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Yes - they are edible, but you have to work at it. What I don't understand is why the reduction industry isn't taking advantage of this by fishing the hell out of these beasties. Its not like they are hiding or anything. Maybe save the menhaden. Just think about what one shallow water dragger could do to the population of these things.
Those guys wouldn't be laughing if they got hit with one of those ten pounders upside the head. They've been known to break bones and knock people out.
That place looks like a prime spot for a fish meal plant. Natural fertilizer! My grandfather (rest his soul) some years ago worked on the Pennsylvania railroad in boxcar repair. He brought home several bags of fish meal and dumped on his garden. In his ignorance, he dumped like 5 bags of the stuff, which promptly burned all nearby plants. The neighborhood cats loved his garden for a couple of years. The NEXT year, after the meal had composted, grew some fabulous sweet corn and tomatoes. One of those trivia bits dredged up from memory recalls that Amerinds used to plant a fish then a seed on top. Call it poor mans fertilizer. Whatever works!
Also with the sheer number of carp in the Wabash now, I wonder how the giant catfish are faring? I imagine they are getting to spectacular size. I know 50lb channel cat are not unheard of in the Wabash and maybe these will feed up some of those to the legendary man sized (6ft).