How to Gut a Striped Bass

How to Gut a Striped Bass
Fishing for striped bass is a popular past time for saltwater anglers. Of course, if you're a novice, you might have never cleaned a fish before. It's one of those things you'll have to learn to do, if you want to cook, eat and enjoy your fresh catch. It's always best to remove the guts of the fish, before storing it to eat later. Even if you plan on filleting the striped bass the next day, remove the guts before you place the fish in the cooler or refrigerator.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Knife Cutting board Water Newspapers Water Bowl
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Water
  • Newspapers
  • Water
  • Bowl
Step 1
Sharpen your knife before you start working on the fish. Using a sharp knife will make the job of cutting through the thick skin much easier. If you use a dull knife, your chances of cutting yourself and mangling the fish meat are greater.
Step 2
Wash the bass off, before you start to do anything with it. Removing some of the outside slime on the fish, will make handling it quite a bit easier. Run some fresh water over the bass and it should be ready to gut.
Step 3
Set up your work area with all your supplies. Lay newspapers on top of a table and place your cutting board upon them, if you are using one. The newspapers will keep your work area clean and you'll be able to roll the guts up inside of them and discard the whole mess, once the fish is clean.
Step 4
Lay your striped bass on its side, on top of the cutting board or newspapers. Take your knife and make a slit in the belly, from the anus to right where the head starts. The knife should slide through the belly skin rather easily, exposing the guts.
Step 5
Pull the guts out of the inside cavity of the fish and lay them on your newspaper. Run water over your striped bass, making sure to clean out the belly area to remove any leftover guts. Place your fish in a bowl of freshwater and place the bowl in a cooler or refrigerator until your prepared to cook it. Roll the newspaper and guts up and throw them away.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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