The ability to clean fish with care and precision is a skill born of knowledge and practice. Pike are among the best tasting freshwater fish, but surprisingly many anglers don’t bother cleaning and eating them because of all the pesky Y-bones. But with a little practice, it’s easy to clean pike and get a pile of perfectly bonenless fillets. Here are three of our favorite bone removal cleaning techniques. Also be sure to watch the how-to video (below gallery) featuring several Y-Bone removal methods.
- <h2>Y-Bone Removal: Method One Step 1 of 8</h2>Once a fillet has been removed, cut straight down and then back to remove the tail section of the fillet. The tail section does not contain bones. Continue to remove sections about 3 inches long. The filleted pieces and the skin are shown separated.
Watch In-Fisherman Editor In Chief Doug Stange fillet pike use multiple Y-Bone removal methods: