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Old 03-24-2021, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default Fish scaling machines . .

A bunch of us old farts were talking about the scaling machines that were at some of the marinas back in the day . . Used mainly to scale bream . . I remember Lowes Creek Marina on Tbend had one back in 1970's . .
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Old 03-24-2021, 10:38 AM   #2
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I've never used one, but I have seen an old advertising ad for one that you put your fish in it, throw it in the water and pull it behind the boat and it was supposed to de-scale the fish. Thought it was pretty neat.

Anyone ever used one?
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:09 AM   #3
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The one I saw was like a washing machine . . Vent holes in the tub turned inside to scrub the scales off . . It worked . .
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:16 AM   #4
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The one that I had when I was a kid was better know as a spoon. I don't think there was anywhere on me that didn't have a scale by the time I got done.
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:23 AM   #5
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I never knew there were fish scaling machines. I always used a spoon and yes the scales went everywhere.
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:23 AM   #6
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The one that I had when I was a kid was better know as a spoon. I don't think there was anywhere on me that didn't have a scale by the time I got done.
amen to this LOL
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:39 AM   #7
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I think my dad about had a heart attack the first time he say me filet a pile of fish, lol. Gut'em and scale'em son, you are wasting too much meat!!!
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:50 AM   #8
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The one I saw was like a washing machine . . Vent holes in the tub turned inside to scrub the scales off . . It worked . .
Been a long time but I remember some like that.
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:55 AM   #9
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As I remember, the pull behind the boat ones worked, but you still had to hit the back, the belly and the tail with a fork or a spoon.
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:59 AM   #10
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I have one in my barn let me find it

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Old 03-24-2021, 12:16 PM   #11
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Used the torpedo scalers pulled behind a boat. Still some cleanup but not bad. I scale using a plastic device that is faster than anything I used before. Of course can't remember the name. Hand held with a place to put your thumb. I filet all the big ones.
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Old 03-24-2021, 12:21 PM   #12
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The one I saw was like a washing machine . . Vent holes in the tub turned inside to scrub the scales off . . It worked . .
Was it similar to the chicken plucking machines?
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Old 03-24-2021, 12:30 PM   #13
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Never realized there was electric ones. We always used these Japanese style and they work great
https://www.korin.com/Fine-Fish-Scaler_2

Or a bottle cap nailed into a chunk of wood
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Old 03-24-2021, 01:40 PM   #14
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When you have to butterfly filet 300-500 yellow perch, a scaler comes in handy. I learned back in the late '70s when fishing Lake Erie yellow perch what one was. And how to fillet.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 03-24-2021, 04:33 PM   #15
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Just pull the skin off like you would do a catfish.
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Old 03-24-2021, 05:43 PM   #16
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Never realized there was electric ones. We always used these Japanese style and they work great
https://www.korin.com/Fine-Fish-Scaler_2

Or a bottle cap nailed into a chunk of wood
I still have the one my grandad made. Two bottle caps attached to a piece of wood.
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Old 03-24-2021, 06:27 PM   #17
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My uncle was a guide on T Bend. In mid summer, me and dad would go down and fill the coolers with bream and use the machines to scale them. You had to touch them up a little but it was well worth the change you deposited. Some of my fondest memories. It started a fire within me and it's why I own a fishing on Lake Fork today.
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Old 03-24-2021, 06:36 PM   #18
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Here's one my Granddad used. Drag it behind the boat.
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Old 03-24-2021, 06:38 PM   #19
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If you still scale them, a pressure gets it done in a second or two. That’s how I scale my flounder. Pretty cool seeing the old stuff.
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Old 03-24-2021, 06:53 PM   #20
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Here's one my Granddad used. Drag it behind the boat.
My Louisiana Grandfather had one of these we’d put “bream” in and pull up and down the bayou behind his house.
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Old 03-24-2021, 07:00 PM   #21
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I have this one.

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Old 03-24-2021, 07:01 PM   #22
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Here's one my Granddad used. Drag it behind the boat.
That's really cool

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Old 03-24-2021, 07:10 PM   #23
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I have this one.

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Technology . . Fishermen put people on the moon . .
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Old 03-24-2021, 09:43 PM   #24
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I have skinned hundreds of bream in SC while stationed in Sumter. We would catch the hand size bream, freeze, cut around the fins, pop out the frozen guts, use the catfish skinner, wash and have many fish get togethers.
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Old 03-24-2021, 10:24 PM   #25
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Wow............never even heard of this. Us bayou folks only knew a knife or a spoon!
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Old 03-25-2021, 09:44 AM   #26
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If you still scale them, a pressure gets it done in a second or two. That’s how I scale my flounder. Pretty cool seeing the old stuff.
Seen folks scale crappie with a pressure washer! I'm not scaling anything!! Fillet or throw back!!!
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Old 03-25-2021, 09:53 AM   #27
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really neat getting to see all these old scalers
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Old 03-25-2021, 09:55 AM   #28
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Seen folks scale crappie with a pressure washer! I'm not scaling anything!! Fillet or throw back!!!
I've always scaled bluegill and fried them whole. This past summer we caught a bunch of crappie and were filleting them on the back porch while we grilled. I scaled two really quick and gutted them, seasoned them up and threw them on some foil on the grill. They were unreal good. I will definitely do it again with some whole crappie.
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Old 03-25-2021, 10:03 AM   #29
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Lake Livingston Waterwood Marina. They had the washing machine tub scalers. I remember wondering why you would just wash your clothes and not dry them. Till I learned what it was.
I had totally forgotten about then till now.
Pops said we went rich or that lazy and to get my butt busy with the spoon
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Old 03-25-2021, 11:13 AM   #30
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Once in my life, I'd have paid to use one of those washing machine scalers...
Me n my cousin bet his dad and my dad we could beat them bream fishing... We were usin' catalpa catapillers (AKA "tobby worms") and were fishin' in the West Log Jamb on B-Dam... wonder if anyone knows what that place is called today... Anyway, we were "snakin' 'em" as they used to say... about as fast as our little Shakespeare pencil sharpeners would wind 'em in... "Man, we gonna put a smack down on them ol' men!!" Deal was whoever caught the most, the others had to clean 'em... Well me n my cousin caught 308 bream!! Had 2 baskets full... We went back to camp and dumped 'em out on a big sheet of tin... My dad and Uncle Louie ... had 311!!! Me n my cousin spent the rest of the day and the better part of the night scaling those suckers!! ...a lesson learned!! To this day, I ain't no bettin' man!
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Old 03-25-2021, 11:44 AM   #31
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Lake Livingston Waterwood Marina. They had the washing machine tub scalers. I remember wondering why you would just wash your clothes and not dry them. Till I learned what it was.
I had totally forgotten about then till now.
Pops said we went rich or that lazy and to get my butt busy with the spoon
I used to fish there all the time. I don't remember seeing it.

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Old 03-25-2021, 12:48 PM   #32
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We used one when I was a kid. Over 50 yrs ago
Just like an electric dryer. Lake Livingston also I think.
Scaled about 15 big bluegills this week with a spoon
Man those fins are sharp.

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