Fishing Knives | Match The Fillet Knife to the Fish You Catch

Selecting a “Fishing Knife”!

Fishing is a hobby that is a lot of fun. The best part about it is eating a delicious meal as a reward for success. It is important to not ruin the fish fillet by using a dull fishing knife. A filet knife should be very sharp in order to obtain a quality cut. The following is a guide to selecting fishing knives.

Fishing knives generally are between 6 to 9 inches long. There are many different kinds of handles for a fillet knife. The best type of handle for a fillet knife is a rubber handle, it offers the best grip when your hands are wet and slimly. Rubber is the most durable and easiest-to-clean handle material for knives.

It is important to select a fixed blade fishing knife. A fixed blade on a fillet knife is much sturdier and more reliable, which will ensure a quality cut of the fillet. The most common material for a filet knife is stainless steel. Stainless steel is durable and resistant to weathering, which is important for a  outdoor fishing knife.

What is the Right Size Knife for the Job?

Most people do not select a large knife for their fish fillet knife. They select a 6 inch fixed blade. This is the most versatile size to choose. It will handle almost all kinds of freshwater fish with ease, and can even be used on larger saltwater fish if you don’t have the appropriate size knife, It will just take longer to get the job done. The 6 inch size is perfect for trout, bass, crappie and perch. For fishermen that don’t want to carry around more than one filet knife, a 6 inch knife will be the best option to handle almost any fileting task.

For those that head out to the ocean and like to hook into larger fish, they need to select a large knife like a 9 inch fixed blade. A 9 inch fillet knife blade will handle all of those bigger fish like salmon, tuna and swordfish.  The 9 inch blade is too big to use on smaller freshwater fish, as it will mangle the fillet badly.

Don’t Compromise, Buy Both Size Fillet Knives!

For those that want to be prepared for everything, they can get both 6 and 9 inch fillet knives to handle any kind of fish that is hooked.

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4 Responses to “Fishing Knives | Match The Fillet Knife to the Fish You Catch”

  1. Angel says:

    Great article over the fish even if I need a little longer to read because my English is not so good. Greetings from Germany

  2. Fly Fishing says:

    Recently my son came across my first ever fishing rod and reel that I had lost for decades. I figure I got to busy as the years went by to take the time to relax by the fishing pier and reminisce those early afternoons with grandpa. I failed to understand it then but, there was a lot of wisdom shared in those mornings.

  3. Yesterday my mom found my first ever fishing rod and reel that I had not seen in years. I figure I got to busy as the years went by to take the time to relax by the banks and remember those early mornings with granddad. I did not understand it then but, there was a lot of wisdom shared in those days.

  4. Iron Cooker says:

    The ice has had so much snow & slush on it this year that its been an absolute mess on most of the smaller lakes this year.
    we have made our way out when ever we can to catch perch and bluegills. Reading your posts is very enjoyable & brings out thoughts we should be getting the boat ready for spring.
    And you hit the head on the nail when you said have more than one knife. When you take the boys fishing & come home with a boat load, you don’t want to be the only one cleaning fish !

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