Watch this video of me filleting the halibut! this skill I developed while working on the boat and filleting thousands of halibut per Season!
Here is another video with little better time! Well, when it comes to timing, to me everything has to be somewhat perfect...Filleting halibut is like a zen moment or meditation at the end of the day. Also the time how fast I fillet the fish, depends on how sharp the knives are, the level of my endurance that day, hydration, fun level, weather and mood :)
So, how to be a great halibut filleter?! Here is some advice what worked for me:
- Start slow..there is no need to be fast in your first week of filleting. Master the technique you were shown by other ninja deckhand or watched somebody on the fillet station at the docks.
- Make sure you have your own knives and take a good care of them. I sharpen my own knives with ceramic sharpening stones (medium and fine). Knives can't be too sharp or too dull, they have to be just right! once you get more proficient in using your knives you'll find your own best edge!
- Get a fillet glove for a hand that holds the fish, also a wrist neopreme cut proof arm guard (I learned it the hard way, after three years of work I got to comfortable...won't go into too much detail, but I had to get two stitches on my wrist, thank goodness it didn't get worse than that)
- Don't try to make the record time when beginning to fillet fish, because you will hack through the meat and it won't be pretty, and certainly the clients won't like it too much either! Practice makes perfect! my goal was not to be fast at filleting the fish, it was more like having a time frame and do the best job I could to deliver beautiful fillets to the clients! because they worked so hard to catch that fish!
- Build your speed gradually, perfect the technique, don't forget to breather, build your own system.
- Make sure you have a safe work environment around you while filleting fish, no people buzzing around you with cameras, show safe areas to people, establish your work area.
- Last but not least, have fun! find joy in your hard and tiring daily work routine! get enough rest, hydrate and eat well!