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Walleye Skinning

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Gusm, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. Gusm

    Gusm New Member

    I am going to attempt a walleye in a coffee table. when skinning them from the belly where do you come out with your incision at the head? At the throat latch or curve up towards the gills? Ive heard both ways what do you feel works best?
    Thanks! Gus

  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Ok for me to hate belly cuts ......
    Now saying this and if your not used to a dorsal cut and rebuilding scale details then go from the caudal to the throat latch and skin that way
    Personally I cut the head off where the scales meet the bone, cut down the dorsal to the soft dorsal and stop there. Remove all fins even the tail buy using my scalpel and where the skin meets the tail slide the knife under that all around and then with my skinning knife remove the flesh from the body and make the necessary cuts to remove the tail and body from the skin, flesh , carve , mount, dry, epoxy, paint and attach
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  3. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    X2 Frank! I too hate belly cuts as (for me) they seem to be the most difficult to hide by far. Dorsal cut usually when I do pedestals. Much easier and less to hide...
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  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Yep what they said, I had answered your message before I saw this.
  5. KAMoHunter

    KAMoHunter Proud member of the WVTA

    i personally prefer the belly cut, especially if the fish is going to be displayed where the belly isn't visible. and yes i always stop at the throat latch.