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  1. #1
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default My First Time With A Filet Knife

    A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    fish. He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes
    almost daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing
    home. Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night
    before and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too
    good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me
    all the fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy
    sandwiches that were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different
    to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish
    that's fresh out of the water is so much better than store bought
    stuff. What a treat. Louise loves to fish but it's something we've
    never done together. I don't mind it as long as there's a cooler of
    beer and friends around. When I came home with the fish she asked if
    I now know how to do it. Her immediate response was "lets go get
    licenses." I see lots of fresh fish in the near future.

    Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?

    Lou

  2. #2
    Dimitri Guest

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    "Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..

    <Snip>

    > Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    >
    > Lou


    Maybe.

    I think my grandfather taught me how to clean/scale/fillet fish from the
    Long Island Sound & Atlantic when I was 7 or 8.

    One of the best fish meals came on an all day boat out of Oxnard Ca. One of
    the fishermen an elder Japanese man had caught more than his limit and on
    the way back to the harbor - asked the Captain if he could borrow/use the
    grill.

    He filleted several rock cod & cut them into chunks. He then stir-fried the
    fish with some green onions & some soy & some other stuff.

    My goodness - I don't remember having fish that good.

    Dimitri



  3. #3
    George Shirley Guest

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    Lou Decruss wrote:
    > A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    > fish. He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes
    > almost daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing
    > home. Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night
    > before and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too
    > good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me
    > all the fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy
    > sandwiches that were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different
    > to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish
    > that's fresh out of the water is so much better than store bought
    > stuff. What a treat. Louise loves to fish but it's something we've
    > never done together. I don't mind it as long as there's a cooler of
    > beer and friends around. When I came home with the fish she asked if
    > I now know how to do it. Her immediate response was "lets go get
    > licenses." I see lots of fresh fish in the near future.
    >
    > Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    >
    > Lou

    No, I have friends in their forties and fifties who have never cleaned
    fish or any kind of animal before. It sometimes is a shock to those who
    have never done it but it becomes easier the more you do it.

    I've been a fisherman practically since birth, both fresh and saltwater.
    My Dad taught me to fillet fish when I was barely seven years old. In
    our youth my DW and our kids went fishing whenever possible and then
    filleted the fish for freezer storage. Kids were taught the same as I
    was but wife resisted learning. Kids can still do it (they're in their
    late forties now)but wife still resists doing the work.

    There's nothing like fresh caught fish Lou. Straight from the water to
    the frying pan, right on the creek or riverbank. Good for you.

  4. #4
    aem Guest

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    On Sep 2, 2:52*pm, Lou Decruss <M...@notvalid.com> wrote:
    > A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    > fish. *He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. ....[snip]
    >*The first two weren't too
    > good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. *...[snip]
    >. *I guess some fish are a bit different
    > to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more.


    Flat fish anatomy/structure is a little different. You'll want
    someone to show you the way to tackle them the first time.

    > *I see lots of fresh fish in the near future. *


    Lucky.

    > Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?


    Just depends on how and where you were raised. I first went fishing
    at 8 or 9; by the time I was allowed to clean and fillet them by
    myself I was 11 and anxious to have the chance. -aem

    > Lou



  5. #5
    Lou Decruss Guest

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    On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 15:05:36 -0700, "Dimitri" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]. .
    >
    ><Snip>
    >
    >> Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    >>
    >> Lou

    >
    >Maybe.
    >
    >I think my grandfather taught me how to clean/scale/fillet fish from the
    >Long Island Sound & Atlantic when I was 7 or 8.
    >
    >One of the best fish meals came on an all day boat out of Oxnard Ca. One of
    >the fishermen an elder Japanese man had caught more than his limit and on
    >the way back to the harbor - asked the Captain if he could borrow/use the
    >grill.
    >
    >He filleted several rock cod & cut them into chunks. He then stir-fried the
    >fish with some green onions & some soy & some other stuff.
    >
    >My goodness - I don't remember having fish that good.


    I was on a boat in the gulf a few years ago and the people fishing
    caught a bunch of whiting. We had them that night and I remember them
    being great but didn't pay much attention to cleaning them. I guess
    it's catch up time now. Midwest fishing is obviously nothing like
    ocean fishing, but it's all we have.

