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Old 07-10-2007, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default How to bleed a salmon?

Okay, maybe I'm getting ahead of myself but I want to be prepared just in case. I've searched and found many topics on gills vs. tail but didn't see any pictures. Could someone point me in the right direction or explain a bit more? Thanks.

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Old 07-10-2007, 08:25 PM   #2
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for me the gill sare the best way, they bleed out a lot quicker and more... really there is no wrong way, just cut the gills in half on each side....simple as that. hope you get to do it soon.

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Old 07-10-2007, 08:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: How to bleed a salmon?

Stick your finger in the gills and pull real hard. Hold it up side down for a minute. Tie it to a rope and toss it in the water.
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:26 PM   #4
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Default Re: How to bleed a salmon?

For a tail cut you want to put the tip of your knife through the spine at the base of the tail and then hang your fish from the gills to achieve the best bleeding. Gill cuts have been explained well above. I think either way is very effective and have had good success with both.
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Old 07-11-2007, 01:18 PM   #5
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OK you start with a male salmon and female salmon. Oh..Wait....it say Bleed a salmon.

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Old 07-11-2007, 02:34 PM   #6
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Stick your finger in the gills and pull real hard. Hold it up side down for a minute. Tie it to a rope and toss it in the water.
toss in water no more than 15 min, to prevent belly burn clean fish ASAP, then ice.

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Old 07-12-2007, 07:34 AM   #7
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Default Re: How to bleed a salmon?

I just cut one side of the gills, then throw it in the fish box......I fillet everything so I don't gut. BUT belly burn is an issue if you leave them in all day.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:53 AM   #8
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I just cut one side of the gills, then throw it in the fish box......I fillet everything so I don't gut. BUT belly burn is an issue if you leave them in all day.
Depends on the Salmons diet, I hear anchovies are bad then I hear krill is bad, our fleet has seen belly burn within a few hours, just a few pock marks begin, then rib bone separation will begin shortly.
One of our fishers DID NOT clean his 750# of salmon in short order (few Hours) as he was in a hot bite, when he got them to buyer the entire catch was rejected.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:02 AM   #9
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Default Re: How to bleed a salmon?

Sometimes I can't get a fish to bleed at all by the gills and other times they bleed like crazy. Kind of weird. I tried the tail method and it did work pretty good. I do a little of both.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:27 AM   #10
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I have a 6 ft piece of nylon line tied to near back of my boat. When I roll a fish out of the net I threat the line mouth to gills with a thin metal rod and tie a boline. Then I lift the fish back over the side and reach down it's throat with a knife. I cut through the gills right where they reach the top of the head. On both sides. No mess in the boat this way and the fish bleeds out in a hurry. Couple minutes later it's in the fish box.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:50 AM   #11
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I cut the gills and throw them in the box to bleed alittle water and ice mixture. It cools them and bleeds them at the same time. drain and repeat. (this really works well with springers when the sealions are around, the rope metod results in lost fish).
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