I had a catfish die on the boat, so I proceeded to clean him without skinning him first. I placed the fish on ice and was pleased to find a fresh fish when I got home hours later. Then the trouble began. Without a head, skinning the critter was a challenge at best. The skin was holding on so well that I was pulling chunks of meat off in places. The fish was hard to hold, and I didn't want to drive anything through the fish to hold it for fear of harming the good filets. I learned my lesson to do the skinning on the water. Perhaps some of you have some good advice both ways. Thanks for your input!