It's important to take care of your fish why go through the
trouble of catching fish, if you're going to leave them out in the
sun or soaking up water in the bottom of your cooler? Fish that
is properly cared for not only tastes superior, but it looks better,
The procedure on my boat is the following:
|1. I stun the
fish with a billy club, you're not trying to kill it or hit a home
run, just a smack just above the eyes will usually do the trick.
Remember, stun it to make it easier to handle is the key.
|2. We bleed every fish that
comes onboard. I take a pair of scissors and cut the gills on both
sides of the fish's head. You can use a knife, however on a bouncing
boat, scissors are much safer.
|3. I then place the fish
on a bleeding line attached to the side of the boat, so it's just
under the water along side, you're not trolling for seals, keep
it close to the boat. The fish is still alive, so the heart will
pump all the blood out of the fish into the water making the flesh
of the fish much better eating. If you have a macerator pump out
on your fish box with water flowing through it, you can do this
procedure onboard your boat.
|4. After 15
minutes I remove the fish and keep it in a cool fish box on ice
if necessary until I'm ready to clean it. This is unless it's a
pink (Humpy) salmon in which case I will clean it immediately and
pack it in ice to keep the flesh firm.
|5. At the end
of the fishing day I clean the fish whole or fillet it, and then
place them in a sealed fish bag packed in ice for trip home.
|6. At home I
trim the fish up, re-wash it and either eat it within a day or vacuum
pack it and freeze it to smoke or can later.
| These simple steps
will really give you some of the best eating fish you have ever