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    So i caught my largest bass today, somewhere just under a pound. I took it home and had a hard time deciding on the best way to kill it. Im aware of a vein behind the gills but never had any practice with that. I ended up cutting the head off as quick as I could with my 10" chef knife. Im wondering how you guys go about it. I also saw a technique for brain spiking on youtube, but not sure if that works on smaller fish.

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    I knife in the brain and a slight twist, if done right you get a single tail flop and its over.

    Dave
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    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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    Ok, thanks dave, next time ill try that.

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    If I plan on keeping a fish for the dinner plate, I just give it a sharp blow with a stick on top of the head. usually just get a few flops and it's over.

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    i try to keep fish alive till time to fillet.. over in Germany I got this tiny lil baseball bat for wacking fish on the head,, it was mandatory at the pay lake,, Though.. I am guilty of having a flopping fish half way filleted... but thats been along time. I rarly keep fish.
    Mike

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    ive actually had small catfish jump out of the grease because they were so fresh when they were put in

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbphotos54 View Post
    I got this tiny lil baseball bat for wacking fish on the head,,
    That's called a "priest". I don't even want to know why
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    That's called a "priest". I don't even want to know why
    we just call it a whacker hahah. down use it much anymore..

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    Cutting the head off might make filleting a tad harder. I just bang them on the noggin and put them in a cooler of ice. Once they are cooled off they fillet easier anyway. Are you good at filleting by the way? If not I can talk you through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diver Dan View Post
    Cutting the head off might make filleting a tad harder. I just bang them on the noggin and put them in a cooler of ice. Once they are cooled off they fillet easier anyway. Are you good at filleting by the way? If not I can talk you through it.

    what dan said. a nice whack to the back of the neck and ice.
    my dad does the red salmon dip net harvest every summer on the kasilof river in alaska, and he has a little orange hard rubber club that they use.
    i know that hardy makes a ''priest", as rip mentioned
    Hardy Fly - Products - Accessories - Tools - Priest


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