For three seasons of the year, we consider pickerel to be a nuisance fish (don't hate me). Though they taste just fine, pesky Y-bones make them a chore to fillet so we just mostly cuss and throw them back. Come wintertime, however, pickerel are somehow transformed into the target species. Their flesh is decidedly firmer in winter, but I think it's due largely to Cliff's pickling recipe, which is simple to make and results in an awesome anytime snack. The best part, however, is that you don't have to mess with the Y-bones at all. They're dissolved through the pickling process. So here goes. Try it this winter.