Meat Mincer Burley

 Hey All,


looking for a cheap meat mincer or similar to make burley from small fish frames like herring and whiting etc. what are people using?



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 Mrs would eat me alive if I

Sat, 2020-04-04 10:25

 Mrs would eat me alive if I used the thermo!

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if you want heady duty...

Sat, 2020-04-04 09:16

 I use an electric garden mulcher. (ebay/gumtree) though sometimes they wont handle frozen fish or BIG heads (eg snapper)

Smaller food processors may have trouble with fish heads.  You often need to spend time chopping (cleaver/tomahawk) them up, but they are v-good for thawed pillies.

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 I got an aluminium one from

Sat, 2020-04-04 10:37

 I got an aluminium one from those house stores in the shopping centres for around $50 on special. That thing has seen some shit haha 

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Old Kenwood Chef

Sat, 2020-04-04 15:18

I use and old Kenwood Chef with the mincer attachment. I did have to make a new plate because even the largest holes on the outlet got blocked with scales.

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Thanks All!!

Mon, 2020-04-06 07:01

 Ended up just grabbing one of the edge hand mincers as noted by a couple of blokes above! Hopefully results in some fish :) 

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Have you given it a go yet?

Mon, 2020-04-06 07:28

Have you given it a go yet? Results vs your expectations?

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Ripped it out yesterday arvo

Tue, 2020-04-14 07:51

Ripped it out yesterday arvo and thawed a bunch of Herring frames and a couple of whole mullet/pike/whiting. Chopped them up in to some smaller pieces and the hand mincer smashed through it. Next time ill just mount it on a more solid table because I did it on a fold out camp table and was losing a fair bit of power transfer through the table rocking all over the place!!

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DIY Burley

Mon, 2020-04-06 14:45

 Tried all of the above (including wifes Thermomix). Didnt go well with the Wife.

I prefer to buy Shore catch mulched mulie, and cube mulies for Snapper on the boat.

A lot less messy and less to clean up. Bought a mulcher from Bunnings few years back. End result messy, lots of maggots from hard to clean spots.

good for you if you can make your own, but I will be buying it in the future.


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 Yep all the shore catch

Wed, 2020-04-08 09:51

 Yep all the shore catch burleys are gold. No mess to clean easy to use works like dynamite supports a local business too. Total win in my books.


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After showing the wife the

Mon, 2020-04-06 15:22

After showing the wife the price of a new jug for the thermo, i talked her into letting me blend up come cray and crab bits to a paste and mixed it up with other cut up shit.

I just waited until she was out and did the deed and cleaned up my mess before she got home. She still sensed i had done it before she got in the driveway.

That whole second sentence could be said about a whole nother topic too. 





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Mon, 2020-04-06 17:46

I used to do mine with a hand mincer, but it was costing me a fortune in Coronas to get the mates around to help.   I bought a Reber electric mincer. Stainless weapon. Expensive but good. Does need to be quite slender to fit in the feeder. Unfortunately still costs the same in Coronas

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 Has anyone done the old wood

Tue, 2020-04-07 14:17

 Has anyone done the old wood chipper method? 

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Haven't had a chance to use

Wed, 2020-04-08 07:51

Haven't had a chance to use it yet as it is still coming in the mail.

My intent was more around making use of small leftover fish frames. Will report back how I go!

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Wed, 2020-04-08 09:03

and old baitand cooked chook carcass's


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Tue, 2020-04-14 11:53

I have been using a few different devices started with the hand mincer but was very labor intensive and slow (thought about coupling to a motor)
got an ozito mulcher which was decent but impossible to clean properly

I happened to have one of these in the shed

which is great for munching up bulk mulies or other soft fish in a 20l bucket with a drill, then I mix in some chicken feed, oil and beach sand

has anybody found a way to get a burly mix to stick together for a slower release? this would be ideal

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Looks good!! I did give the

Tue, 2020-04-14 12:11

Looks good!! I did give the hand mincer a run yesterday with only small fish frames and fish + a few squid and it did the job but you are right in that it took a little bit of time.

Paddle looks like a decent option.... pretty sure I've got one lying around from when we painted the house. Will give it a go :)

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I find a bit of flour will

Tue, 2020-04-14 14:00

I find a bit of flour will hold it together. Too much flour will make it cluggy though.
Like you I have tried different techniques and using a mincer is time consuming with the holes constantly blocking up with skin and small bones. Now I just use a large stainless pot and a piece of 4 by 2 and just mash it. Good for crab and prawn shells and diced fish bits.

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Connect a motor...

Tue, 2020-04-14 14:21

 I have one driven by a floor polisher motor, through the polisher gearbox.

You need to slow the motor. An earlier one had a washing machine gearbox but that wsnt slow enough and used to stall.

Using a reduction gearbox increases the torque of the mincer so it minces harder (semi-frozen) items.

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Done the hand mincer and in

Tue, 2020-04-14 14:52

Done the hand mincer and in the end it hurt too much throwing the berley over the side of the boat cause of the effort I put in. This thread got me thinking,I got an old lawnmower I reckon i could rig up somehow. 


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 One of the sponsors on here

Thu, 2020-04-16 14:30

 One of the sponsors on here has a industrial mincer and was offering to mince peoples frames for a reasonable fee just cant remember who it was



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Thu, 2020-04-16 15:51

Shorecatch in Wangara
I had Mick's boys mince up some for me, was perfect

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gee thats good to know. i got

Thu, 2020-04-16 16:17

gee thats good to know. i got heaps of frames saved... from skippy etc, i will look into this as am getting sick of tryoign to cut em up with a cleaver!

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Give the shop a call

Fri, 2020-04-17 05:24

Give them a call, He was only mincing people frames at certain times as there is a bit of cleanup involved 

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 Try using your secertres or

Thu, 2020-04-16 17:28

 Try using your secertres or pruning sheers that's what I use for Cray bait even cuts whole blue mack frozen, but doesn't make burley tho. 


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 I used a wood chipper the

Thu, 2020-04-16 18:48

 I used a wood chipper the other day to do a batch of burley and it works well. Can put whole skippy size fish through and frames. Heads need to be cut down smaller to feed through. The only downside is that's it's very messy and cleaning the chipper after takes just as long and burley making. It's only worth doing a lot in one hit if using a chipper but that's my plan so works well for me.

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cray, crab shells

Thu, 2020-04-16 20:02

 and mulie, prawn..  All in a bucket and smash the crap out of it with a length of galv water pipe. Mix with some chook pellets and freeze into old ice cream containers.  Defrost on the water and put in one of those big burley release cages with the lead base that clips on/off.  lower over the side and give it a yank at preferred depth and burley releases .

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 I did similar with all my

Thu, 2020-04-16 20:14

 I did similar with all my Cray heads and old Mulies, smashed in a bucket mixed with oil and pellets and frozen. Down with the anchor in yellow burley bucket, works a treat. 


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 I have one of

Fri, 2020-04-17 07:16

 I have one of these

Chews through the job in no time at all, struggle to keep up feeding the frames in. Quick and easy to clean as well.