I love fishing, especially saltwater surfcasting, but up until now it's been mostly "catch and release" - this summer I would like to try fresh-caught striped bass or bluefish. I am terrible at cleaning and gutting fish, and I would prefer not to hack my catch into inedibility. Do independent fishmongers clean and fillet fish brought in by customers for a fee? How about bait shops?
It depends upon where you plan to fish. Communities that have a big fishing tradition will certainly have people that will do that. The bait shops near the fishing spot will know who to ask.
When I was a fishmonger we would clean and cut for a small fee per pound. If you were a regular and had manners, we'd do it free. Try to avoid the Friday and Saturday rush, if it's a busy shop.