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Old 08-25-2020, 08:31 PM   #1
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On the water knife

I am hearing it is best practice to gill and gut fish on the water. Sounds great since that removes a messy step before you get home. Any recommendations for an on-the-water knife? Safety is my top concern....and getting through the head.
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Old 08-26-2020, 06:30 AM   #2
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I carry a spyderco pacific salt ( think thats what its called), it folds and fits in my life vest but still has a 4 1/16" blade nd is made from H1 steel (non corrosive), all the fasteners are titanium so that they wont rust either. Yellow scales so its easy to locate and a lanyard hole so you can tie it off.
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Old 08-26-2020, 07:37 AM   #3
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I carry a spyderco pacific salt ( think thats what its called), it folds and fits in my life vest but still has a 4 1/16" blade nd is made from H1 steel (non corrosive), all the fasteners are titanium so that they wont rust either. Yellow scales so its easy to locate and a lanyard hole so you can tie it off.
That's a cool knife but pricey. I'm just using a cheap kitchen knife with a plastic sleeve. I store the knife in my bait tank at launch and landing.

I agree with gutting the fish immediately. No mess at home and no fishy smell.

I caught 4 bonitos at the same location last weekend and it felt like I was chumming...
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Old 08-26-2020, 07:52 AM   #4
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An inexpensive dive knife is a great way to go.

https://www.makospearguns.com/Kona-Kill-Knife-p/mkk.htm

Zip tie the sheath wherever you want it.
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Old 08-26-2020, 08:20 AM   #5
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I use a blunt tip dive knife and a tuna spike to dispatch the fish quickly.
The dive knife has been great gutting and scaling my catch.
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Old 08-26-2020, 09:10 AM   #6
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Fixed blade all non corrosive materials and super sharp in case I have to cut myself free of anything. I keep it tied to the boat in it's sheath , if I ever go over board I don't want a sharp blade in the water with me.
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Old 08-26-2020, 03:02 PM   #7
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Lately I've been using scissors to clip the gills. Much easier and safer.
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Old 08-26-2020, 05:14 PM   #8
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Tools falling overboard is my specialty. I lose them before they rust or dull badly . I buy cheap and stack em deep. Fixed serrated knives are good all around knife for cutting and sawing. Scissors are awesome especially for cutting squid strips.
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Old 08-27-2020, 02:15 PM   #9
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I am hearing it is best practice to gill and gut fish on the water. Sounds great since that removes a messy step before you get home. Any recommendations for an on-the-water knife? Safety is my top concern....and getting through the head.
I use this

Camillus 8" Multi Function Game Shear with Sheath https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A26R0AK..._1adsFb5ZS8TS6

Has a sheath. Comes apart and can be used like a knife. Safe, cheap, and efficient.
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Old 08-28-2020, 07:19 AM   #10
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Great advice, y'all. Thanks for sharing.

Those game shears look interesting for sure (and cheap!). I'm gonna try a fixed blade with a nice sheath and find a place to stash it safely in the yak. Once it falls overboard I can try something else
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I think the game shears are a great idea. I like my knife but I use shears for prepping birds all the time, they will work great on fish. A word of warning though, it's easy to cut your finger tip with shears and it hurts when you do.
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I use shears for prepping birds all the time,
when you're catching cormorants on sardines !!
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when you're catching cormorants on sardines !!
Pelicans, more bang for the buck and I repurpose the pouch and sell them as designer hand bags
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Old 08-28-2020, 09:36 AM   #14
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My fishing store sells 3.99 Promar bait knives with a polypro handle.
Did every job I ever asked of it.

If I spent more than that on a knife I'd lose it.
If I lost this one, I wouldn't care
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Old 08-28-2020, 09:37 AM   #15
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I use this

Camillus 8" Multi Function Game Shear with Sheath https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A26R0AK..._1adsFb5ZS8TS6

Has a sheath. Comes apart and can be used like a knife. Safe, cheap, and efficient.
Although damnit those shears looks amazing.
They look really similar to the semi-expensive cutco shears I have in the kitchen. Totally buying a pair
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Old 08-28-2020, 02:34 PM   #16
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Pelicans, more bang for the buck and I repurpose the pouch and sell them as designer hand bags
The Coach Pelican Pouch Bag...popular with Cardi B, Kim Kardashian, etc.
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The Coach Pelican Pouch Bag...popular with Cardi B, Kim Kardashian, etc.
I put mullet scales on them so they have some bling
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A small ceramic knife should work well.
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Been using a ceramic knife for years. No rust
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Been using a ceramic knife for years. No rust
Will a ceramic knife show up on an airport xray machine? Asking for a middle eastern friend.
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