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    If the Kings are turning red, are they still ok to eat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcousticLicks View Post
    If the Kings are turning red, are they still ok to eat?
    Better than no salmon, but compared to silvery bright?

    Ick.

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    Default smoke 'em if you got 'em

    I made the mistake of saving a red-ish king for table fare. Later I stocked up on much tastier dime-bright Kenai reds. Then I didn't want anything to do with the mushy spawner king (and it wasn't a tomato, either; just blush -- but still nasty after chowing on sockeye).

    My advice is to cut into strips, brine it, and throw it in the smoker. Then it will taste great.

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    Thx for the tips guys, now I know I can at least eat em if its all I can catch.

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    They also make fine salmon chowder.

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    Would you eat the beef from an old, dying cow?

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    All depends on the flesh... not the color. I kept a quite blushed king last year because it was firm. Cut it open and sure enough the flesh was still fairly good. Smoked up absolutely delicious.

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    A stinky ole pussed up salmon before being smoked....is still a stinky ole pussed up salmon after the smoking

    you want good smoked fish, start with good fresh fish

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    Default Color on outside does not equal meat quality!!

    Quote Originally Posted by AcousticLicks View Post
    If the Kings are turning red, are they still ok to eat?
    Meat quality is better measured by the clear flap of skin under the gill arches... Color on the outside has nothing to do w/ meat color on the inside.

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    Clear flap of skin under the gills...whats good vs. bad?

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    Default Guess that was unclear.

    Quote Originally Posted by AcousticLicks View Post
    Clear flap of skin under the gills...whats good vs. bad?
    You can see the color of the meat through the clear flap of skin.... Thus the more red the better.

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    Take your spawned out salmon and cut it into chunks for halibut bait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larsenvega View Post
    Take your spawned out salmon and cut it into chunks for halibut bait.
    Is that even legal? I thought sport caught game fish can't be used for bait. course fish are a differnet story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larsenvega View Post
    Take your spawned out salmon and cut it into chunks for halibut bait.
    That would be illegal. The fillets must be salvaged, the rest could be used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TYNMON View Post
    Meat quality is better measured by the clear flap of skin under the gill arches... Color on the outside has nothing to do w/ meat color on the inside.
    I always thought that the pigment emigrates from the flesh outward to the skin of a maturing salmon, thus becoming a pretty good indicator. Not true?

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    Why would you want to keep a dark or spawned out fish with all the chrome reds around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelieguy View Post
    Why would you want to keep a dark or spawned out fish with all the chrome reds around?

    Because he has no teeth and they are easy to suck through a straw!!


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    Default Exactly right!!

    Quote Originally Posted by NEVTSEAK View Post
    I always thought that the pigment emigrates from the flesh outward to the skin of a maturing salmon, thus becoming a pretty good indicator. Not true?
    The pigment on the outside is a indication of sexual maturity and may or may not indicate meat color and condition.

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    Tymon, I think your talking about checking out the color of the collar behind the last gillraker. Not sure it's possible to check when the fish is still alive in the net. I know most blushed fish are still good to ea, and I have even seen a few with sea lice.

    Drifter, the salmon straw technique it too funny : )
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    Default Undernieth the Gills.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steelieguy View Post
    Tymon, I think your talking about checking out the color of the collar behind the last gillraker. Not sure it's possible to check when the fish is still alive in the net. I know most blushed fish are still good to ea, and I have even seen a few with sea lice.

    Drifter, the salmon straw technique it too funny : )
    The area posterior to the gills and directly undernieth is the area I am mentioning. You just flip you rcatch over in the water and check out the flesh color. I will try to take a picture of a recent catch.

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