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Old 10-02-2011, 03:07 PM
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Default Homemade fish scaler.

Has anyone built a homemade fish scaler? Or has anyone seen plans on how to build one? I boat on Lake Erie and it's yellow perch fishing season. The fish cleaning places in the area are not very dependable on when they are open during week days. They are usually open on weekends but week days are another story.

Few things in life I hate more than hand scaling yellow perch. I prefer the taste of them with the skins on so not interested in skinning the filets. There are a few drum type scalers on the market, but from what I've read they don't work very well on yellow perch.

I'm hoping someone has either built their own, or have seen plans on how to build your own scaler. I want something like a drum scaler that I can put the fish in and they come out scaled. I have an Eagle Claw scaler but it's a mess to do them and scales go everywhere.

Has anyone made a scaler? Has anyone seen plans on making one? Or, does anyone have any experience with one of the drum scalers that are on the market and how they work w/ yellow perch?

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My dad uses a drum style potato peeler. Seems to work well.
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Stevenp- I've heard that some potato peeler's work well but not all of them. Can you find out the manufacturer of the machine your dad uses? Has he ever used it for yellow perch?


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That's pretty funny Mac/PC. When I was a perch jerker (no choice as a kid) we used a waterhose spraying backwards. Clip the fish to a scaling board and go at it with a good high pressure waterhose. You even have a free hand for a beer. Yes scales go everywhere, that's 1/2 the fun.
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I have one similar to the one Cabella's sells. Works good if you don't put too many in, especially jumbo perch. They used to have two sizes & the larger one is much faster. I've heard the ones you pull behind the boat work well & are fast. Many people build their own, but not much savings if you have to buy everything. I have a set of plans somewhere if your interested.
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Metal beer bottle caps nailed to wooden handle. Caps contain much of the scales, just rinse or slam on the cleaning board from time to time. Scrap wood + scrap caps = 0 cost.
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Metal beer bottle caps nailed to wooden handle. Caps contain much of the scales, just rinse or slam on the cleaning board from time to time. Scrap wood + scrap caps = 0 cost.
No interest in anything manual. Any idea how long it takes to hand scale 90 perch? And how much your hands will hurt when you are done?

3to1- if the plans you have are for a large unit then yes I'm interested. I wouldn't mind buying one of the drum scalers if they did a good job on yellow perch. I've read lots of reviews that they are great for bluegill and crappie, but not so good for perch.

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Put the fish in a heavy duty laundry bag tied to a rope 40-50 feet from the back of the boat, and drag the whole thing behind the boat for a mile or two on the way home... All the scales will be gone and no mess.
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Use the hose with a high pressure nozel. Spray in opposite direction of the scales and come off like nothing...your welcome everyone lol
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Use the hose with a high pressure nozel. Spray in opposite direction of the scales and come off like nothing...your welcome everyone lol
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Stevenp- I've heard that some potato peeler's work well but not all of them. Can you find out the manufacturer of the machine your dad uses? Has he ever used it for yellow perch?


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I'll ask him for that info. He uses it primarily for yellow perch caught in Lake Michigan.
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