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Old 09-02-2019, 01:09 PM
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Looking for a killbag, doesnt have to be anything crazy capable of holding one or two swords.

anyone have a link to one theyve used?

I see an RJ bag for $450 but Im thinking theres gotta be a cheaper solution
Old 09-02-2019, 01:29 PM
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Check Cabelas, they have a few different brands, pretty reasonable. I have a Boone that I bought there last year. I have not put a fish in it but we have filled it with ice and it keeps ice pretty well.
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Canyon Fish Bags are another but there are quite of few.
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Bleeding then keeping the fish wet to get the cooling evaporating effect helps a lot. Couple of bath towels on them that you squirt with your hose at night will often help up to 5-6 hrs depending on temps.
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I used to swordfish off a 22' Pathfinder. Would keep a few 20# bags of ice, a couple of wifeys old beach towels and a harbour freight tarp at the ready. When we got one we would lay the fish on the tarp, lay ice next to fish still in the bag, cover with towels and wrap it up. Make a seal at the bill and tail with a bungee or electrical tape and you will have one surprisingly cold sword when you get home. Ice lasts for hours and preforms as well as the overpriced fish bags that stink like arse after one use. Note: Its very difficult to fish a 22' PF with a sword filling up one side of the boat. We did however come in with 2 several times.
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The bag Rj sells is the one you want or one just like it. Needs to be big and open on 3 sides. The top zipper ones don’t work for swords unless you plug em(no head and tail). Put 3 in RJ bag Saturday up to 150lbs. Bag was full but works great. Had swords up to 350 in it.
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There are many bags that will work

IMHO, it's the plugging/cleaning, and sufficient icing that will make the difference. If you take time to prepare the plug, many different bags will be just fine. For what it's worth, we had a "Reliable" in case of overflow needs in addition to main in-deck fishbox.

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Yep, numerous bags that are good for plugs but a tarp with plenty of ice is the way to go if you want your fish whole to be a hero at the dock. It's actually amazing how well a tarp will hold ice when well wrapped like IPA1 mentioned above.
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Yep, numerous bags that are good for plugs but a tarp with plenty of ice is the way to go if you want your fish whole to be a hero at the dock. It's actually amazing how well a tarp will hold ice when well wrapped like IPA1 mentioned above.
Outside of OP's question specific to Kill Bags, this brings up an interesting discussion and very relevant to topic. Also, I'm assuming this discussion is exclusive of in-deck fish boxes.

I'd say it's very important to distinguish where you're fishing. I've witnessed it myself where a wet towel in S FL is fine when you're only running a short distance offshore and relatively short total trip (read envious). The internal temperature of the swords is your insurance policy for a period of time. A tarp could also make sense and economically smart.

However, for example, if you're fishing in the Gulf and run 100 miles or more that wont necessarily do the trick. You often have a very long day and possibly 2 days offshore. That might be pushing the envelope in keep that fish cold. A full day of brutal heat will take it's toll, let alone more time than that.

I'd humbly submit where you're fishing, temp conditions, potential need to plug and trip duration are important factors to consider.
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Buying too big a bag is a classic mistake. Big bags require a lot more ice than most guys carry and defeats the purpose of a bag. If you're a rec guy in south florida, buy a bag that can keep a #150 plug in it. Anything bigger than that you can keep on the deck and put the bag over it like a blanket for the ride home which should be done immediately. A lot of fish get ruined because guys stay out even after they have 1 fish they can't take care of. Huge problem down here.
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Originally Posted by Texasblue View Post
Outside of OP's question specific to Kill Bags, this brings up an interesting discussion and very relevant to topic. Also, I'm assuming this discussion is exclusive of in-deck fish boxes.

I'd say it's very important to distinguish where you're fishing. I've witnessed it myself where a wet towel in S FL is fine when you're only running a short distance offshore and relatively short total trip (read envious). The internal temperature of the swords is your insurance policy for a period of time. A tarp could also make sense and economically smart.

However, for example, if you're fishing in the Gulf and run 100 miles or more that wont necessarily do the trick. You often have a very long day and possibly 2 days offshore. That might be pushing the envelope in keep that fish cold. A full day of brutal heat will take it's toll, let alone more time than that.

I'd humbly submit where you're fishing, temp conditions, potential need to plug and trip duration are important factors to consider.
You are totally correct here with trip duration. I fish SE FL and didn't consider keeping a whole fish more than a few hours before getting back to the dock. I stand humbly clarified.
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Here in the mid Atlanic runs are 65-90mi. To expensive to catch 1 and go home. We always carry 6-800lb of ice. RJ bag works good for whole fish. We released our 4th fish we caught on Saturday cause our bag was full with 3. We pack em good with plenty of ice and they were well chilled when we hit the dock. This is for day trips. If we are overnighting or two day trips definitely dress/plug the fish, the meat quality is much better if they are going to be on board any length of time. But for day trips it’s just easier on the boat to slide em in a bag whole and pack with ice.
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Originally Posted by Birddog3 View Post
Here in the mid Atlanic runs are 65-90mi. To expensive to catch 1 and go home. We always carry 6-800lb of ice. RJ bag works good for whole fish. We released our 4th fish we caught on Saturday cause our bag was full with 3. We pack em good with plenty of ice and they were well chilled when we hit the dock. This is for day trips. If we are overnighting or two day trips definitely dress/plug the fish, the meat quality is much better if they are going to be on board any length of time. But for day trips it’s just easier on the boat to slide em in a bag whole and pack with ice.
Totally agree with you on the longer trips keeping more and having a bigger bag. You guys are also used to preparing for a long trip. The vast majority of S florida boats go out with just enough ice for cocktails and think a bag is going to save their fish from rotting all day.
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Water heater cover.

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Since I went with the smaller seakeeper on the Viking I have room for a fish hold with freezer plates....oh wait this isn't the humble brag thread
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Reliable Fishing Products RF60126BB Bill Fish Blanket 60"X126" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077YF6B3L/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_8hPBDb5NBNGXQ

This is the one I use . It will fit a big fish velcro all around . It holds ice a long time .
I fish south Florida. I my opinion it a must . I see to many fish come in covered with towals and little or no ice when they get to dock. I know people will disagree with me and that's fine.
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Originally Posted by Nickdee View Post
Reliable Fishing Products RF60126BB Bill Fish Blanket 60"X126" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077YF6B3L/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_8hPBDb5NBNGXQ

This is the one I use . It will fit a big fish velcro all around . It holds ice a long time .
I fish south Florida. I my opinion it a must . I see to many fish come in covered with towals and little or no ice when they get to dock. I know people will disagree with me and that's fine.

This is just like the one Rj sells except his is 40x90”. Mine from RJ says reliable on it. End of the day any bag with 3 sided Velcro is way to go for whole swords, and the zipper top is fine for plugs
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If anyone wants one of these, I have a unused Boone 4'x8' zipper version. $150. come pick up in Boca.If interested, text me at five six one 245 one three one eight
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They cut up really easy, it's 2019 cameras everywhere take your pictures on the boat, chop the head off, unless my home was 20 minutes to the dock I can't figure out why anyone would not core the fish. From the Gills / Head to the bill is almost 50% of the length of the fish, chop that off, pull the guts out pack cavity full of ice if it still does not fit chop off tail then put in a cooler, bag or in a well.

This fish was over 10 feet total and fit in our large cooler. Yes I agree smaller bag is better when you get the slob then use as a blanket and run home.





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what are the laws if you plug a swordfish? what if dnr wants to measure it.

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