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    There are plenty of fish eaters here on this forum. What you do think, are P Cod worth keeping and eating? They are very plentiful in Seward in May and June. no bag limit....
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    ive eaten them and they are good fresh. as long as they arent loaded with worms and i didnt get them from a reasturaunt or at carrs i can eat them. when i commercial fished halibut the skipper cooked some up and i complained but the choice was "eat cod or dont eat". that was some pretty good cod.

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    • #3
      thumbs up on p-cod!!

      i actually prefer them to halibut, so much that i bought #100 in the round and filleted/vac packed them.
      IF they are not wormy! :eek: the spring cod here tend to be pretty good, the ones i got were jig caught in the barrens and i only saw 2 worms in all the fillets, and they were in one fish.
      gotta keep them cool, and bled, but they are a great food fish!
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      • #4
        I love P. cod. We fished out of Homer a couple of days ago, and outside of a couple of small cod we used for halibut bait (trading up, so to speak), we kept several nice sized ones. They are a little flakier and moister than halibut.

        I saw where some early charters last year hit some places in Res bay for cod when the weather was kicking...I'd take a nice mess of cod over not fishing anyday, myself.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by homerdave View Post
          i actually prefer them to halibut, so much that i bought #100 in the round and filleted/vac packed them.
          IF they are not wormy! :eek: the spring cod here tend to be pretty good, the ones i got were jig caught in the barrens and i only saw 2 worms in all the fillets, and they were in one fish.
          gotta keep them cool, and bled, but they are a great food fish!
          I completely agree! Last year there was a giant school of them just south of Rugged Island. They would bite anything and numbered in the tens of thousands I am sure (if not more). Pacific cod have a very nice sweet taste when compared to halibut with a little better texture. But, fighters they aren't. They remind me of pulling in boot...... After you fillet them, they also make a very durable bait that halibut and ling cod seem to love.

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          • #6
            I've never caught one, but have eaten them and they are an excellent tasting fish. I rank them a close second behind Halibut. I think they are very close to Burbot in taste and texture.
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            • #7
              Yum! Yum! Yum!

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              • #8
                I've heard that they make good halibut bait but are they legal to use as bait?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nbx03xlt View Post
                  I've heard that they make good halibut bait but are they legal to use as bait?
                  I never use the whole cod for bait as I love to eat them so much. But, just as you can use a herring for bait, I can imagine that you can use a cod as neither of them are sportfish. I prefer to fillet them out and then stick a circle hook through their mouth. Sometimes I put a little salmon belly or octopus on there too. I have (many times) felt something messing with my herring on the bottom and then to stop and I thought nothing of it as I figured it was a small bite. Moments later more of the little tugging that I just ignore normally, and then WHAMO a giant head shake and real tug. A number of times a little cod came over to inpsect the herring and got itself hooked and it became my new bait and it flailing attracted a large halibut. Other times, well it result in several minutes of fishing with no bait since the little cod stole it......

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                  • #10
                    cod is king

                    as well as bait! whole is better but if your in a chicken hole small bait would yield more great eating small halibut
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                    • #11
                      I will try it......

                      I need to try it. I usually toss them back and save some for bait.

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                      • #12
                        Both P Cod and rockfish are better for deep frying than halibut. Halibut is better baked, but for fish and chips I prefer cod to buts.

                        That being said, cod is the absolute best halibut bait there is, bar none.

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                        • #13
                          Cut it in strips and beer batter it. It flakes great and is really tasty. Beer battered cod seems to always be a hit with the kids as well, so it is a good option to have out while the adults have baked halibut or something else "icky" (as my son calls it).

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                          • #14
                            Thats what i thought

                            We have been treating them like bait on the charters in Seward for so long and it is really a shame. At one point last year they were buying them for a buck a pound and I saw them on the menu at Simon and Seaforts in Anchorage and at a fancier resturant in NYC.

                            Maybe it is time to start keeping them as a bonus fish, instead of filleting them for bait.
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                            • #15
                              We always keep a few if there`s room n the coolers. Some of my friends/family request it over rockfish and salmon.
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