How to fillet a gurnard

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OK I'm not quite a legendary movie producer but I have made a series of filleting vids. I'm really looking forward to the Oscars next year....



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Part 2 here ....
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LOL Brilliant, part 2 please!
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BRilliant! THanks Smudge.. aka Gurnard Guru!  I like to leave the skin on my carrot aswell.
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Nice one Smudge - part one was hard to hear over the TV noise in the background, but you figured it out for part two, mouse was a nice touch too! Cheers.
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And Part 3...


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Awesome video! Love the rat on the floor LOL
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Fantastic videos Smudge! I need to go catch some carrots so I can practice my new found skills!
I trust you won't mind if this video finds its way into NZFisher?

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Great vid mate. Any chance you could do a John Dory? Can usually feel my way round the ridges of bone, but would appreciate seeing how you do it. Kingi would also be helpful for some, especially skinning them (if you don't eat the skin).
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Wow that's a little spooky I had a phone call tonight from a guy (Johnny) asking how to fillet a Johnny Big smile true story!

It's been a while since I've caught a JD or a king for that matter but I'm planning a fishing trip out around Waiheke in a couple of weeks so if I catch some target species I'll give a how to vid a go.

As you say Ahab it is the ridge around the upper part of the JD that throws people but they usually fillet alright although the skinny part around the lateral line makes it seem like you've screwed it up but take it slowly and you'll be ok.

Kings are ok to do but skinning may present problems for some but the hardest fish to skin would be a trevally.  I find a wider very sharp knife best but I have heard others say they prefer a knife thats a little less than sharp. I find a sawing action best for skinning but you have to be quite gentle doing this with a trev as the skin is so thin with very fine scales. Having said that, of all fish, trevally would have to be the easiest to fillet - just hardest to skin!

All fish benefit from a good chilling down for a few hours to set and firm the flesh before filleting.

Sounds fine to me Derrick, the time for a gurnard session is near....
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Yup, Agree Smudge, the trevs are a bugger to skin with a knife.... but, their skin / scales do peel off remarkably well. Once you've taken the fillet off there will be a lose flap of skin on the 'shoulder' of the fillet. If you can get a grip on this you can pull the outer layer of skin and scales away from the flesh - leaving all the shinny colour on the fillet! It takes a bit of strength in your fingers to get it started, but once underway its just like skinning a cat...LOL Next time I come across a trev I'll take a vid of the process... BTW, the rat was classic!
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It would be good to see that Speedy. If you can post it up in Newbies with its own Topic.
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great video's smudge! I've been trying the method where you cut off the top spikey fins, break the back bone and pull the head, guts and skin off in one go but i will give this a try next time.
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Try it sbeehre, it's cleaner, faster, easier and way better. You can also fillet them the same way I do the snapper in my snapper filleting vid.
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The Rat bit was a classic ... fell off the chair laughing , good filleting too lol Thumbs Up
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Thanks for the video! Filleting has always been the hardest part of fishing for me
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Marta, it is for most people and it certainly was for me too. I've been lucky enough to have caught plenty of gurnard to practice on! The next hardest part is tying knots....
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Awesome Nice work smudge Thumbs Up
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Great vid - also loved the rat. I can fillet a blue cod with my eyes shut but everytime I fillet a gurnard I get spiked when I hold the head.

How do you cook them with skin on? 
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