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Old 03-18-2013, 12:42 AM   #1
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I have had some fish caught friday night on ice till now, bout to clean them, will they still be good?
They have been well iced
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Depends on what type of fish... For instance a white trout spoils before you can get the hook out of his mouth

Your fish should be fine.....
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Should be fine. Lots of times it depends on the fish. Some varieties are softer than others. Things like Redfish, Sheepheads, Whiting, Crockers, and Flounder should be fine. Trout, Kings, Spanish...lot softer flesh and don't keep as well. If you don't have time to fully clean stuff, it is great just to gut them as a minimum. I mean, look at the stuff on ice in the fish market. Gut and cut the gills out and get to the rest later is OK.
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I try not to wait that long but s#&t happens. Still better than what can happen at the markets,!
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Yeah the fish markets general rule seems to be "when the eyes turn light gray then they go to the crab traps"
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Yeah the fish markets general rule seems to be "when the eyes turn light gray then they go to the crab traps"

I figured they just filleted them.
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tuna, aj and snowy grouper, All looked and smelled ok when I cleaned them.
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They will be fine for up to two weeks BUT they should have been gutted, washed out and never left in standing water. keep the fish covered with only ice and all the melted water drained off. Commercial boats fish for a week and then the fish houses ship the fish to New York then they sit in the market for a days without being frozen. Fresh is always better.
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Fish keep longer if there put in slushy ice water.
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I've never understood why fish can't be kept in water. I've kept mine in icy water for my whole life...from whole fish to filets. What exactly is it supposed to do that's so bad? Now, I always cook up all my trout as soon as possible, but I've kept filets of spanish, redfish, king, snapper, etc in a ziplock of ice water for days before cooking. Never had a problem. I always press it dry with paper towels before I cook it, if water in the grease is the concern.
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