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#12746165 - 05/07/18 10:28 AM Best Fillet knive
Buff2 Offline
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Registered: 04/08/09
Posts: 205
Loc: Avinger TX
My electric knife is about to give up on me. You crappie guides who have to clean 50 or a 100 a day should have a good handle on what works best.

What brand to y'all recommend?

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#12746271 - 05/07/18 11:53 AM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
Laner Offline
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 2527
Loc: Joshua, TX
The only electric knife I would ever buy is an American Angler Ultra. I use a fixed blade knife now (Bubba Blade), but I clean fish next to Chris Webb on a regular basis and he has been using his American Anlger (the same one) for a couple years now.

When I used electric knives, the only one I would use is an American Angler.
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#12746325 - 05/07/18 12:28 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
Buff2 Offline
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Registered: 04/08/09
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Loc: Avinger TX
Is the Bubba blade as fast as electric?

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#12746343 - 05/07/18 12:40 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
Ricky87 Offline
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Registered: 03/14/16
Posts: 86
Loc: Crandall tx
In my opinion yes for me it is I love it no cords getting in my way u have a permanent sharpener roll your window half way down use the edge and sharpen away
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#12746406 - 05/07/18 01:35 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
SlabNSteve Offline
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Registered: 09/13/09
Posts: 239
Loc: Cleburne, Tx.
I'm no guide by any stretch of the imagination, but I sure like my Bubba Blade.

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#12746427 - 05/07/18 01:52 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
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Loc: North Texas - God's Country
I have two really old B&D electric knives I wouldn’t trade for anything new. Old stuff is better.
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#12746469 - 05/07/18 02:15 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
Laner Offline
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 2527
Loc: Joshua, TX
A Bubba Blade is like any knife, it must be kept sharp and used correctly. A lot of people don't like a fixed blade knife when they switch over from electric because they are used to pushing the knife through the fish, as opposed to slicing it with short strokes.

I can clean 3-4 fish per minute with a Bubba Blade, depending on the species. I'll admit, this took some practice to achieve. I can still use an electric, and do so from time to time when we catch a bunch of big hyrbrids or stripers, but I much prefer my fixed blade knife now.
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#12746535 - 05/07/18 03:03 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
Ken Gaby Offline
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Registered: 05/08/07
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Loc: Belton, TX
Most people won't believe this, but I can clean a fish faster with a regular knife than an electric one. And you can cut closer to the backbone with a regular knife. Used an electric for about 2 yrs, then went back to the manual. Knife has to be sharp and kept sharp.
I'm with Lane on electric; only one worth the money is the American Angler Ultra with the shark blades.
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#12746581 - 05/07/18 03:43 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
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Black and decker.

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#12746587 - 05/07/18 03:46 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
toledo puma Offline
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Registered: 05/02/16
Posts: 109
Rapala Heavy Duty. I have cleaned thousands oc crappie with them and still going strong

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#12746831 - 05/07/18 07:16 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
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Registered: 01/15/07
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I love my Bubba Blade for slicing meat like brisket or Chicken or Turkey but I have pure heck trying to use them on fish. I tried the American Angler and sold it to Bill and went back to my trusty Black and Deckers from Walmart. I'll admit I suck at keeping the Bubba Blade sharp. I bought the Work Sharp sharpener but it just does not keep an edge for me when cleaning fish. I wish I knew how to use a steel like a butcher. I agree with Ken about tearing up less meat with it. Maybe if I put them on ice it would work better. May give the Bubba blade another try.
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#12746858 - 05/07/18 07:35 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
Beltonbanger® Offline
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Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 2624
Loc: Temple,Tx,USA
The one Bobby(Bobcat) sold me!!!! It sure has been busy the last few days!

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#12746916 - 05/07/18 08:17 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Buff2]
Notaguide Offline
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Registered: 01/03/18
Posts: 1087
Loc: Diana Tx
Sharp ones

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#12746929 - 05/07/18 08:26 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: Cast]
DLALLDER Offline
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Registered: 08/23/02
Posts: 1690
Loc: pittsburg,tx
Originally Posted By: Cast
I have two really old B&D electric knives I wouldn’t trade for anything new. Old stuff is better.


When I was guiding I would fillet 1500+ crappie a year and would get 2 years from the B&D 10.95 at Walmart. I still use them!!! Thanks Daniel

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#12746936 - 05/07/18 08:30 PM Re: Best Fillet knive [Re: toledo puma]
ACAMS Offline
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Registered: 03/10/12
Posts: 1219
Loc: Palestine
Originally Posted By: toledo puma
Rapala Heavy Duty. I have cleaned thousands oc crappie with them and still going strong

I used to use Rapala, but the triggers kept sticking and at $35 to $40 a pop I chunked the sucker in the trash and bought an American Angler ..... Like Rolls Royce vs a Yugo ..... I will probably never have to buy another knife the rest of my life!
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