Choosing the Right Fillet Knife for Cleaning Fish

Getting the right fishing knife is compulsory when going fishing, and there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right fishing knife. The most important thing is to get a good quality knife, and even though you probably think that your old and rusty fishing knife will suffice, it’s much better […]

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Getting the right fishing knife is compulsory when going fishing, and there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right fishing knife. The most important thing is to get a good quality knife, and even though you probably think that your old and rusty fishing knife will suffice, it’s much better to have a good quality tool which will help you finish your tasks quicker and will make you enjoy fishing even more.

Depending on the size and type of the fish you expect to catch, you need different fishing knives. Since the market for fishing knives has been getting bigger and bigger, and there are many similar choices out there, it might be difficult for you to choose the right one. And in this article, we will tell you about all the requirements you should look for when wanting to buy a fishing knife. Read on to find out everything you need to know and look for.

Good Blade

When choosing the perfect fishing knife, keep in mind that your blade has to be as high in quality as the one for a hunting knife. And, since we are talking about the quality, we might as well mention the importance of the material your blade is made from; your fishing knife will continuously be exposed to mud and water, so getting a knife with a stainless steel blade is very important to prevent it from rusting, and to get the best quality since stainless steel knife will last you for an extended period of time. Blades made of aluminum or plastic will surely not last you as long as stainless steel and will easily break. And know that when getting the right knife, you should make sure that your blade is not light in weight, since if it is, it is very likely that it will break sooner when cutting through stricter parts of the fish.

Also, keep in mind that you should look for corrosion-resistant knives if you are planning to fish in salty water. Remember to always wash your knife with fresh water after using it in salty water, let it dry to avoid corrosion, and keep in mind that stainless steel can also be exposed to corrosion if not appropriately maintained.

The Correct Size of the Knife Depending on the Fish You Are Trying to Catch

As we said, choosing the knife’s right size is crucial depending on the fish you are trying to catch. In some cases, people decide to go for folding knives as their fishing knives,

given that they are a much safer option that you can keep in your pocket. When going into a store to buy your fishing knife, consult with the seller, let him know what fish you are trying to catch so that he will tell you the right knife size you should use.

The best way to conclude what is the right knife length you will need is to look at your fish’s body; you will need a knife that is a bit longer than the depth of your fish’s body at its widest point.

Choose a Knife With a Comfortable Handle

Getting a knife with the right handle is also very important when choosing a fishing knife. Why? Well, because your knife, if it doesn’t have the right handle and you don’t have a good grip, can easily slip out of your hand and hurt you. When buying a fishing knife, make sure to try it out in your hand to make sure you’re able to get a good grip. The material that the handle is made of is not as important, but keep in mind that if you are getting a knife with a wooden handle, they can be very slippery and can keep the fishy smell on them, so maybe it would be best if you could get a rubber handle knife, if available at the shop you are buying your knife from.

Although the design that your handle might not be as important, to some, it may be necessary for a knife to have texture, and some fishermen even like for a knife to have ridges in the design, providing them with a better grip. Remember that you don’t want your handle to be too big since it will be too hard to hold your blade if the handle is too big.

For Smaller Fish Look for Flex, and For the Bigger Ones Use a Serrated Knife

As mentioned above, the fish’s size significantly impacts the knife you should go for. When and if you’re looking for a knife to use on smaller fish, your knife should have flex, and if you plan on catching a big tuna fish, we recommend getting a knife that has a bit stiffer blade, so your blade won’t bend if you want to cut through stricter parts of the large fish. Also, keep in mind that when getting the right fishing knife for some larger fish, consider your blade to be serrated for cutting through some stricter sections of the big fish and their bones.

Also, keep in mind, the thinner your blade is, the more flex it will have.


Choosing the right fishing blade might be a daunting task, but we hope that we helped you with all the information we provided below. Looking for the perfect fishing knife is subjective, but the important things you should look for in a good quality blade, the right size, a handle giving you a perfect grip, and the right amount of flex depending on the size of the fish you would like to catch.

It is essential to choose a knife you know you will be using all the time you go fishing; choose a high-quality knife, and invest in your stress-free cleaning fish environment. There is no perfect knife out there, but you could find the perfect one for you, read through the article again, do your research, and find a knife that best suits your needs.

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