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    Anyone ever eat any kelpgreenling I have heard they are great eating from some posts out of the lower 48

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    I've had a few, I guess you could say they have a generic rockfish taste.

    The only rockfish I've found that has an off taste/texture are the silver/gray rockfish.

    Other then that, if we hook it and aren't over our limit it goes on ice

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    greenling are not rockfish, and there is no limit.
    (and they are darn good eating, and they can very well)
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    I have eaten a few and liked every one of them.

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    3 weekends ago I went out with a couple of buddies for 2 days out of Homer for halibut. We found a bunch of kelp greenlings that just wouldn't quit and they were big - 16-24"s. The first one I caught was the biggest of the trip but I considered throwing it back because the only kelp greenling I had ever seen was a picture posted on this site and I thought that they grew to much larger sizes so I've been throwing them all back. When my buddy tells me that this one is a "monster" and explains that they are "much" smaller than a ling cod and are every bit as good tasting as a ling, I started keeping all of them! They're awesome to eat!!

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    taste is good but the texture is a little on the soft side for my taste.

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    they are good to eat, but lingcod like them more than humans i believe...

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    I agree with akriverrat they are great tasting but a bit soft.

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    I eat the quack out of them every time...

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    I caught a few last weekend and, yup, good eats...even better was that we were actually targeting greenling. they are a tad on the soft side, but worth keeping for sure
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    Too soft, at least the one we tried last summer, then again it was a big female, had a skin that was different from others we had hooked- wont keep females again at the very least

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    Too soft for me, but there is no better live bait for big lingcod.

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    I used them live for Ling Cod bait if they were smaller, but I thought they were ok eating too.

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    Do you fish them dead or just let them swim around a little for the Ling?

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    They're pretty hardy, and big lings will take big greenling. Figure out a way to secure a treble hook to the back half of the greenling, and send him down live. I imagine they'd be a good bait for mongo halibut, too. It's possible to catch many lings with only one bait greenling, though the greenling looks quite a bit worse for wear when it's all over.

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    I prefer greenling to rockfish or lingcod. If you object to the soft texture you don't have to cook it. It makes decent sashimi and the thinness and clarity of the fillet makes for easy scrutiny.

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    Hmm, I'll have to try it for sashimi. I also wonder if the folks complaining about the softness fillet them and put them on ice right away, or not.

    As to fishing live bait, I've just run a circle hook through the middle of them, same way you'd setup a dead herring. Lings are not picky eaters! I fished a live pollock and got slammed by a ling. Unfortunately I had a bat batch of powerpro and lost it when the line came apart

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