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mighty
04-03-2006, 11:36 AM
What are some of the problems with freezing whole fish without cleaning them. When I come home from a long day fishing if I dont feel like cleaning them I just wrapem up and throw em in the freezer. I have noticed that the meet is flimsier.

BarryG
04-03-2006, 11:46 AM
Just leave them on ice until the next day!

Barnacle Bill
04-03-2006, 11:48 AM
Just leave them on ice until the next day!

That works.

Sandman
04-03-2006, 01:20 PM
I'm not too keen on freezing them whole, thawing them out and then cleaning them...but I definitely agree with Barry on leaving them on ice and cleaning them later in the day or even the next day. I've done that more than a few times.

Moose1am
04-03-2006, 01:40 PM
I prefer to clean the fish as soon as I get back home. At times I may leave them in the live well and clean them the next day. This only works for me in the colder months as the fish won't last in my live well in the hot summer months.
I have been known to set up a 48 Q cooler with water in it on my back deck and hook up an aerator to keep my catch alive until the next day.

I think it's best to clean the fish while they are still kicking but I have eaten fish that were put in a bucket of water and stuck in the refrigerator still alive, filleted the next day and then packed in ice and finally frozen for a year in the freezer and they tasted ok after being deep fried a year later..


What are some of the problems with freezing whole fish without cleaning them. When I come home from a long day fishing if I dont feel like cleaning them I just wrapem up and throw em in the freezer. I have noticed that the meet is flimsier.

lee s.
04-03-2006, 02:06 PM
We freeze surf fish whole. We bring home some ocean water that they are caught in to freeze them in. We cook these smelt whole also. Hard to tell whether frozen or not with this method.
Crappie....? Any fish other than surf fish, gets filleted or steaked before freezing.
.....lee s.

gabowman
04-03-2006, 06:33 PM
Never tried it and dont want to. I use a rocket fish scaler behind my boat. I cut the heads off and split the bellies and then pull the fish on my way back to the boat ramp. Fish are clean and can be filleted later. I put the fish in a fridge in my barn till the next day or so submerged in cold water. They'll stay fresh for a few days this way. Then I either cook 'em or freeze 'em. And if I really dont want to fool with 'em I'll give 'em away. Everybody will take cleaned fish!

sac-a-lait
04-04-2006, 03:56 AM
gabowman...

I agree...The rocket is the best...Once you get the scales, head and guts off, you can keep it on ice for a week and it's still fresh. Go down and check your local restaurants "fresh fish" dates.

I like to use LOTS of ice and layer it in with the fish...

Then like GA Man said, you can freeze it or give it away or cook it "fresh" days later.

If you leave the guts in the bacteria in the fish start to break down the "body" once the fish dies. If you freeze them whole, as they thaw the process begins again and "softens" up the meat.

My main problem is right now the fish I'm catching are too big for the rocket.

Tunica
04-04-2006, 04:36 AM
Never tried it and dont want to. I use a rocket fish scaler behind my boat. I cut the heads off and split the bellies and then pull the fish on my way back to the boat ramp. Fish are clean and can be filleted later. I put the fish in a fridge in my barn till the next day or so submerged in cold water. They'll stay fresh for a few days this way. Then I either cook 'em or freeze 'em. And if I really dont want to fool with 'em I'll give 'em away. Everybody will take cleaned fish!


dont do that on the Corp lakes in Ms....every fish you have will be below the size limit...but then again please do we need the income....

jem270
04-04-2006, 05:22 AM
If you come to Alabama you better leave the heads on.
Here is an exerpt from the rules and regulations:

"Note: It is a violation of Alabama law for any person to transport more than one day's creel limit of any species of game fish beyond the boundaries of this state. It is a violation of Alabama law for any person to fillet freshwater fish while on public waters except when fish are being prepared for immediate cooking and consumption, provided however, that fish may be drawn or gutted with heads left attached."

Slabalicious
04-04-2006, 07:29 AM
We just clean em asap or worst pack em in ice til next day but plenty of ice.

hydrabass
04-04-2006, 10:20 AM
I used to clean them at the end of the day , but for the last few years been putting them on ice and cleaning the next day , i can't tell any difference in the taste and they seem to clean easier . Plus after fishing all day i'm usally to tired to clean fish , but thats just me .