fished and cleaned his catch from the waters of the upper-Midwest for
over forty years, R. Karl shares his knowledge, providing everything
you need to know: proper equipment, step-by-step instructions – including
exactly how to remove those pesky “y-bones” from northern pike – and
includes a special chapter on how to remove the skin and wrap/prepare
your catch prior to freezing.
Whether you favor the soft-water
fishing season, the hard-water season, or both,
Filleting Freshwater Game Fish: Northern, Walleye, Bass and Bluegill
is the perfect “how to” for every angler who desires to prepare their
catch – for an immediate trip to the sauté pan or for a stay in your
Complete with easy-to-follow instructions
and Illustrated with actual full-color photographs of the process, this
book is a must-have addition to any serious angler’s collection.
View R. Karl's
equipment for fish filleting.
Excerpt from the Filleting 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. On my very first trip to Lake Kabetogama in northern
Minnesota it took four days to catch our first fish: a small northern
pike. With a bit of coaching from the resort owner, I cleaned
it for dinner… But since I didn’t yet know how to remove the y-bones,
dinner was not fun; trying to pick the y-bones out of a cooked northern
pike is simply a royal pain. Every bite seems to have a bone
in it, just waiting to choke you.
Years later, a dock boy showed
me how easily the task could be accomplished. Once learned,
the extra bit of filleting time will make eating this fish even
more fun than catching it!
Any size northern will do.
The first step is to make an incision – starting just behind the
head – along the belly of the fish...
Some guys like to go around
these fins or cut a V-shaped notch to remove them first...
I believe that it is just personal preference and I prefer to remove
them later. The first cut is illustrated in Figure 1."
Comments from readers
who have used R. Karl's Northern Pike instructions:
the best step by step 'How to' for a Pike I have seen..."(P.B.)
my buddy show me how to remove y-bones from a northern and ending
up with 'sushi' I figured there's got to be a better method.
Thank you. The fish actually look like fillets now..."
better instruction you could get is if you had another person next
to you showing you step by step..." (T.B.)
loved Northern Pike meat. Now I can enjoy it with no bones.
Thank You!" (T.P.)
"I had read
several articles on the subject and was some what disappointed until
I read yours. I found it to be informative and the pictures
were very helpful..." (M.B.)
Obtain the Proper
Tools for Filleting Fish:
always, a sharp knife is extremely important; a Zwilling J.A. Henckels
7-in. Twin Pro S Fillet Knife
is at the top of the list when it comes to filleting fish.
There are less expensive knives to be had; they just don’t hold
an edge the way a Henckels blade does." View R. Karl's
recommended equipment for fish filleting.
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