Learn how to properly gut a fish by removing guts and gills in this free online fish cleaning video.
In this segment, we are going to show how to gut a saltwater fish. Once we've completed the incision along the abdomen, now we are going to grab the fish's opercular plate and open up the gill area reaching in with our finger and lifting out the belly of the fish, lifting it out this way. Okay. The next thing we are going to do is take our knife blade and insert it underneath the section of the fish that we just completed slicing and make a shallow cut so that we free up this portion of the fish's abdomen from the gill area. Secondly, we are going to take our knife and slice underneath what would amount to the throat of the fish. We are going to make a slice like this and a slice like that so that we open up this area just beneath the chin of the fish. Next we are going to separate the parts just forward to the pelvic fin, separate them wide like this, grab the section that we just isolated by cutting which is the gill arches here. We are going to grab those gill arches. Now in a larger fish, you may need to relief cut down here the base of the gill arches. You may need to take your knife and make a slight cut down here and right here just at the base of the gill arches to aid you in removing the gill's from the head of the fish. Reach your thumb and forefinger under the throat area that we just cut and pull the gills back away from the base of the skull. That may take a little bit of a tug to break the gill arches loose from the base of the skull but just go ahead and pull towards the tail. They come loose and all the guts come out in one piece. So now that we've pulled the gills and guts out of the fish, a handy trick is to have a ziploc sandwich baggie available to just drop the guts and gills into, seal it up and throw it into your garbage can.