I think there were a lot more fish in the area than I was able to catch. Pretty sure I just got the most aggressive ones. Being paitent was the key. Also, I was using a 1/32nd oz jig, not a 1/16th like I posted in the report.
As far as the fillets go, a sharp knife and really taking my time seems to work well for me. I can usually do a good job on gills 7.5" or bigger. I will say I've had a lot of practice over the last few years.