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    Re: Freshwater or Saltwater when Filleting Fish.

    I've been told and also believe that one should use as little water as possible when filleting fish, especially trout, salmon and kokanee. Constantly washing the exposed meat will change the color and make the flesh mushy, affecting the taste.

    If worried about bacteria, make sure you have a clean fillet board and a clean fillet knife. As JW said, public fish cleaning stations can be pretty nasty and very rarely (if at all) get cleaned.

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    Re: Freshwater or Saltwater when Filleting Fish.

    I second no rinse at all. Rinsing fish with fresh or salt water deteriorates the flesh and washes away the good oils. Bleed your fish out well, use a clean fillet board (always bring my own that I place on my tailgate as apposed to a filthy public fish cleaning station) and then wipe away any blood or guts with a paper towel. The meet comes out way better and you don't have any funky liquid in the ziplock bags or vacuum seal bags.

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    Re: Freshwater or Saltwater when Filleting Fish.

    I try not to rinse the fillets at all. If they do need rinsing off, a quick fresh water hosing off is fine.
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    Re: Freshwater or Saltwater when Filleting Fish.

    I usually toss a bunch of salt in fillets and duck/birds when I breast them out. Let them sit for about a hour then wash them off with fresh water. Never really thought about killing bacteria I do it more for taste

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    Re: Freshwater or Saltwater when Filleting Fish.

    Theoretically, salt water will kill bacteria. Bacteria die by being dried out or if you keep the fish in a salt water solution, like brining. So in practice, cleaning it with salt water will result in less bacteria than fresh water.

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    Freshwater or Saltwater when Filleting Fish.

    I have been doing some reading, is it better to clean fish fillets in saltwater. From what I have read it stops bacteria and also improves the taste. I have not tried using saltwater to see if it works. So I thought I would get some others opinion.

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