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#986851 - 10/23/08 11:18 PM Trout filets
4onaside
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Anybody know how to end up with boneless filets when fileting trout? My son read an advertisement and bought some gimmick involving a metal ring into which you insert the front of the backbone and pull it thru, supposedly separating the meat from from the bones(ribs), but it doesn't work for us. However, he used frozen fish that had been thawed, thus softening the flesh, so maybe the results would be better with fresh(never frozen) fish.
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#987023 - 10/24/08 05:28 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: 4onaside]
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i just gut em and fry them whole. flake the meat off one side with a fork, grab the tail and pull every bone out of it.
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#987124 - 10/24/08 07:14 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: stik]
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Try this: http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/aquaculture/troutproc.pdf

I have tried this method and it works well.

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#987344 - 10/24/08 08:40 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: stik]
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 Originally Posted By: stik
i just gut em and fry them whole. flake the meat off one side with a fork, grab the tail and pull every bone out of it.
That's the way that I "fillet" bluegills, that is, clean them and fry the whole fish. Then, pull out the dorsal fin bone structure and flake the two pieces of meat off along the back, then peel off the meat behind the cavity. Sometimes, if you try to take too much meat off, you get involved with the tiny pin bones just above the ribs,which is a nuisance.
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#987348 - 10/24/08 08:42 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: spottedbass]
4onaside
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 Originally Posted By: spottedbass
Try this: http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/aquaculture/troutproc.pdf

I have tried this method and it works well.



Detailed instructions and all! Now if I'm just smart enough(and patient enough) to follow them. lol
Thanks,
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#987487 - 10/24/08 09:39 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: 4onaside]
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Well, I learned something on that one, too.

I usually grill on a campfire in tinfoil and just eat without fileting. The meat falls right off the bones, but there are strays. For some odd reason, I think spitting bones across a campfire is part of the fun. I also just eat the pin bones whole, mostly because I only eat trout that are small.

Give us a report on the new method, 4.
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#987555 - 10/24/08 10:06 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: 4onaside]
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Whether you butterfly filet the trout or use the traditional filet method, the big challenge is removing the "pin bones" that run down the middle of the filet. There is not an easy way to do it.

Some websites will tell you to pull out the pin bones with a tweezers or pliers. This works okay on a 6 lb. salmon, though it is incredibly tedious and time consuming. However, on a 12 to 14 inch trout, it's just more trouble than it's worth.

Commercial operations have machines that remove pin bones from trout and salmon filets, but I have never been able to find one that is available to the general public.

About the best way with trout is to just cut the bones out. Run your finger along the filet from back to front to locate the bones. Then slice along the bones, starting on the bottom side first. The bones run at a slight angle, so it takes some practice to cut precisely along the bones. It is easier to learn on a larger filet first. Then go back and cut along the top of the bones, keeping the knife as close to the bones as possible. If you do it right, you will pull out a very thin strip of meat that has the bones in it. Toss the bone strip or feed it to the cats. Your filet should be bone free now.

As an added precaution, you can grill or broil your filets with crushed, toasted almonds on top. This is a delicious way to prepare trout, and with all that crunch from the almonds, if you happen to miss a small pin bone or leave the tip of a bone in the meat, you'll never notice. \:\)

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#987642 - 10/24/08 10:38 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: B.D.]
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Thanks boys. I knew that there would be some pros out there who could give us some great ideas.
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#995605 - 10/28/08 03:23 PM Re: Trout filets [Re: 4onaside]
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If the pin bones are soft, you will never know they are there when you eat them. When you eat a trout that as been cooked whole, you will end up eat some and never know it.

Trout are best filleted when they are as fresh as possible. With a really fresh trout, after you gut it you can take the head and pull it back and skin the trout without taking any meat with it. You can then actually work your fingers in between the spine and the meat and pull the fillet off. Again, the trout has to be really fresh.

