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Are these guys edible?

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I caught these bergals yesterday. Are they edible? I was told by park rangers to throw them back because they both are not educated in identifying fishes. They both thought they are little blackfishs or tautogs. I told them lots of time no. They told me throw them back or else.

But anyway, most of them are over 10" and are not blackfish as you can tell.
I ate the big ones. They taste a little in between Blackfish and Porgy. :)


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Larger Bergals 1 pound or more are worth eating, there is enough meat on them to make it worthwhile, and they are quite tasty.
The little ones that are caught locally are not worth trying to fillet, very little meat and lots of bones.

Try using them live as bait for bluefish, they just love them.
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