How to clean a gar in under 60 sec's

Discussion in 'Gar Fishing' started by osageCo_flathead, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. osageCo_flathead

    osageCo_flathead New Member

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    Me and the neighbor have a trot line in the creek behind the house and caught a 5 pound gar to go along with the channel cats. He kept it and said his father-n-law told him how to clean one and they taste great. He simply put the gar on its back. Cut the gar from the bottom of its throat where the gills end to the tail. He then shoved his hand between the meat and scales...separating the meat from the scales/skin. Next he grabbed the skin with scales still intact and pulled the skin/scales off like one would do cleaning a rabbit. Then he pulled the meat from the ribs by pulling on the meat with one hand and running his hand down the ribs towards the spin with the other...the last step he simply ran the knife down the gar's spine and retrieved a long, thick, boneless fillet. I was quit impressed and it was all clean white boneless meat. As soon as I get my digital camera repaired I'll take some pic's and post them as to get a better step-by-step instruction....this was a lot simpler than I ever thought it could be.
     
  2. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    That will work good billy. You can also clean a sand stergion some what like that. we catch them up here in the river in the spring and early summer(missouri river) and there quite good real white meat. Thank you for sharing. J.D.Straka :big_smile: P.S Never have tried one but I'm Game!
     

  3. Fry Guy

    Fry Guy New Member

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    There meat comes out pretty easy once you gettem open.
     
  4. catfishkatmando

    catfishkatmando New Member

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    That sounds like a great way to do it> My good friend in Tx wil like to hear about this
     
  5. Gator

    Gator New Member

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    I was going to say use a chain saw.....LOL
     
  6. mrc

    mrc New Member

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    Please post pics! I would really like to see how this is done.
     
  7. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    That's different. I just cut up the back and take out the back straps.
     
  8. Hannibal Mike

    Hannibal Mike New Member

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    That sounds great! Also, I am glad to hear the idea of doing this for sturgeon. Sometimes I throw back sturgeon in the spring because they are so much work to clean. This sounds like it would work. Could someone elaborate or post drawings/pictures??????????????? Hannibal Mike
     
  9. rustyhook

    rustyhook New Member

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    I'm going to have to try that.. If I can ever land one of these fricken things..
     
  10. jeffjbeard

    jeffjbeard New Member

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    Not sure on the Gar but my dad usded to clean sturgeon by gutting thm cutting off the and tail section and then dropping tem in boiling water for about 1 min the skin and scales just peeled off then just take out the back bone. Two pretty white pcs of meat
     
  11. Catfish_Commando

    Catfish_Commando TF Staff Member

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    Where is Kccats at when you need him.

    He posted the technique a few years ago, he used his mouth :eek:oooh:
     
  12. Ace

    Ace New Member

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    I have never eat gar but would give it a try.I have eat bowfin they taste good.

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  13. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    Thanks for the Information never ate gar but am going to try it
     
  14. kccats

    kccats New Member

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    In the BOC library is one way to clean a gar.
    If yours is different, please post it!
     
  15. kccats

    kccats New Member

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  16. CamFish3210

    CamFish3210 New Member

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    arent all sturgeon protected? i thought it was illegal to not release them.
     
  17. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    gar are easy to clean , iv done them just the way you described billy
    only i use tin snips to cut them open
     
  18. catgetter1

    catgetter1 New Member

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    I ate some Gar once and it looked and tasted like a pork chop, It was skinned and then steaked out. Fried up it was just plain good. And this Gar weighed 115#!!!!
     
  19. NIMROD

    NIMROD New Member

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    Don't know anywhere else but in Arkansas 1 small type is legal . I never ate a sturgeon, are they any good ?The rest are protected and on endangered species list! Gar are fair table fare if dressed properly. The Drum and Grinnel make poor food.:big_smile:
     
  20. Believer

    Believer New Member

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    I'll have to try it sometime.