Our good friends the Grdosic family had a chance to fish panfish our of Connor’s customized, multi-species fishing boat. Instead of targetting gamefish, they decided to go after some tasty panifsh!
Summer is a great time to capitalize on catching both Pumpkinseed and Bluegills. All you need is small jigs/plastic grubs or simply a hook and section of nightcrawler. The key is locating them off weeds and usually a mud bottom.
Good-size Pumkinseed offer nice fillets that should be coated in a light batter so that their flavor isn’t overpowered.
Whether they are fried in a deep fried or frying pan there should be plenty of oil so that the fillets cook from all sides, and the oil should be kept around 300-350F so there is very little oil absorption.
Pumpkinseed deep-fried fillets are perfect “bite-size” morsels to either enjoy on their own, or….
…on as a deliceous “fish-wich” with a fresh bun and veggies!