Originally Posted by Dry fly magic
I know not all of you keep your fish and I don't keep all of them either but sometimes I keep a couple trout for the dinner table. (Please dont flame me for this topic). Now for us who keep a few fish for the dinner table, what do you think is the fastest, easiest, and most eithical way to kill your catch? Usually with little pan trout I catch I hit the back of their head over a rock hard or take my thumb and push on their neck until it breaks. What would you do for bigger fish that you intend to keep? What do you think the best way to kill your catch is? Any thoughts and opinions are apprechiated.
I have tried all the standard methods of dispatching salmon and found that using my Gerber speed blade with a spear point is the quickest. Bar None!
Use a stout knife with a sharp point and drive it directly down through the skull / spine / brain all in one stroke. Job done and believe me they are dead not just stunned. This also serves to bleed the fish out.
I know someone will of course challenge my method but I kill in the vicinity of 100 or more salmon per season and will stick to my guns on this one.