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Cleaning Catfish Testimonial #1

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From time to time, we receive a number of e-mails from our viewers.  Here's one bullhead cleaning fish story that we're glad to share with you.

 Happy Days Fishing! 


Cleaning Bullhead the easy way

Your tip on cleaning bullhead is absolutely right-on. As a kid growing up in the upper Midwest, bullhead were (and are) abundant and eager to bite on just about anything offered, as long as it was dusk or later. It wasn't uncommon to return home with one or two (or three) dozen fish. The chore began when you started cleaning them.

Common wisdom at the time involved a board with a nail, pliers, a couple of sharp knives, etc., etc.

An "old-timer" in the neighborhood watched us spending way too much time cleaning our catch, and demonstrated your method for cleaning bullhead. From then on, we didn't dread arriving home with a sack full of catfish. Twenty minutes later, two (or three) dozen bullhead were in the fridge, fully cleaned, and ready for the fry.

Thirty-some years later, I was cleaning a mess of pan fish in a well equipped fish house in Ontario, when a couple of guys (older guys) brought in a bucketful of bullhead. They began the time consuming ritual of nailing, cutting, gripping, peeling, etc..

Not wanting to appear as a "know-it-all", I simply asked, "Can I show you guys how I clean bullhead"? Reluctantly, they handed me one of their catch.

10 seconds later, I handed them a bullhead ready for frying with my right hand, and dropped the head, entrails and skin into the gut bucket with my left hand.

Though they were obviously impressed, fish house protocol demanded that they remain neutral. Sensing that I had committed a generational faux pas, I offered, "Well, you do loose some of the belly meat when you clean these guys this way"!

As if anyone in their right mind would eat bullhead belly meat, the old-timers latched on to to the "way out" and exclaimed, "Yeah, see? You wasted all of that belly meat"!

The lesson? Clean bullhead with this technique, but be careful when sharing will be offended.

 

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Bullhead are plentiful in many of our U.P. inland lakes and fishing for them can be loads of fun and oftentimes can produce some unsuspecting surprises.


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Tuesday, 26-Nov-2013 19:17:45 EST


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