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Old 07-02-2010, 08:11 AM
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We are on vacation this week and have put a few fish in the freezer but we area headed out again today and when we get back will be packing to come home.

My question is if we catch some keepers and decide to keep them can I keep them on ice till I get home Saturday and clean them there.


I have a good marine cooler in the boat and will keep ice for a couple of days

Like to have fresh fish for supper Saturday night and would like to wait till I get home to clean them

Trip home is about 5-6 hour trip
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That will be no problem...assuming the ice lasts!
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The sooner the better. If they are completely iced down, you should be fine. If you can, bleed them and gut them. But I'm guessing if you don't want to clean them now, then you don't want to gut them. Why not just clean them on the boat?
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you might want to gut them prior to packing them on ice if its going to be a while before you clean them. I would back gutted fish for 5-7 days at a time with no issues. If you don't gut them I would not eat them... after a day or 2..

You will see why if you choose not to gut..

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Sooner than better is good advice [uncljohn]

If you gut and remove the gills and keep the fish packed in ice . . . like some of the commercial fishermen do . . . it should be fresh for 3 to 4 days . . . saltwater fish seem to last better than freshwater fish

Have fun and catch a nice one ! or more if you want
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try to keep them stored in ice that is not melted , other words try to drain them water off them. and try will keep several days
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Thanks but we did catch any keepers, everything was above the slot limit.
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