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#1018341 - 11/08/08 11:27 PM Re: Trout filets [Re: JimFromTN]
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#1018344 - 11/08/08 11:32 PM Re: Trout filets [Re: .280win]
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#1033711 - 11/16/08 11:56 PM Re: Trout filets [Re: .280win]
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The ones they stock here in Martin are only 14 to 15 inches long.
I fillet them the same way I do anything else. When you fry them up you can't even tell those little bones are there. I didn't believe it until I tried it.
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#1034187 - 11/17/08 09:10 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: scope eye]
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 Originally Posted By: scope eye
The ones they stock here in Martin are only 14 to 15 inches long.
I fillet them the same way I do anything else. When you fry them up you can't even tell those little bones are there. I didn't believe it until I tried it.


Only 14-15 inches long? Dang, what river are you fishing? The trout stocked in most of the rivers I fish are 6-10 inches.
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#1034325 - 11/17/08 10:18 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: gil1]
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 Originally Posted By: gil1
 Originally Posted By: scope eye
The ones they stock here in Martin are only 14 to 15 inches long.
I fillet them the same way I do anything else. When you fry them up you can't even tell those little bones are there. I didn't believe it until I tried it.


Only 14-15 inches long? Dang, what river are you fishing? The trout stocked in most of the rivers I fish are 6-10 inches.
I think that he is fishing the same sources that are available to all of the rest of us West Tennessee flatlanders, that is, the TWRA's winter stocking program, small city park ponds, etc. This may seem like fish in a barrel to all of you Caney types, but it is what we have available without having to drive 200 miles plus to trout fish, and I am grateful to the TWRA for having such a program in place. And, the stockers that we get are usually pretty good size, many 12"ers+.
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#1034334 - 11/17/08 10:21 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: 4onaside]
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Martin City Park;
it's just a big pond
winter stocking
caught one last year that weighed approx. 3 lbs \:D
it was the only big one they threw in that time
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#1034404 - 11/17/08 10:55 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: 4onaside]
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: gil1
 Originally Posted By: scope eye
The ones they stock here in Martin are only 14 to 15 inches long.
I fillet them the same way I do anything else. When you fry them up you can't even tell those little bones are there. I didn't believe it until I tried it.


Only 14-15 inches long? Dang, what river are you fishing? The trout stocked in most of the rivers I fish are 6-10 inches.
I think that he is fishing the same sources that are available to all of the rest of us West Tennessee flatlanders, that is, the TWRA's winter stocking program, small city park ponds, etc. This may seem like fish in a barrel to all of you Caney types, but it is what we have available without having to drive 200 miles plus to trout fish, and I am grateful to the TWRA for having such a program in place. And, the stockers that we get are usually pretty good size, many 12"ers+.


Caney types?! Time to take you out behind the wood shed again, 4! \:D I'm just a fishin' type.

No. I wasn't dissing the urban stocking program, I just didn't realize they let the trout grow so big before they released them.

Although I have some objections to the idea of the program, I think the benefits outweigh the negatives big-time.
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#1034535 - 11/17/08 11:51 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: gil1]
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 Originally Posted By: gil1
 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: gil1
 Originally Posted By: scope eye
The ones they stock here in Martin are only 14 to 15 inches long.
I fillet them the same way I do anything else. When you fry them up you can't even tell those little bones are there. I didn't believe it until I tried it.


Only 14-15 inches long? Dang, what river are you fishing? The trout stocked in most of the rivers I fish are 6-10 inches.
I think that he is fishing the same sources that are available to all of the rest of us West Tennessee flatlanders, that is, the TWRA's winter stocking program, small city park ponds, etc. This may seem like fish in a barrel to all of you Caney types, but it is what we have available without having to drive 200 miles plus to trout fish, and I am grateful to the TWRA for having such a program in place. And, the stockers that we get are usually pretty good size, many 12"ers+.


Caney types?! Time to take you out behind the wood shed again, 4! \:D I'm just a fishin' type.

No. I wasn't dissing the urban stocking program, I just didn't realize they let the trout grow so big before they released them.

