Is it wild or not?

There‘s something noble about catching a trout and taking it home for supper but we want to make sure we take a stocked fish home and not a wild fish. How do we spot the difference? We used to mark our stock fish with a dye mark on the belly but unfortunately our fish supplier can’t do that anymore. So it’s up to us to make the call.

Here’s some pointers -

1. Check the fins for disfiguration. Stock fish can have damaged fins.

2. A lack of red spots and vibrant colourisation. Stock fish generally have a muted body colour with black spots.

3. Wild fish look leaner and longer where their muscles have been working from year dot. Stock fish look like they’ve spent their first years in the school canteen.

Stocked fish:

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