Ribbonfish have tiny scales that are bright silver, almost reflective. They have yellow eyes and a long mouth filled with sharp teeth. They are often caught by recreational anglers on piers and in the surf of the Southeast.
Ribbonfish are a prized food fish in Japan, but have yet to be widely embraced by American eaters. The flesh is between flounder and sea trout – mild with a hint of briny, ocean flavor. The texture is delicate, with white, flaky meat.
Jim Baugh Outdoors TV gives a great introduction to this odd, yet awesome fish. Jim goes ribbon fishing with Captain Billy Pappas Jr. They show you how to catch them, but just as importantly, how to filet them.