1: Can I use TWF for blue gills?
Many use TWO WAY Fillet for blue gills. We have too. For larger blue gills, 7-8 inches and above the standard clamp will fit their mouth. For smaller blue gills, we have machined some of our clamps so that the opening is 1/2 inch rather than the standard 3/4 inch. This size works well for nearly all blue gills. These clamps are available by calling or sending us a request via email.
2: What fish species can be filleted using TWO WAY Fillet?
We have cleaned all of the following types of fish using TWO WAY Fillet – sizes mentioned are sizes we have caught and cleaned and report works great: Cat fish, – 4 lb, Northern Pike, – up to 27 inch, Walleye, – up to 24 inch, White bass, – any size, Crappie, – any size, Bull Head, – as small as 6 inch, Blue Gill, – as small as 7 inches, Wipers – up to 20 inches, Lake Trout – up to 22 inches, Rainbow Trout – 16 inches. Or you Most of these species are shown on our You Tube page in videos.
3: What about fish that are longer than the board length of 23 Inches?
You will maintain complete control over the fillet process using TWO WAY Fillet. The ribs on cat fish and pike for example, will still be on the main part of the fillet board and their heads will be anchored through this process. Once through the ribs it is easy to pass through the remainder of the fillet down to the tail portion even if that tail is off the board. Once through the ribs, many report that they remove the clamp, keep the knife in the same position, and pull the fish away from the knife, completing the process on the board at all times. Once there, simply flip the skin back up on the body of the fish, remove the clamp and turn the fish over.
4: What about Cat Fish?
If you cut the side barbs off the cat fish using side cutters, you can clamp the mouth of the cat and secure to the board. You then fillet the cat just like other species, going a bit slower due to the stretchiness of the cats skin.