Cleaning Whole Striped Bass December 19, 2007 Galleries SHARE 1. Start by snipping off the pectoral fins with sharp scissors. Melanie Acevedo 2. Dealing with the dorsal fin is tricky¿its sharp points contain mild venom and can cause an unpleasant little wound. Carefully lift up the fin with one hand and cut it off, as close to the fish’s body as possible, with the scissors. Melanie Acevedo 3. Next, remove the gills and scales. Lift back the collar of the fish on one side, snip the gills at their top and pull them out with your fingers. Repeat the process on the other side. Scale the fish by scraping firmly from tail to head with the edge of a soup spoon. Then rinse. Melanie Acevedo 4. Finally, you must gut the fish. Removing the entrails is best accomplished by inserting a sharp knife in the anal cavity of the fish (just in front of its small bottom fins) and cutting a slit up to the gill openings. Pull out the innards with your fingers. Scrape out any remaining bits with the knife or a spoon and rinse fish well. Melanie Acevedo MORE TO READ RELATED The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Buttery, nutty, crispy, soft and chewy—these cookie recipes run the gamut from classic gooey chocolate chip to new updates of... READ NOW RELATED Belgian Flavors Twelve full-flavored Belgian ales available in the United... RELATED A Guide to Fresh Fish Discover the varying flavors of fresh fish.