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Old 02-10-2011, 08:53 PM
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I know you all probably bleed out tunas, but is there any other fish that you feel require bleeding out? Thanks
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I bleed everyone I keep.
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if you are going to eat it -- bleed it.
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Bleeding can only improve the quality!
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Bleed it, gut it, ice it, and eat it!
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Bleed it, gut it, ice it, and eat it!
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bleed it, gut it, ice it, and eat it!
perfectly said !!!!
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Sooo how do you guys do this with crazy fish like Wahoo?
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ok I know this may sound stupid to all of you,but all I have evr fished for is freshwater species,what do you mean by bleeding out ?

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Stab the fish and let the blood pump out before its heart stops.
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While it is still alive I take a pair of bait sissors to the gills and a deep cut where the body meets the tail.
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ok I know this may sound stupid to all of you,but all I have evr fished for is freshwater species,what do you mean by bleeding out ?

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Not stupid, and welcome to the board. I am actually asking because I heard about it this week, and realized that if I ever got lucky enough to catch a tuna, that I would have to club it in the soft spot, drive a spike through its brain, run a metal rod down its spinal cord, and bleed it...

So I know your really confused now, so read this article, think it will help...

http://www.spc.int/coastfish/en/comp...rade-tuna.html
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Originally Posted by Wraypau View Post
Not stupid, and welcome to the board. I am actually asking because I heard about it this week, and realized that if I ever got lucky enough to catch a tuna, that I would have to club it in the soft spot, drive a spike through its brain, run a metal rod down its spinal cord, and bleed it...

So I know your really confused now, so read this article, think it will help...

http://www.spc.int/coastfish/en/comp...rade-tuna.html
Bleeding a fish will vastly improve the eating quality of the fish and a must for sashimi grade fish should you intend to eat it raw.

Freshwater fish too can be bled, an easy way is to cut a few gill rakers or cut a fish's "throat" and in doing so sever the major vein to the heart (most fishes' hearts are located just behind the "throat").

Larger tuna (+100#) are bonked, bled, spiked and/or pithed (running a stiff line down from the soft spot on the head and down the spine to near the end/tail). Pithing immobilizes a tuna and severs the nerves and stops the continuous release of lactic acid into a fish's meat.

I prefer to bonk or spike my fish and then bleed it rather than bleed the fish before bonking. Probably remove a little more blood by bleeding before bonking as the fish's heart will try to pump most of it out, but a good accurate cut to the gills or heart does a very good job. Bonking and respectfully dispatching your catch stops the lactic acid to continue to build in the flesh which is IMO more important that removing every bit of blood in a fish's system.
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:39 PM
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Just about all fish we keep to eat, we bleed, except for scup.
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Stripers Blues Bonita we bleed everything but flounder and weakfish. If you have a wash down then run the hose in the fishes mouth after cuting the gills. It really helps the blood come out over just cutting the gills.
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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
Sooo how do you guys do this with crazy fish like Wahoo?
Take filet knife, stab between gills on bottom side of head, blood will bleed out in about 2 minutes. Do it all the time. If you can keep the head towards the bottom of the box or cooler, gravity helps get even more out.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:26 AM
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Bleed everything we are going to eat.....the only exception is if we are keeping a fish for crab-pot baits where you want them as bloody as possible!

For the toothy critters like Wahoo, we always keep a small wooden donger (looks like a small baseball bat) in the boat to hit them over the head first, then bleed them out.
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if you have a livewell in your boat then just cut the gills with a side cutter and toss the fish into the livewell. they will bleed out in 10 minutes or so and you can toss them in a cooler.

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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
Sooo how do you guys do this with crazy fish like Wahoo?
90% of the time i just gaff the gill plate and there are self bleeding. If i miss i use a fish kill gaff and give them a little whack.
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