    Lou

  6. #6
    Lou Decruss Guest

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    On Tue, 02 Sep 2008 17:08:02 -0500, George Shirley
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Lou Decruss wrote:
    >> A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    >> fish. He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes
    >> almost daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing
    >> home. Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night
    >> before and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too
    >> good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me
    >> all the fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy
    >> sandwiches that were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different
    >> to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish
    >> that's fresh out of the water is so much better than store bought
    >> stuff. What a treat. Louise loves to fish but it's something we've
    >> never done together. I don't mind it as long as there's a cooler of
    >> beer and friends around. When I came home with the fish she asked if
    >> I now know how to do it. Her immediate response was "lets go get
    >> licenses." I see lots of fresh fish in the near future.
    >>
    >> Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    >>
    >> Lou

    >No, I have friends in their forties and fifties who have never cleaned
    >fish or any kind of animal before.


    I'm in my 50's. I don't know anyone in real life that does it until
    now. I've got a few friends who are avid fishermen but they catch and
    release.

    >It sometimes is a shock to those who
    >have never done it but it becomes easier the more you do it.


    This didn't seem that hard but it's just one kind of little fish. I'm
    sure I've just scratched the surface.

    >I've been a fisherman practically since birth, both fresh and saltwater.
    >My Dad taught me to fillet fish when I was barely seven years old. In
    >our youth my DW and our kids went fishing whenever possible and then
    >filleted the fish for freezer storage. Kids were taught the same as I
    >was but wife resisted learning. Kids can still do it (they're in their
    >late forties now)but wife still resists doing the work.
    >
    >There's nothing like fresh caught fish Lou. Straight from the water to
    >the frying pan, right on the creek or riverbank. Good for you.


    Thanks George. There's a lake within walking distance from our
    cottage. This should be fun.

    Lou

  7. #7
    Dimitri Guest

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    "Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 15:05:36 -0700, "Dimitri" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>news:[email protected] ..
    >>
    >><Snip>
    >>
    >>> Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    >>>
    >>> Lou

    >>
    >>Maybe.
    >>
    >>I think my grandfather taught me how to clean/scale/fillet fish from the
    >>Long Island Sound & Atlantic when I was 7 or 8.
    >>
    >>One of the best fish meals came on an all day boat out of Oxnard Ca. One
    >>of
    >>the fishermen an elder Japanese man had caught more than his limit and on
    >>the way back to the harbor - asked the Captain if he could borrow/use the
    >>grill.
    >>
    >>He filleted several rock cod & cut them into chunks. He then stir-fried
    >>the
    >>fish with some green onions & some soy & some other stuff.
    >>
    >>My goodness - I don't remember having fish that good.

    >
    > I was on a boat in the gulf a few years ago and the people fishing
    > caught a bunch of whiting. We had them that night and I remember them
    > being great but didn't pay much attention to cleaning them. I guess
    > it's catch up time now. Midwest fishing is obviously nothing like
    > ocean fishing, but it's all we have.
    >
    > Lou


    IMHO

    Fresh is fresh and there's nothing like Fresh Trout or Big Mouth Bass - Lake
    and river fishing is just as great. Enjoy your new discovery.

    The only problem I see for the future is you'll get spoiled very spoiled and
    fish sticks buried in Tartar sauce will never be the same.

    :-)

    Dimitri


  8. #8
    Lou Decruss Guest

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    On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 15:47:08 -0700 (PDT), aem <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Sep 2, 2:52*pm, Lou Decruss <M...@notvalid.com> wrote:
    >> A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    >> fish. *He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. ....[snip]
    >>*The first two weren't too
    >> good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. *...[snip]
    >>. *I guess some fish are a bit different
    >> to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more.

    >
    >Flat fish anatomy/structure is a little different. You'll want
    >someone to show you the way to tackle them the first time.


    Thanks for the tip. I've been told walleye have another row of bones
    are a bit tricky too.
    >
    > > *I see lots of fresh fish in the near future. *

    >
    >Lucky.


    I'm lucky to have a partner who it more excited than me about it.
    >
    >> Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?

    >
    >Just depends on how and where you were raised. I first went fishing
    >at 8 or 9; by the time I was allowed to clean and fillet them by
    >myself I was 11 and anxious to have the chance. -aem


    I spent time of farms as a kid but grew up in Chicago. There wasn't
    much opportunity for me to learn and I never took much interest until
    now.

