Exmouth fish filleting

G’day, I’m off to Exmouth in a few weeks time for a fishing trip, just wondering if anyone knows anyone up there who fillets peoples fish for cash?

I’m ok at filleting although it takes me a long time, but my mates coming with me have never filleted a fish before, so hoping we can pay someone to do it for us if we have more then a couple of table fish. 

PM me if you prefer 

cheers Paul 


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 No better way to learn than

Sat, 2019-05-25 15:50

 No better way to learn than plenty of practice. 

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Although you might be onto

Sat, 2019-05-25 15:53

Although you might be onto something there. I’d pay a couple of hundred after a big trip to have someone else wash all the gear and the boat and fillet and vac pack the catch. 

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 The more you do the better

Sat, 2019-05-25 15:52

 The more you do the better you get. Maybe you fillet and teach your mate to skin. 

Have a look on line of diff ways to do it and you will find your easiest. We all had to start somewhere. Better than paying out the coin to someone else . Just my opinion 

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Filletting fish

Sat, 2019-05-25 16:54

Search for www.filletfishaustralia.com'au online best tutorials you can get other than that as was said before practise makes perfect.

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here

Sat, 2019-05-25 21:33
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Exmouth

Sat, 2019-05-25 17:45

ask Azza at tackle world  

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Sat, 2019-05-25 19:33

 

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I understand you only learn

Sat, 2019-05-25 19:33

I understand you only learn and get better by trying, but think about how much wasted fish there would be if 2 guys who have never filleted a fish before give it a go after spending 10hrs on a boat, imagine if I posted those photos of the frames on here or anywhere on the internet, I’d be ripped to shreds!!!

If we only get a couple of fish then yeah we will do it, and I can take some time and show them how to do it while having a beer, but if we get super lucky and catch a decent bag then it would be good to pay a local to help us out. 

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 just take your time doing

Sat, 2019-05-25 19:57

 just take your time doing it. no race. just make sure your knife is sharp . no one will bag you for giving it a good go. as i said before just look it up on the web, plenty of info out there for beginners. we gotta start somewhere. at the filleting tables just watch , learn and dont be afraid to ask and im sure most would be willing to give you some tips

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 At most busy fillet tables

Sat, 2019-05-25 20:54

 At most busy fillet tables there will allways be a Mr know it all but just say your new at filleting and the rest of the table will gladly give you some good advice and dont be afraid to go there as this is where you will pick up tips and techniques , treat it as a demonstration and learning .

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 drinking beers while someone

Sat, 2019-05-25 21:01

 drinking beers while someone fillets your fish..... hell yeah

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Nice one 

Tue, 2019-05-28 16:44

Nice one 

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How good would it be

Sat, 2019-05-25 21:42

If they had a hot chick bikini filleting service. Pay the $, get on the cans, sit back and enjoy the show. Haha

i am sure there would be such a thing in america, fat chance of it happening in oz.

 

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Knife

Sun, 2019-05-26 08:33

 Make sure your knife is very sharp, its so easy to stuff up a fillet by trying to do it with a blunt knife.

My son lives up there,an excellent filletter and I know what he will say if I asked him and his reply wouldn't be fit for reading on any site let alone here.

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I was at the Exmouth marina

Sun, 2019-05-26 08:44

I was at the Exmouth marina filleting table last month and a guy was trying his best on a couple of Mack’s they’d caught and was struggling while his mate and their girls friends watched on

he saw us ripping through our fish and simply asked if I could give him some pointers which of course I did

he then did the second Mack, took his time and at the end had 2 great fillets to take home

now he’s better at filleting and will hopefully share that with his mate

win/ win

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 I remember  a few years back

Sun, 2019-05-26 09:24

 I remember  a few years back now there used to be a young  fella who would rock up to the filleting table at kalbarri after  the  charter boats had come  in and would  fillet  people's  catch for them for some cash ,smart young bloke he used to do allright  out of it too, 

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Start with the right knife

Sun, 2019-05-26 10:15

 get a long blade, thin, flexible, sharp point.  Don't pay a fortune, Dexter do good ones, plenty of others. Someone will chip in and say they have some xxyyzz super samurai-cut through a 4x2,-skin a bullock-fillet 3 tonne of fish then shave with it afterwards--type knife. just spend about $40.  Heres a quick example. I have one of these, works fine. And watch some youtube videos. YBS actually incorporate some good filleting in some of their videos. 

