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Interesting... I've seen this technique used on larger fish, salmon and sea bass... But hadn't thought to try it out on 5-7 inch gills. I might try that tonight. After last night's harvest and prep, I have fileted 38 gills from that pond so far, and the problem has not gotten better. I am noticing also that my first cut (head left, tail right, correct swim orientation) is usually good... While my second filet (head left, tail right, upside down orientation) is normally the one I shred. It is not better on the larger panfish, either.

I'll give your method a shot... See if it cleans up my filets and yields more meat.

Thanks.
 

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On gills and small crappie I just scale them and cut their heads off. Soak them in salt water for an hour. Roll them in cornmeal or flour and deep fry them! The bones just peel out of them and there's very little wasted meat! And the fins taste like potato chips! #fishtastebetterwiththebonesleftin



 

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I do that with the sub 5"ers.. Too tiny to filet. If I leave bones in, my son won't eat em. Boneless filets fried though... He will eat his weight in em.

Learned that at our going-away fish fry. Wouldn't touch the bowbow bone-in, but ate 4 whole rainbow filets (along with 5-6 crappie filets and countless bluegill).

Thing is, with the sub 5" gills, you can eat the bones and all. Just extra crunch. ;). :thumb:
 

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Well don't use an electric on the small ones, you'll end up wasting more. Use a sharp fillet knife and go slow. Starting along the back and working your way down the ribs is key!
 

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I can't deal with bones in fish! Especially the small ones, the bones are just thin enough to creep me the f**K out when I feel them in my mouth
 

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fordo... Thanks for that video. That's how I filet now... Getting a bit faster with it and saving alot more meat. GRACIAS!!!!
 

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Right on man. You won't have to sharpen your knife as much. The dude that showed me can do 1 a minute. Im not as fast but still takes only about 2 minutes for me.
 

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Takes me about 2.5-3 minutes, and that's on 5-8" sunfish. Interested to try this technique on cats and white bass.

Works great, and thanks again. My filets are looking like filets now instead of mangled strips of messiness.

It was never a problem with trout, but warmwater species have thicker ribs, I guess.
 

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Thanks, fishslap.

That's what I told him... Said "Remember this one, buddy... You may never see it's equal as long as you live!"

I still don't think he quite understands the magnitude of his catch. Perspective comes with time, I suppose.
 

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Its like the pumpkinseed I caught as a kid in Minnesota, I've been told it was around 13". I remember catching it kinda but basically all I remember is a fish the shape of a dinner plate coming out of the water on my pole. I was young and had no idea whether it was a big or small fish at the time, but man would I love to catch that thing now!!
 

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Fish of a lifetime, Really? When I went to Missouri a couple years ago I caught a few that size... Dont think I took any pics. becasue I didnt think anything of it.. Just was hopeing for bass.
 
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