    Lou

  9. #9
    Joe Cilinceon Guest

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    Lou Decruss wrote:
    > A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    > fish. He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes
    > almost daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing
    > home. Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night
    > before and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too
    > good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me
    > all the fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy
    > sandwiches that were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different
    > to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish
    > that's fresh out of the water is so much better than store bought
    > stuff. What a treat. Louise loves to fish but it's something we've
    > never done together. I don't mind it as long as there's a cooler of
    > beer and friends around. When I came home with the fish she asked if
    > I now know how to do it. Her immediate response was "lets go get
    > licenses." I see lots of fresh fish in the near future.
    >
    > Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    >
    > Lou


    My father owned a fishing camp in Big Pine Key, Florida and I spent my
    summer vacations from 14 till I was 16 cleaning tourist fish. I haven't
    cleaned a fish nor fished since I turned 16 and now I'm 61 so that is a long
    time. I will tell you though it is a learned skill that will stay with you
    the rest of your life. I can still hear him telling me how to do it
    properly.

    --

    Joe Cilinceon




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    Blinky the Shark Guest

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    Lou Decruss wrote:

    > A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a fish.
    > He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes almost
    > daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing home.
    > Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night before
    > and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too good but by
    > the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me all the
    > fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy sandwiches that
    > were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different to filet but I'm no
    > longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish that's fresh out of the
    > water is so much better than store bought stuff. What a treat. Louise
    > loves to fish but it's something we've never done together. I don't
    > mind it as long as there's a cooler of beer and friends around. When I
    > came home with the fish she asked if I now know how to do it. Her
    > immediate response was "lets go get licenses." I see lots of fresh fish
    > in the near future.
    >
    > Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?


    I have never cleaned a fish before. Well, except for when I take a
    shower.


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  11. #11
    Sheldon Guest

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    Blinky the Shark
    >
    > I have never cleaned a fish before. �


    Well, sharks don't have boners.

  12. #12
    Lou Decruss Guest

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    On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 19:37:09 -0400, "Joe Cilinceon" <joecil@al[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Lou Decruss wrote:
    >> A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    >> fish. He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes
    >> almost daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing
    >> home. Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night
    >> before and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too
    >> good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me
    >> all the fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy
    >> sandwiches that were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different
    >> to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish
    >> that's fresh out of the water is so much better than store bought
    >> stuff. What a treat. Louise loves to fish but it's something we've
    >> never done together. I don't mind it as long as there's a cooler of
    >> beer and friends around. When I came home with the fish she asked if
    >> I now know how to do it. Her immediate response was "lets go get
    >> licenses." I see lots of fresh fish in the near future.
    >>
    >> Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    >>
    >> Lou

    >
    >My father owned a fishing camp in Big Pine Key, Florida and I spent my
    >summer vacations from 14 till I was 16 cleaning tourist fish. I haven't
    >cleaned a fish nor fished since I turned 16 and now I'm 61 so that is a long
    >time. I will tell you though it is a learned skill that will stay with you
    >the rest of your life. I can still hear him telling me how to do it
    >properly.


    I'm sure I'll need to have this old guy work with me again. He's a
    new neighbor and I've only known him a few months. He's alone and
    likes people. I adore older people. So much to learn from them.
    Louise wants to go fishing with him.

    Lou


  13. #13
    Lou Decruss Guest

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    On Tue, 02 Sep 2008 16:44:05 -0700, Blinky the Shark
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Lou Decruss wrote:
    >
    >> A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a fish.
    >> He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes almost
    >> daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing home.
    >> Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night before
    >> and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too good but by
    >> the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me all the
    >> fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy sandwiches that
    >> were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different to filet but I'm no
    >> longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish that's fresh out of the
    >> water is so much better than store bought stuff. What a treat. Louise
    >> loves to fish but it's something we've never done together. I don't
    >> mind it as long as there's a cooler of beer and friends around. When I
    >> came home with the fish she asked if I now know how to do it. Her
    >> immediate response was "lets go get licenses." I see lots of fresh fish
    >> in the near future.
    >>
    >> Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?

    >
    >I have never cleaned a fish before. Well, except for when I take a
    >shower.


    LOL. After I posted I knew you'd be swimming around these waters.

    Lou


  14. #14
    Lou Decruss Guest

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    On Thu, 02 Oct 2008 19:08:50 -0500, Kathleen
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Lou Decruss wrote:
    >> A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    >> fish. He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes
    >> almost daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing
    >> home. Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night
    >> before and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too
    >> good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me
    >> all the fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy
    >> sandwiches that were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different
    >> to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish
    >> that's fresh out of the water is so much better than store bought
    >> stuff. What a treat. Louise loves to fish but it's something we've
    >> never done together. I don't mind it as long as there's a cooler of
    >> beer and friends around. When I came home with the fish she asked if
    >> I now know how to do it. Her immediate response was "lets go get
    >> licenses." I see lots of fresh fish in the near future.
    >>
    >> Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?

