How do you kill your fish?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by jeremiad, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    All CPR specialists please ignore this message! :big_smile:

    For those who eat what they catch, how do you convert that fish to the table?

    Do you whack them over the head, or bleed them by cutting the gills? Some say that bleeding them improves the taste of the fish, but I never have had the heart to watch them bleed to death--I give a sharp whack.

    My grandfather always let them suffocate in a little water. This was a slow death for catfish since they can tolerate fairly low oxygen levels anyway.

    Some put the fish on a stringer and haul them around a while; others convert them to ice right on the boat.

    It's interesting that I see very little written on the "right" way to kill a catfish. Your ideas are welcome...maybe we all can learn something! :roll_eyes:
     
  2. bodi

    bodi New Member

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    i have always taken them home and take a hammer and give them one crack right on the top of their heads them i clean them
     

  3. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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  4. Redd

    Redd New Member

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    I cut a little hole on the underside of them to bleed out. Couldn't tell ya where it's at, would probably have to show you. Anyway, a fellow member (vlparrish) told me that tip and haven't done anything but, since. It does make the meat whiter, and they usually don't last very long. But a quick crack with the hammer ought to do just fine..lol

    -Red
     
  5. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

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    I've posted this before, but here goes again anyway...

    On a blue cat, there's a little "ripple" in the center of the forehead where you can jam an ice pick or similar sharp pointed object into the fish, aiming toward the tail (i.e., the pick should be horizontal if the fish is laying on your cleaning table).

    When you do it right, the ice pick goes in pretty easy, not like going through bone or anything. It should pass directly into the spinal cord if you hit the right spot. Make sure you've got a good grip on the fish, as he's going to flop a few times when you put the pick in but then he'll be paralyzed and won't wiggle again. It's not as brutal as whacking with a hammer but gets the job done. Haven't tried it on channel or flatheads, but it works well on blue cats.

    After that, I hang them up by the head and cut the tail off just above the tail fin and let them bleed for 5 minutes or so. The amount of blood that comes out will amaze you, and I'm absolutely certain bleeding the fish makes the meat whiter.

    You can compare easily enough for yourself - try bleeding one out by the tail and then clean one whatever way you currently use. I'm sure you'll be able to tell the difference.
     
  6. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    killing anything is not pretty.that said if im gonna eat a fish i put it on a stringer and about 10 min.before im going home i cut its tail off.this bleeds it good and kills them rather quickly.fish under 5 lbs.i just put in cooler and cover with ice.
     
  7. SSgt Fishslayer

    SSgt Fishslayer New Member

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    when i do cach a mess of fish to put on the table i will take some plastic ziploc bags and as soon as i pull them out of the water i fillet them and put the fillets in the ziploc bags and then throw them on ice. thatway i can use the left overs for cutbait. it seems to work pretty well for me and i dont have to worry about them having a slow death. i love to eat cats and even though i dont do it often, i dont want the little buggers to suffer anymore than they have to. now live gills hooked with a 8/0 octopus hook is diffrent. :wink:
     
  8. Rastus

    Rastus Active Member

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    I havn't cleaned to many catfish but bass thats another story, I'll put them in the back of the truck and by the time I get home (5min or 1hr.) they will be dead, a little stiff which makes it easier for me to skin, gut, and fillet. This also gives them time to dry a little so they're less slimy and I can keep all of those pesky scales on the newspaper on my wife's kitchen table. And yes, I don't make a mess, thats why she lets me clean them sitting at the kitchen tablelol.
     
  9. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    My method works but, it is an awfull way to go!!!!












    I simpley torture them by releasing them to die of old age, LMAO!!!
     
  10. daddio

    daddio New Member

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    I whack em in the head then stab there head onto the nail i have stickin thru my cleaning board and peelem back cut into steaks yee haa its the killer in me lol
     
  11. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    If I am going to keep a few for supper, I put them on ice so can die of natural causes. :lol: So I dont have to wack them in the head.
     
  12. catfisherman60

    catfisherman60 New Member

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    I put my fish on ice on the way home and there dead when i get home.
     
  13. GETHOOKED

    GETHOOKED New Member

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    cut atleast on or two of their gills, throw them in the livewell, turn on the fill and let them bleed out. THis seems to get rid of the red meat and make table fair great even for the women
     
  14. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    Ditto and no amount of bleeding will remove the red streak from a blue cat. It may lighten in color but you still have to fillet away to get rid of the mushy fatty meat.

    Cheez

    P.S. Cold fish are 5 times easier to clean than soft ones.

    Cheez
     
  15. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    I prefer to bleed my catfish. I cut their throats right under their gill plates and let them bleed out. This has a dual effect on the fish, first it helps whiten the meat and second, it will make the fish lethargic or even kill them with time.

    Cheez bleeding cats isn't to get out the red meat, but to make the meat whiter.

    For you guys that are cutting your fish and then putting them in water, especially baitwells/livewells filled with river/lake water, that is a good way to contaminate your meat. If blood can flow out, water can flow in. Just a thought. Vern
     
  16. STUMPKNOCKER

    STUMPKNOCKER New Member

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    Cut their throats, i also bleed them out then put filets in cold water in fridge to get all the blood out. when my dad was in army and i was little stationed in Germany it was law to carry a club and club them, but Germans are a little leftwinged. i think if u want to eat them alive you should have the right. sayin that i cpr or most of the time just cr most of my fish as i keep plenty in the freezer.
     
  17. KYTRAPPER

    KYTRAPPER New Member

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    Me to. They just go to "sleep" and wake up as filets:lol:
     
  18. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    i heard whackin em too hard in the wrong spot with a hammer causes the mudvein to burst and ruins the flavor. this may seem brutal but if i do eat a fish, i clean it alive.
     
  19. Whiskerhunter

    Whiskerhunter New Member

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    Here's my method....Get a cheap extention cord from the hardware store and cut off the end where things plug in. Seperate the wire and leave the insulation in tact. Strip the insulation from each end and attach a small alligator clamp. I use electical tape and protect the wire connection to the clamp. After this is complete, just clip one of the clips to one cat and the other clip to another cat and plug it into the wall for a few seconds. It is better if you do this with the fish in a plastic tub. It is the same principal they use when they shock fish to survey for the creel studies. A WORD OF WARNING AND EXPERIENCE, (DO NOT TOUCH THE TUB WHILE YOU HAVE THE CORD IN THE WALL). IF YOU DO, THAT CATFISH WILL NOT BE THE ONLY THING THAT WILL JUMP THAT DAY!!!!!! I know it sounds off-the-wall but IT WORX FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  20. Montgomery

    Montgomery New Member

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    i put my fish on a stringer . then cooler . no ice or water. i'm usually home in 20 minutes or so. right when i get home , i put a big old nail throught there heads . on some type of board. clean it that way. works great .