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dispatching fish and bleeding gummies- help!

Postby weekend warrior » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:06 am

Gday all-

Please throw up any pointers or tips in regards to the best way to dispatch snapper,

And what is the best way to bleed a gummy, I've heard that to make em good eating they need to be bled straight after being caught...
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Re: dispatching fish and bleeding gummies- help!

Postby toadie » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:29 am

for snapper a simple spike to the brain will kill them instantly then placed in an ice slurry (salt water and ice). there are videos on youtube about it.

as for gummies, easiest way is a hit over the head to stun them, then take a photo or 2 if wanted then cut across the back of the head, not all the way but enough to cut the blood line. and then gut the gummy after bleeding into a bucket. gummies have a great sense of smell so i try not to gut and bleed them into the water, i tip the guts and blood out as im packing up or driving back to the ramp.
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Postby HARM5Y » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:46 am

There are different views on this, I don't cut the back of the head cause the way I skin em make it it harder, I gut bleed em, cut the fins, then wack em on ice, never had a drama with taste. I always chuck the guts/blood straight over board as well, and I have hooked up not long after, so I'm not a believer in it spooking other gummies from biting. You'll find the kayak boys have the same belief, cause they don't have room to store blood and guts on the yak.

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Re: dispatching fish and bleeding gummies- help!

Postby weekend warrior » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:10 am

thanks guys- I'll remember you when my lotto numbers come up!!
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Postby spokesc » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:18 am

as said above but i prefer to freeze gummies before eating as it seems to improve the eating quality
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Postby vrecfisho » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:53 am

Weekend Warrior,

Iki Jime or brain spiking in the venacular is the most humane way of dispatching fish however many of us don't use this method for fear of causing the fish more trauma if we miss the brain. If you go to the web site http://www.ikijime.com you will see that they have taken an x-ray of the more poular species of fish that are caught in our waters and each image identifies the exact location of the brain. With Calamari you need to despatch them in three places, twice under the hood and once back of the head. You'll know when you have done it corrctly because the Cala will turn white. All that remains to be done is to bleed the fish (when necessary i.e. Trevs, Shark, Salmon, Tailor etc) and into a salt water ice slurry to optimise the quality of fish when presented to the table.

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Re: dispatching fish and bleeding gummies- help!

Postby davidian » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:59 pm

I have 'captain snooze' on board, who puts all my fish to sleep straight away. He's an old axe handle cut down to about a foot in length. Works every time.

For gummies, I do it like Harmsy but gutting and hanging them from the tail to bleed them out, but I dont cut the fins. Never had a problem with taste either. I dont cut the back of the head on any fish because I fillet them from the head down (grew up on a trout farm filleting trout, that's the way they do it). A broken backbone makes filleting them this way really annoying.
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