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from matthew ryan on 07.08.09
Here is a more serious answer for you Matt,
Never “field dressed” them. Bring home alive if possible and place in fresh water bath for a week to purge. Otherwise shoot them between the eyes with .22, push clothes hanger type wire through the hole wrapping it around lower and upper jaw. Snapper can bite several hours after death. Scald in boiling water, hang by wire, cut off all claws and use filet knife to “unzip” along the hard top shell and lower soft shell. Remove guts and filet the meat out of the hard shell. Use the filet knife to remove the skin as you would filet a fish. Muscle tissue will continue moving a lot during this process. If you have not lost your appetite yet: soak meat in mild salt water solution overnight, drain and pat dry. Season to taste, roll in flour & or corn meal and fry. Also makes good vegetable based soup. A snappers has 7 distinctly different flavored meats – enjoy.
So Dano after you clean em how do you cook em? Bet the wax really seals in the juices!
My Dad use to pick snappers up along the roadsides while driving around in the old station wagon. With no where safe to put them inside he wedged them between the engine and firewall. He never could resist pulling into a full service gas station to get an oil check.
Dish soap and then a coat of Turtle Wax is how I clean them.
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