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    Question Hooligan.... What do you do with them?

    I asked this at the bottom of the hooligan thread but I doubt it's been read.

    OK...So I have to ask. Never netted hooligan so bare with me.

    What do you do with them? Bait, eat, pickle what?

    If you eat them, what could they be compared to?
    How do you cook them?


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    http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Smelt.htm

    Somthing to get you started..

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    Hooligan make great pike bait as long as the body is solid and isn't mushy. A treble in the tail, mid body, and head all connected by mono has seriously outfished herring from what I have seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greythorn3 View Post
    http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Smelt.htm

    Somthing to get you started..

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    Thanks Ray.

    Had some good reading there.
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    We just mix flour and corn meal 50/50, roll the fish in it whole, then fry in a cast iron pan with a bit of oil in it, salt and pepper while it's in the pan. Fry at a medium-hot temperature until the tail is crispy and the fish is nicely browned. Easy shmeazy.

    The trick is in the eating. You just pile a bunch of them on your plate and eat them one at a time ...we just lift the tail a tad, then use a butter knife to peel the bottom fillet off the bones. Then flip the fish and use the butter knife to peel the (now bottom) fillet off the fish. Toss the bones aside (looks just like the fish bones, all one piece - head and all, that you used to see in Saturday morning cartoons).

    We grew up eating these little guys and I've always had a soft spot for hoolies.

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    Neighbor just gave me some that he smoked up / canned. I haven't gotten in to them yet, but he swears smoking them up like salmon is the way to do it.

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    Upstream,

    Be sure to tell us how it is. Kinda curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskanmoosehunter View Post
    Upstream,

    Be sure to tell us how it is. Kinda curious.
    Will do, I'm holding them a bit until a buddy returns from back east, he's interested in trying them out after I mentioned it in a conversation.

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    I tried hooligan once....I was 12. They tasted great, but they gave me the most unholy gas imaginable. I'm afraid to try them again for fear that my wife will leave me.

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    I'm new to alaska so I'm wondering where 20 mile is, I grew up in michigan we dipped hooligan,but called them smelt. They make killer pike bait as noted,also great to eat. Snip the heads off with scissors, one snip to open belly remove guts and wash out, then roll in drakes and fry till tail is crisp . thanks for any info and good luck to all.
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    Paul, 20 Mile is located at the end of Turnagain Arm. It is the first stream you cross going into the curve just before the Portage/Whittier turn off from the Seward HWY.

    What part of Mich. you from? Grew up in Stockbridge area, used to love going "north" with my friends family to smelt dip. Loved them deep fried. I think my friend's dad only took extra kids along to up the amount brought home. Love the outdoor life here in AK, but I do miss the perch run AT East Tawass(not sure about spelling). It was a blast as a kid. Also miss walleye fishing near the Fermi 2 cooling waters.

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    I'm from a little town called Otisville about 35 miles south of Bay City. Thanks for the info. I'm anxious to enjoy all Alaska has to offer, the hunting and fishing, but will miss being able to walk out behind the house and hunting large whitetails and turkey.
    Paul

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    i lyk frynem crisp-head guts n'll- eatm that way too-no big deal. salt n pepr. flowrd or not. especialy lyk the ones w/eggs-best prt 2me...i mean if u lykem w/out the eggs..."u mean i had a gold nuggts in my back yard?!"

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