Lets see your fish Cleaning station.

Discussion in 'Boats, Motors, Trailers and Towing Rigs Forum' started by Cookie's Cutter, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. Cookie's Cutter

    Cookie's Cutter Active Member

    Some of you may clean on your boat, I prefer to wait until I get home. Lets see your fish cleaning station.

    I currently use 2 saw horses and a piece of plywood. I am thinking of building a permanent setup in my back yard. What type of surface do you use?
     
  2. BCRingo

    BCRingo Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I’d consult DFO on their 2020 closure plans before committing to such project. I personally use Cabelas’ foldable table. I have the space and hose access in my backyard but two things stopped me from building a perm station:
    1- DFO’s closures and poor stock mgmt
    2- bears

    You might be living in an area that still has some productive months so it all depends, I guess.
     
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  3. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

  4. Cookie's Cutter

    Cookie's Cutter Active Member

    You obviously did not heed the warnings that Debbie Downer mentioned above. That is unreal!!!
     
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  5. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Lol. To be fair this was pre doom and gloom.
     
  6. Corey_lax

    Corey_lax Crew Member

    And there’s no bears in Vancouver
     
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  7. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Just rats... Big fuc*ing rats.
     
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  8. CBsqrd

    CBsqrd Well-Known Member

    Made this one for the marina where I keep my boat, and you could easily make something similar for use at home to attach to a folding base. 3/4" starboard for the bottom and 1/2" for the sides. Works great, thinking of making a smaller version for the boat.

    You can add an all weather outdoor mat work to keep the fish from sliding around, something like this works well: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01FSIWME0/ref=pe_3034960_233709270_TE_item

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  9. Goathorns

    Goathorns Active Member

    from the 2nd hand store I brought home an old cooler tray, stainless sink, with narrow edges. it is almost 4' long. I cut slots in the underside of 4 cedar 2x4 planks, and they fit over the edges, taking up almost all the space across the sink. Mounted the sink/cooler on top of an old boat stand or a low bench. The rough cedar planks provide enuf friction that your fish doesn't slide around, and the small gaps btw planks let water flow into the sink. after a few years of hacking up skeletons for prawn bait, I put the planks thru a thickness planner to removed the cut marks. after finishing, you can remove the boards for cleaning and drying, clean out the sink, and a screen on the ground below the sink outlet. keeps the skunks, and racoons, away. rats will dig thru the gravel for salmon eggs...
     
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  10. tubber

    tubber Well-Known Member

    I've settled on putting my wife's car on the street, backing my truck up to the garage door and setting up inside the garage to stay out of the sun and away from most of the wasps.
    Hose to the back of the truck just outside to spray off the fish and then wipe slime with the back of a knife, then I prefer to not use water on flesh so I don't need water where I cut. I pull the fish one a time out of the fish ice in the big cooler(s) in the truck.
    I got a huge plastic cutting board (restaurant supply store) which rests on a deck from an old treadmill, which sits on a couple cheap folding saw horses.
    The rest of the set up includes a cooler to sit on as I work, a garbage bag lined 5 gallon bucket for trimmings, another container to hold potential crab bait/garden fertilzer,spoon and bowl for scraping bones for fish burgers, a cooler with ice to set a large rectangular stainless pan with cut pieces in, knives, towels, paper towels, pot and single burner for ling/hali head soup broth.
    Everything gets thrown on the driveway to be pressure washed at the end.
    Vacuum sealing in the kitchen.
     
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  11. Cookie's Cutter

    Cookie's Cutter Active Member

    All great responses. did you router the lip around the outside?

    What dimensions did you make this?
     
  12. Cookie's Cutter

    Cookie's Cutter Active Member

    I love it. I totally agree with the no washing if you can help it.
    The spoon and bowl to scrape the bones for salmon burgers - I know it probably varies from fillet to fillet but is it worth while? How many fish to make a burger?

    Don’t get me wrong I love the idea.
     
  13. tubber

    tubber Well-Known Member

    I like to take the side off a salmon in one pass with a 14" Victorinox granton edge slicer, so there is a fair bit of meat still on the bones.
    If I come home from a trip with 4 chinooks, a couple cohoes and lings, and a halibut, I end up with a bowl of scrapings big enough for about 8 burgers. That's 4 meals at my house. Worth the effort.
    Barbecued salmon frame is good too.
     
  14. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    I really like pan frying all the trimmings too. Delish. Save the big fillets for family dinners but the trimmings are all mine.
     
  15. markowwes

    markowwes Member

    I work with some guys that are masters at bending Stainless Steel tubing, they bent up some 1” for me to set up this table. Drains out between the engines.
     

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  16. CBsqrd

    CBsqrd Well-Known Member

    Dimensions were 42" x 24", with the sides / back 3" high.

    For the channel around the sides, I used a 1/2" round nose bit. You can see at the back and on the sides where the channel goes right to the edge to let the water/blood drain off. The top front edge is routered as well with a 3/8" radius bit to take the edge off.
     
  17. trophywife

    trophywife Crew Member

    grrr, how do I post a pic from my iphone?
     
  18. Corey_lax

    Corey_lax Crew Member

    Screen shot the photo and then it will be a small enough file size to post on here.
     
  19. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    send it to your personal email as a ‘small” file, save it, then access it on your phone and post.
     
  20. trophywife

    trophywife Crew Member

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