleast once a week I get grouchy. Cook em up all kinds of ways to keep from burning myself out. Would say my top 4 fav are....

1.) standard cornmeal battered fried
2.) tempura battered crappie tacos
3.) put crappie filets in bowl, coat in sour cream, then toss in seasoned flour and fry. Sounds awful but dang it’s good.
4.) tortilla, cilantro, lime crusted baked crappie

Lessons learned.....
When frying maintaining 365-370 degrees is where the magic happens

If using only one fry pot, cook taters first

Keep fish dry and only put in the batter mix right b4 going in the grease

When doing a big fish fry, throw a whole dang onion in your grease pot and leave it! Will keep the grease your from burning

And finally..... the only thing better than 1 crappie dinner is 2 crappie dinners!


I may have to try those recipes out. Sounds really good. Do you use peanut oil to fry with?
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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby Boogieman1 » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:55 am

may21581 wrote:
Boogieman1 wrote:
may21581 wrote:How do you cook your crappie?

I eat a lot of fish throughout the year. Probably more than most. Just how I grew up I guess, but if I don’t get it atleast once a week I get grouchy. Cook em up all kinds of ways to keep from burning myself out. Would say my top 4 fav are....

1.) standard cornmeal battered fried
2.) tempura battered crappie tacos
3.) put crappie filets in bowl, coat in sour cream, then toss in seasoned flour and fry. Sounds awful but dang it’s good.
4.) tortilla, cilantro, lime crusted baked crappie

Lessons learned.....
When frying maintaining 365-370 degrees is where the magic happens

If using only one fry pot, cook taters first

Keep fish dry and only put in the batter mix right b4 going in the grease

When doing a big fish fry, throw a whole dang onion in your grease pot and leave it! Will keep the grease your from burning

And finally..... the only thing better than 1 crappie dinner is 2 crappie dinners!


I may have to try those recipes out. Sounds really good. Do you use peanut oil to fry with?


When I’m doing a big fish fry I use the peanut oil. But for everyday frying I stick with the cheap stuff.
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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby Boogieman1 » Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:27 am

Had a bad thunderstorm come through last night which lasted til about 9 this morning. But as soon as it passed and that sun poked out I was in the water. Very fun day!
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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby Dewey » Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:32 am

Those are some nice crappies. What would you say the average size is of the keepers?
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Dewey wrote:Those are some nice crappies. What would you say the average size is of the keepers?


On my lake they must me at least 10” to keep. Most the ones I caught today were in the 13-14 inch range. Been getting 2 or 3 really good ones each trip in the 15-16.5” range. The first wave of spawners is typically the best as far as size around here. When u get into the tail end of the spawn you gotta sift through lots of dinks.
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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby Dewey » Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:49 am

Boogieman1 wrote:
Dewey wrote:Those are some nice crappies. What would you say the average size is of the keepers?


On my lake they must me at least 10” to keep. Most the ones I caught today were in the 13-14 inch range. Been getting 2 or 3 really good ones each trip in the 15-16.5” range. The first wave of spawners is typically the best as far as size around here. When u get into the tail end of the spawn you gotta sift through lots of dinks.

Nice. 8-)
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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby backstraps » Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:24 am

Dang Boogie you are a crappie nightmare :lol:
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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby Moose » Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:47 am

Man, looks like your killing it! I must say I'm jealous.
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Re: A Crappie Life

Unread postby Boogieman1 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:25 am

Was a very nice day today, mid 70s, 5mph South wind. Just one of those days your happy to be a live and fishing. Really wouldn’t have mattered if I caught squat or not. I was truly happy and having fun.
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Certainly this doesn’t include me :lol:

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Seen my good ole friend Mr Beaver making his rounds this morning.

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Even caught a few of these guys. I tossed them back, I will come back for the catfish mid May. Also hung a pretty good size bass that broke me off. All in all a great day and I couldn’t be happier. Now I just gotta see if I can talk mama into letting me go tomorrow.....
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Unread postby Boogieman1 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:11 pm

Doesn’t happen often but every once in awhile I get a taste of the good life! :lol:

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Just going off a hunch but have a feeling that I’m gonna be awfully thirty 2nite....Cheers!
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