View Full Version : Quick fillets!

07-24-2012, 08:53 AM
I started getting into crappie fishing late last year and love it! They're absolutely delicious, but a lot of work to prepare. Enter the Panhandler, a system so quick and easy you won't believe it! Check it out on Cabela's site, a bucket of crappies takes no time. About $50.00 and worth every penny!

07-24-2012, 12:01 PM
Looks like another gimmick to me. I watched the youtube video. I can clean then faster and better with an old fashion fillet knife. Those dinks look too small , wonder how it does on slabs.

07-24-2012, 12:10 PM
To each his own....I think I side with Nimrod on this one. Cleaning fish is a pastime in our family, 3 generations all hang around the cleaning table, I enjoy it every time. 2 or 3 of us can go through a cooler full of crappie in no time with plain ol' fillet knives.

07-24-2012, 01:39 PM
I put on fish fries for the neighborhood, and so far it's handled everything for me, with less waste, and faster than I can with a knife!

07-24-2012, 02:06 PM
I learned how to use an electric fillet knife on a mess of crappie on my cutting board and seem to do pretty good with it after a bit of "learning". I hardly ever clean "a cooler full of fish". Instead, I generally clean from 10-20 fish since I go fishing so much and just throw the rest back to catch another day. I can have my fish filleted off the bone and skin, as well as the rib cages gone in 10-15 minutes. All I have to hose off is the cutting board and fillet knife blades when finished and I'm done. As long as it works for you then it's all good though!Thumbs Up

07-24-2012, 02:07 PM
BTW, welcome to the boards.Thumbs Up

Eager Beaver
07-24-2012, 07:36 PM
Welcome to CDC from Ne. It is very limited with only being able to do up to 11-1/2" fish. That is a small fish here. EB

07-24-2012, 10:22 PM
heck, some of our lakes have a 12" minimum

Big H trucking
07-25-2012, 11:02 PM
heck, some of our lakes have a 12" minimum

11 and a half inch fish are throw backs here in MS on the big 4 like feeshrman said. We like those 15-16 inch fish down here in Gods Country

07-28-2012, 04:59 PM
An 11" crappie is big for up here. With the smaller fish, waste is critical, and like I said, there's minimal meat left on the bone. As far as speed goes, I'd be very surprised if anyone could beat it!

07-28-2012, 06:40 PM
I believe if you tried and got halfway decent with an electric knife you would never use the panhandler again. Too many wasted steps.

07-29-2012, 09:34 AM
I have always used a fillet knife electric & non electric, but I ran into an older gentleman fishing earlier this year and he started telling me about this PanHandler he had been using for a couple of years I believe.

He was sold on it for sure! I don't see myself switching but it obviously has it's place and followers.


07-29-2012, 09:46 AM
" We cook fish every Tuesday except for holidays,Crappie,Catfish,channel,flatheads,Buffalo ,Bream and a Kentucky bass every now and then a regular hand fillet knife is hard to beat.We use Rapala's easy to get.We feed about 10 folks ea week always have extra's and cleaning that many fish electric's and any others won't standup and in this hot weather like we have had here in arkansas we try to clean the fish and put them on ice as soon as we can.Not trying to be a nay sayer but would not work for us. I am sure their is a time and place for it!!!!