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    Does anybody catch them anymore or are they called by some other name

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    https://oceana.org/blog/fish-delicio...%80%99s-buying ? I know many use them for bait and chum, just to the north of us.. (offshore)

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    Just to clarify, you’re not referring to soft-shell clams are you? I believe those were locally referred to as butterfish. Harvesting requires a shovel and low tide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eastbound View Post
    Just to clarify, you’re not referring to soft-shell clams are you? I believe those were locally referred to as butterfish. Harvesting requires a shovel and low tide.
    No, referring to a pompano size silvery fish, as a matter of fact I believe they are both in the same family. Used to have them for breakfast when I grew up in Mathews. Breakfast consisted of boiled fish, peeled and cut up potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon and flat bread cooked in skillet. Boil the fish, put them a plate/platter, dabb of butter and take the bacon grease and pour over them.. Sit down and pig out.

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    So , they are not the fish I posted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeyCharlie View Post
    https://oceana.org/blog/fish-delicio...%80%99s-buying ? I know many use them for bait and chum, just to the north of us.. (offshore)
    Charlie the fish in this post is what I'm talking about. They are a silvery smooth fish with no scales. damm good eating. Have you seen any caught around our area?

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    https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/butterfish

    The species is harvested in the ocean along with Atlantic mackerel and squid using large nets. I do not think they are caught by recreational fishermen.

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    Caught a few in the York River years ago- very pretty fish

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