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Old 03 May 2015, 22:03   #1
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Safe cutting on the rib

What should I use for cutting bait, etc, that has a low likelihood for puncturing the tubes?
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Old 04 May 2015, 01:03   #2
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Care and common sense.

Anything sharp enough to cut bait has the potential to cut tubes.

Use a cutting board and a knife with a blunt/rounded tip.

I've had knives on board for fishing/diving/safety and never had an issue, just need to keep your eyes open and your brain in the on Position.
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Tie the knife to a seat back/A frame with enough string so you can use it but not enough that the knife can reach a tube.
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Cut from some scraps of marine ply. The legs are hinged so fold under the top for storage. I haven't tried it in anger yet but it seems pretty secure and stable. I will probably put a bungee hook on it to secure it to the seat.

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Tie the knife to a seat back/A frame with enough string so you can use it but not enough that the knife can reach a tube.
Nice in theory but not a good idea in practice. One large wave whilst using your knife and you'll end up putting your fingers on for bait
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I've been fishing for years in mine and have never had a problem in using sharp pointed filleting knives for bait preparation tasks/preparing caught fish. Just make sure you carry out these tasks inboard of where the tubes are and you'll be fine. Common sense is all you need really, just keep an eye on new fishing buddy's and instruct them accordingly.
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The weapon of choice in my Inflatable is ...a big pair of Scissors.

Simply because one quick snip and I have decapitated a fresh caught mackerel before it has time to squirm its way all over the floor of the boat. Fish and scissors are then thrown in a plastic bucket. They also cut nice strips off the dead mackerel for bait.

Probably more chance of putting a fish hook through a tube than cut it with a bait knife or scissors. Also watch some fish.. A large spur dog put a nice 6" long scar in my PVC tube with the spike in its dorsel fin. I was kind to it though..and let it go again without the scissor treatment as its a protected species in our waters

I wont post a photo of snipping the head of a mackerel..but it is instant and humane.. better than letting them twitch to death in a bucket or bash their skulls in hitting them on a thwart or using a priest.
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Paramedic shears if you're not confident of using a knife on your boat.

A mate of mine once said ' if you haven't got a knife what are you doing with a rope, if you haven't got a rope what are you doing on the water '


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I tend to keep my knife & bait in one of those floppy yellow builders buckets, saves a lot of mess as I cut the bait in the bucket.
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