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#3796362 - 10/15/14 07:21 PM Filet knife
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What is the best filet knife available. Not electric
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#3797302 - 10/16/14 12:53 PM Re: Filet knife [Re: A/M/G]
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I can't remember the name of them but I like the wooden handled ones that walmart has sold for years.
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#3797305 - 10/16/14 12:56 PM Re: Filet knife [Re: RUGER]
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Someone gave me a cutco filet knife for christmas one year. Awesome knife.
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#3797340 - 10/16/14 01:17 PM Re: Filet knife [Re: JimFromTN]
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I have 3 Rapala filet knives. The Walmart one is very similar, costs less, works the same. Technique is at least as important as the knife. I once had to filet about 40 mackerel. First 5 or 6 took about 30 minutes. The next 30 took about 15 minutes.
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#3797688 - 10/16/14 07:00 PM Re: Filet knife [Re: DaveB]
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i have several, all different kinds. all work great. a 12" knife is nice on the king mackerels.
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#3798326 - 10/17/14 10:46 AM Re: Filet knife [Re: stik]
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I am actually considering the Bubba knife. It looks very durable and excellent reviews. My buddy went to Fl and fished on a party boat, the deck hands used the Bubba knife.
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#3798374 - 10/17/14 11:36 AM Re: Filet knife [Re: A/M/G]
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well, I like the Bubba handle. But when I am doing serious filet work I always have the steel mesh gloves on so handle grip is kinda not in the equation. Also never worried much about sharpness because pre-Workx I would have all my knives Lansky'd sharp.

Again, it is not so much the knife-a flexible sharp blade-its the technique. Video makes it look so easy. You'll cut too deep, cut too shallow, cut the tail off, leave a 1/2 inch of meat attached to the skin, you'll be slicing the filet off the skin and as the knife clears the skin it'll fly out your hand and stab whomever is in the way. Now, that can be embarrassing. Practice Practice Practice.

PS: I believe the only correct way to eat a King Mackerel, a Kingfish (my personal best is 52 pounds), is to steak em and smoke em. It is just super when done right. Now I'm hungry.

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#3798391 - 10/17/14 11:53 AM Re: Filet knife [Re: DaveB]
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I fillet a world of fish every year. The bubba knife is terrible.

Dexter makes a good knife and when workable I use electric knife to fillet and a good fillet knife to debone.
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#3799346 - 10/18/14 04:27 PM Re: Filet knife [Re: DaveB]
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 Originally Posted By: DaveB


PS: I believe the only correct way to eat a King Mackerel, a Kingfish (my personal best is 52 pounds), is to steak em and smoke em. It is just super when done right. Now I'm hungry.


i prefer the fillets cut into steaks, rubbed in olive oil, lightly seasoned and put on the grill. NICE fish at 52 lbs!!!
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#3799459 - 10/18/14 06:39 PM Re: Filet knife [Re: stik]
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Thanks, the 52 pounder won the biggest fish of the day pool. I thought he was a shark, we were at night out of Haulover Cut on a party boat, hit a dead ballyhoo I was casting and slowly retrieving. Gut, steak, smoke.
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