Zippering Zippering Zippering Zippering
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Zippering

  1. #1

    Default Zippering

    Is zippering a walleye filet necessary?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Delaware Ohio
    Posts
    10

    Default

    No, zippering is not necessary. I do it to my filets anyway. Seems to make it more palatable for my wife. She insists I do it.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    24

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ltsimp View Post
    No, zippering is not necessary. I do it to my filets anyway. Seems to make it more palatable for my wife. She insists I do it.
    We had some fish cleaned at a local PC launch place and asked them to zipper the filets. They refused saying that if they did, each half of the filet would count as a whole filet for limit numbers. Not sure why that would be or even if it's true?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    nroyalton
    Posts
    763

    Default

    At Bays Edge they zipper the walleye filet.They cut it out but leave the pieces joined at the tail.Not sure but think they charge extra to do it and a little bit of good meat is gone in the process.I always zipper our filets before I vacuum freeze them.I usually zipper them the day after they were caught.That seams to firm up the meat some and is easier to zipper the filet without it breaking in wrong spot.If it does,I just cut it out.Not sure of legal ramifications of transporting walleye filets cut up.

  5. #5

    Default

    So what happens to the bones or what ever you feel right there. They small enough they soften up when cooked?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    nroyalton
    Posts
    763

    Default

    The smaller the fish the smaller the bones in the median line.With perch you don't even feel them.In bigger walleye you can feel them for sure.When I zipper them at home I put them back in bag the filets came in.Then put in freezer and put in trash the day they pick up.

  7. #7

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by addaline View Post
    We had some fish cleaned at a local PC launch place and asked them to zipper the filets. They refused saying that if they did, each half of the filet would count as a whole filet for limit numbers. Not sure why that would be or even if it's true?
    It's the law. You are supposed to keep the whole filet intact until you reach your permanent residence or are preparing them to eat. The reason is that people were overfishing and then cubing the fish to cover the true number of fish they had, making it nearly impossible for DNR officers to count the fish. 10 years ago you were even supposed to leave a patch of skin on the filets for easy identification but at last check that was no longer the case. Technically speaking, you need to keep your receipts with dates from the cleaning house if you are fishing multiple days so that if you are stopped you have proof that you didn't catch them all that day.

    The few ruining it for the many.

  8. Default

    Here's what the regs say:

    Fillets are required to be kept whole until an angler reaches their permanent residence, or until the fish are prepared for immediate consumption. Frozen fish are required to be transported in such a way that the fillets can be easily identified and counted. This does not apply to anglers with a receipt from a fish cleaning house or charter captain which states the date, number, and type of fish possessed. Fish must be transported whole or as a complete fillet while returning from the Lake Erie islands on a commercial ferry boat.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Catawba Is
    Posts
    123

    Default

    Absolutely correct about leaving fillets whole. A buddy stayed on Kelley's for a week and chunked his fish up each day. They received 7 tickets for improper cleaning. I like to "Y" the fillet. No need to zipper through the tail, their are no bones there. If you give fish to someone they actually look like a fillet instead of fish bites.
    JBD's Regina Marie (Johnny Big Dawg)
    The Regina Marie: 2008 340 Sea Ray with Sportsman Package
    Twin 8.1L Inboards, Autopilot
    Rocket Launchers, Cisco Rod Holders, Scotty Downriggers
    Raymarine w/ Navionics, Radar, Rear TV to duplicate display or watch the game
    Sirius radio usually jamming Margaritaville

  10. #10

    Default

    So if you have a summer home on the islands then what? Canít bring fish back in the fall winter to other residence?


Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •