While fishing in the Lakes Region for lots of other fish we hit the jack pot with this little one - the smallest of our quest so far: the Golden Shiner.
These little fish are also known as Arkansas Shiners and are one of the most common bait fish in the state.
We caught this using a very tiny hook and a very tiny piece of worm. It only took a few seconds and setting the hook launched the fish into the stratosphere!
We decided to cook this fish whole, so we coated it in Zatarain's Fish-Fri and fried it head scales and all.
We debated a bit to see who would eat the head. To settle it, Clay flipped a coin and Dave suffered the results: Heads - Dave ate the head, tails (you get the picture). The coin went up and landed - sealing Dave's fate for a shiner brains snack.
We both crunched into the fish and were pleasantly surprised. The crispy morsel was perhaps the best thing we've eaten so far. We had not trouble imagining a bucket of these little fish with some dipping sauce and a cold beer. Maybe we're onto the next big thing! (Golden Shiner Coral?) Try this fish, you'll be so pleased you did!