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My son Joel and I fished Delacroix this weekend for the Save Our Lake Rodeo, and had a decent trip. We caught 24 fish consisting of seven different species: speckled trout, redfish, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, croaker and channel catfish.

Saturday night, I did a blind taste test with my mother, father, wife and son with the following species: speckled trout, redfish, black drum, croaker and channel catfish. I fried them all the exact same way, and got them to rate each fish on a scale from 1-10.

Remarkably, they all put the fish in the exact same order of quality, without having any idea what the others were picking. Can you guess the order?

To make it easier for you, the fish were the following sizes: redfish (17 inches), black drum (16 1/2 inches), speckled trout (15 inches), channel catfish (14 1/2 inches) and croaker (9 inches).
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The answer
Thanks to all who guessed. I provided the answer on June 7, but apparently some people missed it. Here it is:

1) redfish
2) black drum
3) channel cat
4) speckled trout
5) croaker

It was a lot of fun to do, and I was as shocked at the results as anybody.

Next time, I'm going to try Jerald's taste test. I was talking to him about it yesterday, and he said the worst part of the process is the fear you have that a game warden's going to check your ice chest and see that you've got hardheads in it. You might pass out and drown from the humiliation.
Keep guessing
Just talked to Andy Crawford, and he said he'll send a free window decal to anyone who guesses correctly. No one has yet.

Only one guess per user.

I'll announce the results tomorrow (Thursday).
lets say, 1)specs 2)reds 3)black drum) 4)channel cat 4)croaker, did i win
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my guess 1.croaker 2.speck 3.red 4.cat 5.drum
like mine crispy so croaker & channel mullet are
the best to fry - grill the rest
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Um my guess....

speckled trout
channel catfish
croaker
black drum
redfish

Trout is my fav, Redfish would have to be un least fav fried....
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   Bink869
1) channel cat
2) speck
3) black drum
4) croaker
5) redfish

???????
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Flounder
Croaker
Drum
Trout
Redfish
Sheepshead
Catfish
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   Dr. Spot
1) drum
2) redfish
3) croaker
4) trout
5) catfish

drum and reds are often overlooked for their taste, and trout are more fishy/brittle. Croaker is a sweet fish, but can't imagine that little bitty fillet getting first place. Catfish can be tough.
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CROAKER,TROUT,CAT,DRUM, RED
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   Squid Row
1. Drum
2. Speckle Trout
3. Red Fish
4. Croaker
5. Channel Cat
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   Iceman
Croaker, trout, drum, channel cat, redfish.
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   YatYas
1. Red
2. Drum
3. Whiskers
4. Croaker
5. Spackle

Let me know when he sends the decal.
Thanks.

EDIT: forgot to include the door mat and sheep snapper.
EDIT 2: After rereading post...Todd didn't include those two in the test...door mat and sheep snapper removed...
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1.Channel Cat
2.Drum
3.Redfish
4.croaker
5.Speckled Trout
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1)Flounder
2)Croaker
3)Sheephead (Bay Snapper)
4)Trout
5)Catfish
6)Red
7)Black Drum

Contact me and I'll tell you where to send the sticker.
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   jrocksho
1..catfish
2..trout
3..croaker
4..redfish
5..black drum

am i close? is anyone close?
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   Leafman
1 trout
2 croaker
3 catfish
4 redfish
5 black drum
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Croaker
Catfish
Trout
Redfish
Drum

At least that would be my order ;-)
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catfish
trout
drum
redfish
croaker
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   ScottA
1) Black Drum
2) Specks
3) Channel Cat
4) Croaker
5) Reds
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   perchjerk
1 croaker 2 black drum 3 speckled trout 4 channel 5 red
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   abugarcia
Croaker, trout, black drum, redfish, cat
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drum, sheeepshead, cat, red, speck, croaker, flounder.
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   rmelancon
1. Drum
2. Croaker
3. Speck
4. Red
5. Catfish
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channel catfish (14 1/2 inches)
black drum (16 1/2 inches),
croaker (9 inches).
speckled trout (15 inches)
redfish (17 inches),
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cat
croaker
trout
red
drum
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#1 Croaker
#2 Catfish
#3 Spec. Trout
#4 Redfish
#5 Black Drum

Maybe I can win a fishing trip out of this ;)
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   Danny_A
1.CROAKER
2.SPECK
3.RED DRUM
4.BLACK DRUM
5.CHANNEL CAT
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cat
croaker
spec
drum
red
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1.croaker
2. spec
3 cat
4 blk drum
5 red fish
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   Foot 11
1) Croaker
2) Red
3) Drum
4) Speck
5) Channel Cat
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I've read over the guesses, and no one's gotten it right.

I'll tell you this: I was stunned at the results. Every one of them ranked the fish the exact same, and after I tested myself (obviously knowing which fish was which), I had to agree my taste-testers were right.

If I had taken this quiz myself, I would have guessed:

1) croaker
2) channel cat
3) speckled trout
4) black drum
5) redfish

But I was wrong. The actual ranking was:

1) redfish
2) black drum
3) channel cat
4) speckled trout
5) croaker

I've always thought frying redfish is a disservice to the fish, and that there are few fish better to eat fried than croaker. But the redfish and black drum were delicious and, not surprisingly, tasted very similar. The croaker, on the other hand, tasted relatively mediciney.

I was really surprised at the poor showing of the speckled trout.

Jerald Horst loves to run a taste test on friends in which he serves them fried speckled trout and fried hardhead catfish, and asks them to pick a winner. Every single time, his friends pick the hardhead catfish.

There's nobody who loves speckled trout more than I do, but apparently, they just don't taste that good when compared to other fish.
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   RSchwab
Spec
Channel Cat
Croaker
Red Fish
Black Drum
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Channel cat
Black drum
red drum
croaker
speckle trout
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I say #1 croaker #2 drum #3 red #4 specks #5 catfish
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Red Fish spec blk drum cat croaker
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Redfish,Blk.Drum,Catfish,Trout,Croaker
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croaker
catfish
redfish
trout
drum
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sailfish
Bonita
tarpon
hardhead
Bermuda chub
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   Dulacdat
catfish croaker drum red speck
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1. croaker
2. speck
3. drum
4. redfish
5. catfish
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I say:
1. Trout
2. Catfish
3. Redfish
4. Drum
5. Croaker
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   Dr. Spot
Some people are still guessing, but Todd provide the answer below.

I'm not surprised at all by the redfish/drum winning. The 'meatfish' some people frown on are the best tasting fish; it helps to remove the bloodline first and any dark meat. And they can be cooked so many different ways.

If sheephead had been included in the blind taste test, they would have beat the redfish and drum.

Trout are still good, but a little fishy and mushy. They are just so much fun to catch.

I thought this thread was the most one in several weeks.
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