For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, over 3 years ago

    After a little fishing trip with some family friends a few years ago, my stepmother didn’t want Dad’s and my catches in the kitchen.

  2. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 3 years ago

    The American Indians taught the Pilgrims to bury fish with the corn they planted – it provided fertilizer for the growing corn. I guess that’s what Grandpa will be doing.

  3. Kris Bennett

    Kris Bennett said, over 3 years ago

    My grandmother would always say that whenever we went fishing, she hated cleaning fish because of the paring knife

  4. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 3 years ago

    I can remember my grandfather gutting the salmon he caught, but my grandmother would scale it. She never allowed me anywhere near the scaling knife, but I used to love to watch her and see all the scales flying all over the place. Those were big fish, too. I have a photo of me at about age ten holding up two salmon that were almost as long as I was tall.

  5. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    Mom was the big fisherman in the family, so we all did some of it. Catching, cleaning, cooking.

  6. bluskies

    bluskies said, over 3 years ago

    As a kid summering on the Jersey shore (USA, not GB), the catch was always cleaned and scaled in the back yard. Kids did the scaling (with scalers, not sharp knives) and adults gutted and trimmed. Cutoff heads and tails were often wrapped tightly in newspaper and refrigerated for later use as bait for crabbing; ’50’s refrigerators didn’t have much to offer for freezing anything but ice cubes. The rest went into the “garbage” pail. Free pig chow for the local hog farmers. Remember when bacon was REALLY tasty? How many of today’s kids would know what to do with a fresh-caught fish?

  7. Jack Garrott

    Jack Garrott said, over 3 years ago

    I didn’t fish as a kid, but my wife grew up with the rule, “You catch it, you clean it.” Makes sense to me.

  8. pelican47

    pelican47 said, over 3 years ago

    I remember years ago seeing a comic (probably in the Saturday Evening Post): two Eskimos on the beach with a whale. She said “You caught it—YOU clean it!”

  9. rundstyk

    rundstyk said, over 3 years ago

    I catch it, I clean it, I cook it, I eat it – while you are out catching your own supper.

  10. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, over 3 years ago


    I’d love to see that picture – post it; also, where was the fish caught?

  11. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    Well, I suppose. I grew up in a single boat fisherman’s home. My Dad, my brother and I worked the family business (I started at 12) …. my job? Clean the customer’s fish – along with hauling the ice and food, then fueling the boat and cleaning it.

    We ate a LOT of fish. I cleaned most of it. Caught a lot of it as well. What is the big deal. I can clean the fish with two cuts.

  12. asoutter

    asoutter GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    my dad used to clean fish on the picnic table in the backyard, and there would be scales left that dried on and never came off. On bigger fishing trips, they had someone they paid to clean the fish and wrap it for freezing….

  13. route66paul

    route66paul said, over 3 years ago

    If you clean it in the boat, the spot you dump the leavings could be a great fishing spot. Use it for chum.

  14. Charlie Sommers

    Charlie Sommers said, over 3 years ago

    Cleaning fish is such an easy job. Years ago I worked in a local abattoir and have also cleaned; pigs, sheep, goats, cows, and even a few bison.

  15. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 3 years ago

    It is really not hard to clean fish. One slit down the middle and then scoop out the insides. You are done.

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