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anybody eat choupique???

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Hey guys, I grew up on the bayou in Houma. Specifically, on Morrison Ave with the St Louis Canal as my back yard. From age 6 I paddled a pirogue, at 11 got my first flat boat and outboard. We grew up catching gars and choupique in the back yard. Occasionally, someone would make gar fish balls. We usually just threw back the gars and choupique.

Now, to my question. I cannot recall anyone I know EVER eating a choupique. There is a lady here at work that grew up in Thibodaux, and she swears that choupique when fresh, is delicious fried. She also said they made patties with the fish, potatoes, and other ingredients, and fried those. She says Choupique is the best fish she has ever eaten.

I want some input. I consider myself pretty well-rounded, with a large variety of friends and acquaintances from all kinds of backgrounds. I still can't think of a single person I have ever met that ate Choupique, or even considered it.

Let me hear from ya'll.

Anybody ever eat that?
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Nope
I have not ever eaten choupique but I have heard how people do it. You lay the fish on it's side take a treated 2x4 and beat the fish repeatedly. Flip it over, do the same ( sort of a tenderizing method ). Then take the 2x4 with a little salt and pepper and lemon juice..... and bone apetite. The board tastes wonderful, be sure to dispose of the fish.
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Open minded
I just started eating gar this year, and have that as one of my top ten. I was always taught growing up that choupique and gar are trash fish.

I was reading a book the other day written by Greg Girouard about life in the basin, and the people that Girouard interviewed had Grenal up there with any other type of fish, just said you have to prepare and keep it like gar. They said if you try to freeze it in water you are screwed, it gets mushy. Next time I catch one I am going to go home and clean that sucker. If it is like gar I am salivating.
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Eating Choupic
My father in law told me that choupic is great when fresh. Well one time at the camp on lake verret I called his bluff. I caught about a 4 pounder from the pier & filleted him while he was as fresh as could be. The meat was still quivering when it hit the grease. I won't eat another one is all I'll say. paw in law won't either! I'm sure if you cover up the true taste with lots of seasoning & extra ingredients it will taste different, but without all the extras I think it tastes pretty bad.
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wow
We called them grennel where I grew up. We used to sell them to the colored folk in town. They would use a hoe to scale them. Mix the meat with potatoes and onion and sometimes add cheese to that. Dust and deep fry! They were good. You dont soak them in water because they would get a cotton like texture and it would mess the process up.... A little salt and pepper and sweet tea and its on! They sure would destroy a spinner bait too! Loads of fun to catch. I do not go out of the way for them anymore but I will eat them when they are done right!
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never ate a choupique
and i havent cought one in years. i do like garfish though. i been eaing that since i was a kid. i dont know if any of you have ever tried it but hard heads and sailcat are some pritty good fish too beleave it or not, ive even aten the wings of stingray, thats not bad either.
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yea right
I don't know about eating it?
But don't you need a chainsaw to clean it.
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uncle jo
I grew up eating them my Dad would make balls out of the meat and either fry them or put them in a stew. Both ways were tasty, I thought they tasted better than the gar fish and were a hell of lot easier to clean.
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Green cypress trout
I grew up eating them. If they are fresh clean them with a eletric knife and fry them they are better than catfish hands down.
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choupique
Grew up eating them. For a long time i didn't know other fish existed. ha! Use to make boulette's and fry them or put them in a stew. When we catch really big ones, Pop use to smoke them. Really good like that. Mom would add them smoked to a gumbo. The best way is at the camp, straight of the hook. Clean, and fry. Sandwich or with whitebeans. If you decide to try them, don't think of them as fish. I don't think the taste is what turns people off but the texture. It's not white and flakey like most fish, more like ground fish. But man that's some good stuff.
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Choupic
My favorite fish fried fresh.Also makes the best patties.Caught two while bass fishing in Turtle Bayou this past summer.I treated them like Gold,fried fresh that night with a cold one.Nothing better with fresh white beans.
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choupique
fresh fried choupique is one of the best eating fish they have!!! try it, guarantee, you will like it and you will regret throwing them back all them years!!
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HEAT UP THE GREASE!!!
GIVE'M THE HOT OIL TREATMENT. YOU HAVE TO GET THE BLOOD LINE OUT ALSO, KINDA LIKE A BIG CATFISH AND THEY HAVE TO BE FRESH TO FRY OR THE MEAT IS LIKE COTTON.

