Cleaning a Fish - Your Step by Step guide

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You've played, now you must pay. Cleaning fish is easy but necessary !!!
I have done a basic run down on how to clean a fish.

Step 1:
Wash the fish using fresh tap water. Avoid cleaning fish with lake or stream water,
as it can sometimes contain contaminants.

Step 2:
Remove scales by scraping the fish with a fish scaler or the dull edge of a knife.
Use short strokes from tail to head. If you plan to skin the fish before cooking, this step is not necessary.

Step 3:
Make a cut from the gills to the vent.

Step 4:
Remove the entrails with your fingers. Check the cavity carefully to make sure everything's
been removed.

Step 5:
Rinse the cavity well.

Step 6:
If cooking the fish whole, remove the dorsal fin by cutting along each side of it and carefully pulling the fin out with pliers.

Step 7:
Wash the fish inside and out with cold, fresh water. Store the fish covered with clean ice that can drain from the container as it melts.


Important Tips

- It's best to clean fish as soon as possible after they come out of the water.
 
- When storing cleaned fish on ice, don't allow melted water to touch the fish.

- Drain or discard the excess water as the ice melts.

- Store the fish with the cavity facing down, so that water doesn't pool in the cavity.

- Don't trim the fins before removing them, because bones at the base of the fins could be left inside the fish.

Have fun !!!

From The Team @ Sport Fishing Direct

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