Cleaning Catfish – After The Catch

After gutting the catfish you need to use the pliers and grab each fin one at a time and cut them away from the catfish. Then cut through the skin down the center of the back of the catfish. After making the cuts take the pliers and pull the skin downward all the way to the tail of the fish. Use the butcher knife to chop the tail and the head off the catfish and throw them away.

After Cleaning

After you have cleaned the fish it’s time to fillet the fish. You will get the best results if you start at the tail and cut upward running the knife along the backbone. Stop once you reach the rib area. Now you need to start at the top of the ribs and go downward running the knife along the ribs. Do this on both sides of the catfish. It is recommended that you use non-slip rubber gloves to help prevent the knife from slipping and always use sharp knifes. Using a dull knife can result in accidents and it makes it harder to clean and fillet the fish.

You are now ready to cook and enjoy your meal. Cooking catfish is easy and there are several different methods that you can use. You can bake, boil, fry or grill the catfish depending on how you prefer your fish cooked. However, you do need to be careful not to overcook the catfish or it dries it out and ruins the taste. Now that you see how easy it can be to clean a catfish, it’s time to give it a try and see for yourself how wonderful this fish actually does taste.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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