How to Clean a Spotted Seatrout
By: Capt Rick Reynolds
Step 1. Start by Laying out your catch. Always make sure the fish you keep are of legal size. In 2004, and in Georgia waters, Spotted Seatrout must be a minimum of 13 inches total length.
Step 2. Make sure you have a sharp filet knife. I prefer one with a serrated blade, razor sharp. Lay the trout with his back to you.
Step 3. Make an angled cut right behind his gill plate, down to the backbone. This cut should be the width of the spotted seatrout
Step 4. Make a slit from the trouts anus to the the previous cut shown in step 3. This should expose all the guts of the fish as well as the AIR BLADDER. It is important to remove all these before making the first filet.
5. Grab and pull the inside of the fish out of the
body cavity and cut them out as close to the body of the seatrout as possible.
The air bladder has the consistancy of taffy and will keep you from making
a clean cut.
6. Once the insides are removed,
take a minute to see what the fish was feeding on. This trout had a small
mullet in its stomach. The white mass is the air bladder.
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