I failed miserably on
my first attempt at filleting (a 1 ½ lb. Walleye was reduced to
a patch of flesh about 10 cm long), but I swore to get better.
After watching a good many fishermen and "dock boys" who
were experts at the task -- and a
practice -- I finally honed my own skills. The pages below
demonstrate how I learned to clean walleyes, northern pike, small
mouth bass and blue gills; they are some of the best freshwater
game fish I have tasted! rk
It was some of the best walleye
fishing I have ever seen. More importantly, I saw my first
walleye cleaned and filleted by a family friend who I later
nicknamed "30-Second Ray"...
Removing the Y-Bones from Northern
..."I really love northern
pike... I just hate all the bones I always have to pick
out of the meat." I never knew how simple it
is to remove those nasty y-bones...
Removing the Skin from Pike
Many people have written me to
ask if there is a trick to removing the skin from a northern
pike... The short answer is: not really.
It's the size and anatomy
of the fish that makes cleaning them something of a chore.
But when I tasted the results, it was I who was literally
Filleting Smallmouth Bass|
convinced that there is no "easy" way to fillet
a smallmouth bass (Micropterus
at least I have never observed a way that is any easier
Knives - Using The Right
My father had always told me that
there was always "the right tool for the right job."
A wrong or inappropriate tool always led to a poor result
at best... and an unfortunate accident at worst...
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