Monday, June 23, 2008

How to Fillet Walleye

How to Fillet Walleye and Yellow Perch
Slice fish behind the gills all the way to the backbone but don’t sever. Now do the same on the other side of the fish. Then make a cut up the center of the belly to the vent hole. (fig #1)
Place knife into first cut behind the gills and work knife along backbone being careful not to cut through it. Flip the fish and do the same to the other side all the way to the tail.
Now lay the fish with the skin still attached, skin side down. Take your sharp fillet knife and go under the rib bones from the top to the bottom, cutting rib bones free. (fig #2)
Now on the center line of the fillet, running your finger over it you can feel the straight bones.
Take your sharp fillet knife and cut down to the skin on each side of these bones. (fig #3)
Now you are ready to take the skin off. Grab your fillet by the tail end. Take your fillet knife and cut to the skin. Then tip your knife between 30-45* angle and pull your fillet toward you in a side to side motion. (fig #4)
With the skin removed, the small finger of bones will be hanging from the fillet. Cut loose and discard.
This is a simple way to clean a great eating fish.
Another quick way to remove the rib bones was shown to me by my good friend Kenny Herman Toftland. Instead of having the skin side down and removing the rib bones the above described way, turn the fish skin side up and press down on the fillet and slide your sharp fillet knife over the top of the bones and slightly down and back.
You will find that with practice, you can cut the time it takes to clean perch and walleye by a considerable amount. Nobody I know wants to spend hours cleaning the fish they caught.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Line Selection: Power Pro

Line: Light line, mono, braided, carbon?

I love the feel, the casting ability and the absolute power of Power Pro: Stuck rarely, land anything that hits that line and when your an Urban Fisherman hoping to land that Dream bass, dream Muskie or huge Walleye; Power pro makes you ready for anything any time and any where: My casting ability is strengthen, the line is clean, little memory and great for getting your boat out of weird places:

Construction of Braided Lines: Braided lines are exactly what they sound like...strands of fiber forming a regular diagonal pattern down the entire length of the spool. PowerPro is braided using 4 strands, each is composed of scores of exceptionally thin Spectra fibers. While a 3 strand line comes out to be flat, PowerPro comes out square but appears relatively round due to its thin profile. Prior to braiding, each strand is coated and with closer examination you will notice the individual braids. Coating the line gives it a harder and thinner profile that has a number of advantages and disadvantages, and we'll explicate more on these factors during our tests.

Real World Tests: For a line that features an extremely fine diameter and enhanced strength, the PowerPro works well in various types of fishing conditions. We put PowerPro through an assortment of freshwater and saltwater tests that really assessed the true muscle of this braided line.