De-gilling BFT

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Tugboat64

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how do you guys like to preserve your BfT

I was on a Shogun 8 dayer and I noticed the way they preserve their fish is they would literally take out the whole gill set. Only question is they would get it out intact, do you just rip it out or is there some Special way to do it. Is it better to gut a BfT too?
 
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ShadowX

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Spike/ Ikejime, bleed, gill/gut and ice it down. You can pack ice inside the gut cavity when its gutted. You want it gutted especially if you gaffed it through stomach.

Best way for me to gill and gut is to use a pair of Wiss shears. You can cut the gills out easily without worrying about a knife slipping.

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Bill W

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    On a private boat cut a gill and cut near tail at flesh. Put in a bucket head down in water to drain and change water until the water is clear. Then put on slush ice.
     
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    FishRock

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    Really depends on the size of the fish. Kill quickly, bleed, and chill fast. Big fish (over 50 lbs.) hold heat and are hard to cool. For them gill and gut and that usually takes care of the bleeding. smaller fish can just be gilled to bleed. In all cases you want to get them into slush ice or RSW hold ASAP.

    What you don't want to do is bring a fish on deck and let it sit there warming up full of blood and guts. If not cooled quickly the stomach acid will eat a hole in the stomach and start tainting the meat.

    The videos "all-in" (above) and streetnfish (below) posted are good examples of gill and gut. Notice the guts are only held in by the gill end and the small attachment at the ass end. Once cut everything comes out quickly. Rinse and ice.
     
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    tunachris

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    RS bleed, gill/gut the fish, get them in RSW quickly. Fish come back “sushi quality” even after 7-10 days in RSW. I home can a lot of my tuna, and blow people away with how good it is compared to store bought. I have ruined a lot of people for store bought.
     
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