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Old 01-12-2020, 04:38 PM
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I try to keep enough fish in my freezer to last my wife and I about a year at the rate we eat it. All within legal possession limits.

Looking at some of the catch pictures I see, I guess I'm wondering what people are doing with all that fish.

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I would love to have a freezer full....fish doesnt sit long in my house!! If you have have run out of room and in Stuart area I will come take fish off your hands.
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I usually have enough for a couple of fish fries. When I'm getting more I just C&R.
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With 4-5 people fishing on a boat, that full cooler sure seems like a lot of fish I suppose. Wife and I both have large families. Most ends up among both. Some makes it to the freezer but not as much as most would imagine, given how much we catch.
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Originally Posted by BraxII View Post
I try to keep enough fish in my freezer to last my wife and I about a year at the rate we eat it. All within legal possession limits.

Looking at some of the catch pictures I see, I guess I'm wondering what people are doing with all that fish.
I do all my catching from the middle of May till the end of November. I make every effort to take meticulous care of my catch from leaving the water unit it hits my freezer in a vacuum sealed sack. My previous year’s catch usually lasts till mid July and is virtually impossible to discern from “fresh” after months in the freezer. I see to it that not one filet or steak goes to waste.

My chest freezer is 24.8 cubic feet and the goal is to have it full when the boat gets hauled in December.
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right now got about 40k lbs in the walk in freezer ranging from catfish,grouper,snapper,tuna and mahi.....

at home about 10 lbs...
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Originally Posted by BraxII View Post
I try to keep enough fish in my freezer to last my wife and I about a year at the rate we eat it. All within legal possession limits.

Looking at some of the catch pictures I see, I guess I'm wondering what people are doing with all that fish.
Too much!

I give away as much as I can but I generally do so only when it's meticulously processed and vac packed.... which doesn't happen if I come home with more than maybe 50 pounds of filets.

After six months everything in the "edible" freezer" goes into the "bait" freezer. The bait freezer is for chum, feeding chickens, composting into the garden.
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
right now got about 40k lbs in the walk in freezer ranging from catfish,grouper,snapper,tuna and mahi.....

at home about 10 lbs...
Ten pounds is probably ideal for most of us, especially for ya'll that can fish for meat year round.
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We have a decent mixture of fish, shellfish, venison, and beef with the majority being fish and venison.

If you have a big freezer invest in a nice vacuum sealer. It’s a game changer imho
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Originally Posted by andyp262 View Post
We have a decent mixture of fish, shellfish, venison, and beef with the majority being fish and venison.

If you have a big freezer invest in a nice vacuum sealer. It’s a game changer imho
this^^^^

been using a friends Koch (ultrasource) chamber vac, its def a game changer.....after much discussion with Rbhankins he has me getting a VP215 chamber vac...
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I also use a vacuum packer. I place a piece of paper towel on top of the fillets before vacuuming. It really helps to control the moisture.

Does florida have a position limit or just a daily bag limit?
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Originally Posted by BraxII View Post
I also use a vacuum packer. I place a piece of paper towel on top of the fillets before vacuuming. It really helps to control the moisture.

Does florida have a position limit or just a daily bag limit?
chamber vac eliminates this.......you can literally vacuum seal water with a chamber vac...
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Some walleye and perch. Maybe half the limit.We freeze less than we used to.
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Originally Posted by BraxII View Post

Does florida have a position limit or just a daily bag limit?
If you're actually curious you should check with FWC because they change frequently. If you're being a nosy Newton then we all make our own limits based on how salt life we are.
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Not much really. Have some buddies that crappy fish a lot and always make sure I have a few bags in of crappy filets in freezer. Most of my fishing is freshwater stripers, most of those are C&R but every now and then I will keep a few for the freezer but mostly just keep 1 or 2 to cook fresh

Other than that most of our freezer is venison and frozen veggies

We do zip lock soups, chili, etc and keep that in freezer for quick meals
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Stokes,

Really, why such an attitude?

I mostly fish Wisconsin and Ohio. Wisconsin has a daily bag limit and a posession limit. Ohio only has has a daily bag limit. Just trying to understand the rules in Florida with state vs federal waters.
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Originally Posted by BraxII View Post
Stokes,

Really, why such an attitude?

I mostly fish Wisconsin and Ohio. Wisconsin has a daily bag limit and a posession limit. Ohio only has has a daily bag limit. Just trying to understand the rules in Florida with state vs federal waters.
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Looking at some of the catch pictures I see, I guess I'm wondering what people are doing with all that fish.
Had me wondering if you were trying to start beef.
Sorry if I hurt your feelings.
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About 50 pounds. Depends how the Cabo trip goes. 3’years ago 104 pounds. Gave a shit load away. Last
year 23 pounds. Hope to score some trigger/grouper and wahoo when I head to Bahamas in a few weeks. Sadly it’s got to last me till next nov
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I help furnish fish for the church fish fry meals, I do not keep a steady count, but I only can keep a one person limit when fishing.
but it does add up if I am catching over time
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I could never have enough - right now only about 10 - 20 lbs.

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