How to remove walleye rib cages (new way)

SD51555

5 year old buck +
Hey team,

Given I haven't been up to my land since I planted, I thought I'd throw out a random topic that I haven't had much traction with in my fishing group. I made a youtube video on how I remove rib cages from walleye that saves all the belly meat and removes the pin bones in one piece. What do ya think?

 

bueller

Moderator
When I fillet fish I cut over the rib cage leaving it attached to the skeleton. This takes a little more time but gives me a nice boneless fillet. I never felt like I was wasting much meat, am I?
 

John-W-WI

Administrator
Great video! I'll have to give that a try in Canada this year.

-John
 

John-W-WI

Administrator
Great video! I'll have to give that a try in Canada this year.

-John
 

tooln

5 year old buck +
Thanks for sharing.
 

SD51555

5 year old buck +
When I fillet fish I cut over the rib cage leaving it attached to the skeleton. This takes a little more time but gives me a nice boneless fillet. I never felt like I was wasting much meat, am I?
The hard part about that way is that you have to cut through those small pin bones next to the rib cage or go up over them and you could miss some meat along the rib bones. The other down side to that is it if you cut through them, you'll dull your knife faster.

I'm not saying my way is the premier way. I just wanted to share an alternative method that I found, for me, that preserves the meat yield and the edge on my knife a little better.
 

SD51555

5 year old buck +
The missing link in that video is that I used an electric to get the fillet off the fish. I use both knives when cleaning walleye.
 

bueller

Moderator
The missing link in that video is that I used an electric to get the fillet off the fish. I use both knives when cleaning walleye.

After filleting a two man limit of channel cats by hand last year :mad: I got an electric knife. Haven't used it yet though.

Your video was good. Another fish filleting video that I like is this one. I think I'm sold on an electric knife and I haven't even used one yet. :)

 

SD51555

5 year old buck +
After filleting a two man limit of channel cats by hand last year :mad: I got an electric knife. Haven't used it yet though.

Your video was good. Another fish filleting video that I like is this one. I think I'm sold on an electric knife and I haven't even used one yet. :)


Just don't buy one with a coiled chord. I'm ready to throw mine out the window. You get two feet of slack then you've got tension.
 

SD51555

5 year old buck +
Anybody ever see the "unzip your fish" video? I tried it a few times on pike, but could never master it. Think if I did a few dozen I may eventually get the hang of it
Looked for it on youtube. Couldn't find it.
 

bueller

Moderator
Anybody ever see the "unzip your fish" video? I tried it a few times on pike, but could never master it. Think if I did a few dozen I may eventually get the hang of it
I don't know if I've seen that particular one but I probably have as I've tried all sorts of things on pike. I think the best method for me was the one where you make 5 boneless fillets, 2 from each side and one from the top. IMO pike are one of the best eating fish.
 

bueller

Moderator
Just don't buy one with a coiled chord. I'm ready to throw mine out the window. You get two feet of slack then you've got tension.
Just ran out to the garage and checked on the one I have but haven't used, it's a straight cord!! :D
 

SD51555

5 year old buck +
I have no idea if the video is on youtube or not. I had it on VHS :oops:

Pike are good eating, but the y-bones suck. I agree with you bueller, doing them that way is probably the easiest. I wanted to learn how to do them in one piece so I could bring a few home from Ontario.

http://www.cleanafish.com/clean-fish.html

What is VHS? :D
 
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