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Old 01-14-2011, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm one of those people who has just never gotten the hang of removing perch eyes using my thumbnail. The eyes inevitably rupture and are then next to worthless as bait. So this week I set about trying to figure out an easy tool for perfect perch eye removal. The answer was as close as the extra potato peeler I bought by accident a few weeks ago



With a little modification, the pointed end works great. To make it work, I sharpened the edge all the way around that point with a file. The result is something like a mini melon baller. Then I flattened the point just a bit with pliers. Finally I pinched the shaft up next to the handle so it doesn't rotate much during use.



To remove an eye, just plunge the sharpened point in next to the eye, twist the tool to sever the membrane all the way around, then push it in under the eyeball severing the nerves and remaining connective tissue.



Lift the eyeball out and your perfectly prepared bait is ready to tip your jig. I used it today and it performed flawlessly.


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Old 01-14-2011, 06:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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HAHA Sweet
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Old 01-14-2011, 06:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I just use a paperclip, the rounded part. PK
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That looks brutally efficient.
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yikes! That's like one of those tools you'd see them recover from a serial killer on the show Criminal Minds
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Ha D I D ever heard of a pocket knife they have been popping perch eyes well since perch fishing began.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Ha D I D ever heard of a pocket knife they have been popping perch eyes well since perch fishing began.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Too funny, I was thinking the same thing.

Don, thanks for sharing
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Nice job with the mods Don. Should work very well.

But those pix are hill-air-ee-us. I wasn't expecting a demo! Watch out for the PETA folks!
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I was just thinking about designing a tool for that. Another thing to use is 5" curved hemostats. You can dig in and pinch them off. There is always a market on ebay for stuff like this. Great idea!
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