There’s nothing better than fresh fish! Whether it’s lunch or dinner in the bush, at home or on the road – a freshly caught fish for dinner is the perfect way to wrap up a day.

About the only thing that can add to the meal is if you’re the one who caught the fish. But not ever fish caught equates to a great meal, you need to look after your catch to get the best from it, treating any freshly caught fish with respect is of utmost importance to getting the best flavour out of any catch. A few simple tips will go a long way to getting the best fillets and flavour from any fish, whether they’re from fresh or saltwater.

My top tips are:

  • Fresh caught fish are always better than frozen. Only kill what you can immediately eat without freezing if possible.
  • Limit your kill, don’t kill your limit.
  • Always respect the fish and despatch it quickly and humanely.
  • Nearly all fish benefit from being quickly killed and bled.
  • Always keep your catch cool – the best way to do this is to get them straight onto ice in a cooler on a boat or the bank.
  • Never leave your catch in the bottom of a boat or on the bank in direct sunlight.
  • Always use a super sharp knife to gut and fillet your catch.
  • Long flexible knife blades are best for skinning and filleting fish.
  • Shorter, stiffer blades are best for gutting and gilling fish.
  • Make sure you have the appropriate knives with you when you go out, and that they are sharp.


De-boning and filleting fish aren’t prerequisites of cooking fresh fish. Simply removing the scales, gutting and removing the gills and backbone bloodline is all that is necessary to cook smaller fish on a BBQ or over hot coals. Bigger fish may need to be cut into steaks after scaling and gutting. Simply wrapping whole fresh fish or fish steaks in foil with some slices of lemon goes a long way to being fish eating heaven.

For those of you that like to ‘bling’ up your fish cooking a bit, beyond wrapping fish in foil, here’s a few great recipes that cover some of our most popular eating Aussie fish.










If you want some more advice on filleting fish, check out our Fish for the Table video here

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