How Long Can You Keep A Fish In A Cooler/fridge Before You Clean It?
Posted September 24 2011 - 11:59 AM
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Thanks for all the help guys!
Posted September 25 2011 - 04:18 PM
Totally agree. I would not eat or keep a fish that was not at least gutted almost immediately after dying. I've always read and heard that as soon as a fish dies, the little parasites and nasties in its digestive system get to work. And since the fish is not alive anymore, its system is no longer fighting them back and they grow/expand rapidly. If I keep a fish, it dies on the filet table with a couple of blows to the head just before I clean it. I bring 'em home live in the livewell.
I would never NOT at least gut the fish first. Commercial fishermen gut the fish on the deck, then put it on ice and stay out fishing for a LONG time so they'll last that way, but I wouldn't want to freeze the whole fish and then clean it later.
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Posted September 25 2011 - 05:07 PM
Posted September 25 2011 - 05:59 PM
So where are you going with this?
I though the nasties really slow down in a cooler full of ice or the refrigerator making it such that you can wait to clean them the next day. I could be wrong though.
Either clean the fish or don't. If you are not going to clean the fish throw them back in.
Posted September 25 2011 - 07:09 PM
I've kept Snook out of the water and ice for 2-3 hours before cleaning them, but it was cool weather and at night.
I suggest gutting your fish first, toss it in the fridge for a day or two and you'll be perfectly fine.
Posted September 25 2011 - 08:43 PM
Hope you guy's who want them gutted in hours don't eat sushi.