Cleaning Bluegill?

Discussion in 'Pan Fish' started by oneshot 1, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. seth_turner_04

    seth_turner_04 Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2005
    Owensville, MO
    If it aint big enough to fillet, then it goes back in to the drink to get bigger. I want to be able to grab a piece of fish and throw it in my mouth, not pick at it.
  2. Martin

    Martin Barn Raiser

    Feb 4, 2017
    Seymour MO
    Hard to beat cold water bluegill, maybe the best fish to eat. I rarely fillet them

  3. Martin

    Martin Barn Raiser

    Feb 4, 2017
    Seymour MO
    Do you just score along the top and pull off the skin, scales and all? Couldn't take much more time than scaling them.
  4. seth_turner_04

    seth_turner_04 Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2005
    Owensville, MO
    That's why I go after crappie. Easier to fillet them when they are 10-13".
  5. DCSarchette

    DCSarchette Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2016
    Bland, Mo.
    I have/do both. In the "day" we used to take all the small ones, especially if we had to sceine (sp) a pond, we would scale, gut, and head the small ones and pickle can them in quart jars. They were great that way and I haven't had them for years.
  6. Big L

    Big L Trapper Groupie

    Aug 8, 2008
    Bonne Terre
    My favorite fish is yellow suckers,my buddy has a scoring machine that does a great job. Some filets cook up like curly fries
  7. henry

    henry Fan Boy aka Mr Twisty and

    My dad always filleted bluegill, crappie and bass. He did so after he had us boys scale them. He thought the skin added something to the flavor.
  8. MOFish20

    MOFish20 Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    Deep State
    I saw this on one of the shows I dvr (Midwest Outdoors maybe?) They were ice fishing for gills and had a big pile of them. Just cut the one side off (leaving rib bones in and skin on outside) and this unit did the rest of the dirty work.
    They had two guys working, one cutting the 1/2 of the fish off and the other guy removing the rib bones and skin and they were FLYING thru the meat. I dont clean enough to make it worth purchasing (It's around $150) but I was kind of amazed. Would be curious to try one out if I ever had the chance.

  9. crappiehunter18

    crappiehunter18 Active Member

    Nov 9, 2014
    Looks like the dum8est thing I've ever seen. Filet the fish once,instead of just finishing the first time, need another gizmo to finish the job? Sure he's making a million $.
  10. bowbender

    bowbender Well-Known Member

    Yes pretty much like you say.

    When I was younger I was bout as fast as most could scale.

    Have done 40 in 30 minutes several times.

    Caught another 30 today, took 35 minutes.
  11. SNIDER

    SNIDER Active Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    Puxico, Mo.
    We used to go to the Old Water Resevour near Bowling Green Mo when I was still in St Louis Use Crickets and the Bobber would never stop popping up and Down, Fill a Basket in No Time at all.
  12. sandals

    sandals Quack

    Nov 13, 2014
    Ive got one... I'll sell it to you for $50.

    Thing is worthless.

    Good electric knife is faster
  13. callaojoe

    callaojoe Máistir an pointe hocht.

    Jan 21, 2004
    N/C Missouri
    I just run mine through my Bass-o-Matic. Quick and easy protein shake. :D
  14. I like them both ways, just had filet gills Sunday.