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This is an easy way to clean a fish without dulling your knife because you never cut through a bone. I have a spoon black-taped to the handle for easy cleaning of the blood line and I've cleaned up to a 100 in a day, so one has to be fast. You don't need a fillet knife, just one that is strong and sharp!

Step 1: Sockeye Salmon

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Start with one sockeye salmon. Most fish we get are quite silver coloured but it's getting to the end of the season so we start to see a few red ones, this has no effect on the quality of the fish until much later in the season. In this picture you can also see marks from our gill net.
adker272 years ago
How big of a fish have used this method on? I'm just wondering if it'll work with Striped Bass.

Thanks, very good Instructable.
kansasa (author)  adker272 years ago
I'm not sure, I've only done this on sockeye salmon and a couple times on small trout... I would imagine it would work on any fish.
pinfante5 years ago
will it work for catfish?
kansasa (author)  pinfante5 years ago
I've never caught a catfish so I wouldn't know, sorry.
ecohrs5 years ago
Impressive!
z28racer7 years ago
could I clean a Pickerel like this too?
kansasa (author)  z28racer7 years ago
If it's similar in shape as a salmon it would probably work.
Grimmy Grim7 years ago
Outstanding! I like learning new ways of doing things and this is pretty darn good!. I also liked the spoon taped to the handle.

Thanks much!


I'm wondering if this will work with really, really big Kings. Cutting that spine is an SOB on them.
kansasa (author)  Grimmy Grim7 years ago
I've done it on Springs and they are fair size, mind you not as big as the Kings up in Alaska but I'd say it would probably work.
capricorn7 years ago
This is a VERY good tip my friend. Does it work with all fishes?

Thank you for sharing :)
kansasa (author)  capricorn7 years ago
One time we had a small trout in our gill net and using the same principles it worked on it so I'd say yes if the fish were similar to a salmon in shape.