Fishing has remained extremely hot, I have caught fish on every trip out. I took a vacation day on Thursday and picked up 30 Crappie and two Large Mouth Bass. The bass where returned unharmed. My friend Klaus asked me what I did with all the fish. I double bag them in a quart freezer bag first and the smaller bags go into a gallon freezer bag. This keeps a double protective layer over the fish and they can stay good for 9 month with no problem. Here is a fish and I'm going to show the results of filleting without being very graphic. I have a five inch Rapala Fillet Knife that I use for all my filleting. I have done a 5# Walleye very easily with the knife.
I have already filleted this Crappie and you can see I fillet without removing the skin from the fish. I fillet along the backbone to the rib cage and cut the fillet loose except at the head. I then flip the fish over and take the fillet off the skin so there is no scaling or mess involved. There are just two delicious pieces of white meat ready to cook. I love to bread and fry them and I gave a recipe for Italian Crappie earlier in one of my blogs. I had a fish fry last Tuesday of a quart of Crappie fillets that I hadn't frozen along with a fresh zucchini out of the garden and it lasted me two suppers and one lunch. They were delicious.
Here is part of the 20 fish I got on Saturday. Here is part of the 28 Crappies I got on Sunday. A total of over 160 fish or 320 fillets in a five day fishing period. That end one was 11 1/2" and was a really good fighter.
I love Crappie fishing and Crappie eating also.