Bone-free smoked trout/kokanee/cohojack fillets

I hate picking bones out of smoked trout/kokanne/cohojack fillets and have been working on my process. My approach to getting essentially bone-free fillets is to use a 2 stage smoking process, with a bone removal step in the middle:

Step 1: catch a bunch of fish you want to smoke (in this example, a mess of searun cutthroats between 12" and 19").
Step 2: clean, remove head and tail, and in this example, freeze as you catch them.
Step 3: thaw and *key item*: use sharp scissors to cut the skin along the entire top and the bottom in front of the tail. Then brine as usual. (mine got 5 hours in basic brine: 1/2c salt + 1/4c brown sugar per quart of water plus some seasonings).
Step 4: dry and place on smoker racks, I like to use toothpicks to hole the cavity open.

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Step 5: 1st smoking- 3 hours at 140F, two loads of apple/alder chips.

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Step 6: remove each fish and peel away the backbone along with all the bones, including those annoying pin bones Cutting the skin previously is a key item to this step:


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Step 7: 2nd smoking: 150F and 2 more loads of apple/alder over the next 2 hours. I then paint each fillet with Thai Sweet Chili sauce and give them 1 more hour at 150F before starting to pull the fillets (smallest first...). enjoy or vacuum seal and freeze.

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cheers, roger
 
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hobster
hobster
Right on, good info there buddy. I tried this method after your advice and it worked great. I dig the toothpicks, i'll try that next time.
 
Markk
Markk
Nice. I will give this a try on some kokanee this summer. Thanks!
 
4labs
4labs
Great method. Will try it if I can get a 30 fish day at Odell. LOL
When I lived in Gold beach I would keep the backbone minus the head and any other ones that people would be cleaning, chop them into 4'' pieces and smoke them up. Amazing how much meat people leave on a carcass including the belly.
 
plumbertom
plumbertom
Gonna have to give this a try.
One of the reasons I seldom fish trout other than to C&R is because the only way I think trout is edible is when it's smoked.
I seldom do it because the bony buggers are more trouble to pick the pin bones out of than they are worth.
 
troutdude
troutdude
NICE! To the best of my knowledge--which is fractured at best LOL--I've not had any SRC candy before. NOW...I am HANGRY!!! :whistle:
 
chris_the_wrench
chris_the_wrench
I was trying to decide where to go fishing today, and this recipe helped me decide to go chase some trout.
I smoke 90% of the trout I catch, and I'm always looking to try something new.

Thanks
-Chris
 
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Diamond Lake Charlie
My son does the smoking, but I do have a question for you, when smoking the fish how do you keep the paper around them???? ;-)
 
rogerdodger
rogerdodger
Diamond Lake Charlie said:
My son does the smoking, but I do have a question for you, when smoking the fish how do you keep the paper around them???? ;-)

I don't use paper, I just crumble it into a bowl. šŸ˜Ž
 
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Diamond Lake Charlie
:eek::eek::eek:
 
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Diamond Lake Charlie
ok so you seem to be up on things pretty well, I have tried fly fishing but cannot get them to hang on to the hook as they usually take off. Any ideas how I can prevent that??:):D:D:D
 
rogerdodger
rogerdodger
Diamond Lake Charlie said:
ok so you seem to be up on things pretty well, I have tried fly fishing but cannot get them to hang on to the hook as they usually take off. Any ideas how I can prevent that??:):D:D:D

That's easy, coat the hook with a nice resin, that will keep them flying without leaving.
 
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Diamond Lake Charlie
cool, that sounds better than super glue;);)
 
rogerdodger
rogerdodger
Diamond Lake Charlie said:
cool, that sounds better than super glue;);)

here's a head scratcher for you:

"Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking."

what is it?
 
DOKF
DOKF
As featured in "the Hobbit" ...
 
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Diamond Lake Charlie
No idea, what's a hobbit. Back to the fly's, now what I tried the stuff you mentioned and it worked pretty good except they kept flying off with the hook, so now what.
 
rogerdodger
rogerdodger
the answer to the riddle is 'fish'.

as for flies taking OFF with your hooks, sounds like your knot tying skills need some work. šŸ¤£
 
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Diamond Lake Charlie
hmmmmmm
well I have some trees that are down, I suppose I could get some KNOTS off of them but I don't see how they will help, but I will try.
 

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