went on a bait run and the only place i could go was a spot i normally catch small livebait carp, about 7-9 inches long. i usually fish here for a half hour and i could fill a stock tank with them. anyway i decided to cut the little ones up, even though i only get three pieces per side. i left the scales on, and marinated it in garlic and country crock butter overnight, then put it in the freezer. i will post results when i use it. the only thing is, with the scales on, i will go through the skin and out the meat, so a scale don't stop a hook point. i usually go through the meat, then the skin.