For years I have only kept snappers that were about 20# or more. The old man who taught me how to clean them told me it was'nt worth the effort to clean smaller ones. Well,I recently caught 5 snappers that were abuot the size of a dinner plate. I'm guessing they weighed 5-7# I was surprised how quick and easy they were to clean. It only took me 20 mins to clean each one of them. The larger ones usually take me about an hour. After removing the hide I found that I could easily pull the front legs out of their joints and cut them off. With large turtles this is much more difficult. With the hind quaters a couple easy cuts with tin snips and they came off quick. I think the quanity of meat I got from each one of them was well worth the effort! I have'nt eaten any of them yet. But I'm guessing that the young meat will probably be verry good!