jfish87 wrote:I did consider taking the catty for a minute, but I wasn't sure how I could get it home and clean it without getting the slime through everything.
They are slimey, but so are mud (estuary) flathead. Plus there is a bony extension way back in the dorsal area, which makes it 1/3 head and bony extension, but good flesh comes up right to this.
As to edible qualities, you probably need to decide yourself. Maybe keep one, clean it and cook it, (first throw away preconceptions as to flavour - a bit like sharks), and decide yourself.
Do be careful of the spines on the dorsal and other fins. If keeping one, I cut these off with side cutters, to avoid any risk of injury, and then it is safe to handle.