Congrats on a giant!
Thanks for the explanation, I was trying to figure a different way to go about it but that sums it up. I’m going to have to try that as soon as I get a chance.I've always known the flapper cut as the Santee Cooper cut. The way I was shown was to cut a reverse fillet on one side only, and leave the fillet attached to the fish by it's head. Then cut the tail off. Then break the vertebrae so that you can fold the back half toward the fish's head. You put the hook through the tail section first then through the fish's eyes. Leaves a good amount of hook exposed. I was using a shad cut like this when I caught my avatar PB. Great way to present a bait when bumping/walking.
The 72#, that I caught right before you caught Leviathan himself, was 55” long but only 31” In girth . You Missouri folk must feed your critters better than we do up this way.
Speaking of food. How does your’s taste? This one is honestly the best eating fish I’ve had. The flesh is white as snow and very mild. Even the g/kids eat it.