Aquarium has the Purr-fect Recipe for Celebrating National Catfish
CHATTANOOGA, TN (August 15, 1997) -- An entire month dedicated
to catfish? If it sounds a little fishy, youll be surprised
to learn that these creatures of the deep have cast a spell
on nearly 10 million anglers throughout the country. And, that
figure has experts reeling about the rate of the sports
resurgence as one of Americas favorite pastimes.
fishing circles, sport fin-atics consider a 30-pound catfish
a respectable catch. But at days end when fish stories
begin to fly, some avid anglers are left floundering for their
own anecdotal whopper. Thats why it comes as little surprise
to Tennessee Aquarium experts that catfish anglers travel hundreds,
even thousands of miles to view the large specimens at the worlds
largest freshwater lifecenter.
Tennessee Aquariums docile flathead, known for perching
herself on a rock among the branches in the Nickajack Lake exhibit,
is nearly 60 pounds. The three active big blues, weighing in
at as much as 70 pounds, are among the largest on exhibit in
the United States. And, some anglers can be found nose-to-the-glass,
observing the behavior of these magnificent creatures for hours
and dreaming of making their big catch.
the sport of angling these fish is catching on, so too is its
palate-pleasing popularity. In fact, the popularity of this
delicacy increased more than 50 percent from 1985-1995, and
catfish farms are flourishing, feeding the frenzy. So, on this
warm August evening, fire up the grill in honor of National
Catfish Month and enjoy this recipe, a favorite among Tennessee
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lb. unsalted butter, melted
Tbs. sweet paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
tsp. black pepper
tsp.dried thyme leaves
up the grill. In a small bowl, combine seasoning ingredients.
Dip fillets in melted butter, then sprinkle seasoning mix on
both sides. Place each fillet on an 18 X 18 inch section of
heavy-duty aluminum foil. Add a tablespoon of butter on top
of each fillet and wrap in foil square. When fire coals are
white, place wrapped fish on the grill about 6 inches above
the heat. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily.
Serve with lemon wedges. Serves: 6
Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is the largest freshwater
aquarium in the world. Built with private contributions, this
non-profit educational organization is dedicated to the understanding,
conservation and enjoyment of the Tennessee River and related
ecosystems. Admission is $10.25 per adult and $5.50 per child,
ages 3-12. The Aquarium is open every day except Thanksgiving
and Christmas and is accessible to people with disabilities.
The Aquariums TDD number is (423) 265-4498, and FM assistive
listening devices are available on site. For more information,