One of my favorite prey species for growing big bass is the tilapia, a native of the tropics. Just five years ago, stocking brood tilapia at rates of 10 - 100 pounds per acre, as seasonal forage for largemouth, was almost unheard of in the Southeast. Today, after stocking literally thousands of pounds into lakes and ponds in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, I believe it to be a highly cost-effective strategy for producing an abundance of food for hungry bass.
Big Kahuna with Crab & Tilapia « Against the Grain
Since I almost have tilapia in my freezer, I am going to try this because it is oven baked rather than fried. If this was based on Big Daddy’s recipe I know it will be good as I have made that recipe quite a few times but not lately. I used to fry it in grape seed oil as this oil withstands a higher temperature without burning and also emits a good flavor.
Tilapia wont get much bigger than 15" in the wild, Oreochromis either
This is a great recipe. I found this recipe a couple of years ago while looking up how to oven bake tilapia. I tried it and loved it. My boyfriend is also a big fan! I made it twice this week and I am sure will be using it a lot during Lent!
4" Craw Tube in Tilapia (8pk) - Big Bite Baits Store
Aquaponics works by recirculating the nitrate heavy water, after the solid wastes have been separated out, through hydroponic grow beds filled with a growing media, or floating rafts. The plants in the grow beds use the nitrates as fertilizer, slowing the build up of toxins, and delaying the frequency of water changes. The main downside of aquaponics for many people, is the initial cost to set up a system large enough to support the number of tilapia that they want to raise. Arguably one of the biggest benefits of aquaponics, from the tilapia farming perspective, is that there is less waste water to dispose of. The bottom line is... If the space is tight, and water conservation is a concern, aquaponics is a great way to turn dirty tilapia pond water into delicious fruits and vegetables.The biggest pond, a 3 1/2 acre gem, is three years old. Hartley originally stocked Florida strain largemouth bass, hybrid stripers, triploid grass carp, threadfin shad, fathead minnows and coppernose bluegill. The pond has considerable structure, varies in depth to 25 feet, has clear water, and was supported with artificial feeding from three feeders during the growing season. Also, aeration was added to the pond in spring 2004. Two somewhat expensive ($500 to $700) attempts at establishing a viable threadfin shad population for supplemental forage provided limited results in the past. Predators wiped out threadfins each time they were stocked. Fertilizing created extensive filamentous algae growth, which required treatment with algaecide chemicals to control. The pond had a growing pondweed explosion, which grass carp were originally intended to control. Twenty pounds of Tilapia Mozambique were stocked on April 1, when water temperatures were reliably at and above 60 degrees in the East Texas area.