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#11026401 - 08/07/15 07:32 AM Cleaning Cats?
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Just kind of started getting into cat fishing since I am not very good at bass fishing ha ha.

My question is about cleaning channels for the table. After thinking I knew how to, I realized I sucked at that also and went to you tube to get some tips.

Think I found a method that will work for me... My question is this; I see almost all the guys on you tube use a special pair of pliers to skin the cats, are those critical or would a reg. pair of pliers work as well?

I ordered a pair online since they were only like $5. Just wondering if these are going to make a difference ?

Any input on how yall clean your fish would be welcome.

Thanks.
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#11026407 - 08/07/15 07:35 AM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
RangerBass21 Offline
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Loc: Plano
Get you a good filet knife and Just filet them like a normal fish, way easier then pulling the skin off.
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#11026411 - 08/07/15 07:38 AM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: RangerBass21]
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Originally Posted By: RangerBass21
Get you a good filet knife and Just filet them like a normal fish, way easier then pulling the skin off.


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#11026452 - 08/07/15 07:55 AM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
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Originally Posted By: D.A.Cooper
Just kind of started getting into cat fishing since I am not very good at bass fishing ha ha.

My question is about cleaning channels for the table. After thinking I knew how to, I realized I sucked at that also and went to you tube to get some tips.

Think I found a method that will work for me... My question is this; I see almost all the guys on you tube use a special pair of pliers to skin the cats, are those critical or would a reg. pair of pliers work as well?

I ordered a pair online since they were only like $5. Just wondering if these are going to make a difference ?

Any input on how yall clean your fish would be welcome.

Thanks.


The skinning pliers will make it much easier than normal pliers. I still use normal pliers when I remove the dorsal fin. I just grab it and roll it up towards the head. You can fillet them like a normal fish but also run the risk of cutting through the skin while you are learning to do it which triples the time of cleaning them then. To each their own, I prefer to skin mine out and the skinning pliers make it much easier.
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#11026458 - 08/07/15 07:58 AM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
Dan90210 Online   content
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I just picked up a new knife; I had an old junky one that looked like to cost $3 when it was new.

It did not work well.

Got a Rapala one for $15 that looks like it will do the job nicley so next time that well hopefully help.

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#11026519 - 08/07/15 08:22 AM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
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When filleting, and you cut through the skin, a fork is your best friend.

Pliers for skinning, I use lineman's pliers. Wide and close flat.
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#11026531 - 08/07/15 08:24 AM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
Chemdawg Offline
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i can skin catfish clean an dehead a catfish in about a minet give or take there is a you tube video called the fasted catfish skinner he can do in like 15secd skin and clean and dehead. yes skinning pliers help a lot there about 5$ on amazon and you need a sharp knife

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#11026584 - 08/07/15 08:44 AM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
joser Offline
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Registered: 10/31/11
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I'm still using my old Black and Decker electric knife,fillet them like any other fish, yes you will mess some up on the skin, it takes practice, just another excuse to go fishing again

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#11026789 - 08/07/15 10:15 AM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
Txmedic033 Online   content
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Registered: 08/13/13
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I prefer to cut the fillet off and then grab w/ skinning pliers and remove the skin afterwards. Kind of like David Hansen.
Master Catfish Cleaner

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#11026796 - 08/07/15 10:17 AM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
RangerBass21 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/15
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Loc: Plano
Just need to get good at filleting , I filet them I don't cut through the skin and I just use a regular sharp kitchen filet knife.
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#11026800 - 08/07/15 10:18 AM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
Bminchew Offline
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Registered: 07/20/15
Posts: 31
Loc: Axtell, Tx.
Once you learn to fillet them, you will throw them pliers away. lol

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#11027479 - 08/07/15 03:08 PM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
Chemdawg Offline
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Registered: 01/22/13
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I can fillet i just think it leves to much meat behind and the wife yells when i do it. The like to cook the fish whole and when there done eating there is nothing butt an empty skeleton left I hardly every skinn them the wife and mother in law cook them with the skin on an since my mother in law moved in i have not had to clean a single fish but i can skin a cat in around a minet I notice a lot of guys dont take the belly meat they take the side and toss the rest I seen this done my a group who were camping on waco i took out they had roughly 65 fish and wasted half

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#11027906 - 08/07/15 06:41 PM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
7777 Offline
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Registered: 05/07/08
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Loc: Natural Dam America
Learn to fillet them, it's the best and fastest way to clean the eaters.
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#11028134 - 08/07/15 08:41 PM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Dan90210]
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Registered: 10/25/06
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Loc: White Settlement, TX.
Electric knife here.
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#11028302 - 08/07/15 10:40 PM Re: Cleaning Cats? [Re: Chemdawg]
GoPokes Offline
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Registered: 05/28/11
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Originally Posted By: Chemdawg
I can fillet i just think it leves to much meat behind and the wife yells when i do it. The like to cook the fish whole and when there done eating there is nothing butt an empty skeleton left I hardly every skinn them the wife and mother in law cook them with the skin on an since my mother in law moved in i have not had to clean a single fish but i can skin a cat in around a minet I notice a lot of guys dont take the belly meat they take the side and toss the rest I seen this done my a group who were camping on waco i took out they had roughly 65 fish and wasted half


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