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 freezer.
Having 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.
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.
recommended equipment for fish filleting.
Excerpt from the Filleting Smallmouth
I don’t remember when I caught my first smallmouth
bass and I certainly don’t remember the first one that I ate. I do
remember the first one that I cleaned: it was a disaster. I tried to
clean it the same way that I had learned to clean a walleye. Boy, was
that a mistake! The rib cage bones are very thick – even on the smaller
fish – and as tough as nails, literally. I quickly learned that trying
to clean bass this way only leads to a dull knife and rib cage bones
that are almost impossible to remove without wasting a whole lot of
fish. Here’s hoping that the following method - and especially the
pictures – will help you to become a master at cleaning one of the
tougher game fish to both catch…and clean!
Start as you would normally
start: place the fish belly side towards you and fish head on
your left. Note that this description is for a right-handed
person – flip the fish 180° and start with the head on your
right if you are left-handed.
Make the first
cut down and into the fish just behind the pectoral fin.
from readers who have used these instructions:
"I just wanted to take a moment to
thank you for your article on cleaning bass. I found your article
very helpful in cleaning my first bass. (I have only cleaned
catfish before today.) The description and pictures were both
"Thanks for your fish cleaning tips!" (S.G.)
"Good exhibits on filleting." (T & L)
Recipes ideas for smallmouth
you are a little adventurous and want to try a dish that is to die for,
my recipe for
do the trick. Although I've tried other types of fish, small
mouth bass seems to have the character to stand up to this dish.
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