 

www.everten.com.au/dexter-russell-sani-safe-filleting-knife-20cm.html    get 8" or 9" ( 8" , 220cm, is actually a bit longer than that in the blade) keep a stone handy to  hone it up. You'll get the hang of  it, just catch lots of  fish to  practice  on. 

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Filletting fish

Sun, 2019-05-26 12:43

Pay a few bucks and get yourself a glove as well as a nick from a sharp blade can do some damage.

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Thanks everyone for your

Mon, 2019-05-27 10:49

Thanks everyone for your feedback, 

I’ve got a few good filleting knives already, plus sharpening stone and a steel and I know how to fillet a few of the main species, I’m just very slow. If we get a couple of fish then we will be filleting them ourselves, and yeah I can show my mates how to do it, maybe I’m just over thinking the situation, seeing photos of people fishing up there and coming in with full esky’s, thinking how much hard work it would be filleting them all, I guess in reality tho having not fished Exmouth properly before, we will be lucky to bring a few fish back in with us.

Cheers for the input and words of encouragement 

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You fillet

Mon, 2019-05-27 11:29

The boys clean boats, gear, vac pac etc.

The more you catch the quicker you'll naturally get.

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Yeah that’s a pretty good

Mon, 2019-05-27 13:16

Yeah that’s a pretty good idea actually, cheers John  

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I like your optimism and I

Mon, 2019-05-27 15:53

I like your optimism and I hope you do well - first time to exmouth?

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This will be my 2nd time, 1st

Mon, 2019-05-27 17:12

This will be my 2nd time, 1st time up there we only

got the boat wet twice so we haven’t explored much up there at all. 

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definitiely get a glove. i

Mon, 2019-05-27 17:17

definitiely get a glove. i spiked myself the weekend before last and 2 days later was in hospital on iv antibiotics for 3 days....only just coming good now. helps stop the fish sliding all over the table as well.

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It’s all part of the days.

Tue, 2019-05-28 13:17

Its all part of the days fishing experience the filleting table becomes a de-briefing scene where people talk about their days fishing and in my experience are only to happy to show you tricks and tips on how to recover the most flesh from your catch and have minimum wastage 

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I’ve got some mates that

Wed, 2019-05-29 07:44

I’ve got some mates that weren’t too flash either, make them buy a nice knife.. give them a quick crash course and see how they go. I know myself it’s a pretty average time doing all the filleting while my mates watch and drink beer.. even start them on the skinning and work them up 

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 I rekon you might be onto

Wed, 2019-05-29 17:08

 I rekon you might be onto something. It's the way the world's going, 20 years ago everyone mowed their own lawn, cleaned their own house, ironed their own clothes and picked up their dog poo in their yard. Now it's getting more common to do less and less. I rekon there is a good business there, would need good marketing and a way into the market, but I think that could become a good lucrative business. 

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Cost

Thu, 2019-05-30 08:50

 If you were to make it a business then the cost would be prohibitive to those who want your services.

With personal insurance, third party insurance if you accidently cut someone else, travel costs and gear plus making enough to survive the slack periods you would have to charge in the vicinity of $50 an hour to make a living and I know I definitely wouldn't pay that if I was a crap filleter

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 Look out for uber filleting

Thu, 2019-05-30 17:04

 Look out for uber filleting ,coming  to fish cleaning  station soon   near you !! 

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I would

Thu, 2019-05-30 17:26

 A good filleter could get through a lot in an hour.