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Author Topic: How long do you wait to clean your fish?  (Read 7159 times)

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How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« on: Oct 21, 2008, 12:08 PM »
While ice fishing i will usually keep all my fish from saturday and sunday and clean them monday after work with some buddies so i can fish sun-up to sun-down all weekend. We have been doing this for years and have never noticed a difference in the quality of the fish(speaking of gills, crappies, and perch, not trout). We usually also keep them packed in 5 gallon buckets with snow to keep them cold/frozen.  Does anyone else keep fish this long before cleaning them? Opinions?
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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #1 on: Oct 21, 2008, 12:12 PM »
I will throw them in the freezer until the GF has time to clean them.
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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #2 on: Oct 21, 2008, 12:16 PM »
I do the same thing. Unfortunately, if I have a good weekend, I end up spending a couple hours with the fillet knife. I have never tasted a difference by doing this either.

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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #3 on: Oct 21, 2008, 12:29 PM »
as soon as i get home,or back to camp.

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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #4 on: Oct 21, 2008, 01:43 PM »
normally right when i get home, as long as the fish you catch are getting frozen decently fast then i dont see why it would spoil the meat

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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #5 on: Oct 21, 2008, 02:10 PM »
i usually clean them nightly, two shorter shifts at the board is better then one long one...I dont know why Im always the knife bearer, I guess it comes with the territory of being the head cook as well

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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #6 on: Oct 21, 2008, 02:29 PM »
there are plenty of times I'll go catch some crappie after work in the evening and dont clean the fish 'til the following day after work. keep 'em nice and cold and they will be fine. when they are just starting to freeze ,they fillet nice and easy

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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #7 on: Oct 21, 2008, 02:30 PM »
I clean mine, to the extent the law permits, on the ice.  Usually means filleting and leaving the skin attached for pike.  What else is there to do while your buddy is tending the tip-ups?

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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #8 on: Oct 21, 2008, 03:13 PM »
i like to clean them as soon as i can, i don't like fish sitting around to long, i have spent many
late nights cleaning the fish so i can get them right the freezer
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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #9 on: Oct 21, 2008, 03:19 PM »
Open water as soon as Im done fishing  Ice fishing   when I get to them  maybe a day or so later   once they are froze  there is no rush
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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #10 on: Oct 21, 2008, 05:03 PM »
I'm usually out of gas by the time I get home at night, so they stay in the bucket with snow till the next day.
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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #11 on: Oct 21, 2008, 05:09 PM »
I clean mine, to the extent the law permits, on the ice.  Usually means filleting and leaving the skin attached for pike.  What else is there to do while your buddy is tending the tip-ups?

Hmmm.....maybe enjoy another adult beverage?  lol


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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #12 on: Oct 21, 2008, 06:41 PM »
If you freeze the fish prior to cleaning, don't refreeze them after cleaning. You can freeze fish once and it is fine, but if you thaw it and refreeze it, and thaw it again, it turns to watery mush.

I will let fish sit in a pail in the garage and clean them the next day, but those fish go right in the fry pan. :)

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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #13 on: Oct 21, 2008, 06:47 PM »
there are plenty of times I'll go catch some crappie after work in the evening and dont clean the fish 'til the following day after work. keep 'em nice and cold and they will be fine. when they are just starting to freeze ,they fillet nice and easy
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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #14 on: Oct 21, 2008, 07:50 PM »
I do mine when I get home. It sure can be tiring fishing all day and them come home and clean them, but when I sit down I don't want to have to think about when I will get them cleaned.  All I have to worry about then is when to enjoy them.

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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #15 on: Oct 21, 2008, 08:40 PM »
During hardwater season the following morning.
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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #16 on: Oct 21, 2008, 08:55 PM »
Usually after a full day on the hardwater it is the next day. Summertime it is always the day of.

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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #17 on: Oct 21, 2008, 10:38 PM »
I clean mine when I get home that night, or else first thing the next morning.

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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #18 on: Oct 21, 2008, 10:58 PM »
If you freeze the fish prior to cleaning, don't refreeze them after cleaning. You can freeze fish once and it is fine, but if you thaw it and refreeze it, and thaw it again, it turns to watery mush.

I will let fish sit in a pail in the garage and clean them the next day, but those fish go right in the fry pan. :)

Mine never have,cant say that we have ever noticed a difference either way.
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Re: How long do you wait to clean your fish?
« Reply #19 on: Oct 23, 2008, 06:49 PM »
As soon as I get home...
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