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Old 05-20-2015, 10:11 AM   #1
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I'm thinking about a night trip for specs and I'm wondering if it's ok to keep them in a cooler until morning then clean. The skeeters are baaaad in my area so I'm not sure I want to be outside cleaning. I guess I can do it inside. Not sure what's best. Any recommendations?
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:16 AM   #2
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as long as you got the fish surrounded by ice they can stay like that for a couple days... IMO it makes them easier to clean if they've been on ice for a while because it really firms up the meat on the fish


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Just gut them first
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Just gut them first

I would say do this if you were on a keep them on ice for like 5 days or so but I don't think it's necessary for 1-3 days on ice... When we run chandeleur trips we keep fish on ice from Friday-Sunday whole and have no problems as long as the fish have plenty of ice...


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Key to it is not just icing them, but creating a slush with some water. The fish can be completely submerged and they will quickly come to near freezing temps. Your fish will be fine overnight.
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I just stop by one of the 24 hour ice vendors and for $ 1.50 I can pack them in ice.
And what the other fellow said about packing them in ice firms the meat and easier to clean. I then put the filets in a metal strainer and use the top section of ice (clean ice) to keep them cold till I put them up.
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They'll be on ice for around 8 hours worst case. Thanks everyone!
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Just gut them first
I agree. Though I prefer to gut fish within an hour of catching them.
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Gut em, ice em, clean em tomorrow.
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Always gut fish that eat fish when you catch them. The stomach acids start migrating out as soon as the fish dies. And never leave fish in standing water. Drain the water out and keep covered with ice. Fish will last for over a week like that. Trigger,flounder and sheephead are not required to be gutted because of the contents and stomach size.
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