We had so much fun on the ling cod eatin' post I thought I'd wear this subject out some more...
So for decades I have heard that "yeah, they take cookie cutters and make scallops out of skate wings and no one can tell the difference"...yeah right!
So, we keep having the "I GOT A HALIBUT ON AND IT'S A BIG ONE" blues when we figure it out pretty quick that no head shaking = skate.
So this year, my wife catches a big 44lb skate, and we decide we are going to try to eat it. So, my son and I, both experts fish fillet'ers of course, get to work. We find this weird chambered cartilage-like substance throughout the wings. After what seemed several hours of careful exploration, we decide that if we filet (finally I spelled that correctly!) all the cartiledge out, we have maybe 1/4" thick filets left, so we leave some in, ice then freeze the filets. So....we cook it and that cartiledge layer is about like trying to eal a Walmart placemat, kinda looks like one too...the flesh in between is pretty good but a little stringy, and NO ONE believes you can cut out cute little scallop circles and have something even close to as good as those. And, after all that work, we got about 6 lbs. of filets out of killing a 44lb "fish"...so, whatayathink, guys and gals?