Perch cleaning method

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  1. sureshot006

    sureshot006 Staff Member Mods

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    I cleaned them that way in college where I could catch easy limits of 7 inchers but never bigger
     
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  2. MasterBaiters

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    WE like most fish and if i could get someone else to clean them no matter what the technique we d find a way tp prepare them,lol,there in lies the difference between today and yesterday,while attending college NEVER had time to fish,always working to pay for it,today you get a student loan= car,apartment,entertainment;and spend the rest of your life paying for it or hope some politician writes it off as unfair or discriminatory.
     
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  3. sureshot006

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    Kind of... if you're smart you spend at least a little time fishing, get scholarships on top of a few loans and pay it all off in 2 years like I did.
     
  4. KI Jim

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    That video is cool, but 10 seconds is BS. I like mine scaled. I throw them in my Tumbledrum scaler 15-20 at a time. It takes it about 10 min to do its thing, then I dump them out and put in another load. By the time the next load is scaled, the first load is completely fileted and deboned-perfect fillets. I can do 50 by myself in about 40 minutes including clean up. The Tumbledrum does a good job but they still need a bit of touch up with a hand scaler, but this only takes about 5 seconds a fish. BTW, I bought a "Magic" fish scaler a couple years ago and it is absolutely awesome. Weird looking, but by far the best manual fish scaler I have used.

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  5. 50incher

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    I tried that method twice, helps when the fish is semi frozen, imo....I remember thinking it would be sweet but I like skin on too....and cutting thru scales after a while, nah....it's a lot harder with a fresh fish, lol....

    Funny how the older types cared about "wasting" and even guy's like me sway from that anymore....with some practice I think it would be great for ice fishing....esp. if you keep smaller Perch, fry em like Smelt....I say....
     
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  6. sureshot006

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    Fry like smelt is what i was doing catching dinks at the Red ridge dam in the UP.
     
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  7. yooperwannabe8714

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    A fellow Husky I see. When were you there? I was 96-2001. I enjoyed Gratiot lake for perch caught many 14"+ on my walleye tip ups.
     
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    Graduated 07.

    I mainly fished red ridge (caught perch and trout) and Boston pond (lots of pike). Little bit on portage.

    Never did fish Gratiot but looking back wish I had explored the local lakes more. Just always so darn busy.
     
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  9. BOEDY

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    Roofer, please post video of 6 second perch clean, i gotta see this.
     
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    That'll be impressive
     
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  11. jiggin is livin

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    I was going to say what others have already said.

    My buddies Grandma cooks them this way and they are great, but once you get over ~8" it doesn't work so well anymore.
     
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    I have done it up to 14" (a perch I caught bass fishing). The skeleton didn't pull out in one piece but it was more like the whole fish you might see on a cooking or restaurant show. Personally I’d draw the line closer to 10" but at that size fileting is easy anyway and a small amount of lost meat isn't as big a deal.

    I had forgotten about that 14 incher when I posted previously.
     
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  13. sureshot006

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    Wow longer ago than I thought. 2015

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  14. Ports

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    Another MTU grad here. Only did a little ice fishing for pike through the ice on Chassell bay. For cleaning perch I have the boy scale and I butterfly them. We have the magic scaler too, but its slow. I'm thinking about getting a drum or some mechanical scaler.

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