OR,PASS THEM THROUGH A MEAT GRINDER WITH ONIONS, BELL PEPPER, CELERY, SWEET POTATOES, GREEN ONIONS, GARLIC, SALT/PEPPER TO TASTE AND SOME BREAD CRUMBS AND AN EGG JUST LIKE MAKING HAMBURGERS. MAKE SOME PATTIES AND DEEP FRY UNTIL DARK BROWN. EAT WITH WHITE BEANS AND COLD BEER AND BE SURE YOUR MOMMA AIN'T AROUND CAUSE SHE WILL GET SLAPPED!
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kjs 123
I am calling the bluff on Hardheads....That is one strong tasting fish! Hands down the worst I have ever eaten!
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Choupique meat balls
Grew up eating Choupique, scale and filet from bones only leave skin on, chill well and then scrape the meat from the skin, mix with boiled potatoes and onions, season well and cook in a gravy. I know a lot of people think they taste like mud but personally I have never hit one yet that taste muddy.
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SIN
In chackbay its a sin to throw back a choupic! I love it and never let one go. Earlier this year me and my buddy were fishing a tournament and caught two. opened up the live well that we were not using and brought home. Thats the key though, gotta keepem alive and fry fresh
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cool
I will keep Gafftops when nothing else is biting. Great taste, but toooooooo much slime!!

Hardheads, I tried frying some once, I was 17 with 2 friends at our camp, and we ran out of food. Only thing we could catch was hardheads on the dock. It was yucky. We had spent our last dollars on beer, LOL, and couldn't drive up to the store and buy any food. We ate the hardheads, but it was baaaaaaaad.

Thanks for all the Choupique info.
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duck enticer
i liked them, but then again i dont mind a strong fishy taste. now i dont keep hardheads everything i go out, but if i cant get any fish and i want to eat, i will keep them. i bake smaller reds and black drum with the skin and head on, there kinda fishy like that, but growing up at delacroix my maw maw and paw paw ate like the old people, they dont throw anything away... like a bunch of coonasses i guess, you might need a cast iron stomach to eat the things i like. everything goes in the pot. when they cook ducks they keep everything but the guts.the liver,gizzards,the heart and even the head to eat the brain, i cook them like that all the time. eer eat cow toung, deer brain or deer heart? the best part of the animal are the paets everyone else throws away.
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kjs123
That's cool, I hear ya. You are right about the cast iron stomach thing. To each his own.
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choupique
We cought them all the time growing up down Bayou Black. Like other people said you have to keep them alive and fresh. I remember my dad would put the fillets in a bowl with ice, water and vinager untill we would fry them. We would use an electric knive to clean them.
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choupique
This a tasty fish when fried fresh. When I was a kid we caught Choupique and fried them after they were cleaned. They are rubbery if not cooked fresh.
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choupique balls
leave them on ice over night, fillet them but leave the scales on. the meat is going to e a little mushy , so you will need a spoon to scrape out the meat. you mix the mush meat with boiled potatoes, onions,or season blend and seasoning. add fish fry then fry. it is also good in a gravy. I never throw them back!!!!!!!!!!!
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Choupic
Thats the name of my home town,accept it is spelled "Choupic"...That was one of my favorite fish to eat when I was young, especially the patties. Its been a while since I've ate choupic
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cajunhopper
cajunhopper, was the beer, baaaaaad or gooooood? next time all you have to eat is hardheads, you got to drink a lot more beer first, then eat the hardheads, they will be delicious, thats the secret!!!!
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yeah
The beer was sooooo gooodd and cooolldd, that we got stopped by LDWF for knee-boarding at 1:30 am in Bayou Terrebonne near Bush Canal!!!!!!

