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« on: September 07, 2013, 17:21:40 CET »

Can anyone tell me how to handle and unhook a Weever fish safely for consumption?  I came across weevers today which where about a foot long!  

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2013, 09:40:59 CET »

I use 2 long noses and a knife. When I get the fish on board, I use a long nose to get a grip on its mouth, I use the other long nose to unhook the fish. Then I cut its head just behind those black dorsal fins and throw the head away.
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2013, 09:58:50 CET »

I also use long nosed pliers to remove the hook but I don't cut off its head - when it is dead (and I am sure of that!) I cut off the spines on its gill covers and  its dorsal fins with a pair of scissors/cutter using the pliers to hold the gill cover and fins when I am cutting them out
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2013, 18:29:01 CET »

I just spoke to someone who is a fulltime fisherman and he suggested to get an old pair of pliers and weld 2 metal rods on each side for a total of 4 pieces of metal to form like 2 pairs of bent nose plier facing each other.  When grasping the fish its like a sharks jaw and the fish will not be able to move.  Once safely gripped, with the use of a sharp scissors one cuts the dorsal fin and the gill spines.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2013, 17:03:03 CET »

please keep in mined that weever spines are still poisonous even after they are cut out from the rest of the body and they remain poisonous for a long time. One has to be very careful how to dispose from these spines and don't forget that rubbish is partially sorted by hand at the waste plants.   
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