What all in one seafood fishing knife is perfect for the toolbox

Question: What all in one seafood fishing knife is perfect for the toolbox

“I often wonder what type of tool set I should have to prepare seafood in general. Is there any all in one knife set to prepare the vast array of seafood you can find up and down the the country. Personally I am finding it really perplexing that I need such a huge toolkit for the kitchen and I am looking for perhaps the standout knife that will give me more than one function in the kitchen such as a fillet knife that doubles up as a knife for cutting Sashimi for example, can you help me with the all in one kitchen knife that’s the perfect accompaniment to any toolbox for the kitchen, professional or hobbyist alike.”

Answer: the best fishing knife for your toolbox at home or in a professional kitchen

This is a tricky question. The perfect fishing knife should be able to fillet, cut sashimi, go through bone when it’s a must, makes for a really difficult equation but we are going to take a look at a couple of cracking all round fishing knives and perhaps a small fish knife set that will get the job done. It’s quite interesting how many disciplines you need to master in order that the whole spectrum of seafood can be handled with skills and professionalism.

Fish Fillet Knives in the toolbox

Personally as a go to knife for seafood and fish in general is the fish filleting knife is the go to piece of kit for any budding seafood hobbyist or chef. It’s the professionals choice for a vast array of important cutting processes in the kitchen. If I had to pick any one of the knives to place in my toolbox then it would be this knife. It’s absolutely vital to have a sharp filleting knife when handling both seafood and shellfish. You can’t deal with a scallop for example without one of these beautiful knives and at the same time fish cutting just won’t work without a fish filleting knife.

Sushi Knife is an amazing piece of kit

If there’s another tool that I’d love to recommend it would be the Sashimi/ Sushi knife. This beautiful knife will turn you into a complete professional when it comes to preparing your seafood raw. One tool that you really need with this is the tweezers to remove any bones. You really do not want to dull this fish knife with a bone as some Japanese chefs will literally spend hours sharpening their knife kit which would be heartbreaking to then go and cut through bone which will undo hours of quality work.

Conclusion – fillet knife is the ultimate fish knife

You really can’t go wrong with the boning and cutting fish fillet knife. It’s generally the right piece of kit for so many applications in a kitchen preparing fish that you would do much better to spend a good chunk of money on this knife and then use it for a multiple purposes than buying a cheaper all round set. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this write up on fish knives and if you have any suggestions that might help us improve this write up then please do feel free to leave your fishy comments below

Why do Pike follow Carp on capture at this time of the year?

Question

On a few occasions I have noticed that pike will follow the carp when you are playing the fish. Last year I had a pike mirroring the movements of the Carp that was on my hook. Right close to the carp, I had problems netting the carp trying to avoid the pike in the net. I managed to do so only for the pike to jump into the net with the draw cord above the water line by around 6 inches. Has anybody else noticed this with the pike at this time of the year? I know the pike are early spawning and wondered if this had any bearing as to why they do so.

Answer

With its rows of razor-sharp teeth and predatory instinct, the pike rarely meets its match in the water world.

They are adept at pouncing on fellow fish and have been known to eat voles and even ducklings.

But whether it was over-confidence, desperation or just sheer greed, this 12lb pike decided to gulp down a huge carp – and died trying.

I’m stuffed: Hermitage Fisheries owner David Walker with the pike which choked to death after trying to swallow a 3lb carp

More than it could chew: The 3lb carp got wedged in the pike’s throat as it tried to swallow the fish whole, choking it to death

The 3ft fish was found floating on the surface of a Suffolk fishery with the 3lb carp stuffed down its throat after choking to death trying to swallow its prey.

It is believed to have prowled the murky depths of a pond there for the last 10 years.
Dr Bruno Broughton, a scientific adviser to the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain, said the pike would have ‘choked’ to death because the carp had prevented oxygen flowing through its gills.

He said: ‘This fish wouldn’t have been able to breathe. It took a meal it just couldn’t swallow.

‘In most cases, a pike would just drop a fish if it was too big, but there must have been something in the interaction between these two that caused it to become lodged like that. It’s very rare.’

Agonising end: Pike normally eat fish, but rarely anything the size of this carp, which weighed around three times it’s usual prey

THE PREDATORY PIKE

The northern pike, more commonly known as pike, is a carnivorous, freshwater fish found across the northern hemisphere.

They are often found in murky areas in lakes and streams, which are advantageous environments for them to hunt.

They like to ambush their prey, lying in wait for lengthy periods before striking with lightning acceleration.

