I met an OLD TIMER Florida Cracker a year ago while Kayak fishing in a back bay salt creek (S.W. FL.) He was born and raised in Florida. Probably 70 years old; an Old Florida guy. It was an honor to meet him. Standing on his property he invited me up out of the water, he told stories and gave me an education on fishing. Before I left he generously gave me 2 fillets of freshly caught mullet and 2 salt catfish fillets. (He had cast netted both that morning.) I think he saw me look funny when he gave me the catfish fillets. I told him I had heard all my life that salt catfish wasn't a good eating fish. He graciously corrected me and told me that these fillets would be as good as Snook. (This was not a Gaftop, but what I would call a generic common catfish that all of us have caught.) The funny thing is that he was right. I went home, baked the fresh mullet (it was very good) and fried the catfish. The catfish was surprisingly good. It probably was not as good as Snook, but was solidly good tasting table fare. Something that I would happily feed my family. Definitely tasted better than fresh water catfish. That day I was convinced that common salt catfish are not trash fish or a poor persons food.
Anyone have a similar experience? Has anyone actually eaten this ugly looking fish? What did you think?