It’s that time of year where fishing becomes part of the weekly routine. While you should usually plan ahead of time to make sure you have all your essentials. One of the most common tools left behind is a fish scaler. In this weeks survival hack we are going to teach you a simple DIY solution for a fish scaler.
Bottle Cap Fish Scaler
First make sure you drink your bottled beer and keep the bottle tops. You can make this fish scaler with as little as 2 bottle caps but it works best with 5-6 bottle caps. To use the scaler, and preferably before gutting, scrape the bottle cap side against the side of the fish sweeping from from tail to head. Scales will go everywhere as they seem to ping off, so either do this in the backyard or on the pier. If you have a large bucket you can scale fish under water to keep flying scales under control. Keep rinsing the fish and feeling the body – when it feels smooth and there are no rough scales present, your fish is ready for gutting and filleting.
Step 1: Bottle Cap Fishing Scaler Insructions
Drill a clearance hole for the screws in the centre of each beer bottle cap
Cut the wood into a tasteful fish shape or comfortable handle, and sand smooth any rough edges.
Screw the bottle caps to the wooden handle. Job done: cost – scrap bits; time – ten minutes to half an hour depending on how fancy the handle is!
This will make for a very quick and easy fish cleaning arrangement. So there you have it, make a fish scaler in less than 10 minutes at a minimal cost. What do you think? Have you tried this before? Let us know your results in the comments below. i