Although I have some objections to the idea of the program, I think the benefits outweigh the negatives big-time.
Hey man, relative to all of us who have never fished the Caney you are a Caney type,lol. I believe that you have fished it a time or two? And, if you will note, the overwhelming subject of trout fishing on this forum is the Caney. Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not knocking it, and if it were somewhere closer than 250 miles from my home, I would be right in there amongst them. But, the whole intent of the winter stocking program was to bring trout fishing within range of all of us unfortunates. Its fun, and it gives us some fishing opportunities(my winter trout opportunity is 12 miles from my house), at a time of year when there is not much else going on in the fishing sport. All of this, just because I was looking for a way to actually come up with a boneless trout fillet! lol
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#1035189 - 11/17/08 04:18 PM Re: Trout filets [Re: 4onaside]
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: gil1
 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: gil1
 Originally Posted By: scope eye
The ones they stock here in Martin are only 14 to 15 inches long.
I fillet them the same way I do anything else. When you fry them up you can't even tell those little bones are there. I didn't believe it until I tried it.


Only 14-15 inches long? Dang, what river are you fishing? The trout stocked in most of the rivers I fish are 6-10 inches.
I think that he is fishing the same sources that are available to all of the rest of us West Tennessee flatlanders, that is, the TWRA's winter stocking program, small city park ponds, etc. This may seem like fish in a barrel to all of you Caney types, but it is what we have available without having to drive 200 miles plus to trout fish, and I am grateful to the TWRA for having such a program in place. And, the stockers that we get are usually pretty good size, many 12"ers+.


Caney types?! Time to take you out behind the wood shed again, 4! \:D I'm just a fishin' type.

No. I wasn't dissing the urban stocking program, I just didn't realize they let the trout grow so big before they released them.

Although I have some objections to the idea of the program, I think the benefits outweigh the negatives big-time.
Hey man, relative to all of us who have never fished the Caney you are a Caney type,lol. I believe that you have fished it a time or two? And, if you will note, the overwhelming subject of trout fishing on this forum is the Caney. Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not knocking it, and if it were somewhere closer than 250 miles from my home, I would be right in there amongst them. But, the whole intent of the winter stocking program was to bring trout fishing within range of all of us unfortunates. Its fun, and it gives us some fishing opportunities(my winter trout opportunity is 12 miles from my house), at a time of year when there is not much else going on in the fishing sport. All of this, just because I was looking for a way to actually come up with a boneless trout fillet! lol


Kind of crazy, but the Caney is like a black hole on this site. Everything gets sucked into it. It seems like if you start a thread on how to bill fish in Mexico, you've to go through the Caney somehow before you are allowed to get an answer! \:D
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#1037316 - 11/18/08 02:02 PM Re: Trout filets [Re: gil1]
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Gil could you give some tips on how to bill fish in Mexico. \:\)
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#1037641 - 11/18/08 05:19 PM Re: Trout filets [Re: Hawk]
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 Originally Posted By: Hawk
Gil could you give some tips on how to bill fish in Mexico. \:\)
Well, you put in at the dam, when there is only one generator going. Wait a minute, here we go again!
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#1037838 - 11/18/08 06:55 PM Re: Trout filets [Re: Hawk]
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 Originally Posted By: Hawk
Gil could you give some tips on how to bill fish in Mexico. \:\)


I bill them by the hour, but they never seem to pay. Maybe an up-front fee would be better.

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#1037846 - 11/18/08 06:57 PM Re: Trout filets [Re: 4onaside]
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: Hawk
Gil could you give some tips on how to bill fish in Mexico. \:\)
Well, you put in at the dam, when there is only one generator going. Wait a minute, here we go again!


Now hold your horses. What kind of moron puts in at the dam for billfish?!! These feeshies are spooky - too much boat traffic at the dam! \:D
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#1055546 - 11/28/08 08:12 AM Re: Trout filets [Re: .280win]
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Those are good techniques, but having fished for landlocked salmon, lake trout, walleye, brooktrout(squaretail) most of my adult life, I either wrap them in foil with lemon and bacon and cook them on the grill or with small trout, pan fry and pull the meat off the bones.
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