Here Are The Top Favorite Wild-Caught Fish According to the Internet
OutdoorHub Reporters 12.28.18
How good any particular fish tastes is highly subjective. If you were to ask any number of anglers what their top favorite wild-caught fish is, you’re likely to get a wide range of answers. Therefore, we’ve scoured the internet looking for a definitive answer, but surprisingly, it seems there is no consensus.
Below, we listed 10 of the internet’s top favorite wild-caught fish, and now we want to hear yours. Mahi-Mahi tacos are always an excellent choice, but it’s nearly impossible to turn down fresh perch pulled out of Lake Erie.
So, what’s your choice?
Many of you may be surprised that halibut ended up so low on this list, especially as many anglers familiar with halibut would have rated it much higher. By itself halibut has a very mild, subtly sweet flavor. Its lean, flaky meat is very versatile and can be cooked in a number of ways, and halibut cheeks are especially prized as the most tender part of the fish.
Good old perch. Many people count white perch among their favorite fish for its flaky texture and and mild taste.
8. Red snapper
Oily, moist, and fairly mild with a sweet flavor, the red snapper is a fish that is hard to mess up.
7. Yellowfin tuna
Yellowfin tuna, or ahi, is one of the more coveted fish on this list, especially by chefs specializing in sashimi. If you haven’t tried this fish, it’s about time you did.
The poll doesn’t differentiate between different species of trout, which is curious, since there is a world of difference in taste between each. Some anglers keep away from lake trout, which they describe as “muddy” and too oily for the effort, while others love them. Of course, rainbow trout often ranks among one of the tastiest fish to keep.
5. Sea bass
High in fat and low in the dreaded fishy flavor, sea bass is best grilled, poached, or steamed.
Much like halibut, walleye is incredibly versatile and can be made into pretty much anything. Fans of this fish often compare it favorably to chicken and say it is very easy to prepare. Walleye is especially popular in Minnesota, where the fish is eaten more than any other state in the United States.
It’s not surprising to see salmon in the top three of this poll. Possibly one of the most overused fish in the country, salmon still enjoys a stellar reputation for its firm, flaky flesh and mild flavor.
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Dorado – or mahi-mahi – is a great-tasting fish that has lean pink meat with a mild sweet flavor. They are also prized by anglers for their acrobatic prowess on the line.
1. Whitesaddle goatfish
You might not have heard of this one before, and frankly we were a bit surprised to see it on top of the poll. We would have figured one of the more familiar fish, such as salmon or mahi-mahi, would win. However, the whitesaddle goatfish took número uno as the tastiest fish in this poll.
Also known as kumu, one of the few places you could fish for this species is Hawaii, and spearfishing is generally preferred.
They are apparently unique among fish because they taste a lot like shrimp. They are also pretty expensive, so it might be better to dive for your dinner instead.
What is the tastiest fish you’ve ever caught? Let us know in the comments.