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Filleting Your Catch|
Fish require proper handling from the time they are hooked until served. Fish flesh begins to deteriorate the moment the fish dies and proper steps must be taken to preserve the delicate flavor.
The two best ways of keeping fish fresh are: (1) to keep them alive, or (2) to chill them. Since keeping fish alive is not always possible, a practical solution is an ice chest. Keep the drain open on the chest or place the fish in a plastic bag, because dead fish left in water soon lose their flavor.
Cleaning fish is quite easy with the proper tools and a little instruction. The fresher the fish, the easier it is to clean. Do not freeze the fish whole or put the job off until the skin is dry and brittle.
Filleting is method used by most anglers to prepare their catch. A sharp knife with a flexible blade is practically all you will need. The six-inch blade is the most popular. The quickest and simplest way to fillet fish is illustrated below.
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