    >
    >I learned when I was 9 or 10 when we were visiting some friends of may
    >parents' down at Lake of the Ozarks. Bluegill, crappie, bass.


    Sounds fun. I'd like to try some fresh perch.

    >I balked at the catfish, though. They gave me a major case of the heebie jeebies.


    I'd love to try some fresh catfish. All I've ever had has been
    frozen.

    Lou



  15. #15
    Blinky the Shark Guest

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    Lou Decruss wrote:

    > On Tue, 02 Sep 2008 16:44:05 -0700, Blinky the Shark
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>Lou Decruss wrote:
    >>
    >>> A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a fish.
    >>> He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes almost
    >>> daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing home.
    >>> Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night before
    >>> and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too good but by
    >>> the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me all the
    >>> fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy sandwiches that
    >>> were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different to filet but I'm no
    >>> longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish that's fresh out of the
    >>> water is so much better than store bought stuff. What a treat. Louise
    >>> loves to fish but it's something we've never done together. I don't
    >>> mind it as long as there's a cooler of beer and friends around. When I
    >>> came home with the fish she asked if I now know how to do it. Her
    >>> immediate response was "lets go get licenses." I see lots of fresh fish
    >>> in the near future.
    >>>
    >>> Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?

    >>
    >>I have never cleaned a fish before. Well, except for when I take a
    >>shower.

    >
    > LOL. After I posted I knew you'd be swimming around these waters.


    I smelled blood.


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  16. #16
    Janet Wilder Guest

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    Lou Decruss wrote:
    > A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    > fish. He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes
    > almost daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing
    > home. Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night
    > before and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too
    > good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me
    > all the fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy
    > sandwiches that were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different
    > to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish
    > that's fresh out of the water is so much better than store bought
    > stuff. What a treat. Louise loves to fish but it's something we've
    > never done together. I don't mind it as long as there's a cooler of
    > beer and friends around. When I came home with the fish she asked if
    > I now know how to do it. Her immediate response was "lets go get
    > licenses." I see lots of fresh fish in the near future.
    >
    > Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    >
    > Lou



    I've cleaned plenty of fish, but when I go out in the Gulf or the Laguna
    Madre the guy who owns the charter boat does it for tips. It's so much
    more pleasant to watch the gulls feast on the leavings than to stink up
    my place.



    --
    Janet Wilder
    Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
    Good Friends. Good Life

  17. #17
    Janet Wilder Guest

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    Lou Decruss wrote:
    > On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 15:05:36 -0700, "Dimitri" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> "Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>
    >> <Snip>
    >>
    >>> Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    >>>
    >>> Lou

    >> Maybe.
    >>
    >> I think my grandfather taught me how to clean/scale/fillet fish from the
    >> Long Island Sound & Atlantic when I was 7 or 8.
    >>
    >> One of the best fish meals came on an all day boat out of Oxnard Ca. One of
    >> the fishermen an elder Japanese man had caught more than his limit and on
    >> the way back to the harbor - asked the Captain if he could borrow/use the
    >> grill.
    >>
    >> He filleted several rock cod & cut them into chunks. He then stir-fried the
    >> fish with some green onions & some soy & some other stuff.
    >>
    >> My goodness - I don't remember having fish that good.

    >
    > I was on a boat in the gulf a few years ago and the people fishing
    > caught a bunch of whiting. We had them that night and I remember them
    > being great but didn't pay much attention to cleaning them. I guess
    > it's catch up time now. Midwest fishing is obviously nothing like
    > ocean fishing, but it's all we have.
    >
    > Lou

    last time I caught a bunch of whiting, I smoked them using pecan chunks.
    They were awesome!

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    Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
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  18. #18
    none Guest

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    George Shirley wrote:
    > Lou Decruss wrote:
    >> A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    >> fish. He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes
    >> almost daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing
    >> home. Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night
    >> before and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too
    >> good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me
    >> all the fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy
    >> sandwiches that were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different
    >> to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish
    >> that's fresh out of the water is so much better than store bought
    >> stuff. What a treat. Louise loves to fish but it's something we've
    >> never done together. I don't mind it as long as there's a cooler of
    >> beer and friends around. When I came home with the fish she asked if
    >> I now know how to do it. Her immediate response was "lets go get
    >> licenses." I see lots of fresh fish in the near future.
    >> Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    >>
    >> Lou

    > No, I have friends in their forties and fifties who have never cleaned
    > fish or any kind of animal before. It sometimes is a shock to those who
    > have never done it but it becomes easier the more you do it.
    >
    > I've been a fisherman practically since birth, both fresh and saltwater.
    > My Dad taught me to fillet fish when I was barely seven years old. In
    > our youth my DW and our kids went fishing whenever possible and then
    > filleted the fish for freezer storage. Kids were taught the same as I
    > was but wife resisted learning. Kids can still do it (they're in their
    > late forties now)but wife still resists doing the work.
    >
    > There's nothing like fresh caught fish Lou. Straight from the water to
    > the frying pan, right on the creek or riverbank. Good for you.


