Brilliant tip for easy fish filleting!

With barra season upon us, now might be the time to revisit a fish filleting video we made at Easter last year.

This simple trick will make fish filleting a whole lot easier! It also ensures you get the maximum amount of flesh off the bones and onto the fillet.

The trick is to start the first side all the way down to the backbone but do not take it off completely. Leaving this side on will prevent the fish from sagging when you start the second side.

After you have taken the second side off completely, simply roll the fish back over and finish the remaining fillet.

By filleting fish in this way, the remaining skeleton will be practically see through – that’s how much extra flesh you’ll be able to remove.

It also helps to leave the guts in but that I guess is a matter of personal preference. The gut stays inside the rib cage and then you throw it away with the frame.You will see what I mean by checking out this short video.

Tight lines and good times, cheers.

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Handy hints to make filleting fish so easy!

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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Corey

    Reply Reply September 24, 2020

    Thanks for another great tip. I’m a chef and pleased to get confirmation I’m doing right as demonstrated by you. Been filleting whole and gilled/ gutted Barra for years and have found this method the most efficient, quickest and safest👍

  • Eunice Rosales

    Reply Reply November 28, 2017

    It’s really brilliant tips. you Chang the way
    Thank you “Ryan Moody”

  • Wade Wessels

    Reply Reply December 9, 2014

    Thanks for the entertaining Filleting Video. If I was to learn something as Valuable as this every day, I’d Be a lot better off than most. My family will be most appreciative for the extra fish on the plate for This technique.

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