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Old 12-16-2013, 05:39 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by CraigC View Post
Petroleum products float on the surface and catfish are bottom dwellers. Never the tween shall meet. However, if the person who caught the catfish, tossed them in the bilge, maybe.
Eventually, as proven in the Williams Sound and the Gulf Coast spills, the petroleum products do end up at the bottom.

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Old 12-16-2013, 06:19 PM   #22
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Unless you know the source of your catfish and tilapia, it could be farmed in filthy conditions overseas.

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Old 12-16-2013, 07:31 PM   #23
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Most catfish farmed in the US is feed floating feed to help prevent them from tasting muddy. Samples (a few fish) are taken a day or two before harvesting to check for off flavors and smell.

First test is to cut one open and smell.

Second test put some in a microwave and cook it (no seasoning). They smell it (a real bad one you can smell cooking) then taste it.

The biggest culprit of off catfish is oxygen content in the water. When they are under stress from low oxygen they will taste off.

I will only buy US raised catfish.

I will not buy any animal farmed in China. In the last year all tilapia I have seen has been from China. I do not buy it and do not order it in restaurants.

When in South America I will buy S. American farmed tilapia.

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