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    No soaking for me unless they are salt water fish and then that is to get the strong fish taste out. Soak to get the blood out??? You don't soak your rib eyes do you?
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    My opinion - fish like crappie and gills after cleaned or filleted need rinsed with cold water and are ready to eat or in the freezer. Cats etc I may soak overnight and then a good rinsing - and if to be eaten the next day I may soak overnight in buttermilk and then breaded with seasoned cornmeal/flour and then the deep fryer.

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    Growing up, living at a fish camp for 8yrs. and having Friday night fish fry’s for 6yrs. of those yrs., we’ve tried the the different methods on each species of freshwater fish and found that people couldn’t consistently tell a difference. Fish that were soaked in saltwater vs salted just prior to frying. Soaked in milk, buttermilk overnight vs dipped in milk or milk/egg just prior to cooking. Clean water soaking vs throughly cleaned and rinsed prior to cooking. Since then I’ve always cleaned and rinsed throughly prior to double-wrapping and freezing and/or lightly salting fillets prior to cooking. I would recommend using whichever method suits you and your family best.
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    Just caught fish promptly cleaned and into a cold environment is better than any meat from a store IMO. Cook and enjoy!

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    fillets firm up nicely in an ice bath over night in the fridge .
    added sodium is not your friend most likely .
    on red meat it tenderizes but on fish I wouldn't know a good reason to use it .
    if you were drying the fish yes ,but on wet fish I don't know a good reason .
    I am on the no salt side of this one
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    I put my filets in ice water after I skin them, then I freeze them in water. I haven't had any issues with either salt or fresh water fish in over 40 years. Just my 2 cents.

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    Nope on crappie. Nasty catfish for sure lol


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    Salt and pepper in the cornmeal before frying only.
    Be safe and good luck fishing
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