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#12141937 - 03/15/17 09:39 AM Cleaning Gar
erittmueller Offline
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Registered: 07/25/15
Posts: 417
Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
What kind of scissors and where can I get some should I use to clean gar? Plan on starting to keep some to help out the freezer.

Eric.

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#12142039 - 03/15/17 10:43 AM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: erittmueller]
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Registered: 03/22/12
Posts: 1693
Loc: Medina lake
Hatchet,fillet knife and leather gloves ,chop head off, grab top fin and chop towards front peeling a small strip off. Then peel skin off with filet knife. Don't take gloves off until armor is totally removed. After that cut into knuckle steaks. I haven't done it,but seen it done. I prefer catfish,or crappie. food

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#12142195 - 03/15/17 12:15 PM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: erittmueller]
erittmueller Offline
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Registered: 07/25/15
Posts: 417
Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
Guess it kinda does the same thing as the scissor technique. Dont have a holding block though so still kinda stuck.

Eric

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#12142598 - 03/15/17 04:40 PM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: erittmueller]
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Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 136
Loc: Lewisville, Denton County, Tex...
A pair of yellow handled tin snips (straight cut)work pretty good at getting to the meat. Peel the hide back & cut off the meat. Gloves are a definite plus too.

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#12143033 - 03/15/17 09:43 PM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: erittmueller]
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Registered: 03/22/12
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Loc: Medina lake
Don't need a holding block,you hold the fin and chop towards where the head was. Chopping action doesn't require a vice. Can easily clean off a tail gate. Bring a 4' piece of 2x12" for a chopping board if truck isn't paid off. Don't make it complicated. slinger don't keep trophy class fish,you'd be surprised how old they are. Real coarse meat.

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#12144258 - 03/16/17 03:43 PM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: erittmueller]
erittmueller Offline
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Registered: 07/25/15
Posts: 417
Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
Solid. Yea not planning on getting butt loads of big gar by bow fishing or anything like that... Just want to keep some that I catch on cut bait in summer and fall to keep my freezer from running out. Mostly medium size longnose.

Eric

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#12147178 - 03/18/17 07:48 PM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: erittmueller]
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Registered: 09/10/09
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Loc: Brownsboro, Tx
Make H shaped cut, start behind head, go to tail. Use hacksaw to start cut. Cut down back with knife between scales or tap a hatchet with a hammer. Remove meet from skins with knife. No bones, and pretty wHite meet.
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#12212901 - 04/23/17 06:45 PM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: erittmueller]
SARG Offline
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Registered: 04/01/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
GAR balls are good eating(look'em up)

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#12233720 - 05/06/17 08:44 AM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: erittmueller]
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This is the best video I've seen on cleaning big gar --

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtcKnTWbcAw

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#12233794 - 05/06/17 10:22 AM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: erittmueller]
garbow Offline
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Registered: 03/07/17
Posts: 96
Ok !
If you use a hammer and hatchet got down back. Then cut 3rd line of scales from back to front in between scales pull away from back like skinning a deer or pig super easy. After you open it up cut out back straps just like a deer .. will be no bones in it cut off all black and red colors!! Should leave all white meat with no bones Then cut your steaks 3/8 thick we use an egg wash and 1 whole box of saltines to one cup of flour fry till golden drown good luck !!

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#12260898 - 05/24/17 12:32 PM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: erittmueller]
JohnButte Offline
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Registered: 07/05/12
Posts: 978
Loc: Lake El Butto, Pearland
Swing by lowes, pick up a couple of the guys standing outside, pay them a few bucks to do it, then cook the fish.

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#12262726 - 05/25/17 01:39 PM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: SARG]
Juggnblues Offline
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Registered: 06/14/12
Posts: 134
Loc: Keller
Didn't know they had em. roflmao

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#12262852 - 05/25/17 02:57 PM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: JohnButte]
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Registered: 12/30/08
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Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Originally Posted By: JohnButte
Swing by lowes, pick up a couple of the guys standing outside, pay them a few bucks to do it, then cook the fish.
hmmm

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#12263367 - 05/25/17 09:00 PM Re: Cleaning Gar [Re: erittmueller]
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I have never cleaned one but I didn't realize their skin was that tough.
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