How do you bleed your fish?

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  1. kzhlin

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    Do you guys use a knife to cut the gills/throat? Rip out the gills with your hands?

    If you do use a knife to make a cut, what kind of knives do you guys use? I've been using a pocket knife, but it's such a hassle to clean...
     
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    Thumb and forefinger.

    Yank out the gills.
     
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    Anything but shark, reach in and grab a couple gill plates and let it flop. Shark, use a sharp knife and cut quickly and efficiently. Let them bleed out and ice immediately.
    With shark, once bled out I fin, gut and quarter, then ice.
     
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    I miss saluki. If he was still around, we could talk about using the pair of dykes that I always have either in my hip pocket or strapped on my belt....and leave the serious over-thinking to the LR board
     
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    Tremendous contribution. The OP should thank you for that.
     
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    I used to just rip out the gills, but I was told that just yanking out the gills doesn't bleed out very well.

    Do you guys use fillet knives to make cuts? What kind of knives do you even keep in your tackle boxes? I just have a large pocket/hunting knife.
     
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    Tuna-Grab a handful of gill and rip em out. Salmon, I use my filet knife (gill rakers suck) Rockfish- slice the throat. I agree that fish don't bleed as well when ripping as opposed to cutting. The artery/vein is within the gill rakers. Certain species can have a tail cut or a hole poked on the lateral line (aka-Blood line). Don't over think it. Bleed em and ice em. God I wish the wind wasn't blowing. Much rather be on the water than the keyboard.
     
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    I answered his question. you didn't answer his question. and youre questioning MY contribution.....
     
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    I call my wife the C word and then hold the fish up in front of me.
     
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    Brandon would love that.
     
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    Tuna, YT just reach in and rip the gills.
    Halibut, Black SB, Grouper cut gill and cut the tail half way down to the bone.
     
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    LMAO!!! I love your sense of humor, Bud.
     
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    Bubba Blade.... LOL
     
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    I use surgical scissors, blunt nosed to sever the gills. Very cheap on amazon and safe. Cut the gills and stick the fish face first in a bucket with the wash down running in the bucket. I keep it in there until the water runs clear and then stick the fish into the hold into a slurry of ice and seawater. My product is 100 times better since I began this process. Fish keep better and last longer.
     
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    May he rest in peace
     
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    He is NOT DEAD !!!!!!!!!!!



    :rolleyes:
     
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    He might be dead.............. or he might be waiting for you to really fuck up and then.........
     
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    My fishing buddy suggested that I make a "gill ripper" so that's what I did. Took a 7" long bolt, cut the head then bent it about 110 degrees. I sharpened a sharp edge similar to a knife to "ripper cut" the gills and the handle is a 1/2" PVC pipe. Insert and catch a gill or two, twist and pull. I've used it and worked great on Salmon and Stripers.
    Then place the fish in my custom made bleed tray, turn the water on to flush drain the blood over board.

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    A small cut behind each pec fin in addition to the above.
     
  20. stairman

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    I use a tattoo gun and put a shit load of little holes in the fish

    ok seriouslye use you dykes to cut two gil rakers....when the blood starts flowing you know you got an artery...ripping the gills can actually kill the fish quicker and they won't fully bleed out if you stop the pump by damaging it
     

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