Pike usually feed on fish, although they do branch out to water voles, ducklings, frogs, insects and leeches.

The heaviest known pike caught is said to have weighed 68lbs and measured 58ins in length, while the longest ever recorded was 60ins.

David Walker, who owns Hermitage Fisheries in Clare, near Sudbury, was alerted after the fearsome fish was spotted on the water by one of his regular anglers.

Mr Walker, a farmer who has spent 15 years building the fisheries, said he was stunned by what he saw.

‘I went down and I had to get the boat out to row out and see what it was and, to my amazement, it was this 12-and-a-half-pound pike with this 3lb carp stuck down its throat,’ he said.

David Plampin, secretary of Bury St Edmunds Angling Association, said such an incident was almost unheard of.

He said: ‘Pike have been known to eat ducklings and perhaps fish of up to 1lbs, but not anything of that size.

‘Carp do get slow this time of year and it could have been unwell.
‘Pike will usually lay there, wait for their prey to come past and then snap it, but that’s a huge fish for a pike to tackle.’

Mr Walker said the pike could be ‘a bit of a menace’, but was was upset to see this one go.

He said: ‘I think it is very sad because I spoke to two fishermen today who had caught the pike and taken a picture of it because it was so big.

‘It has obviously been content to eat smaller fish, but as it has become braver it also appears to have got greedier.

‘I am really sorry that such a beautiful fish has now been lost.’

The powerful pike, which survived being hooked by at least two fishermen this summer, was close to be immortalised at the fisheries.

Mr Walker asked a taxidermist to stuff the fish so they could be put on display, but, at a £25 an inch, he decided against it.

‘So after a couple of days I had to bury it,’ said Mr Walker. Colin.

Is this a bad habit, fishing the same swim time after time?

Question

Finding a very good swim, where you catch plenty of fish and then finding yourself heading to it time after time.regardless. Do you get into a rut with your fishing or do you carry on trying new swims and venues.

Answer

For me, it pays to know your venue, if it is a canal then there are certain areas that will fish better than others, it could be for any number of facts but if the fish seem to like it there then you will not be going any where else so you stick to that spot.

Rivers are a different thing, fish will hold up in areas at different times of year so if you just fish one spot all the time you will find it hard going, you have to be mobile and search other areas.

Still waters, with the fish not having the freedom of the Rivers or even canals, you are most likely to find they will be in the ”hot spot” at some point during the session so it is wise to keep to that one area.

Although i have not answered the question in the way it is asked i feel it is the way many go about there fishing today and as a result choose to fish the same venues or swims all the time, is it a good thing?…i don’t think so but with so many factors to take into account these days it is the way it is done by many now.

For me, i will fish the venues i know well and seldom go to new ones these days, knowing a venue well is the main thing in catching fish however i would always take up a challenge of a new venue if that option was there to take, so it is how you feel about your fishing that counts most, some will travel many miles to take on a new venue wile others will stick to the tried and tested venues.

Going away for a week, Any tips?

Question

I’m going away fishing for 7 nights first time alone and for more than 2 days, apart from tackle what should I take with me?

Answer

Fist time I did a longer session I tried to multiply up the kinda things I took on an overnight trip – but found I ran out of food – basically because I was eating out of boredom (I hadn’t taken anything with me to fill the time between runs). So as well as bait the food and ingredients to make hot drinks – very important if you’re not taking hot food – I now take bits pieces to make up new rigs, loads of chewing gum, a good book and make sure I can keep in touch with the outside world.


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You will need to take a lot of stuff to cater for a week, cloths are just as important than food and you will need that and water, if your into cup-a-soups then they might be good, they don’t take up much room and weigh light.


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A week on your own needs careful planning, I will assume there are some toilet facilities on the site. A means of cooking is a must, you will need to eat hot food at least once a day. Also you will need several litres of water a day so if there is no water on site you will need to take it. Spare clothes are a must too as wet clothing will demoralise you in no time at all. Books are good as is a radio, a phone and a means of charging it. I am sitting on the bank right now typing this on my iPad, a toy that has transformed those long backside hours. I am assuming that you have a bivvy and a good bed, if not then they are another must.


Answer

All the others suggestions are spot on.

