How to clean sharks

 On one of Russ' pages I was asked to provide a video on how to clean a shark, seeing as I haven't been out or look like gloing out to get one in the near future I penned a description on how to do it.

 

 

Many moon ago I put a thing on the site on how to clean them, not a video though I will try to catch one and get missus to record it when I clean it.

How to do it

Cut tail off.

Cut across the back of the head where you see the small crease above first joint in its spine taking care not to go through into the throat.

Roll it on its back and grab a front fin, cut from behind the fin following the gill cavity along to the head where you cut through the spine and the point under its chin. Do the same to other side of shark so that the chin cuts meet up

Remove both pelvic fins, cutting deep enough to remove the 2 small bone underneath

Cut from its vent up the belly to where the 2 chin cuts meet up.

Put one hand under its head and bend it towards it belly, if you have done your cuts properly it should come down and bring the throat and innards with it, Drag it down past the bottom of the belly cavity and cut it off.

That will have exposed the brown strip along the spine , this has to all come out.

Once this is removed wash it and make sure the small hole down the spine through to the tail is clear as blood can block it and go rotten.

 

Fingers crossed this will help those who have trouble cleaning them and dispel a few myths about cutting fins off and other bullshit.  Cutting fins off only removes something to hold onto when you try to grab them


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 Great description there

Fri, 2022-02-04 18:22

 Great description there John. I spose when you see it done it will make it easier. Now you gotta get out there to get one. 

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Quick

Fri, 2022-02-04 18:45

 Who ever holds the camera will need to be on the ball, best time I have done is just over a minute and a half to have all fins off, guts and  brown strip out, spine out and hosed off ready to drop in the brine tank with a 20kg thick skin [sandbar whaler]

 

Used to show the deckies up as a reminder on who was best with a knife

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 And you still have all your

Fri, 2022-02-04 19:12

 And you still have all your fingers . Definitely have to have a realy sharp knife . 

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Slaughterman

Fri, 2022-02-04 19:42

 Did years as a slaughterman when I was in early 20s, you soon learn how to sharpen and keep a knife sharp otherwise its bloody hard work and the others on the team let you know in no uncertain terms. When the knife would only just shave your arm it was time to swap to another sharp one, Half an hour before start time sharpening 7-8 knives, some new getting broken in and others at various stages of wearing out. Would buy a new knife about every 3 weeks depending on what part of the chain you were working on at the time

 

Had its good memories though, when you hear 30 slaughts and labourer singing Good Night Irene at the top of their voices while  working hard is something you don't forget

 

On the boat, mainly victrinox  or dexter russells knives

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Some YouTube stuff

Sun, 2022-02-06 09:28

I had a look this morning on YouTube and thought some may find these helpful

youtu.be/5663v6JB_K8 Al Mcglashan

youtu.be/vawBOLJy0YU iFish

youtu.be/npP-jivnHMA

youtu.be/pdrTfL8ruDg

im going to look into targeting these as a long term option if the extended demersal bans being rumoured come into effect

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 That first  vid is bang on. 

Sun, 2022-02-06 10:05

 That first  vid is bang on. 

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