Actualy he had two tilapia about 8 inches long in his gut. I never ever dress out the belly flap and I always filet out all that red strip down the sides. Cut him up in sizes for frying and soak in salt water for about an hour before bagging in water and freezing. I found that a sandwich baggy holds about a pound and a half of meat, just the right size for a meal and it defrost in the fridge overnight. Also after letting it soak in salt water for an hour I use the sprayer in the sink to rinse untill all the foaming stops.Best frying catfish in the world.
But for sure, the head and the bones go into the stock pot, after the meat comes off. Fish that size has a lot of meat on the head.
And yes, I do love the traditional fried catfish nuggets with catsup that I grew up with. But I eat almost everything on one now. ;)