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  • Catfish Skinning pliers

    Ok my hands are getting older and sore so what are the best or better skinning pliers to use on tough old catfish?
    Thanks for any replies.

  • #2
    I have a pair of these and they work well. Haven't used them in a long time. Dang, I need to go fishing soon!

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    • #3
      Vicegrips
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Scott Danforth View Post
        Vicegrips
        Thats is what I have been using but the slime gets in there and they will not grip.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BWR1953 View Post
          I have a pair of these and they work well. Haven't used them in a long time. Dang, I need to go fishing soon!

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          Yes you do! I think I will order a pair of those looks like you can just grab the skin without slime getting in the way like pliers do. My hands just do not work like they use to Thanks for the reply...

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          • #6
            As I recall, dipping the catfish in boiling water for a few seconds helps removal.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by poconojoe View Post
              As I recall, dipping the catfish in boiling water for a few seconds helps removal.
              Might be worth a try! I use what BWR showed in his post. Hang 'em on a nail;cut their barbs;cut the skin then pull.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MRS View Post

                Thats is what I have been using but the slime gets in there and they will not grip.
                then buy new vicegrips where the teeth on the jaws are not worn
                Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

                1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

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                1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
                2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
                1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

                What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Scott Danforth View Post

                  then buy new vicegrips where the teeth on the jaws are not worn
                  I am just questing you do not catch a lot of catfish the slime gets in the grooves of the pliers and will not hold the skin. But other than that you give alot of good advice.

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                  • #10
                    The hot water thing sounds good but lots of times cleaning at the fish station there at the lake. Plus cannot nail the head to anything there. Have to hold in hand and skin so the BWR pliers seem like the way to go picked up a pair today will try them out on the next catfish Thanks and my hands will Thank you.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MRS View Post

                      I am just questing you do not catch a lot of catfish the slime gets in the grooves of the pliers and will not hold the skin. But other than that you give alot of good advice.
                      Not going to lie..,not big on catfish. However my vicegrip teeth do have bite. As soon as they wear a bit, I repurpose them into a custom tool
                      Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

                      1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

                      Past Boats
                      1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
                      2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
                      1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

                      What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Scott Danforth View Post

                        Not going to lie..,not big on catfish. However my vicegrip teeth do have bite. As soon as they wear a bit, I repurpose them into a custom tool
                        Yep, for some reason a lot of people don't like eating catfish. Some say because it eats off the bottom. I don't get that reasoning. I personally love it. Love the texture and the taste. To each his own. I won't begrudge anyone for not liking certain "foods". More for me!

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                        • #13
                          So, MRS...what do you use as bait for catching your catfish? I've been looking for a home concoction recipe, but can't seem to find one.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by poconojoe View Post

                            Yep, for some reason a lot of people don't like eating catfish. Some say because it eats off the bottom. I don't get that reasoning. I personally love it. Love the texture and the taste. To each his own. I won't begrudge anyone for not liking certain "foods". More for me!
                            Give me a good walleye or a good perch..... for salt water fish...give me a grouper or a hog fish.... nothing wrong with bottom feeders....thats where crabs and lobster come from.
                            Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

                            1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

                            Past Boats
                            1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
                            2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
                            1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

                            What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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                            • #15
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                              I have used a small pair of vise grips before (As Scott said). They work; I just prefer the spring loaded nippers.
                              As far as flavor; to each his own. I can catch 3-4 catfish 18"-20" out of the tank; skin and filet them. The Admiral cooks them.
                              To us; fresh fried catfish with fries and onion rings etc.is a better meal than at a Seafood place.
                              I know what these fish eat; bread and dog food.

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