How To Clean A Fish

Before you learn how to clean a fish be sure you gather together all the proper fish cleaning tools, including a sharp fillet knife, a flat surface or a fillet board, a container or freezer bags to take your fillets home and of course: go catch some fish.
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How To Clean A Fish - Basics

Thinking through the process of cleaning fish you should decide if you will use a Fishing Glove or a Kevlar Glove to protect your hand from the gills and fins of your fish during their handling. Cutting or sticking your hand is common when removing your fish from the hook or lure, putting the fish in live well or will you need a Fish Stringer, and/ or what about using a Fillet Board?
When cleaning a fish you will sometimes find that you will use a Fish Cleaning Table or a Fish Cleaning Station.) Don't forget that when you pick up your Fillet Knife to begin the cleaning your fish, this is perhaps the most important time to think about protecting your hands. Whether it is a fixed blade or electric knife - a hand protecting glove as mentioned above is a good investment. Click on this link to read more about them: Fishing Gloves, Kevlar Glove

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TWO WAY Fillet™ - Fish Cleaning System

TWO WAY Fillet® is proving to be the safest, easiest, and most efficient board on which to clean nearly all sport fish.  It holds the fish by the lower lip, giving you a free hand for the filleting process.  It then easily unsnaps and flips the fish over for side two.  Truly a new innovation in the fish cutting board area - and it is priced very reasonably. 

Fish Cleaning Tools

In addition to the most needed tools when learning how to clean a fish,  and optional tools listed below, think about how you will rinse your fish fillets in clean water.  Look for a sign at the cleaning station if you are not certain that the water source provides

Potable Water. This simply means safe for human consumption. If you are not sure, consider having 1-2 gallons of spring water with you in reserve for rinsing and transporting your catch in clean water.

Fish Cleaning Tools

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Optional Fish Cleaning Tools

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Become An Expert In Filleting

Now you know about the tools and supplies you might need to fillet your fish, click on these links to learn about the anatomy of fish, actual filleting techniques, and more specifics of how these other tools help make the perfect fillet:
  1. HOW TO FILLET FISH: Learn about fish anatomy - Find Your Fillet, Clean Rinsing, Freezing Fish Fillets
  3. FILLETING FISH: Step by step pictures of filleting fish