The Fast Easy Way to Clean a Bullhead – (AKA Shucking Bullheads)

I have found three videos on this technique, each guy does it a little differently but the end result is the same.  I figured that I would post all three so that you could develop your own best practices.

Recently I put about 10 bullheads into my aquaponics system and I gave this method a try with one because it was so gut hooked I know it would not survive, the photo below was the result of this method, yep bullhead and duck egg for breakfast.

I actually didn’t do it right, if you note in these videos one important thing is do not cut into the side skins.  I had watched one of these videos over a month ago and didn’t refresh my memory before trying it.  I did cut into the skin, when I pulled the skin broke.  Even with that it was perhaps 10 seconds of work to grab it and pull it off with pliers.

I think the best practice here may be to put the fish on ice until they are cold and stiff, if you notice all the guys fiddle a bit with the first cut and the moving slimy fish.  I will try that next time and report back.  So check out this method and develop your own best practices for using it.  Be careful though I can see a guy trying to prove how fast he can do this and ending up with a nasty cut here!

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