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    Posted: 03 September 2014 at 2:22pm
Went out last Sunday and caught 2 codling in amongst a stack of dogfish and a hard fighting 5 pound smoothound. We were fishing East of the Nab. Water was very cloudy.
Cooked the codling that evening and tasted OK, very sweet, but the flesh looked a dirty grey colour, not very appetising.
Is this normal with these inshore cod and is it due to the cloudy water? 
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did you bleed it? that can cause it to look a bit off colour
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dkstenson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 September 2014 at 3:17pm
Years ago I was told never eat Cod until it is as an absolute minimum 24 hours old. To do so just means the fish is bland..
 
Being a sceptic to this tale but always happy to try, I ignored the advise and ate it the day I caught it..
Next time I left it 2 days in the fridge before eating it...
 
Now when talking about Cod, I always say.. Don't eat Cod if its less than a couple of days stood.. Big smile
 
As for bleeding the fish, it was something that I never used to do, however after "spoiling" a few Bass with blood stained fillets (And Cod), I decided to try it.. I now slit the throat (However I do no pray to Allah at this time) and throw it into the bait well with the water running, after 10 - 15 minutes I remove it and chuck it into the coolbox... Taste..... Never able to tell any difference, but presentation = Pure white fillets and no "Spoilt" flesh.
 
So I now do this myself..
 
I have never had a dirty grey flesh though from a fish...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ahab Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 September 2014 at 4:37pm
nice  to  know  the cod  are  around  loads  of  reports   from   west  solent  to the  spoils  great  news
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loads of small codling coming up all over now. a mate of mine had some off lee on solent with some nice whiting to 2lb.
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Thanks guys I didn't bleed my codling and ate them within 6 hours of capture so perhaps next time I need to bleed em and leave them in the fridge for a day
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on the  other  hand  if and  when you  catch a  mackeral    fillett and   cook it   in its  blood  and  a  bit  of  sea  water  and   have  a makeral  sandwich   there and  then   mate  the  taste  is  great  10 times   better  than a few  hrs  old
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