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#11663066 - 06/12/16 08:11 PM Scaling bluegills
fish 'till I drop Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 1999
Loc: Austin, TX
Just wanted to ask what kind of tool(s) you guys use to scale bluegills. I have an old fish scaling tool I have probably had for 20 or 30 years that I jam into the hand I'm using to hold the fish while scaling it. I've gotta find a better way. Any suggestions?


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#11663134 - 06/12/16 08:46 PM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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Registered: 03/11/08
Posts: 36
Loc: Arlington
I use a spoon.

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#11663172 - 06/12/16 09:17 PM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fish 'till I drop]
fish 'till I drop Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 1999
Loc: Austin, TX
Thanks for the reply fshnrelax. I probably should try that. At least it wouldn't scratch up my hands when I come up close to where I'm holding the head.

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#11663573 - 06/13/16 08:01 AM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fshnrelax]
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Originally Posted By: fshnrelax
I use a spoon.






Plus #1. Or a potato peeler. thumb
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#11663658 - 06/13/16 08:42 AM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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Registered: 07/31/12
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It's been a while, but I do remember using a big spoon.
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#11664072 - 06/13/16 11:21 AM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fish 'till I drop]
Duke1227 Offline
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Registered: 04/28/16
Posts: 3
Loc: Chandler, Texas
Tablespoon works great!!

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#11664326 - 06/13/16 12:55 PM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fish 'till I drop]
fish 'till I drop Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 1999
Loc: Austin, TX
Thanks guys. Hope to catch and clean a few tomorrow. I'll try a tablespoon. I fillet most of the bluegills I keep, but spouse likes them cooked whole on the bones, so I have to scale a batch every so often.

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#11665183 - 06/13/16 06:27 PM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: Duke1227]
Laker One Online   content
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Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 9456
Loc: San Antonio TX
Originally Posted By: Duke1227
Tablespoon works great!!





Yes it does! Also welcome Duke1227 to the TFF! woot

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#11666079 - 06/14/16 08:12 AM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fish 'till I drop]
Timberking Offline
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Registered: 12/23/14
Posts: 68
Loc: Marshall
I have this plastic tool with a square front that you push to scale. Cain't remember the name and don't have one in the truck but I have been using for 30 years and I can out scale anything including a Rocket. Bold talk.

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#11666120 - 06/14/16 08:33 AM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fish 'till I drop]
cob Online   content
Angler

Registered: 10/04/07
Posts: 441
Loc: Central Texas
In the 70s lodges at Toledo Bend had fish scalers. Looked like commercial front load dryer. Stainless steel drum with protrusions. Think it was 50 cents for 25 "bream".

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#11668595 - 06/15/16 09:18 AM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fish 'till I drop]
Gitter Done Offline
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 8889
Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Usually fillet fish but on the rare occasions when I scale them I use a simple spoon.

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#11668779 - 06/15/16 10:07 AM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fish 'till I drop]
ToneyC Offline
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Registered: 10/21/08
Posts: 117
Loc: Houston TX
I use the magic fish scaler. Best one I have ever used.

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#11669266 - 06/15/16 01:24 PM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: ToneyC]
TroyKing Online   content
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Registered: 09/28/14
Posts: 805
Loc: Carthage Tx
Originally Posted By: ToneyC
I use the magic fish scaler. Best one I have ever used.


double ditto for this...works awesome. Especially when I put them in the hands of my kids. Then all I gotta do is head and gut.
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#11669763 - 06/15/16 04:37 PM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fish 'till I drop]
fish 'till I drop Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 1999
Loc: Austin, TX
Thanks to all of you for the replies. I scaled a few gills yesterday with a table spoon and it worked pretty good, better than what I've been using. I have seen the magic fish scaler as shown above and wondered about it. Based on your comments Toney and Troy, I'll get one. Appreciate all the replies.

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#11669939 - 06/15/16 06:01 PM Re: Scaling bluegills [Re: fish 'till I drop]
SoonerDG Offline
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Registered: 02/15/02
Posts: 1483
Loc: Joshua, TX
A good sharp knife is the best tool I've found to scale fish.
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