Agents said, "You boys are lucky skiing at night and being stupid aren't illegal!" We had no running lights on the boat, and I was on the kneeboard, only one with a pfd on.

That whole story is posted somewhere on this site in one of the 'bloopers' threads......................
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choupique?
just thought about this, never before! is choupique only found in south louisiana or do they have them in other places??? if they don't, they ain't as lucky as us!! oh well!!!
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all over
all over, only they call them Grennell or Bowfin. Google Choupique, you will find a lot of info. Prized game fish in some areas, I have found.
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They're everwhere...
Check out this website. They're everywhere!

http://www.bowfinanglers.com/
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choupique
I had heard about how good it was but had never eaten it until a buddy of mine from Thibodeaux fried me some patties he made....I hurt myself I ate so much of it...don't pass up a chance to try it.
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awsome
All I can say is I wish I had a Choupique poboy right now. They are very good to eat. If you are going to fry it, you have to soak the meat in vinigar and ice water to firm up the meat because the meat is kinda mushy. If you want to freeze it, you have to make choupique patties, which is the best fish patties you will ever eat.
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Choupique=Culture
Choupique is a cultural fish, that is whythere are so many different opinions. I am from Houma, sportsmans paradise. I am lucky enough to have been raised on the water and understand the salt/fresh waters. However, not everyone has boats and/or can drive south to fish salt water. Like I said, alot of people here are spoiled to trout/reds/flounder/etc. The people who eat this eat what they catch, as I always have, and throw back little. It is respect for the land. Thats why our culture is great, we are one with the earth. Hince the name Terrebonne..(Good Earth)
Lets face it, choupique and garfish are not a pretty sight. But when you are bank fishing, bass and sac a lait arent always there. I catch choupique on jug lines alot.
The key to a good choupique sandwich is listed. When caught, throw in an ice chest with BAYOU WATER, NOT ICE (they are very tough fish).
When home, clean and soak in ice water/vingegar. Cut out the blood line and season meat, it will be mushy, hince why boulettes are so popular, and fry.

Call some friends.. and vouila'
C'est la vie
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Choupic
Choupic or as my friend calls them "shewpwicks" are good eatin. Fried, Bouletts, Sauce Picante are all finger lickin good.
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Re: anybody eat choupique???
Sure Do! Don't really know anyone around here that doesn't eat choupique. Lived in Choupic, La. for about 55 years and ate choupique for most of them. Trick is to keep them alive in cool water until cleaned. Then you can place them in cold water in a dishpan with a little vinegar to firm up the meat. Pass them in mustard and corn flour or corn meal and fry until crispy. You can also use the leftover fried pieces and throw them already fried into a stew. Another thing you can do is prepare them with the mustard and corn meal or flour and set them on a tray in the freezer for a couple of hours. Remove them from the tray and place the pieces ready to fry in a zip lock bag in the freezer. I have kept them for months before frying them prepared like that. Fish patties are great also. Boil the meat until it starts to break up and is mushy and about 1/2 the amount of potatoes. Mix in bread crumbs, eggs, shallot, onions, garlic, salt, red pepper. Mix everything together by hand and make patties. Pass them in corn flour or corn meal and place on tray in freezer. Again, when finished place in zip lock bags until needed. Don't forget that alligator meat tastes like cardboard until prepared and seasoned properly.
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Re: anybody eat choupique???
YES I MAKE CHOUPIGUE BALLS OUT OF THEM LIKE YOU MAKE GARFISH BALLS.AND BOUDIN BALLS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Re: anybody eat choupique???
It is delicious when fried or made of patties. You must fry soon as you get it because it softens quickly
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