    I knew I was missing out on something! I've gutted any number of trout
    I've caught, but since I didn't live near any warm-water lakes where
    perch, bass, sunfish, and crappie lived, I never got to fillet anything.

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: My First Time With A Filet Knife

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Lou Decruss <[email protected]> wrote:

    > A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    > fish. He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes
    > almost daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing
    > home. Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night
    > before and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too
    > good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me
    > all the fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy
    > sandwiches that were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different
    > to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish
    > that's fresh out of the water is so much better than store bought
    > stuff. What a treat. Louise loves to fish but it's something we've
    > never done together. I don't mind it as long as there's a cooler of
    > beer and friends around. When I came home with the fish she asked if
    > I now know how to do it. Her immediate response was "lets go get
    > licenses." I see lots of fresh fish in the near future.
    >
    > Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    >
    > Lou


    No. <g>

    I've scaled and gutted a fresh fish for frying whole, but I've still
    never fillet'ed one, even tho' someone sent me a cool video.

    It's just that I've not been fishing in years...

    I may fix that this fall when the weather cools down.

    Glad you learned! The video shows fillet techniques for 3 different
    types of fish.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed." --Mark Twain

  20. #20
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: My First Time With A Filet Knife

    In article <WLivk.21087$[email protected]>,
    George Shirley <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Lou Decruss wrote:
    > > A few weeks ago I told my 78 yr. old neighbor I'd never cleaned a
    > > fish. He said he'd be glad to teach me but we had no fish. He fishes
    > > almost daily but he broke his leg and just got out of the nursing
    > > home. Saturday he came over and said he had 9 crappies from the night
    > > before and would be willing to teach me. The first two weren't too
    > > good but by the time I was done I had it down pretty good. He gave me
    > > all the fillets to take home. I blackened them and made po-boy
    > > sandwiches that were awesome. I guess some fish are a bit different
    > > to filet but I'm no longer intimidated to try to learn more. Fish
    > > that's fresh out of the water is so much better than store bought
    > > stuff. What a treat. Louise loves to fish but it's something we've
    > > never done together. I don't mind it as long as there's a cooler of
    > > beer and friends around. When I came home with the fish she asked if
    > > I now know how to do it. Her immediate response was "lets go get
    > > licenses." I see lots of fresh fish in the near future.
    > >
    > > Am I the only one who never cleaned a fish before?
    > >
    > > Lou

    > No, I have friends in their forties and fifties who have never cleaned
    > fish or any kind of animal before. It sometimes is a shock to those who
    > have never done it but it becomes easier the more you do it.
    >
    > I've been a fisherman practically since birth, both fresh and saltwater.
    > My Dad taught me to fillet fish when I was barely seven years old. In
    > our youth my DW and our kids went fishing whenever possible and then
    > filleted the fish for freezer storage. Kids were taught the same as I
    > was but wife resisted learning. Kids can still do it (they're in their
    > late forties now)but wife still resists doing the work.
    >
    > There's nothing like fresh caught fish Lou. Straight from the water to
    > the frying pan, right on the creek or riverbank. Good for you.


    Ah yes...

    When I was little, mom and dad used to take us camping in Colorado.
    They'd find a road and drive until they found water. (Usually logging
    roads). Mom and dad hated campgrounds. Some a-hole always had to "share"
    their music with everyone!

    Anyhoo, mom would get up, drop a baited line in the water for trout,
    then go start the campfire to make coffee and bacon and stuff. She'd
    check the line periodically and pull in a trout, and put it on a gill
    stringer.

    By the time the bacon and coffee were done, she'd have enough trout for
    breakfast! She'd clean them and fry them in the bacon fat, and follow
    that with eggs.

    Bacon and eggs with fresh trout for breakfast.

    Ah the memories...
    --
    Peace! Om

    "If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed." --Mark Twain

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