60 pound skate will yield about 10 pounds of wing meat, and in my opinion, it's not the scallop substitute it's made out to be. Mostly when I cut all the skin and cartilage off, I was left with a bunch of white meat with a tight grain that had very little capability to hold itself together. Flavor is excellent, texture is weird, hard to clean and the yield is very small. Not worth it in my opinion.Does anybody keep skate when you catch one? Quality of meat?
Curious because we got one to the boat that weighed 60 lbs I’m guessing.
Every bigger one I've caught they pull as I reel, stop reeling and they quit pulling and the rod goes straight.Caught one in Alaska last time I was there....thought it was an absolute monster halibut...tuckered me out for sure...would pull line like nobody's business. Must have been #100+....Didn't bring it in the boat
I ate a bat ray (which we used to call mud tuna) once, but I still felt terrible, like 10 pounds of meat off a 40 pound ray. After that C&R only on the mud tuna. Skates are definitely worse.Last one I tried was a lot less than 60#, maybe 15#. Was not worth the effort to clean. Not much meat for the effort. We get big bat rays here and they are decent eating and a lot more meat for the effort.
I am not sure this is true although I have heard and read it many places. The grain of the meat doesn't really run the right direction for that. If it was top to bottom, maybe, but it's not, it's these loosely held together long pieces of flesh that run along the wing. Look at the pictures above. Can you think of a way to cut the wing that would fool anyone into thinking it's a scallop? And while I think the flavor is good, it's no scallop. I am with Tinman, it's likely that this was published in outdoor life or field and stream and became a well entrenched urban legend. With all the known technology surrounding surimi (they can clearly control grain structures), I would think if you wanted a fake scallop you would make fish paste, mold it into a mold with the right grain structure, add a few drops of scallop juice, and you would have something that you could maybe fool people with or at least that they would enjoy.I always though people used cookie cutters to create scallop-sized rounds, and then passed them off as such.