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Old 08-11-2022, 03:49 PM   #1
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I'm looking into getting a new fillet knife since I'm about to be living by the lake. Anyone got any first hand use with Bubba knives or the Havalon Baracuta? Midway has a sale on them both and people seem to like them but I don't have any experience with either brand. If you guys have any other preferences shoot em at me
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Old 08-11-2022, 03:51 PM   #2
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Old 08-11-2022, 03:54 PM   #3
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Both are good knives. I use a Bubba on redfish and the havalon smaller fish or deer processing. I like the fillet knife I bought on here from featherburner. I use an electric knife when I have power and have a lot of fish to fillet.
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Old 08-11-2022, 04:04 PM   #4
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These are kind of a big deal in the mid-west. https://www.reedssports.com/brand/leech_lake_knives?p=2
They use higher grade steel and they stay sharp a long time. They’re also sharp on the back edge, which is designed to do the initial cut through the scales behind the gill plate. The idea is that it preserves the blade for the main cut.
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Old 08-11-2022, 04:07 PM   #5
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Old 08-11-2022, 04:08 PM   #6
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I have a bunch of Bubba knife. My 9 tapered flex is my go to. I saw the other day that they have an interchangeable kit as well.
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Old 08-11-2022, 04:10 PM   #7
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Bubba blade is a great choice in my opinion.
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Old 08-11-2022, 04:14 PM   #8
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Those bubba blades are legit. I have the flex and that dude is perfect for processing deer
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Old 08-11-2022, 04:16 PM   #9
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I use butcher shop boning knives. They are stiff just like I like them.
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Old 08-11-2022, 04:54 PM   #10
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I have a 20 year old Rapala wooden handle that's probably the easiest to sharpen and most flexible filet knife I own
Dexter Russell makes a good one too. I use the serrated version on reds.. as far as battery powered electric don't fit the Bubba mine sucks .
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Old 08-11-2022, 04:57 PM   #11
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I bought multiple Bubbas when they were $15 at Academy. I would not be a buyer at $50.

Not that i dislike them but they just don't do anything the inexpensive knives don't do.
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Old 08-11-2022, 05:07 PM   #12
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I have a 9” danco. No complaints so far

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Old 08-11-2022, 05:14 PM   #13
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I like the 9'' thin blade dexter for trout and flounder and the bubba or electric for redfish.
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Old 08-11-2022, 05:21 PM   #14
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I like the 9'' thin blade dexter for trout and flounder and the bubba or electric for redfish.
Same here , dexter and OHO titanium blade are my go to
Bubba blade has a good warranty when you break one ( I dropped one cleaning snapper, and it broke in 1/2)

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Old 08-11-2022, 05:27 PM   #15
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Feather burner on here makes some nice fillet knives. I have 2 and they perform flawless and we use them alot!
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Old 08-11-2022, 05:28 PM   #16
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The Rapala wood handle is hard to beat. Now if you're cleaning armadillos not thick enough

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Old 08-11-2022, 05:35 PM   #17
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I'm looking into getting a new fillet knife since I'm about to be living by the lake. Anyone got any first hand use with Bubba knives or the Havalon Baracuta? Midway has a sale on them both and people seem to like them but I don't have any experience with either brand. If you guys have any other preferences shoot em at me
What are you typically filleting? Crappie?

I was fortunate enough to be gifted a bubba by someone here on this site. It will blow through crappie(our main use) without blinking. I would highly recommend. Been using about 3 yrs now. Before that it was Rapala, also solid.
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Old 08-11-2022, 05:39 PM   #18
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Default Mister Twister Piranha Fillet Knife

After getting an electric knife, I'll not go back to a regular fillet knife again.

https://www.academy.com/p/mister-twi...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 08-11-2022, 05:41 PM   #19
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What are you typically filleting? Crappie?

I was fortunate enough to be gifted a bubba by someone here on this site. It will blow through crappie(our main use) without blinking. I would highly recommend. Been using about 3 yrs now. Before that it was Rapala, also solid.
Crappie and maybe some catfish if I feel like running trot lines after deer season
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Old 08-11-2022, 05:47 PM   #20
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If you're going electric hands down America Angler.

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Old 08-11-2022, 06:01 PM   #21
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If you're going electric hands down America Angler.

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This, hands down. I cleaned 1000's of whitebass with one until a dog drug if off. I saw him out the kitchen window and I could catch the SOB before he got out of sight.
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Old 08-11-2022, 06:04 PM   #22
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Hard to beat a Rapala, large and small for the money.
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Old 08-11-2022, 06:05 PM   #23
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This, hands down. I cleaned 1000's of whitebass with one until a dog drug if off. I saw him out the kitchen window and I could catch the SOB before he got out of sight.


