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Old 10-17-2016, 06:18 PM   #1
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My wife is always teasing me about how much the fish cost per pound when I add the cost/expenses of the boat. I gotta believe that at $24/lb the perch I catch could actually cost less!
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If I don't count the cost of my boat and equipment, I usually come out ahead, especially at those prices.

Say I go out by myself. Burn ten gallons of gas- $22. one scoop of minnows $4 for total of $26 .

I get my limit of 3 to a pound so ten pounds. 60% is waste yielding 4 lbs of fillets. 4 x25= $100.

I made a "profit" of $74 . If more people fish and split gas, it's even better.

Bottom line, if you have to worry about whether you can buy them cheaper in the store or not, you're missing the point of fishing!
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:10 AM   #3
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My grandmother who was one who you could lay 75 perch at her feet and she would clean them.

She was a fisherman and said, "you pay for the fun and the fish are free."

I like that thought.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:13 PM   #4
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If I don't count the cost of my boat and equipment, I usually come out ahead, especially at those prices.

Say I go out by myself. Burn ten gallons of gas- $22. one scoop of minnows $4 for total of $26 .

I get my limit of 3 to a pound so ten pounds. 60% is waste yielding 4 lbs of fillets. 4 x25= $100.

I made a "profit" of $74 . If more people fish and split gas, it's even better.

Bottom line, if you have to worry about whether you can buy them cheaper in the store or not, you're missing the point of fishing!
Exactly what I keep telling my wife!

Just curious if you filet your own perch? I am weird and actually like doing it, besides that I am rarely happy with the way they are fileted by anyone else. I used to get them scaled and then filet them but I never knew when the fish cleaning places were open. I bought a drum scaler and it works great. I put the perch in the scaler, usually 1 minute per perch and I usually put in 15 at a time. When they are done I put the other 15 in the drum and by the time I am done fileting the first batch it's a short wait until the next 15 are done. If I am in a hurry I can filet a perch in 40 seconds but if I'm not in a hurry I try to do 1 a minute.
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I forgot to add the cost of cleaning. 10 pounds at $1.25 would be $12.50. So now my profit is only like $61.50. Dang it!

I always have them cleaned unless I catch a few accidentally while trolling for walleyes. I have a few buddies that don't like the taste of them with skin on so they fillet all theirs. To each their own. I'd rather sit on the deck with a few cold ones my self. I do clean my own walleye though.
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I forgot to add the cost of cleaning. 10 pounds at $1.25 would be $12.50. So now my profit is only like $61.50. Dang it!

I always have them cleaned unless I catch a few accidentally while trolling for walleyes. I have a few buddies that don't like the taste of them with skin on so they fillet all theirs. To each their own. I'd rather sit on the deck with a few cold ones my self. I do clean my own walleye though.
I like them with the skin on which is why I scale them. I'm forever on the search for the greatest fillet knife ever made, between that and because I enjoy filleting them myself I almost always do them myself. I probably have 30 fillet knives not including the 4 electric knives I have.
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Bottom line, if you have to worry about whether you can buy them cheaper in the store or not, you're missing the point of fishing!
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WOW...24 bucks a pound - wow
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I was in Bassett's market yesterday. They had canuck walleye for only $19.99/pound
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Hey RussH..tell me about the knives..the ones with the blue handles..the wide blade versus the narrow one..mostly cleaning walleyes....TIA bill
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Fricken Perch? We use to catch them by the bucket as kids! A worm and a hook!
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Fricken Perch? We use to catch them by the bucket as kids! A worm and a hook!
Can't catch them by the bucket load any more, there is a 30 perch limit in Ohio on Lake Erie. Doesn't make any sense since Michigan limit is 50 and Canada there is no limit.....it's the same body of water!!

Lake Erie perch much prefer emerald shiners over worms.
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Hey RussH..tell me about the knives..the ones with the blue handles..the wide blade versus the narrow one..mostly cleaning walleyes....TIA bill
Hey Bill, wish I could tell you more but there is no name on the knives or the sheaths to identify them. I bought these from another THT member that was selling a kit of 3, I gave the largest knife away to a charter guy that we salmon fish with and he loves it. I exclusively use electric knives for filleting walleye but I have tried the smallest of the knives and it works very good but not as good as my electric with the Shark blade.

Do you dock/live around Lake Erie? If so I will be happy to give you the larger of the 2 since I rarely use it. Or give me a shipping address and I will ship it to you.
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Can't catch them by the bucket load any more, there is a 30 perch limit in Ohio on Lake Erie. Doesn't make any sense since Michigan limit is 50 and Canada there is no limit.....it's the same body of water!!

Lake Erie perch much prefer emerald shiners over worms.
Canada has a 50 perch limit. You can't bring more then 30 back across the water though. If you get stopped and you're in possession of more then 30 you will be ticketed and fined.
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Canada has a 50 perch limit. You can't bring more then 30 back across the water though. If you get stopped and you're in possession of more then 30 you will be ticketed and fined.
Is that something new? The last time I was at Lake Simcoe there was no perch limit but that was several years ago. Actually there may have been a 50 perch limit but since we weren't catching much we weren't worrying about a limit! I know you can't be caught in Ohio waters with more than 30 perch.

Brings me back to my original comment......why can you legally keep 40% more perch in Canada and Michigan but are punished to only 30 in Ohio when it's all the same body of water? Of course if the limit in Ohio was 50 and Canada/Michigan was just 30 I wouldn't be bitching about it.
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Why? Because there is a body of government officials, biologists and fisherman that determine how much to allocate to each state/country based on trawls and other scientific data.
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Why? Because there is a body of government officials, biologists and fisherman that determine how much to allocate to each state/country based on trawls and other scientific data.
Everyone likely understands why there are limits but why are there different limits on the same body of water? Michigan has more registered boat owners than Ohio so logically you would think their limit would be less not more. To expound on that why was there a higher limit in the Vermillion/Huron area, it's the same state.

You are trying to apply logic when the only thing that's logical is that it's not logical. The fish aren't restricted to going into Michigan or Canada so why would there be different limits.
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I like them with the skin on which is why I scale them. I'm forever on the search for the greatest fillet knife ever made, between that and because I enjoy filleting them myself I almost always do them myself. I probably have 30 fillet knives not including the 4 electric knives I have.
Why would you scale the perch it you are going to fillet them?
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Why would you scale the perch it you are going to fillet them?
most people like yellow perch with the skin left on. butterflied.

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