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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:30 AM 04/09/06 (CST)
Hey guys..does anyone still do the "scale and gut" method with bluegills and smaller crappies? Basically cutting the head off, gutting and scaling. Or is everyone fillet-o-fied now?

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:48 AM 04/09/06 (CST)
I hav't scale and gut for a long time now i might even forgot how..


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:01 AM 04/10/06 (CST)
I half them with an electric knife and rib them with a fillet knife,then skin for a perfect no bones fillet and in half of the time.When you clean as many as I do this is the best way. Some folks like the flavor the skin has so they scale them.



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:39 AM 04/10/06 (CST)
I have been brainwashed into fileting even the smallest fish...

This has physically hurt me at times, such as the following story:

Background: My father-in-law (70 years old) HAS to eat fish when on a fishing trip. Being one of the old-timer crowd, he's not real big on CPR and things like that, so I always make agreements with him; "Dale, throw that 24-inch walleye back and I guarantee I'll catch you some fish for a fish-fry tonight". I know most of you know how it is...

So, one of those trips, we're on Gull Lake. The only walleyes we're catching are a few big ones (good for me, not good for the old man, as he's getting more and more pissed having to throw them back). There's not an eater in the bunch.

So, it's getting late afternoon, and I switch gears to try and catch some sunnies for a fish fry. And guess what? All I can catch is Rock Bass!! I'm thinking, please God, don't make me have to clean these Rock Bass. But yes, he does...

We end up keeping about 15 Rock Bass, if I remember right they were all between about 8" and 11" long. Then came the cleaning part...this was the worst fish-related nightmare I have ever experienced.

Have you all tried to filet these things? I think we totally dulled at least 5 knives trying to go down the spine through those rib bones...never again!

Fortunately, they ended up tasting just fine battered up and fried, but man the work involved was NOT worth it.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:59 AM 04/10/06 (CST)
oh ya baby,cleaning rockies!!They are a panfish but you need a ton to get a meal.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:06 PM 04/10/06 (CST)
Hmm .. I guess you two haven't seen the rock bass with worms thread from last summer.. Webdude, the link laugh smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 03:33 PM 04/10/06 (CST)
I've seen clean rockies in the winter. With the warmer water comes the worms. I'd eat a rocky about as fast as a crow.



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