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Old 08-11-2022, 06:26 PM   #24
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I think Buck still makes the 121, and Knives of Alaska has a filet knife, too. And I've heard the Bubba knives are good. I don't have one yet, though.
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Old 08-11-2022, 06:30 PM   #25
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Bubba blade cordless with rechargeable battery.
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Old 08-11-2022, 06:51 PM   #26
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I have a Bubba blade, a rapala, and a Mr. Twister. I use all of them. For lots of fish I use the Mr. Twister. For just a few, the Bubba blade, for cleaning up filets or cutting bait the rapala.
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:02 PM   #27
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Cutco is the best. Stays sharp and lifetime guarantee. Adjustable lenths as well.
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:05 PM   #28
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I’ve had a couple Mister Twisters for years, and they’re great if you’ve got a place to plug them in. I’ve been wanting something cordless, so I don’t have to bring the fish back to my house and then haul off carcasses. I recently bought a couple Bubba cordless filet knives and love them.
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:06 PM   #29
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I have a 7”,& 8” Dexter regular filet and a 9” Dexter serrated they all work great. The serrated eats through big red snapper and red fish. The Bubba I have works well too but I wished it was the tapered flex. Mine is the regular 9” flex so it’s wide.
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Bubba blade cordless with rechargeable battery.
this is what we use
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:12 PM   #31
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Dexter/Russel, most you find have the white sanisafe handle. The best they had used to have the wooden handle with a high carbon blade that was extremely easy to sharpen. The white handles have a stainless blade but are still pretty easy to deep sharp.

Electric, I have cleaned thousands of crappie and specs with Mister twister electric knife green and yellow knife, wear them out about every 2 years.
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:15 PM   #32
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I goto restaurant supply store and get Dexter or Victoria and get one with the stiffness I’m looking for.
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:21 PM   #33
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Dexter or Victorinox is my go to but if I’ve got electricity then my Mr. Twister.
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:31 PM   #34
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All I use is Dexter/Russell.
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:33 PM   #35
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Hard to beat a Rapala, large and small for the money.
Yep, the one with the wooden handle
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:38 PM   #36
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I also have one of feather burners and it is great and easy to sharpen when needed
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:50 PM   #37
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I keep a whole shoe box full of assorted fillet knives. It includes some butcher knives as well. I like using fillet knives for skin-n and butcher-n stuff too. Not just fish. Also have a Mr Twister A\C that's about 30 years old. And a Bubba cordless kit with case and 4 blades. My 20V brushless DeWalt Sawzall works wonders on fish and critters too. But kinda hard to use on crappie.
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Old 08-11-2022, 08:42 PM   #38
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I started with Rapala wooden handles in the 80s and haven't used any other. Only fish for trout, reds and flounder.

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Old 08-11-2022, 10:14 PM   #39
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Bubba and Rapala wood handle are my go to


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Old 08-11-2022, 10:31 PM   #40
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Dexter or Bubba blade
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Old 08-12-2022, 05:40 AM   #41
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Gonna put in another vote for one of feather burners filet knives. Great knife easy to sharpen and looks good too. Great guy to do business with
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Old 08-12-2022, 07:45 AM   #42
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I have an old Sharp brand filet knife with a wooden handle that my grandpa gave me out of his tackle box many many moons ago. It sharpens up great and has broken down more deer over the years that I can to remember. I do have a Bubba blade and just your run of the mill electric knife that I use for crappie and catfish. That Sharp knife is one I would be upset if it ever went missing.
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Old 08-12-2022, 06:25 PM   #43
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I started with Rapala wooden handles in the 80s and haven't used any other. Only fish for trout, reds and flounder.

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Same here. Love the older Rapala's.
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Old 08-12-2022, 06:29 PM   #44
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The Rapala wood handle is hard to beat. Now if you're cleaning armadillos not thick enough

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I was told armadillos carry Leapord Seeds? How do you plant them?

My Rapala wood handle has served my needs well.

Lastly. Whatever the guy behind the counter at my grocery store uses is great. All I do is season and grill. Batter and fry.
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Old 08-12-2022, 06:30 PM   #45
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Post a pic of Feather Burners Knives. Maybe I will enjoy a cocktail and order 3 of us new ones!
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Old 08-13-2022, 12:30 PM   #46
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Dexter breaking knife from Academy. Cheaper than Bubba Blade and Dexter has been around a long time.
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Old 08-13-2022, 12:56 PM   #47
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Been using a dexter for years. Great knife


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Old 08-13-2022, 01:47 PM   #48
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White handled Dexter with the hard kydex sheath. I also really like my Cutco fillet knife. I would seriously look at the knives featherburner turns out, they look really nice. Silver Stag is good too but pretty pricey.
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Old 08-13-2022, 08:17 PM   #49
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These are great fillet knives. Easy to sharpen, touch up quick with a steel between sharpening. Comfortable grip. I like the blades better than Dexter Russell. I'd say they are the same or very close to the same as the Danco pro series blades. I like those too but availability has been pretty spotty on the Dancos, for me anyway. They have several different sizes.

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Old 08-13-2022, 08:32 PM   #50
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I have this Danco set and really like them. Work great on deer also. Not a bad price either.

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