An Angler's Guide To Choosing A Fish Cleaning Table

By Edward Cole


Going out on the water to catch your supper can be fun and exciting. Once you get your catch back to land, however, there is much more work to be done. Most types of fish will need to be skinned and have their bones removed in order to get them ready to eat. A fish cleaning table can provide a stable, easy to clean work surface that will make your job much easier. Here are some tips you can use when shopping to make sure you get the right one for your needs.

A separate cleaning table can be a wonderful thing. When you are removing the skin and bones from fish your work area can get quite slimy and messy even if you are working with very fresh fillets. You want to make sure that you are getting a model that has a surface that can be hosed down with as little effort as possible. This can make it very easy to clean up afterwards.

The height is important especially if you are tall. Bending over a low work surface can lead to a sore back which is not what you want to remember your day by. It may not be a bad idea to look for an adjustable model. Just make sure that if the height can be adjusted that the surface is as strong and stable as possible.

A water source can be a great feature to look for. That way the fillets can be rinsed off after and checked for bones or stray scales. Just make sure you can attach a hose or other water source to your table or this feature may not always be available.

Some designs will allow a fisherman to clean their catch right on their boat. This may be extremely convenient although you will want to make sure that the bones and skin do not get off the table. You don't want them soiling your boat as they are often harder to clean up once they are dry. You may want to look for a model that could be used both on land or on the water in order to get maximum versatility.

You may want to look for models that have a way to hold or secure a piece of fish while you are working on it. This can make it easier to skin and remove bones from fillets. It can be very frustrating to work when a piece of fish is sliding around and can make the job take much longer than anticipated.

A model that can be broken down into smaller pieces can be very helpful. They will be easier to transport and to store when not being used. If it is going to be used on a boat, a collapsing table may be a great option since some boats have limited room in them.

There are many different places that you can find these items. Many hunting and fishing supply stores will have them for sale. If all of the models are in the box make sure you look at the pictures and the measurements so that you can get a clear idea of how big a unit will be.




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