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    Whatís the skinny on salmon sharks? Do people eat them? Fun to catch Iíd imagine. I used to catch threshers and smaller makos out of San Diego, great fun in a kayak!


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    We targeted them one time during the pink runs in PWS. Out behind HItchenbrook, anchored, bucket of bloody water dripping, flicking pieces of carcasses out the back. Hooked up with a large one, crazy fight, broke off finally. Iíve ate it, not a huge fan, but not bad.


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    Great fun to catch. The problem with the meat is, if you don't like it a whole lot, you still have a whole lot of meat to eat. It runs against everything I stand for in hunting and fishing to kill one then pile it into a dumpster that day or a year later, so we just don't kill them. We don't hunt for them, but if they get as far as the side of the boat after a fight, the leader gets cut. Glory pics are just as good with them swimming beside the boat as hanging on a dock waiting their trip to the landfill.
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    They are very edible, but like the makos I used to catch, bleed and gut and put on ice ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    Great fun to catch. The problem with the meat is, if you don't like it a whole lot, you still have a whole lot of meat to eat. It runs against everything I stand for in hunting and fishing to kill one then pile it into a dumpster that day or a year later, so we just don't kill them. We don't hunt for them, but if they get as far as the side of the boat after a fight, the leader gets cut. Glory pics are just as good with them swimming beside the boat as hanging on a dock waiting their trip to the landfill.
    Most of the threshers I used to catch weíre released. They taste pretty good, just not a fan of killing them if I could avoid it. Iíd like to try salmon shark though. Whatís it taste similar to?


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    Reminds me of swordfish, to the point that I sometimes wonder about all the "swordfish" in the markets.
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    They taste just like chicken.... Great fight, but have plans for the abundance of meat if you keep it.

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    In Valdez there was a couple of charters that targeted them for a couple of years. I don't think anyone targets them anymore and I have not seen one at the cleaning tables in years. I wouldn't mind tasting some. As always, the recipe used can be the deciding factor on the editability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    Reminds me of swordfish, to the point that I sometimes wonder about all the "swordfish" in the markets.
    Now thatís funny right there. Most flatlanders in this part of the world donít know seafood from seaweed. It is whatever it says it is on the package and they eat it and like it. I think they might be surprised at what they are really eating! Especially breaded fish patties......one step from dog food some of it. Itís kinda funny how a grocery store in Ioway can have two different brands of halibut and one costs twice as much as the other! Cutting the ears off a mule donít make it a horse and writing ďHalibutĒ on a Mississippi River carp donít make it good table fair!

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    Salmon sharks are a lot of fun to catch. I've had the opportunity to catch them in PWS, Homer, as well as Kodiak. As for taste, I agree they are more like swordfish, as a good description. Our favorite way to cook them is to marinate them in Yoshidas sauce and then grill them, very good that way. One shark will feed a few families, a lot of meat, and not something most eat on a regular basis like halibut or salmon.

    As far as catching them......there are some areas that they frequent. When I was a kid growing up in Valdez there was a bay nearby that at 10 minutes before high slack they would surface and go into a frenzie for about 15 to 20 minutes and then slip back into the abyss. The catching was great there. Find those type of areas and you'll have an amazing time. They will ruin cheap reels!!!
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    I helped eat a 600 lb thresher caught off the Oregon coast. The meat was mild and tender almost like a beef steak, meaty, but more of a chicken flavor with very slight seafood flavor. Iíd take thresher over halibut most every time.

    I have also eaten some mako and it was denser and drier than the thresher, with more of a seafood flavor. Still delicious, but I wouldnít prefer it over halibut.

    I would speculate the salmon shark would eat more like a mako, but never had it, so pure speculation.
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    The meat has the texture of Manatee but the flavor reminds me of Condor or Eagle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeRoss View Post
    The meat has the texture of Manatee but the flavor reminds me of Condor or Eagle.



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    Iíve eaten salmon shark; once. It wasnít special. Especially considering the alternatives of halibut, rockfish and salmon.

    My captain refused to try it saying he would never eat anything that ďpissed through itís skinĒ.

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    I ate sand shark many years ago. I was NOT impressed.
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