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Cutting And Preparing Different Species Of Fish For Table Or For Bait

Cutting And Preparing Different Species Of Fish For Table Or For Bait

We cut a lot of fish. Some for eating and some for bait. In the picture at the top we are cutting a bonito into chunks by cutting in a checkerboard pattern then cutting all of those off the carcass. We will use these chunks for chumming and for baiting our hooks for a host of different species and applications.

Each fish has a way that it is best filleted or cleaned for eating. One thing that is in common with each of these is that you will need a very sharp fillet knife. As you get more involved, you can move from one knife to several which are slightly more specialized for each task. Here are some examples:

Targeting Mutton Snapper

Targeting Mutton Snapper

For fishing offshore on reefs, use light ocean tackle with live pinfish, ballyhoo chunks, or live pilchards. When targeting these fish on shallow grassy flats, light inshore spinning tackle should be used with small jigs, plugs or live crustaceans, such as live shrimp or crabs.