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Old 01-09-2012, 03:42 PM
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How long can I keep fish on ice before cleaning?

Heading to the coast this weekend and wanted to ask y'all what's the longest time you would keep your fish on ice before cleaning?
In regard to specks, reds and flounder, does one keep better than another when in the ice chest?

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Old 01-09-2012, 03:45 PM
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I like to keep on heavy ice for a few days. Seams to fillet better
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My first thought is the longer you wait to clean them the mushier they get catch em and clean em is always best.At least gut em .
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My first thought is the longer you wait to clean them the mushier they get catch em and clean em is always best.At least gut em .
X2 mostly trout get mushy, there is a big difference in a fresh fish and a day old fish
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:07 PM
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like g2 said in HEAVY ICE trout is good for a few days.
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I'm estimating no more than 48 hours on ice, then I'll be back home to clean. I'm pretty sure the hotel we're staying at this weekend wouldn't take to kind if I were to clean them in the room.
So some say trout may get mushy, how about flounder and reds?
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:34 PM
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Trout and redfish kept several days on ice should be no problem - no different than a bag of fillets in the refrigerator. Pull the drain plug so that they do not get waterlogged and remember to add enough ice periodically to keep them covered. I think that mushy reputation comes from laying in ice water and the flesh absorbing excessive moisture.
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However you do it, make sure and bleed them out as soon as you put them on ice. It keeps the blood from seeping into the meat real bad. We noticed a huge difference in bleeding them when they go in the ice and just throwing them on ice and filleting them later.
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:36 PM
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If you gut them, but leave them whole, they can last longer than you think.

Fish markets have fresh fish that could be up to a week old, but are still fresh as they were kept near freezing, approx 33- 35 deg.

After a few days they eyes will start to get cloudy, but the smell is an important factor ...... I have found keep them coverd in ice, not a slush or any water.

The nasty water is what will smell .... just keep them draied but covered in ICE.
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If you gut and gill em they will keep pretty long...this is what we have to do when we go down to 9 mile fish camp. Stay fresh for 3-4 days.
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