  • I take plenty of pot noodles – loads of flavours, light, easy to make and most importantly Hot. Hot food can really make a difference if the weather turns.
  • I also take ready made sachets of coffee that have milk and sugar already in them as milk only keeps a few days and sugar gets damp and messy outside and attracts ants. They are really easy and convenient and once again light weight.
  • There are plenty of light weight stoves on the market and which ever one you take make sure you have enough gas canisters as they don’t last long.
  • If you have a smart phone you can get plug ins that recharge the batteries several times and get some apps to keep you amused when the going is slow.
  • Good luck and stay safe and don’t forget to post the catch photos.

What’s the best way to kill maggots?

Question

Admittedly more of a winter bait (maybe) but I’ve seen a fair bit in the press about using dead maggots, but never seen an explanation of how to do it!

Answer

The best way to kill maggots by boiling water is this…riddle your maggots off, they should be clean first, you then put them into a bait tub and add cold water, enough to cover them all, you them boil a kettle and add the water a little at a time, do not just pour the water on to them but spread it out making sure you cover all the maggots, stir them around a little to help this, you will find the maggots will move quick then start to die off, once they have stopped moving you then remove them from the water, use your maggot riddle to strain them off, thats the best way of killing maggots by boiling water…this will stop them stretching and loosing colour.

Freezing them is another good way and one used by many but again you have to make sure they are clean, this method is best used if you have a few pints or bulk that need killing, if you only want a hand full or a tub full then boiling is the best option in my opinion, remember once frozen i would not refreeze again because dead maggots goes off very quickly and start to smell and go black in colour.

Some even roll the maggot in the palms of there hands to kill them, obviously only a few at a time can be killed this way and you need to be careful or you just squash them but again it does work and this way is best used if you just want to try them out as a alternative way of presentation.

How do we encourage young people into angling?

Question

Following on from the fishing in the good old days post, I hear a lot of people asking how can we encourage young people into angling ? In fairness, unless they are encouraged by a family member, and allowed to use the family members gear, it is going to be very hard. Take the average non fishing parent, who brings their off spring to a commie to “try out” fishing. What do they see ? Blokes sitting on top of the range boxes, using top of the range poles, rods etc. So they stop for a chat. Parent :”How much does your gear cost ? Angler : “Well this pole cost me £1200 and the box was £600, The box attachments work out about another £300 or £400. The two piece suit was £200 and the boots were £60.” Parent : ” Thanks for your help, I think I will get him flying lessons, it will be cheaper.” Angler : ” He does not need to buy all expensive gear, some of the cheaper stuff is every bit as good !” Parent : ” If that’s true, why aren’t you using it ? I don’t want my Johnnie to look out of place !”

Answer

Jeez – that paints a bleak picture Kevin. You are right of course it does look a bit grim when you look at it that way. I think there are quite few things to pick up on in that question mate.

The first and key one for me is the family member. I know society has moved on and we here a lot about errant fathers but you know I just don’t see anything like enough dads uncles etc. taking their kids (or someone else’s) fishing. Why is that? I also came across a venue quite recently that didn’t allow anyone under the age of 18 onto the venue whether accompanied or otherwise – well I wish them well with that blinkered attitude – I will never go there and I even tell others to avoid it.

But there are also quite a lot of venues that won’t allow under 18’s to be on the venue after dark, because of H&S rules or insurance!!! Really – What madness is this?? (Don’t get me started on H&S).

All that said I’ve taken and taught my own 3 kids and quite a number of their mates fishing (too many to remember), and not just to teach them fishing but to get them to understand the wildlife, the countryside, nature, and how to look after it by treating it with respect, not littering etc.

The next thing is tackle – yep starting out has got very expensive but as you’ve no doubt guessed – I’ve acquired quite a bit of my own tackle over time (and most of it was not expensive).

Every time I take a youngster fishing with me for the first time they get to use an 8ft old converted tank aerial (that might jog a few memories) that my father made in 1948, I keep it because its virtually indestructible and an old Shakespeare Sigma reel (because its small enough for any youngster to handle). Either that or its an old whip that my eldest son first used.

Before we go they get the Allen lecture of – If I’m going to take you, you need to understand that you can catch big fish with a tree branch, some line and a hook if you learn to do it right. Learn your water craft practice what you’re doing with the cheap stuff (it doesn’t them matter if you make mistakes) and when you get better you can use some of my better gear or I’ll help you to save up and get your own. After all you don’t start playing football by going out on the pitch at Old Trafford with the most expensive football boots do you?

I then take them to a venue where I know they will catch (and usually because I’m teaching them they catch more than I do which I then use to reinforce the point about tackle).

By doing this I’m working on the principle that once they have caught a few fish it kinda won’t matter about tackle because by then they are hooked on the fishing.