New Redneck Fish Cleaning Bucket

Jenny and Duke don’t make TV watching easy!


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Hi and welcome to the blog!   This post was written from the comfort of the van.  It was parked in front of McDonald’s so I can enjoy a little time away from the fur pals.  As you can see from the photo above, some days it’s not possible to watch a TV show without getting climbed over, scratched, have a cat butt in my face, etc.. let alone work on a post!


Easy to connect!



The vertical 3/4″ PVC tube sitting in an elbow at the bottom.  The dark spot is a 3.5″ stainless steel bolt.


So the new project came from an Internet video – a redneck fish cleaning bucket.  The idea is to have a convenient source of clean but turbulent water to rise off filleted or field-dressed (head, fins, and guts removed) fresh fish.


Click for a very short YouTube video…


Necessary materials


5 Gallon plastic bucket
3/4″ garden hose to 3/4″ PVC adapter
3/4″ PVC elbow
A couple feet of 3/4″ PVC pipe
3.5 inch stainless steel bolt, nuts, rubber washers
PVC cleaner and glue
Adhesive caulk sealant


After drilling about a 1+1/8″ hole in the side of the bucket (using a spade bit) near the bottom, line up the garden hose adapter on the outside and the 90 degree elbow on the inside.  With a short little piece (roughly a couple inches) of 3/4″ PVC to be used for a coupling, glue the two fittings together and press like hell, making sure the fittings tightly clamp against both sides of the bucket wall.  Continue to press until the glue holds.

Make and insert the upright tube, drilling the desired holes.  I’d recommend they be no larger than 3/16″.  Glue the cap on.  Insert the tube and glue it to the elbow, and let everything dry.  Later, use a high quality adhesive caulk to ensure no leakage around the bottom fitting.   I added a 3.5″ stainless steel bolt and hardware through the tube and ]bucket to stabilize the water tube.

I’m delighted with how the bucket worked and look forward to using it.  Just a word of advice, if you drill too many holes in the vertical tube, you can always tape over them with white electrical tape to get the water to do what you want it to.

There will be more pictures when this bucket gets used.  Already, a friend has asked me to make one for him!


Jenny likes being perched on the van, scanning for bunnies, birds, and ground squirrels.


That’s about all for now!  I’m off a couple of days this week and working around home.  The weather is looking terrific for some good fishing.  Jenny is getting kind of antsy so one of these days she will get to go camping. Duke, on the other hand, is happy sleeping in the recliner.

Thanks for visiting and take care!  Stay safe!  Happy upcoming Memorial Day weekend!

Brad and Jenny and Duke
Jones County, Iowa


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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

4 Responses to New Redneck Fish Cleaning Bucket

  1. Jo Harmon says:

    That fish cleaning bucket is pretty cool, would make a nice fountain in the yard if you could figure out how to recyle the water!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! I thought that too. It’s kind of pretty. I was hoping to try it in combat this week but we’ve been so stinkin’ busy there’s no time to do anything but sleep. Hopefully Jenny and I can get a camping trip in at the beginning of next week… I hope you’re doing well. Take good care! — VT

  2. my_vantasy says:

    Hi! I have been so sidetracked around here that I haven’t commented in awhile. No worries, I haven’t caught Coronavirus yet. Looking forward to your camping adventures. I have the annual Lake Erie trip planned for end of July, but have not made reservations yet as Ohio campgrounds just opened May 21. Until then, I camp vicariously through your blog. Happy camping to you and Jenny! Happy home alone to Duke!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi! I hear ya… I haven’t caught the virus either, nor have I changed my habits at all. Masks are optional and with lung issues I choose not to wear one. Overall, I see far fewer people wearing them now in this area. We have very few cases in this rural county.

      That Lake Erie trip sounds like fun. Our campgrounds just opened and they are busy. I might not do a whole lot of camping this summer but plan to get out here and there. Duke and Jenny seem to enjoy being together more than camping. I guess If the pandemic has taught me anything it’s the feeling of security having a permanent place to live. So many places that used to allow free camping are saying no more. 🙁 All is well and the fish are biting wildly. :). Take care! VT

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