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black spots on fillets

by , Posted to on 01/26/2010 7:33 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2009
Location: ND
I was cleaning a few perch I caught over the weekend and 9 out of the 10 had black spots on the fillets.  I was just wondering if anyone knew what this was from and if they are still safe to eat?
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by on 01/26/2010 7:43 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
Those are little mercury and lead deposits in the meat of the fish.  Obviously you were fishing Nelson Lake. 





Just kidding, that's the good news.

The bad news is that those little black things are parasites.   Pretty common in many smaller lakes of ND.  When I fished Golden Lake and the English Coulee out in the eastern part of the state they were in an awful lot of the perch.  You would also see them on the exterior of the fish a lot of times and you could kind of sort through the ones and only keep those without the parasites.

NDGF and all biologists I know would tell you that they don't infect humans and the meat is perfectly fine so long as you cook the fish.  OK, most likely, but they are quite unappetizing.  The tapeworms in the walleyes at DL I can ignore, but not these things in the meat itself.

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by on 01/26/2010 8:31 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Allen:  You didn't even give the conspiracy theorists "or thier biology classmates :)" a chance to respond before you came in and destroyed the whole thing with your TRUTH.  How dare you?
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by on 01/27/2010 01:47 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Thats no way to get a good, meaningless arguement going Allen, SERIOUSLY!!!  HAHAHA

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by on 01/27/2010 05:25 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Seriously though, just add some pepper to your batter mix and the black spots will blend right in and you will never know the difference.  It is mind over matter - if you don't mind, the spots won't matter - they won't hurt you a bit.  They are a parasite that needs snails and cormorants or pelicans to complete thier life cycle.  The parasite goes from the fish to the birds, the birds crap in the water and the parasite goes to the snails, the fish eat the snails and it starts over again - humans break the cycle with no ill effects.
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by on 01/27/2010 06:49 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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"Just add some pepper." 

Heh heh heh, maybe some of the best advice I've heard yet on how to deal with these little parasites.


This is just anecdotal, but I seemed to catch fewer infected fish in the deeper and cooler waters.
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by on 01/27/2010 08:23 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
You mean I can't make sushi out of them, Allen?
Fly Shiit works as good as pepper to camo those black spots!
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by on 01/27/2010 08:53 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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by on 01/27/2010 10:17 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Bobkat, where do you get your bulk FLY SHIIT.my mother in-law love it on her oatmeal.
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by on 01/27/2010 10:17 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: MN
Pepper mixed in to hide parasites? Wow, that a great idea. similar to adding brown racing stripes to your new undewear with shoe polish!
 
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by on 01/27/2010 11:14 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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I don't like the white round worms in the meat that are like a little ball,ishta,cut them suckers out and the unroll flat like a small white leech.

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by on 01/27/2010 11:21 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
archer Said:
Pepper mixed in to hide parasites? Wow, that a great idea. similar to adding brown racing stripes to your new undewear with shoe polish!
HAhahahaha. Thats funny stuff right thur.



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by on 01/27/2010 11:25 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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If I find black spots, worms or anything else on my fish fillets thats not supposed to be there its going in the garbage. You can call that wanton waste or whatever you'd like, I could care less but I'm not eating it..
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by on 01/27/2010 1:09 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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If you marinate them in a 151 Rum mixture the combination of the alcohol and high heat upon frying usually kills any unwanted parasites or mutations on the meat.

This has been used by the residents of Oliver County for years








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by on 01/27/2010 3:09 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
snow Said:
I don't like the white round worms in the meat that are like a little ball,ishta,cut them suckers out and the unroll flat like a small white leech.



Those are a whole LOT more disgusting than the black spots.  Those white things are an actual worm and they give me the willies.  I spoke to the G&F about those things and was told that they are just as harmless as the black spots if you choose to eat them.  I think they are disgusting and will not eat them, but they are big enough that they can easily be cut out of a fillet.  They are usually not that numerous and easy to cut out and they do not harm the rest of the fillet. 

As far as someone not wanting to eat a fish with the spots on, that is your choice.  I would rather eat the black spots than oysters, snails, sushi, and a host of other things that many people consider a delecacy.  In fact I would MUCH rather eat those black spots than resort to eating fungus (mushrooms).
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by on 01/27/2010 11:07 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND

This whole topic is a major part of why I much prefer to freeze my filets before I eat them.  Fresh fish with live parasites, of any color, just doesn't sound appetizing!

That Oliver County marinade sounds interesting though. 

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