Filmed in 2010, this video was taken while I was working as a full time ocean fishing guide out of Gustavus, Alaska, near the entrance of Glacier Bay National Park. Every afternoon, after pulling up to the dock, we’d begin filleting the day’s catch. It wasn’t uncommon to process a couple hundred pounds of fresh Alaskan Halibut, Salmon, Rockfish and Lingcod.

Halibut-Hanging-1200-680x1024 Video: How To Filet A 300lb Halibut Fish Filleting How-To Videos

This video illustrates a quick and efficient method for filleting over-sized halibut using a small blade. In this case, one my favorite filet knives to this day the Victorinox 47517. It’s a small, comfortable 6″ blade, that offers just the right amount of flex to ‘ride’ along the rib cage of Halibut and just about any other gamefish.

28103-620x414 Video: How To Filet A 300lb Halibut Fish Filleting How-To Videos  You may notice lots of commentary about ‘missing the cheeks’ which is referring the the cheek meat on either side of the halibuts head. The meat, which resembles the shape of a scallop, is often quite fibrous and chewy on fish this large. Either way, the cheeks were removed after the video stopped and grilled up that night.

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Capt. Ross

Capt. Ross

Longtime resident of Southwest Florida. Captain Ross hails from the historic waters along the Caloosahatchee River. Publisher of The Intrepid Angler, with a history of guiding anglers from the Florida Keys to Southeast Alaska. His mission is to target big game species with lures and does his best to do it by kayak when he can! Follow his adventures around Florida and the world.

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  • I found this video because I work for the company that sells the knife you linked to. I just had to comment and say impressive knife work there Capt. Ross! I am down here on the southern Gulf Coast of FL and we don’t get anything like that! Granted, we have been been getting some 40in snook this season

    • Philip,
      It’s still the knife I use for 90% of my fish processing here in Southwest Florida. It’s an excellent blade, holds a nice edge, is flexible and lasts. Glad you found the site and video!