View Full Version : Anyone tried the Tumble Drum or any other fish scaler?

01-22-2013, 05:16 PM
I am tempted to buy one.

01-22-2013, 05:18 PM
Shoot a pm to southernyoungun. He built one and swears by it.

01-22-2013, 05:29 PM
If I recall correctly they beat the fish up and don't remove 100% of scales. Filleting is the way to go!

01-22-2013, 05:33 PM
I do prefer filleting and only scale a few crappie for the boss lady. I wanted it more for bream.

01-22-2013, 05:37 PM
Tried and true....


01-22-2013, 05:39 PM
Tried and true....


Old school and it works. Scaled many fish as kid when my dad was fishing all the time

Tennessee Trey
01-22-2013, 06:11 PM
I like a spoon as well and you can hang it on you nose when your done :)

01-22-2013, 06:41 PM
I currently use spoon, but am always open to easier methods. That is if those methods work.

01-22-2013, 06:54 PM
When Toledo Bend opened back in the late 60's several of the marinas had them. They looked like a big tumble dryer at the laundry mat. I thought they worked well, keep in mind we were cleaning up to 300 bream a day back then.


01-22-2013, 09:15 PM
I have used a handmade one that worked very well on bream. It did not turn very fast and you could put about 25 bream in it at one time. After scaling I took my electric knife and cut out the rib cage and the head, easy as pie.i believe with a little ingenuity a fellow could make one that would work just fine.

01-23-2013, 10:02 AM
I made mine and it works real good on crappie but will leave a
few scales on a big fish behind the fins near the tail.I go over
and knock the few it left off. Don't know how many you
can scale at one time but seems like the more you put in the
better it does. On big bream on up in the summer it doesn't
work as good but still gets most off. Turns 13 rpm.

01-23-2013, 12:47 PM
A fellow showed me a video on his I-phone the other day where he was cleaning some bluegill
with the water hose = high pressure blowing scales off = looked like it was working pretty good.